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March 4, 2011 11:47:02 PM

Hey Guys,

One of my GeForce 9800 GT's that were SLI'd in my computer just died. I was wondering whether it would be better to upgrade to the Palit GeForce GTX 560 Ti 2GB version, or to reup to my dual 9800 GT's. There's the same amount of ram either way, although I know GDDR5 Ram is faster, but the clocks between the two vid cards would be about the same or greater with 2 9800 GT's versus 1 560 Ti. I run my resolution at 1680x1050, which is the highest my monitor can go, have 8GB of DDR2 system ram, and have a dual core AMD 7750+ Black and am wanting to play DA 2 and Crysis 2 pretty high up. Thanks in advance.

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a c 214 U Graphics card
March 4, 2011 11:53:21 PM

The GTX560 is way more powerful than a SLI 9800GT setup.You should really look into upgrading your CPU before you upgrade to that card.The GTX560 will be severley bottlenecked by your CPU.

Plz list your full system specs.(CPU,RAM,Power supply,etc.)
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a c 189 U Graphics card
March 5, 2011 5:09:33 AM

Agree, we need your FULL specs first...
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March 5, 2011 2:15:03 PM

OK, here we go. Prob with upgrading the whole system is I don't have a whole lot of money at this point, I'm in school and needing to save money where I can.

AMD Athlon Dual Core 7750+ Black 2.70 GHz (according to Windows)
Corsair XMS2 DDR2 8GB RAM
MSI K9N2 SLI Platinum Motherboard
Coolmax CUG 950W Power Supply
Western Digital Caviar Blue 500 GB SATA 3.0Gb/s 7200 RPM Cache 16MB

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March 5, 2011 2:17:27 PM

By the way, I do appreciate the help on this matter, guys!
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a c 214 U Graphics card
March 5, 2011 5:40:15 PM

which Athlon is that AM2,AM2+ or AM3?It looks like first generation Athlons but i can't exactly tell.If it's a first generation Athlon then you have to upgrade.If it's a Athlon ii then your gonna need to O.C. if you want the GTX560 to perform the way it's supposed to.

Alright here's what you should do.Spend the money for the GPU upgrade on a new CPU and mobo.Even with your old 9800gt you should see some improvement with a faster CPU.I don't think you can spare the money at the moment for both a CPU/Mobo + a GTX560.

Whats your budget in total?Maybe we can work something out to upgrade all of it.
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March 5, 2011 6:51:41 PM

Its an AM2+, not an AM3. Here goes the specifics from Newegg's site. Its two years old.

AMD Athlon 64 X2 7750 Kuma 2.7GHz 2 x 512KB L2 Cache 2MB L3 Cache Socket AM2+ 95W Dual-Core black edition Processor

I kinda threw together an upgrade machine that would utilize some of my old stuff on Newegg. I didn't think the new mobos would accept the DDR2 Ram anymore so I added that in as well, came up to about $680, which I could afford, just didn't want to do it at this point. Again, thanks for the help.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... - Vid Card

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... - RAM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... - MOBO

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... - CPU
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a c 214 U Graphics card
March 5, 2011 11:19:48 PM

Thats all the stuff you already have or you want to get?
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March 6, 2011 1:56:48 AM

thought about getting
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a c 214 U Graphics card
March 6, 2011 2:23:15 AM

Thats a really nice setup.

I've been hearing lots of stories latley of people buying GTX560's and not having the CPU power to push them.Usually it end up where it looks worse than what they had before.Mostly because the CPU just drowns the GPU because it can't keep it with it.

Can you O.C. your CPU?You wouldn't have to upgrade is you have an Athlon ii and a high O.C.
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March 6, 2011 8:54:52 PM

Not really, the cpu fan that came with the cpu isn't that great, only way to OC would be to unlock the other two cores on this CPU. I heard that was how AMD designed their later dual-cores so you could do it if you had a killer cooling system.
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a c 214 U Graphics card
March 6, 2011 8:58:50 PM

Just get a new cooler.I'd reccomend the Hyper 212+.Seems very logical to spend $30 on a new cooler and O.C. than to upgrade to a new CPU.

Hyper 212
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I know how to O.C. but i'm unfamilar with unlocking cores,so i couldn't help you there.

Do you know how to O.C?
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March 7, 2011 7:42:00 PM

I personally try to stay away from overclocking so I never learned how to do it. Its the possibility of the cpu failing that has always kept me from doing it.
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a c 214 U Graphics card
March 7, 2011 8:26:51 PM

People have O.C.ed their CPU's and had them last for more than 5 years.Really all depends on the chip.I might also want to let you know that your Athlon is a first generation so you should really upgrade that when you get the chance.If you are seeking a CPU upgrade than you might as well try to O.C. your current one.

They way i look at the technology you buy today will be aboslute in 2 years so you'll probably upgrade 3 years after you buy the parts and an O.C. processor should last longer than that but in some cases maybe less.As long as it's not an extreme O.C. with high voltage it should only shave a year or 2 off of it's intended life.
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