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Looking to upgrade from a 9600gt

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June 15, 2010 5:58:26 PM

Hi I have recently started to get back into pc gaming and I am looking to upgrade my video card. I am currently using a 9600gt 512mb . It has been fine for most games but I have a feeling that it will have problems with some of the games coming up in the near future. I am hoping someone could recommend a nividia card that will give me a significant performance boost without having to spend $600. My other specs are Win Xp, 4 gigs ram, Intel quad core 2.4gz. Thanks to anyone that can help

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a b Î Nvidia
June 15, 2010 6:04:45 PM

What is your power supply, budget, resolution, and processor model?
June 15, 2010 6:36:10 PM

My processor is a x86 Family 6 Model 15 GenuineIntel 24mhz. Motherboard is a Asustek Basswood3G 1.05. Resolution is 1680x1050. Power supply is 400 watt but i forget the brand. I would like to spend no more then around $250. I have been doing a lot of research and it seems like the GTS 250 gives you a fair bang for your buck.
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a b Î Nvidia
June 15, 2010 7:00:41 PM

the GTS 250 would be a good selection, make sure your PSU is a solid continuous 400w.

ATI offers the 5770 for about $50 more then the GTS250. It is more power efficient and a bit more graphic horsepower then the GTS250.
June 15, 2010 7:06:29 PM

I have also been looking at the GTX260. Is the performance difference between the GTS250 and the GTX260 worth the extra $80 or so dollars? Thanks
a b Î Nvidia
June 15, 2010 7:21:34 PM

cadefoster said:
I have also been looking at the GTX260. Is the performance difference between the GTS250 and the GTX260 worth the extra $80 or so dollars? Thanks


is the GTX 260 better? yes. $80 better.....no. get the ATI 5770 if you want GTX 260 performance.

a b Î Nvidia
June 15, 2010 7:21:57 PM

I would not put the GTX260 with a 400W PSU, unless it's a corsair. An HD5770 will use about the same power as yoru 9600Gt, be much better than the GTS250, and be on-par with the GTX260; all under $150. Not to mention it cools better, DX11, yadda ya.
June 15, 2010 8:12:24 PM

Thanks for all the help. I have just been looking into the HD5770 and it really seems to offer great performance for the price. My only concern would be that I have only ever used nvidia cards so i am not familiar with Ati. My local computer shop has the HD5770 for only $40 dollars more then the GTS250. The HD5770 definitely seems to be the better buy.
June 15, 2010 9:24:26 PM

Just one more thing. I was always under the impression that ati cards were best suited for AMD processors and Nividia for Intel. Any truth to this?
a b Î Nvidia
June 15, 2010 9:31:18 PM

None. Either card will work with either processor. AMD chipsets almost never support SLI, and nVidia chipsets only supported intel processors.
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