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Upgrading Geforce 8800 GT 1024 MB

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August 16, 2010 7:52:06 AM

I have a Geforce 8800 GT and would like to upgrade to a newer, more-powerful card. Any recommendations?
a c 358 U Graphics card
August 16, 2010 8:17:37 AM

Budget? Current power supply? Specs of your PC?
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a b U Graphics card
August 16, 2010 8:20:43 AM

+1, need more info on your budget and the rest of your system.
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August 16, 2010 8:34:34 AM

AMD Athlon 64 x2 dual core processor ~3.0 ghz

3 Gb of ram

Vista 32

Geforce 8800 GT 1024 mb

ASUS M4A785-M AM3/AM2+/AM2 AMD 785G HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard

Antec TruePower New TP-750 Blue 750W Continuous Power ATX12V V2.3 / EPS12V V2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC "compatible with Core i7/Core i5" Power Supply

Budget isnt much of an issue. Looking for anything up to $300
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August 16, 2010 8:50:49 AM

feldwebel said:
AMD Athlon 64 x2 dual core processor ~3.0 ghz

3 Gb of ram

Vista 32

Geforce 8800 GT 1024 mb

ASUS M4A785-M AM3/AM2+/AM2 AMD 785G HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard

Antec TruePower New TP-750 Blue 750W Continuous Power ATX12V V2.3 / EPS12V V2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC "compatible with Core i7/Core i5" Power Supply

Budget isnt much of an issue. Looking for anything up to $300



If your motherboard supports it *I'm not exactly a expert in OS field*, You would see a good amount of gain from getting up to 4gigs of ram and 64 bit W7.

Edit: Looks like your motherboard goes up to 16gigs of DDR2 I'm 90% sure your computer would work but you need to wait for a second opinion to be 100% sure

For choosing your graphics card take a look at this list.

Best Graphics Cards For The Money: August 2010
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a c 376 U Graphics card
August 16, 2010 9:16:22 AM

Your processor is quite outdated at this point. It is still passable for gaming but a new one would be a wise decision if you are going to upgrade your card. Fortunately although your CPU is quite old your motherboard is quite current. If you have $300 to spend then I would recommend these;
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
The processor is x3 but it is actually a quad core with one of the cores locked. Your motherboard has the ability to unlock the 4th core in the BIOS. It isn't guaranteed to work but the odds are very good(80-90%) that it will. If you are willing to spend more on the processor your motherboard can handle all current AMD processors such as a Phenom II x4 or even x6;
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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a b U Graphics card
August 16, 2010 12:28:06 PM

+1 to the Athlon X3 445. Get that plus a nice HD 5770 (or GTX460 if you want to strech your budget a bit more) and another gig of RAM.
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August 16, 2010 7:02:52 PM

Thanks you very much for the replies. The x3 looks to be a very nice processor, and quite affordable, too. Can many games make use of more than 2 cores?
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a c 376 U Graphics card
August 16, 2010 7:17:20 PM

Most still only use two cores but a number of them do use more and that trend will only increase as time goes on. Keep in mind that you aren't only adding more cores but the architecture of the Athlon II is different from the Athlon 64 and significantly more powerful per clock cycle.
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