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Best upgrade from the NVIDIA GeForce GT 230

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March 2, 2011 6:56:00 PM

Ok, so I have the NVIDIA GeForce GT 230 and it seems to being some werid things, like not being able handle Dragon age 2 on direct 11 and things like that even though I can play other games. Also my monitor has been going idle while gaming, and the only way to get out is to turn the computer off. Money range is 0-300 and I only have one pci x16 slot.

Basically I just want to know what series are compadable with my system for example Can I use ANY 200 series? Can I upgrade to the 400 series? Thankyou techGuru's!


So here are my specs.
Operating System
MS Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
CPU
Intel Core i5 750 @ 2.67GHz 51 °C
Lynnfield 45nm Technology
RAM
8.0GB Dual-Channel DDR3 @ 662MHz (9-9-9-24)
Motherboard
MSI Indio (CPU 1)
Graphics
HF237 (1920x1080@60Hz)
NVIDIA GeForce GT 230
Hard Drives
977GB Seagate ST31000528AS (RAID) 29 °C
Optical Drives
MagicISO Virtual DVD-ROM0000
hp CDDVDW TS-H653R
Audio
Realtek High Definition Audio

And I have a 1600x1200 monitor
a b Î Nvidia
March 3, 2011 6:37:08 PM

GTX 560 is a heck of a card in that price range if you want to go with Nvidia (my current preference). Also consider a 5870 if you like AMD.
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March 3, 2011 6:43:47 PM

I Would Suggest Ati Radeon Hd 6950 For you,you can unlock it into hd 6970 and thats its amazing point.Gtx 560ti is good too but i would still go with hd 6950 as it will offer Better Ratio in performance/price/overclocking.and the unlocking it into hd 6970 would give you huge boost in performance.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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a b Î Nvidia
March 4, 2011 12:08:27 PM

mrjericho1991 said:
I Would Suggest Ati Radeon Hd 6950 For you,you can unlock it into hd 6970 and thats its amazing point.Gtx 560ti is good too but i would still go with hd 6950 as it will offer Better Ratio in performance/price/overclocking.and the unlocking it into hd 6970 would give you huge boost in performance.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

True. 6950 1GB falls into this price range too. It beats the 5870 in some gaming benchmarks but not in others:

http://www.guru3d.com/article/radeon-hd-6950-1gb-vs-gef...

You can pick up a 5870 for close to $200 these days. Seems like a great deal. The 6950 will run $250-$300.

http://www.hardocp.com/article/2011/02/24/amd_radeon_hd...

I guess it depends what you play. The 2GB edition of the 6950 is out of the price range (+$100-ish). Some benchmarks show the 2GB 6950 underperforming the 1GB 6950 on a single screen, though if you want to go eyefinity with 3 screens, this is where the 2GB card pays.

Additionally, unlocking the 6950 card to a 6970, will void the warranty. The 6950 itself, though, seems to be a solid card in the price range.
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a b Î Nvidia
March 4, 2011 12:49:08 PM

Don't see a power supply listing in your system specs. You'd need a 500 watt or so PSU to run a higher end card. Since you are running a nVidia card now, a 560 will be a good upgrade, you won't have to touch the drivers, just put the new card in. Long as your power supply will run it (power connectors, enough wattage).
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March 6, 2011 2:13:54 AM

My power supply seems to be only 300-350 I guess I'll have to get a new one....
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March 6, 2011 1:06:09 PM

Greenblood said:
My power supply seems to be only 300-350 I guess I'll have to get a new one....

Yes. The minimum requirement for these cards is a 500W power supply.
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