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December 5, 2010 2:35:01 PM

Hi all.


I am thinking of doing an upgrade on my system here, and I am not sure which Vid card I should bring in.

I currently have a HP desktop with a Intel Core 2 Duo E7400 2.80 Ghz with 4 gigs of RAM, and running Win 7 23 Home premium.

PSU is a BFG 550w

Vid card is a evga 8600 gts

My budget is up to $150


I am looking at two evga cards


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

and

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



I am open to suggestions.


I am also using a Samsung 23 inch monitor @1920x1080


Thanks! :bounce: 
December 5, 2010 2:45:53 PM

I would buy the second 450 if you can overclock yourself. It is very easy and can de done in 1-2 minutes. The first one is good if you don't want to overclock by yourself as it is already "superclocked"
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December 5, 2010 8:34:15 PM

I went ahead and went to COMPusa and picked up the SC version :) 

Had a little issue with this card putting it inside the case as the card gets in the way of a sata cable connected to the mobo.

I switched it to another sata port and the card fits. I fired up all my games and much better performance. L4D2 is very beautiful now heh heh.

I have the evga precision utility. Should I mess with the fan at all? Its on auto.


Should I only mess with the fan when I am playing a game then turn back to auto when I am finished with games?

I have noticed my card hits 70c at a load. 40 at idle.


thx!
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December 6, 2010 11:11:54 PM

I wouldn't mess with the fan, keep it on Auto. I would mess with the overclocking using Afterburner to see if you can squeeze a little more performance out of it.
http://downloads.guru3d.com/Afterburner-2.0.0-Final-dow...

Your temps are fine, and that card should overclock nicely.
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December 7, 2010 2:12:41 AM

This motherboard is nothing fancy. Just a HP stock Mobo.

I enabled the precision software to have automatic fan control.


Thx for the help guys.
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December 12, 2010 3:56:30 AM

gts 250 or 450 is best bet.get it and enjoy
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