Upgrading from 8600 GT

Hi Everyone,

I'm looking to upgrade my graphics card from my 8600 GT. I mainly play MMORPG's and with new ones coming out (after trying FF XIV open beta, it ran a little slow), I thought it might be a good time to ask what kind of performance boost I can expect for a reasonable upgrade.

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: In the next couple months

BUDGET RANGE: No more than $200 After Rebates. Looking for a balance without creating too much of a CPU bottleneck and/or working with the PSU that I have.


CURRENT GPU AND POWER SUPPLY: Nvidia 8600 GT 256mb, Coolmax 500 watt

OTHER RELEVANT SYSTEM SPECS: Intel Q6600 Quad Core, 2x2GB DDR2 800mhz, FSB 1066mhz


COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: no preference

PARTS PREFERENCES: no preference




ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I can grab a new PSU if need be. I only run two hard drives and no optical drive.

Thanks for all of your help!
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  1. A HD5770 would be a great upgrade http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102873 your current PSU will work.
    For more power this GTX460 1 GB comes to $190 after MIR http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814261075
  2. stick with ATI 5770 if you want to keep your current PSU

    the GTX 460 needs two 6 pin power connectors and your PSU has none (according to the specs). You can use two adapters on your four molex connectors but it will be a mess if you currently use any for fans, DVD drives, etc., you would need to buy splitters.
  3. +1 rolli59

    Agreed. At your resolution the ATI 5770 should do you quite well. And quite frankly, should be a very substantial upgrade from what you have now! LOL

    The GTX 460 would indeed need a newer PSU, but would be a great GPU if you wanted to also upgrade your monitor to like 1920x1080 resolution. So unless you plan to do that, the 5770 is a good recommendation.
  4. Get HD5770, it should enough for your resolution. No need to spend more money for new GPU+PSU. HD5770 is enough for now, save your money to build a whole new system later... :)
  5. Quote:
    maybe if u wait for couple of more months u might get AMD 6770, should outperform the 5770 while consuming less or same amount of power

    But is going to cost $200 instead of $150
  6. Quote:
    maybe if u wait for couple of more months u might get AMD 6770, should outperform the 5770 while consuming less or same amount of power

    Better yet, wait until NEXT year for the 7770. It'll be half the size, have 10 times the processing units, and outperform 4 ATI 5770's. Plus it'll be cheaper, and have a lifetime unlimited warranty.

    Course, my specs could be off by +/- 80%.

    Seriously though, greghome, have you seen the actual specs, benchmarks, and pricing map for this 6770 yet?
  7. I'm with greghome on this one. At this point, the best option is to wait for HD 6770 to come out. Even if the 6770 is too expensive, it will drop the 5770's price by $50.
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