Should I upgrade my graphic card

Hello,Currently I have GeForce 8600 graphic. I want to upgrade my graphic card, so that Starcraft 2 would run smoothly.
My CPU is AMD Athalon 64x2 dual core processor 3600+.
My motherboard is GA-M55SLI-S4, nForce 4 SLI chipset.
My options, as I see it, are adding another GeForce 8600, buying a new card (ATI 5750? 4850? any other card?) and buying a new computer altogether.
Please offer your advices.
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  1. ATI 5750 or gts 480 will be best for you....but whats your budget?
  2. It's flexible. Buying a new computer is my last options, and I'm willing to put up to 200$ on a new graphic card.
    However, if a 300$ card will be so much better than a 200$ card, I might get the more expensive one.
  3. First you should upgrade your CPU, it's too weak!

    Your motherboard is able to support 965BE, but I still recommend to upgrade new one to replace.

    I don't know what kind of games you like, if you play games like Crysis, Metro 2033 and so on, I think HD5850 is necessary at least, if not, so HD5770 is okay.:)
  4. thanks
  5. What resolution will you play on?

    You should really consider a CPU upgrade, that 3600 is really showing its age by now.
    Unfortunately, your mobo is only AM2 and an upgrade would be recommended.

    Here is a quick system I put together. I choose an AM2+ board so you can use your current ram - that will keep costs down. How much RAM do you have, btw? You should really make sure you have at least 2GB for gaming.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813130270&cm_re=am2%2b-_-13-130-270-_-Product

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103843


    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150448


    That should give you an idea of what you need, those components are fine if your res is not too high. Also, what GPU you can choose also depents on what your PSU is? Do you have a brand and model for your PSU?
  6. My PSU is 500W 20/24 LGA 775 ready. hope that gives all the information about it.
    I hope to play in 1920:1200. Am I too ambitious?
    I indeed have 2GB RAM, DDR2.
    If I replace these 3 components, wouldn't it be better to pay the extra money to have a more advanced computer? for example, pay twice the price of your offer to get the i5 750 CPU?
  7. This resolution maybe needs a HD5850.

    I5 750 is unnecessary if you simply use it for gaming.

    Ram needs to upgrade to DDR3, so you should sell yours.
  8. Quote:
    My PSU is 500W 20/24 LGA 775 ready. hope that gives all the information about it.
    I hope to play in 1920:1200. Am I too ambitious?
    I indeed have 2GB RAM, DDR2.
    If I replace these 3 components, wouldn't it be better to pay the extra money to have a more advanced computer? for example, pay twice the price of your offer to get the i5 750 CPU?



    Do you have a brand for the PSU?
    There is a major difference between a no-name cheap PSU and a quality brand.

    For that res you probably need something better, yes - unless you want to start turning down the settings. The very least you should aim for is a 5770, preferably a 5850.

    I agree with you, if you can afford it, you are better of upgrading a bit more. If you are only gaming, I wouldn't go so far as an i5 750, though - it offers little performance increase over a phenom II 955 in games.

    Either an athlon II x4 or a phenom II 955 would be my recommendation.
    You can either buy an am2+ motherboard and reuse your DDR2 ram or get an AM3 board and go for DDR3 -all depends on your budget.

    I think you should make a new post in the homebuilt section. Read the FAQ and make a post that includes your budget and you will get some very talented guys helping you with a build that suits your needs.
  9. Thanks, I will do that.
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