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Upgrading 7600 GS, $200 budget

I haven't upgraded any of my hardware in a few years, and then went solely on the suggestions of 'the guy at the shop'. My video card failed last night (pretty sure it's the memory), and it was past time to get a better one.

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: within a week BUDGET RANGE: $200 After Rebates

USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, moderately intensive games like Mass Effect 2 and Dragon Age (which i couldn't really play comfortably before anyway)

CURRENT GPU AND POWER SUPPLY: Nvidia GeForce 7600 GS, Raidmax RX-380K

OTHER RELEVANT SYSTEM SPECS: Pentium D 3.20GHz (2 CPUs), Asus P5LD2 Deluxe mobo, 2 gigs ram

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: i've never bought parts online, so don't have a preference here COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: USA

PARTS PREFERENCES: I've only ever had Nvidia cards, but I'm not married to them

OVERCLOCKING: definitely above my abilities or desires SLI OR CROSSFIRE: unlikely

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1024x768
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    You're only running 11 amps across the 12v rail, and with only 380 watts to work with, You're going to be fairly limited by your power supply.

    Get this combo:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817341039

    And this:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814121393

    OR

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161338
  2. Also, just realized that you might get bottlenecked at your RAM or CPU. 2 gigs isn't a lot these days, I'd also advice upgrading to 4gb if you can.

    Nice thing about getting these two parts together is if you decide to build a new PC, you can transition these parts with it.
  3. If you are sticking longer with that system I would suggest a HD4670 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102855 which is a good upgrade from the 7600GS for cheap, will run on that PSU and not get bottlenecked drastically by the CPU.
  4. Thanks, boris, my biggest worry was not really knowing how good my power supply is and how it'll limit me.

    And rolli, that's not a bad suggestion, but ultimately my rig is pretty old and cantankerous, so after I've got it functioning again I'm gonna start putting some brainpower into building a new one.
  5. borisof007 said:
    Also, just realized that you might get bottlenecked at your RAM or CPU. 2 gigs isn't a lot these days, I'd also advice upgrading to 4gb if you can.

    Nice thing about getting these two parts together is if you decide to build a new PC, you can transition these parts with it.


    Actually 2GBs isn't too bad for this system. He has limited room to grow this system due to age and it would be best that he save the money he would spend on an extra 2GB and throw it into a new system once he can afford one. Sometimes it is best just to leave the system as is and save for a new one.

    Raptorking - You should go with what your saying and do the least possible to get this system working and then start assembling a new system. You have really started to reach then end of life on this one.
  6. Since you are planning an upgrade anyway soon you could start with a GPU and PSU that you could carry over. Here is a couple of combos with in your budget. http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.492784
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.507679
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