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Graphics card upgrade to play Rift

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February 22, 2011 11:47:34 AM

Hello,

My graphics card has packed up for my main PC and want to buy a new one so I can play Rift MMO and WOW Cataclysm at max settings without braking the bank (200 pounds max preferably less). My old graphics card was nVidia GeForce 8800 GTX.

Below is my current PC spec

Dell XPS 420 2 years old
Q6600 2.4 Ghz quad core
2 Gig Memory
http://www.trustedreviews.com/pcs/review/2008/01/11/Del...

The reason that I do not want to spend too much money is because I want to upgrade to a Cryo Nemesis when I have saved up enough money http://www.cryopc.co.uk/cryo_nemesis.htm

Thanks in advance for any help

Forgot to mention

Rift MMO Recommended System Specifications
Operating system: Windows XP, Vista, or 7
Processor: Core 2 Duo 2.2 GHz or better
Memory: 4 GB
Hard disk space: 15.0 GB available
Desktop Video: Nvidia GTS 250 or better
Notebook Video: Nvidia GTX 200M series or better
Sound: DirectX 8.1 compliant card
DirectX®: 9.0c, June 2010 update

Cataclysm Recomended Spec
•Windows XP 32-bit (SP3), Windows XP 64-bit (SP2), Windows Vista 32-bit (SP1), Windows Vista 64-bit (SP1) Windows 7
Processor

•Dual-core processor, such as the Intel Pentium D or AMD Athlon 64 X2
Memory

•2 GB RAM (2 GB for Vista users)
Video

•3D graphics processor with Vertex and Pixel Shader capability with 256 MB Nvidia GeForce 8600 or ATI Radeon
February 22, 2011 2:38:55 PM

Thanks for your recommendations
I have decided to purchase the following from ebuyer as they have next day delivery;

Gigabyte GTX 460
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/232853
(hope this is the same spec as you recommended)

Corsair 650W TX Series PSU
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/135514
(changed the power supply as this had better reviews)

Ive just checked my PC and I have 4GB ram so wont need to upgrade

Thanks again for your help
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February 22, 2011 2:46:00 PM

ok Man,Enjoy your Upcoming Gaming.Take Care.
February 24, 2011 6:14:07 PM

and BTW, once you start playing Rift (Headstart started today), you won't even want/need to install WoW Cata :) 
March 23, 2011 3:27:43 PM

i would also reccomend you upgrade from 2 core to quad core if you can
i know it would make a huge difference in wow
!