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Selecting a new GPU for a home-built PC

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September 23, 2010 9:30:31 PM

Hello,

I am looking to replace my PSU and then my GPU, however I am unsure of what route to take. I am not a power-gamer persay, but I enjoy playing games like Dragon Age and Mass Effect on max, or close to max settings. HOWEVER: I like my classic games, such as Baldur's Gate, Icewind Dale, Neverwinter Nights, Might and Magic, etc. So any GPU that would conflict with my ability to run these games ( I run many in compatibility mode for XP SP2 as is. ) I would rather avoid.

My budget is 230 dollars for a card and 130 dollars for a PSU.

This is my current system configuration:

Windows 7 Prof.

4 gigs of DDR2 RAM ( max supported by this board = S )

Current PSU ( needs to be replaced because it's getting up there in age and has seen a lot of mileage - including a bad electrical surge that fried my Surge Protector. ) : Is an Antec 650 Watter, i'm not sure what model to be exact, but I can get more information if need be.

Current GPU :
Nvidia GeForce 8800 GT
512 mb, GDDR3
256 bits

65 nm Revision A2
Core 700 mhz
Shaders 1700 mhz
memory 1000 mhz


My motherboard is relatively new, but it's a microboard ( I have a full size tower though.... long story. ) My MB is an MSI K9N6PGM2-V2

CPUID tells me that it's graphic interface is PCI Express, but it's x16.

CPU has seen some mileage. It's an AMD Athlon 64X2 6400+
90 nm

I am looking at http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite... for my PSU replacement, if this is a poor choice please let me know.

So far as GPUs are concerned: i'm very unsure of where to go. I've been an Nvidia user for the longest time and have no qualms against them. So far I have only looked at Nvidia GPUs and i've latched onto this card.... what worries me is the plastic exterior that will retain heat.

http://www.compusa.com/applications/searchtools/item-de...

Any help, directions, suggestions, or tips in helping me look is greatly appreciated.

Thank you = )
a b U Graphics card
September 23, 2010 9:39:19 PM

The video card is a good deal especially with a free game!
On a side note it is very power-hungry!
Where else can you buy from(newegg)
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a c 235 U Graphics card
September 23, 2010 9:43:23 PM

you are spending too much on the PSU

and the GTX465 is a bad card, the cheaper GTX460 can outperform it.

first we need some answers
it seems you like RPGs, any desire to play First Person Shooters?
how much system RAM do you have?
you are running Win XP? any desire to upgrade soon? also, why not upgrade to SP3?
what is your monitor's native resolution?
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September 23, 2010 9:46:16 PM

ct1615 said:
you are spending too much on the PSU

and the GTX465 is a bad card, the cheaper GTX460 can outperform it.

first we need some answers
it seems you like RPGs, any desire to play First Person Shooters?
how much system RAM do you have?
you are running Win XP? any desire to upgrade soon? also, why not upgrade to SP3?
what is your monitor's native resolution?




No I do not play FPS's - Mass Effect is as close as I get to FPSs.
The system RAM is 4 gigs.

I am running Windows 7, I play my older games in compatibility mode with SP2, because SP3 doesn't work with a majority of them.

Native resolution is 1920x1080
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a b U Graphics card
September 23, 2010 9:51:42 PM

What is the most demanding game you play? A 460 might even be overkill
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September 23, 2010 9:54:20 PM

Probably Mass Effect 2.

Or, when it comes out, probably Dragon Age 2. Still in the dark about the graphics engine overhaul they're doing for it, so up in the air how demanding it will be compared to Dragon Age Origins.
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a c 235 U Graphics card
September 23, 2010 10:02:45 PM

i would make the following upgrades with your budget $230+$130 = $360

you mobo supports athlon II and phenom II up to 95w and the athlon x2 is getting old for gaming

$80 CPU
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

$220 video card + $20 mail in rebate
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

$60 PSU + $15 mail in rebate
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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September 23, 2010 10:12:23 PM

The CPU addition is a good idea - I knew mine was getting up there in age , although is the PSU you linked sufficient to power the entire system?
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a c 235 U Graphics card
September 23, 2010 10:17:50 PM

the OCZ will power your rig easily
but I actually just saw a better one. for the money, you wont do better then this antec truepower 550w plus it more efficient and modular. sale code ends 9/27

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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September 23, 2010 10:20:09 PM

Alright, well I'll mull over this. I appreciate your help!
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September 23, 2010 10:20:26 PM

Best answer selected by Anraleth.
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a c 226 U Graphics card
September 23, 2010 10:25:01 PM

I'd look at the 460SC review on benchmarkreviews.con

Antec ea or tp series and corsair tx series will serve you fine
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a c 271 U Graphics card
September 23, 2010 10:47:02 PM

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