I want to upgrade my graphics card but am not sure how much as I don't want to bottleneck my PC. I will not overclock my cpu however, as I do not want to take that route. So if you could suggest a good video card that would work with my current setup that would be awesome. I was looking at the 9800 GTX or even higher, however I don't know if those will work with my setup.
I am a big Flightsimulator 2004 (FS9) fan and I may get GTAIV but mostly FS9. I don't see any benchmarks anymore because FS9 is out of date but what would you suggest would get me the best frames in FS9 or most games(and not bottleneck my system)?
And if the OP then reiterates that they do not wish to go down that particular avenue of discovery, get off their case!
I bet that most of the people here were originally afraid of/didn't want overclocking when they didn't know much about it.
As for "getting off their case," all I'm doing is listing another option or alternative. That's the entire point of a forum with actual people giving advice...if the OP wanted an exact answer regarding compatibility and no personal opinions, then using google would've been faster and simpler.
Thanks for the replies, however I did go to google and search hours and came up with no help that's why I decided to come here. Put simply, I think I want the Nvidia GTS 250, do you believe that using this card without overclocking will bottleneck my machine or not. I'm not looking to get a huge card, just an upgrade from a 7950 GT. I'm no hardcore gamer just with all my addons the FPS tend to drop. Thats all, thank you!
the 250 would be a great cheap buy for your PC to run the games your looking for. Though you may want to check out the newer ati 5xxx series, they are pushing out lower models now for that series and they tend to use less power and generate less heat then the comparable nvidia card.
Bottlenecking is a relative term...if your CPU is faster than your GPU, your GPU is a bottleneck. And vice versa and it applies to the rest of your components as well.
However, a stock E6600 @ 2.4GHz should work with a GTS250 just fine. Will there be a cpu bottleneck? Yes, but it should be fairly small in most games. The only time where the CPU bottleneck will be somewhat noticeable will be in games such as Crysis (where ever little fps counts) or FarCry2 (which requires more CPU power than most games).
Also, if you want to run GTA4, you will definitely need to overclock since it's poor coding means it requires a lot of CPU power. However, for the majority of games out there (ie. ModernWarfare2, Assassin's Creed, L4D, etc), they rely more on the graphics card and far less on the CPU, so there would be no significant bottleneck.
Thank you everyone for your responses, I really do appreciate everyones opinions! I signed up around 4:00 PM CT today and it's 11:50 PM CT and I already have had 10+ well thought out responses and now have decided what I will get! This place is great! Thank you to each one of you!
Keep in mind he has that oddball mobo. I'm not sure how well it will handle OCing. Even without OCing a GTS250/4850/5770 will run games much better then his current setup. I vote for buying the cheapest of those three, or even getting the 5750. At 1440x900, you don't need a lot of GPU.