New card for E6850

Hey dudes!
Was wondering if any of you could help?
I have an E6850, Intel DG33FB, 2G 800mhz RAM, 8800GTX, Vista 32.

Is it worth upgrading my video card??

I want to play games like 'Mass effect 1&2, Bioshock 1&2, Fallout 3 etc' on max settings at 1680x1050.
at the mo' I have to lower the res, or loose detail to get them smooth..
I dont need to play Crysis 2.

Was thinking about a pre-owned GTX280, 285.
Would that do the trick/be worth it, or am I missing something else entirely?

I'g greatly appreciate any help.

ps. Please be gentle, as It's my first day.
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  1. Hello and welcome to the forums
    First of all,upgrade your RAM to 4GB.It will give you a good boost in performance.
    As for VGA,consider GTX 460/HD 6580.They're more than enough for your resolution
  2. Maziar said:
    Hello and welcome to the forums
    First of all,upgrade your RAM to 4GB.It will give you a good boost in performance.
    As for VGA,consider GTX 460/HD 6580.They're more than enough for your resolution


    Thanks for the reply man.
    Was exactly what I was after.
    I have '2 styx of 1G 800mHz 5cl'
    Do you have any suggestions for an upgrade??
  3. squidz66 said:
    Hey dudes!
    Was wondering if any of you could help?
    I have an E6850, Intel DG33FB, 2G 800mhz RAM, 8800GTX, Vista 32.

    Is it worth upgrading my video card??

    I want to play games like 'Mass effect 1&2, Bioshock 1&2, Fallout 3 etc' on max settings at 1680x1050.
    at the mo' I have to lower the res, or loose detail to get them smooth..
    I dont need to play Crysis 2.

    Was thinking about a pre-owned GTX280, 285.
    Would that do the trick/be worth it, or am I missing something else entirely?

    I'g greatly appreciate any help.

    ps. Please be gentle, as It's my first day.



    Yo brother, just hit the sweet spot, go for a GTS 450 or Radeon 5770 as its tailor-made for 1680X1050 with max. settings. and add another couple of gigs of RAM. And in case you stumbled upon some extra power resources you could do well to OC the stock CPU frequencies for few extra fps.
  4. ChikluSoumya said:
    Yo brother, just hit the sweet spot, go for a GTS 450 or Radeon 5770 as its tailor-made for 1680X1050 with max. settings. and add another couple of gigs of RAM. And in case you stumbled upon some extra power resources you could do well to OC the stock CPU frequencies for few extra fps.


    Thanks dude
    I'll look into em'
    ... and thats the other thing!
    I've been looking into overclocking, just not sure how to do it without a new MoBo.. Ram ... etc.
    ..not as easy as getting my athlon 900 to 1G!!!!
  5. 5770 is a great card for your resolution but going from a 8800GTX to 5770 won't give you a huge performance boost(maybe up to 30%)
    As for RAM,have a look at this Corsair XMS2 DDR2 800 4GB
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820145184
  6. Maziar said:
    5770 is a great card for your resolution but going from a 8800GTX to 5770 won't give you a huge performance boost(maybe up to 30%)
    As for RAM,have a look at this Corsair XMS2 DDR2 800 4GB
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820145184


    Thanks again dude
    Will have to get the ram.....
    ... just wait a little longer for the video card.

    Thanks for your help.
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