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Replace XFX 9600 GT

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February 2, 2011 2:19:41 PM

I am looking to possibly upgrade my XFX 9600 GT gfx card to something a little more robust. I would like to stay below or around $150, and would like to try ATI based on my motherboard (unless otherwise suggested).

Board: ASUS M4A78T-E AM3 AMD 790GX HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard
CPU: AMD Athlon II X4 640 Propus 3.0GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache Socket AM3
RAM: G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) times 2 so 8 gigs
PSU: 500 watt Rosewill

I am not sure if the Hybrid CrossfireX would benefit the system with an ATI card. Any suggestions for an upgrade that would give the most bang? I currently play the COD series including black ops, as well as BFBC2. Frame rates in black ops are fine for the most part, but do drop significantly on some maps and during intense gameplay. Any help is appreciated, thanks.

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a b U Graphics card
February 2, 2011 2:27:34 PM

Hybrid Crossfire is a bit useless, there's no point.

The majority of your system looks pretty capable.

My only concern is that PSU, rosewill are hardly known for stability...

But anyway, $150 will get you a 6850 at a stretch:

That one is $160 after rebates.

Absolutely can't go above $150?

That will serve you well and will give you change in your pocket.
a c 214 U Graphics card
February 2, 2011 2:36:51 PM

What resoultion is your monitor?

I would reccomend the 5770.
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February 2, 2011 2:41:23 PM

Thanks for quick reply. The PSU has always concerned me in this rig, though I have had it for well over 2 years without a problem. Both cards look great and the 6850 may be what i go for. I would imagine to go with it, i may invest in a new PSU. The system itself is an upgrade from a 969 socket amd 4200 x2 cpu. So The difference has been night and day. While I am at it, any suggestions on an inexpensive PSU, im not looking for a high wattage top of the line, im a young guy with a budget. Thanks!
February 2, 2011 2:43:10 PM

20 inch 1600x900 HDMI monitor.
a b U Graphics card
February 2, 2011 2:43:49 PM

A single card setup, especially with ATI, you won't need anything above 500W.

You can't go wrong with any of these brands: Corsair, Antec, Silverstone, XFX.
a c 214 U Graphics card
February 2, 2011 5:32:53 PM

The combo is for a 6850
a c 355 U Graphics card
February 2, 2011 5:53:13 PM

Like I said Raidmax PSU in that combo is crap.
a c 172 U Graphics card
February 2, 2011 5:54:36 PM

A 5770 wouldn't be to bad for your setup given that a psu upgrade is coming down the tubes. Might as well hang onto the 9600gt to keep as a backup or as a dedicated physx card.
a c 214 U Graphics card
February 2, 2011 6:30:53 PM

You can defnitly get away with maxing out COD but i think you will only be able to do medium graphics with BFBC2 with a 5770.BFBC2 is very CPU and GPU intensive.

I would defnitly reccomend this card

MSI is a great brand.It is an Open Box but i still consider it good.Their are acutally lots of Open Box 5770's at the moment,check it out for yourself