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July 30, 2010 10:22:53 PM

Hello,

I am looking to upgrade my old Asus EN7800GTX
I would like not to have to set every newer game to low, even World of Warcraft isn't playable on high anymore.
Now I'm thinking of buying a used one for let's say €50 but i have no idea wich one to get, and google isn't very helpful either.
There are so many different cards these days, and for a brand new one the search is much more easier because there are less.

My other hardware:
2x Kingston 2 GB DDR2-667 DDR2 SDRAM (5-5-5-15 @ 333 Mhz) (4-4-4-12 @ 266 Mhz) (3-3-3-9 @ 200 Mhz)
QuadCore Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600, 2400 MHz (9 x 267)
Gigabyte GA-P35C-DS3R (3 PCI, 3 PCI-E x1, 1 PCI-E x16, 4 DDR2 DIMM, 2 DDR3 DIMM, Audio, Gigabit LAN)

I really hope you people can help me out!

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a b U Graphics card
July 31, 2010 12:42:45 AM

almost certainly you will want to get whichever 5 series card you can afford.

im not sure about euro pricing, but im not sure for 50eur you are going to get much of an improvement over the current card.

a 5670 would be a nice upgrade, though im not sure how much that would cost you.
July 31, 2010 1:39:01 AM

Any bius towards nvidia or radeon? Otherwards, would you perfer a nvidia or ati gpu? Just wondering...
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a b U Graphics card
July 31, 2010 1:54:39 AM

I think we should just assume the OP is not a fanboy.

right now at the lower price ranges ATI is pretty much always the best option.
a c 189 U Graphics card
July 31, 2010 7:51:19 AM

What is your PSU? brand? model?
For the price, you can get HD5670 or GT240... :) 
a b U Graphics card
July 31, 2010 7:55:48 AM

we probably dont need to worry about power. if the PSU can handle a 7800, then a low end 5 series card will be nothing :lol: 
July 31, 2010 12:14:02 PM

You're right i'm not a fanboy, i don't care about ati or nvidia, as long as its good :) 

And my PSU is an OCZ powerstream 600
July 31, 2010 1:32:10 PM

I now have 2 bids running on eBay, XFX HD5850 and EVGA GTX-465
a b U Graphics card
August 1, 2010 1:24:45 AM

the 465 is nto a very good card, i wouldn't bother with it if i were you.

the GTX460 is far superior, sicne its build on the GF104 architecture rather than the older GF100.

if you can actually afford either of those cards though, the 5850 would be the better choice. but a 5770, or GTX460 would also be very good.
August 1, 2010 1:31:08 AM

Well by bidding i hope to get one of those cards on a price i can afford, looking again i see its the 460 i bid on, with the 768 memory.

Anyway thanks for the advice, now i know what to look for! :D 
August 1, 2010 2:25:40 AM

in raw performance... which card the gtx 460 should compare to including last generation??
August 1, 2010 6:16:46 PM

I just realised something, all the 5 series require PCI-e 2.0 16x, but i think my board (see ST) only has PCI-e 16x, not 2.0... so then i can't use (the full potentiel) of the 5 series...

So now im thinking of HD4850 or 4870...
August 1, 2010 6:41:13 PM

To get the most out of your money I would get the 4870 its not that expensive and is comparable to some of the 5xxx the only real downside is no DX11
August 1, 2010 6:43:00 PM

Yes but what about the PCI-e 2.0 16x?
August 1, 2010 7:04:12 PM

PCI-e 2.0 is backward compatable with PCI-e 1.0. Its only the 2.1 cards that have known bugs with the 1.0 slots that havn't got bios updates (usually these are first gen mobo's).

Get a GTX460 / 5770 / 5850 (recommend a 460 or 5850).
August 1, 2010 7:10:45 PM

So my Gigabyte GA-P35C-DS3R wouldn't have a problem with it?
And i won't lose lots of performance (relatively to 2.0) so i spend too much money on something i can't fully use?
August 1, 2010 7:31:09 PM

nope... from what i understand, PCI-e 2.0 x8 is basically x16 on 1.0 and people dont get bottlenecked on p55 chipsets (3-4% at max) so yes your safe.
August 1, 2010 7:51:36 PM

Ok thanks! :D 
August 3, 2010 5:09:13 PM

Thanks for all the advice, i just bought a Sapphire Radeon HD5750 1GB :) 
a b U Graphics card
August 4, 2010 12:17:09 AM

a good card. enjoy it :) 
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