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GT 240 or 9600 GSO?

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August 21, 2010 7:33:40 PM

Hello there i am new here.

First off here are the cards that are on sale at newegg.com this weekend:

GT 240
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

9600 GSO
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

What would be the better video card for me?

Secondly would a video card be the best upgrade for me? (i mainly play wow, and am planning on playing the new fallout game) here are my system specs:

core 2 duo 2.4 ghz processor
2gb 677 mhz system ram
nvidia 9400 gt video card

Is the faster ram on the gt 240 make it a better card than the 9600 gso? Would a video card be the best bang for my buck? (i was told the 9400 gt is not a very good gaming card)

Halp!

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August 21, 2010 7:43:09 PM

The GT 240 is better than that version of the 9600 GSO and yes, you need a card upgrade to play games. The 9400GT is very weak. The GT 240 should be approximately 4 times more powerful for gaming
Overclocking your processor(if your motherboard allows for it) and adding more ram would also help with gaming but the card is your main problem.
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August 21, 2010 7:56:26 PM

Thanks for the replies guys, i will go with the GT 240! Also my motherboard is an ECS PT890T-A. I would not mind trying to overclock it as i plan to build a whole new rig in january, so if it fries i wouldn't care :p 
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August 22, 2010 2:52:37 AM

You don't need to worry about overclocking. Current processors all have safety features that throttle the speed if the temps go over a certain point and if you don't go crazy with the voltage that should never happen anyway.
As for the card have you considered an HD5670 instead? It is over 20% faster and also DX11 while not costing much more(no crazy rebate though.)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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August 22, 2010 4:59:50 AM

^+1 for that HD5670...
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