Upgrading from 8500 GT to 9500 GT or better

I did some research a few months ago on upgrading my GPU but I didn't record any of my findings and what basis I made my decision upon. All I remember is that I decided on a GeForce 9500 GT. From my current findings, it's probably not, but is this the best for me? I have no specific links to any cards as I'm not sure what combinations of manufacturers, RAM quantities, RAM types, etc. are best. This card is just a stepping stone to keep from being left behind before I actually break down and build or buy a new gaming pc.

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Unknown

BUDGET RANGE: USD $100?

USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming (Steam Games and many others)

CURRENT GPU AND POWER SUPPLY: NVIDIA GeForce 8500 GT 2GB DDR2 and Delta Electronics DPS-350AB-8 A:: 350W PSU

OTHER RELEVANT SYSTEM SPECS: Operating System: Windows Vista™ Home Premium (6.0, Build 6002) Service Pack 2 (6002.vistasp2_gdr.100608-0458); System Manufacturer: HP-Pavilion System Model: GG756AV-ABA m8100e; Processor: AMD Athlon(tm) 64 X2 Dual Core Processor 5000+ (2 CPUs), ~2.6GHz; Motherboard: M2N68-LA (Narra2); Memory: 3582MB RAM; Case/Cooling: Standard/Stock

PREFERRED WEBSITE FOR PARTS: No Preference

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: USA

PARTS PREFERENCES: Preferably NVIDIA GPU, No preference on PSU

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Motherboard only has one PCI-E 16

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1280 x 1024 (Subject to change)

OTHER INFO: There is a tv tuner on a PCI-E 1 beside my GPU.
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  1. If I've made some sort of mistake please let me know.
  2. Hello..
    Well you have have pci e 16, then its wise to get a low/middle range gpu.
    What psu do you currently have ?
    Bear in mind the 9500 gt is not a card for gaming/.
  3. Delta Electronics DPS-350AB-8 A:: 350W PSU, but this info is in the OP.
  4. 9500 gt is a bad choice
    This GT 240 will be a cheap upgrade for just 35 $ after rebate (its performance goes between 9600 gt and 9800gt).

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814261060

    Also I would recommend you to buy a new psu, since yours seems weak (could you tell us the AMps in the 12 V rails of your psu?)
    A cheap and good psu would be this Corsair for just 25 $ after rebate

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139017
  5. A 9500GT is 2 generations behind and outdated.

    GT430 is the best choice for around $55.
    Galaxy 43GGS8HX3SPZ GeForce GT 430 (Fermi) 1GB 128-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card
  6. The GT 240 will be fine with the current 350w PSU.

    Delta Electronics is one of the better OEM power supply manufacturers.
  7. Ouch. Fire sale on GT240's. GT240 for $35 is a great deal.
  8. So, the consensus is to just buy the GT 240? Could I get some reasons for doing so?
  9. GT440 > GT240 > GT430 > GT220 > 9500GT > 8500GT
    Tom's 5670/GT240/5570/GT430/GT220
    Tom's 4670/GT220/9500GT
    GT220 is the glue that allows comparison of GT240 to GT430 to GT220 to 9500GT

    Power consumption 69W versus 45W 8500GT

    $35 GT240 > $55 GT430 > $50 9500GT

    40nm GT240 > 55nm 9500GT
  10. jaguarskx said:
    The GT 240 will be fine with the current 350w PSU.

    Delta Electronics is one of the better OEM power supply manufacturers.


    True I´ve been done some research and I´ve found the Amps in the 12 V rail

    +3.3V 15A, +5V 13A, +12V1 18A, +12V2 18A, -12V 0.8A, +5VSB 2.0A .

    This PSU would handle easily a GT 240.
  11. I have 2 questions about the GT 240. Is the $30 rebate card good anywhere or just Palit or Newegg.com? Will the GPU fit on this board with a tv tuner in the PCI-E 1 as shown here? I suppose I can remove it and save it for when I replace the computer and use it as a media server or something.
  12. Aww that's too bad. It won't fit with PCIe x1 being used. The Palit is a dual slot card and will take up both back panel slots.
  13. I think I'll just remove the tuner, its not being utilized currently anyway. My biggest concern now is about how the rebate works.
  14. Looks like Palit sends you a AMEX debit card. See here.
  15. I installed it yesterday and I've noticed a considerable increase in performance. Thanks for having your eyes peeled for that seemingly perfect card for my machine. Now all I have to do is wait on my rebate or perhaps look into a new cpu.
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