Im looking at upgrading my video card as I started gaming alot more and my machine isnt keeping up with the latest games. Ive been playing Mafia 2 and Battlefield - Bad company. I have to run these games on the lowest settings and Its still not smooth. I want to be able to crank the graphics up and still have it running smooth.
Im unsure what graphics card to get.
My current specs are
Gigabyte Bearlake Motherboard
Intell core 2 quad 6600 2.4ghz
3gb DDR2 Memory
Nvidia Geforce 8600 GT 512mb
I dont know where my computers specs stand at the moment, but i bought more than 2 years ago so im guessing its a bit out-dated.
From what I can tell my video card is the weakest link.
Ive been contemplating getting the 570 GTX as it is pretty much top of the field at the moment from what i can tell- but not sure if its worth forking the cash over for, when maybe something a bit cheaper might do the job.
Ive always preferred Nvidia cards.
Ive owned a TNT2, Geforce 2 Mx200, Geforce 4 mx420 and the 8600GT...So my preference is with Nvidia.
Also if I was the get the 570gtx do I need to upgrade my power supply? If so whats needed there? And how can I check if my current powersupply is good enough?
from what I can tell its a 250w PSU
and for the 12v rail it says 12v1-8.0A and 12v2-14.0A
Does that mean its 22amps?
Im guessing I'm going to have to buy a new PSU if Im going to be upgrading the graphics card. looking at the NVIDIA website ill need a 500w+ PSU to run the newer cards.
Thanks for all the help so far guys its been really informative.
P.S - Id like to run my games above 40fps - in mafia 2 it runs around 30fps average on the lowest of settings but it slow downs a bit when ever there is alot of action going on - Id like to run around 40-50 so when there is a scene with lots of detail/stuff going on it doesnt become noticable that the machine isnt keeping up.