Pre-purchase video card question Tags: Graphics Cards Graphics Last response: May 18, 2010 2:08 PM in Graphics & Displays Share jonw May 14, 2010 4:01:20 PM I currently have the following EVGA GeForce 9600GSO Video Card Intel Q9550 Yorkfield Processor Gigabyte X48 (GA-X48-DS4) Motherboard I am considering either purchasing an ATI 5870 or an Nvidia 480. I'm worried there maybe a bottleneck from the graphics side of things. Are my worries justified? Thank you More about : pre purchase video card question | E-mail me updates | Report abuse Register or log in to remove shadow187 Graphics card Master May 14, 2010 4:45:08 PM Definitely not. Your CPU is very powerful, and will easily handle either card. | Report abuse jerreece Graphics card Master May 14, 2010 8:28:50 PM Go for the GPU upgrade. Your CPU is a good one. I don't see that you're setting up for any major issues at all. Worst case, you just OC your CPU a little to get some more out of it. You'll see massive improvement over your 9600GSO... Especially if you can game @ 1920x1080 or better. Anything lower and you'll still see improvement, but won't be harnessing the GPU fully. | Report abuse jonw May 18, 2010 2:08:02 PM Upgrade done. I caved and went with the 480. H O L Y C R A P a night and day difference doesn't even do it justice thanks!!!!!!!!! | Report abuse Register or log in to remove Ask the community Publish Tom's Hardware>Forum>Graphics & Displays>Pre-purchase video card question> Related ressources: Forumseveral A8N-SLI Deluxe pre-purchase questions ForumPre-purchase Questions ForumNeed System Pre-Purchase Advice ForumYet another "Driver has stopped working thread" ForumIntel Core i5-2500K and required Chipsets-confusing! ForumGA-M61P-S3 F7F Bios - Phenom II Compatibility ForumSo, my "friend" is a pirate, some interesting insights. ForumGaming and Compatibility ForumUsing IDE with GA-MA770T-UD3P ForumGanging up on the i7/x58 ForumSudden Replacement - Lower Mid-Range with Upgradability ForumMy first build and Windows 98?? ForumGA-EP45-UD3R ForumBarton 3000+ OC tips? ForumDell LCD Monitors Stuck in DVI Power Save Mode ... and Del.. Forum"audio" PC builders ForumUpgrade to GTX 680 Classified from this? ForumNew graphics card old processor ForumGraphic card ForumGraphics card for CS5 production suite More resources Read discussions in other Graphics & Displays categories Ati GPUs Graphics Cards Gtx HD Monitors SLI Crossfire Tuner Cards Radeon Video Diamond Multimedia Matrox Nvidia Palit PowerColor Asus Games !