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Upgrade Suggestions for GeForce 8800GTS 320MB

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May 26, 2010 4:58:33 AM

I am thinking about upgrading my current graphics card and would like suggestions.
I do a lot of gaming, want to improve my graphics, and extend the gaming life of my
current PC.

Budget <$200

Current System:

EVGA GeForce 8800GTS 320MB Superclocked G80
EVGA 122-CK-NF68-A1 nForce 680i Motherboard w/ 2 PCI-E 16X slots SLI Ready
Intel Core 2 Duo E6750 2.66ghz CPU
Themaltake Toughpower 750w Power Supply
1440 X 900 LCD Display

I would like a card that will keep me gaming for at least a couple of more years.

Nvidia is my first choice, but since my budget is limited ATI is fine, too.

Thanks for any help,
Stan
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May 26, 2010 5:06:26 AM

well the best card under $200 is the ATI 5770 but your LCD does not have a demanding resolution. An ATI 4850 or Nvidia GTS 250 would be more then enough to hold you over until you feel like getting a new LCD. Both can be had for around $100 on newegg.
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May 26, 2010 6:36:30 PM

for your current monitor, i would say stay with your card, it's still strong enough to play games with 1440x720 resolution...

Did you try all of your games at HIGH setting? How's the result?
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May 26, 2010 7:26:42 PM

The 8800GTS 320mb will still be ok for that resolution but I can understand wanting an upgrade at this point. If you are looking for something to last years I would definitely want a DX11 card which basically means an HD5670/5750/5770. The HD5670 will be an ok upgrade from your current card but not impressively so. The HD5750 would be very good currently for your resolution but the HD5770 isn't too much more. It's well within your budget and if you are looking for something to last you as long as possible like you say it is the way to go.
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May 27, 2010 12:32:14 AM

wa1 said:
for your current monitor, i would say stay with your card, it's still strong enough to play games with 1440x720 resolution...

Did you try all of your games at HIGH setting? How's the result?


I made a mistake on the the LCD display it is 1440 X 900. Not that this will make a big difference. I have not really had any real problems with my games at the high settings , but I have adjusted my settings downward on a couple of games, when performance was bad.

I was thinking about upgrading now, because game requirements always seem to be increasing and
I may end up keeping my system longer than two years. Since my motherboard has PCI-E 16X slot and
the newer boards are PCI-E 2.1 (which I think that I read is not backwards compatible), I thought I would a better selection now to upgrade for my future gaming.

So at the moment, I'm still debating, whether it will be cost effective to upgrade or not and not having to worry about future gaming.
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May 27, 2010 12:34:50 AM

2.1 cards often have issues with 1.0 motherboards, get a 2.0 card if you are not upgrading the mobo at the same time.
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May 27, 2010 1:28:42 AM

yup, agree with ct1615, many 2.1 cards issues with 1.0 motherboard, get 2.0 card, for your own safety... :) 
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