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Upgrade - 7900GS to 240 GT?

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November 18, 2010 1:42:12 PM

Ok,
So i'm looking for an inexpensive upgrade to my system right now.

I am in the process of overclocking my E6400 up to 3.0ghz, but am also wanting a slightly better video card upgrade as well.

I currently have an XFX OC 7900GS that's worked great and still works wonderfully to be honest, but playing the new COD: Black Ops has weighed down the system greatly... Which is funny figuring I was able to run MW2 on high settings no problem, but whatever..

My question is, would it be a noticeable upgrade from a 7900GS to a 240 GT card?

I want something relatively inexpensive and the 240GT cards are around $80 and have rebates on them a lot of times as well....

Or is it not worth the difference? Or something better around the same price range?

Thanks much!

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November 18, 2010 1:47:51 PM

No, your card is still fast, actually the game itself (Black Ops) that buggy or something, many people experience the same problem like yours, the prove is you can play MW2 on high with no problem...
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November 18, 2010 2:02:02 PM

wa1 said:
No, your card is still fast, actually the game itself (Black Ops) that buggy or something, many people experience the same problem like yours, the prove is you can play MW2 on high with no problem...


Yeah, I realize the game has some issues, but I also know people who run it flawlessly as well...

It really gets under heavy load whenever I come into contact with other players/firing, etc... I figure it's really pulling on the GPU/CPU in those situations so thought an upgrade would help...

I have to run the game with everything off, low settings, vsync off, AA off, and 800x600 to make it even tolerable and even then it's still a bit laggy at times when coming into contact with others...

I just figured maybe some tweaking and a slight upgrade might do some good.... This isn't just for Black Ops either... With Guild Wars 2 and Battlefield 3 coming out in the next year, I figure some sort of upgrade would be good...... unless you all think the 7900GS will still handle those things... I mean it's a DX9 card still...
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November 18, 2010 2:07:56 PM

Okay, it's good if you want upgrade GPU, but seriously going from 7900GS to GT240 is not an upgrade at all, so save your money from now on and get a better card like GTX460 (about $200)...

Also, how many stick(s) of RAM do you have installed on your system?
1 stick or already 2?
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November 18, 2010 2:18:07 PM

wa1 said:
Okay, it's good if you want upgrade GPU, but seriously going from 7900GS to GT240 is not an upgrade at all, so save your money from now on and get a better card like GTX460 (about $200)...

Also, how many stick(s) of RAM do you have installed on your system?
1 stick or already 2?


2GB (2 x 1GB)

I have 4 slots of course, but it's rather pointless figuring I am still running XP Pro, which will only recognize up to 3GB..... Though the thought has crossed my mind of getting 2 more sticks (or 2x 2GB) and eventually upgrading to 7...
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November 18, 2010 2:22:22 PM

Yes, i just asked whether your setup is 1x2GB or 2x1GB, it's alright, you already good with 2 sticks (dual channel mode).
Now, like i said before, get a better card should help you a lot. E6400 at 3.0GHz or more is good, keep it up... :) 
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November 18, 2010 2:35:11 PM

wa1 said:
Yes, i just asked whether your setup is 1x2GB or 2x1GB, it's alright, you already good with 2 sticks (dual channel mode).
Now, like i said before, get a better card should help you a lot. E6400 at 3.0GHz or more is good, keep it up... :) 


Any ATI recommendations for a relatively inexpensive upgrade? I've always gone nVidia, but I know that ATI has been beating them out for awhile here... Trying not to spend too much upgrading this system as I know I'll eventually be building a new system within the next year or so, but want this one to still be a viable one....
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November 18, 2010 2:43:26 PM

well, for your budget you can get GT240 just like you said earlier or you can get HD5670, it's a little faster than GT240.
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November 18, 2010 4:13:42 PM

wa1 said:
well, for your budget you can get GT240 just like you said earlier or you can get HD5670, it's a little faster than GT240.


for a little bit more money, would he 5770 be a better bet for an upgrade?

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

Thanks for all your advice!
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November 18, 2010 11:25:29 PM

Yes, HD5770 is faster than GT240, your PSU should handle that card just fine...
BUT, do you really need a single slot card instead normal (dual slot) card? Single slot card can get hot pretty fast...
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November 18, 2010 11:43:37 PM

kyosuke said:
2GB (2 x 1GB)

I have 4 slots of course, but it's rather pointless figuring I am still running XP Pro, which will only recognize up to 3GB..... Though the thought has crossed my mind of getting 2 more sticks (or 2x 2GB) and eventually upgrading to 7...

Turn on PAE in the BIOS and your 32-bit OS can run exaclty 4gb of RAM. (or so ive been told)
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November 18, 2010 11:46:18 PM

The hd 5770 would be nice too. If your mobo can handle it, maybe get another 7900gs and put 'em in SLI.
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November 19, 2010 1:27:32 AM

wa1 said:
Yes, HD5770 is faster than GT240, your PSU should handle that card just fine...
BUT, do you really need a single slot card instead normal (dual slot) card? Single slot card can get hot pretty fast...


would there be any inherent benefit then instead to find the exact same card I have now and throw it into SLI? Would that do much better for performance?
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November 19, 2010 2:07:02 AM

kyosuke said:
would there be any inherent benefit then instead to find the exact same card I have now and throw it into SLI? Would that do much better for performance?

That is what I just said. Buy another 7900gs and SLI 'em.
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November 19, 2010 2:57:44 AM

As I recall, the 7900GS was about an 8600GT (or was it the GTS?). This is similar to the 9500GT. Even in SLI, it will be slower then a GTS250/5750. The 5770 will be even faster. I personally would save up and get the GTS450 or 5770. About $120, and will be better then a 7900GS SLI setup or the GT240.
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