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Upgrading 8800 GT, $200 Budget

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November 8, 2010 1:36:47 AM

I've been using my 8800 gt forever now and I decided I would keep it until I noticed lag at any point in a game. My main problem is that i'm trying to stream games live but I get lag while playing and streaming.

This is my current build.

8800 GT
i7 2.67 ghz 920
6g memory
windows 7 64
1920 x 1080 res

Also incase anyone is wondering this is my internet speed. Im pretty sure its good enough to stream.



My main question is. What is causing this lag? Is is my video card or is it because im not ocing my cpu? I have enough money to either buy a new video card or buy a nice cpu fan and oc. Which is the problem? I have about a $200 budget that I don't want to go over.

Any ideas is appreciated.
a c 236 U Graphics card
November 8, 2010 2:09:56 AM

what games are you streaming?
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November 8, 2010 2:13:49 AM

mw2 and heroes of newerth

95% of the time it will be heroes of newerth
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November 8, 2010 2:52:51 AM

Go for an HD 6850, you can grab one from newegg for $180. It does very well at 1080p.
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November 8, 2010 3:20:40 AM

But my main question is if I get that will it solve my streaming problem?
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a c 236 U Graphics card
November 8, 2010 4:46:33 AM

maybe...maybe not. you are not talking about demanding hardware requirements. I would see if lowering resolution will help in FPS. If so a video upgrade will help. If the issue really is lag then its a connection issue. Check your in game latency and the game's tech forum. I also saw several threads about issues with Nvidia.

Heroes of Newerth
System Requirements*

Intel Processor - Core 2 Duo E4400 2.0GHz
AMD Processor - Athlon 64 X2 Dual Core 4000+
Nvidia Graphics Card - GeForce 7800 GTX
ATI Graphics Card - Radeon X1900 Series
RAM Memory - 1.5 GB

http://forums.heroesofnewerth.com/forumdisplay.php?f=4
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November 8, 2010 5:35:07 AM

yeah, when i lower the res it definitely makes it better. So I don't need to oc my cpu?
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a b U Graphics card
November 8, 2010 6:01:47 AM

Your CPU is quite powerful and doesn't need an OC. If you are spending the $200, then spend it one the HD6850. Since you have an old card, it would be nice to get an upgrade.
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November 8, 2010 6:30:52 AM

Yeah a 6850 is best bang for buck @ $200.

HoN servers are buggy all the time, it might just be a network issue. But i agree with hell_storm, old school graphics card on a new system, you're 3 generations behind on GPU!
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November 8, 2010 9:29:28 AM

is the 6850 better than the gtx 460?
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a c 236 U Graphics card
November 8, 2010 2:39:01 PM

googlexx said:
is the 6850 better than the gtx 460?



the ATI 6850 or GTX 460 will both get the job done for you. check the games forum to see which card runs best with your game. Most games tends to slightly prefer one over the other.
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a b U Graphics card
November 10, 2010 4:18:23 AM

Not being blunt, but Asus is the best of them all tbh. It's out of stock so just wait, but the DCU cooling system beats out a lot of the other companies coolers for the 6850. The DCU also is considered a very high Overclocker among VGA card-wise.

http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/ASUS/Radeon_HD_6850_...

Look at those beast low temps haha.
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a b U Graphics card
November 10, 2010 4:19:02 AM

Sorry double post,
Grats CT on your gold. Unles... I never noticed it.
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a b U Graphics card
November 10, 2010 7:29:02 AM

Asus any day for the GPU. I always say get the one which provides the best warranty!
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a b U Graphics card
November 10, 2010 1:04:59 PM

^ Then the choice would be XFX xD
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a c 236 U Graphics card
November 10, 2010 2:15:03 PM

ive had the gold badge for a while, at least two months.

I've owned asus, xfx, MSI, gigabyte, and evga cards. they are all good. I personally like the MSI coolers.
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