My rig is getting a bit slow with some of the newer games coming out this year and from the end of last year. It is a homebuilt system, but was done by a more knowledgeable person than myself, I am want to upgrade, but don't want to have to totally rebuild.
Was wondering if just buying a new GPU would give it enough juice to keep up with the newer titles. Have been researching and have be considering the ATI Raedon HD 6970 2GB. I am unsure if my PSU has the right connections for this card.
Just want to know if my rig can handle this, and if this would be the best way to upgrade. Price Range max $400.
My PC specs are:
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM) 2 duo CPU E8500 @ 3.16GHZ
Motherboard: ASUS P5Q
Ram: x2 Corsair DDR2 2048mb
GPU: ATI Raedon HD 4850 1GB
PSU: Coolermaster SilentPro 600 RS-600-AMBA-D3 (600w)
OS: Windows 7 Ultimate 64x SP1
Display: Samsung SyncMaster 2493HM 1900x1200, 1080p
Sound Card: SB Audigy
HD: 160GB (Standard)
Tower: Coolermaster CM 690
Fans: x2 Case Fans
You are on the right path here Bussy. Niklas' advice is correct.
You have lots of choices for a video card. You could go with Niklas' suggestion and get a 560 Ti, or try this out for size: MSI R6950-2PM2D2GD5 Radeon HD 6950 2GB for $234. This card is $23 less, and is unlockable to a 6970. The card still fits within the confines of your power supply, and your case is big enough to hold it. Pick your favorite game out of this review to compare. If you go with the 6950, make sure you get a 2GB model so that you can unlock it.
Oh, I saw your post asking about overclocking: here is an guide for your style of chip. It is very detailed, and might be a bit intimidating. It is actually a lot of fun, and pretty simple once you get the hang of it.