Best upgrade from the NVIDIA GeForce GT 230

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
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  1. 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.
  2. 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=N82E16814127555&cm_re=hd_6950-_-14-127-555-_-Product
  3. 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=N82E16814127555&cm_re=hd_6950-_-14-127-555-_-Product

    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-geforce-gtx-560-ti-review/15

    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_6950_1gb_performance_review/2

    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.
  4. 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).
  5. My power supply seems to be only 300-350 I guess I'll have to get a new one....
  6. 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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