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New Graphics Card for Old system- compatible/efficient?

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June 16, 2011 2:54:30 PM

Hi Everyone!

Four years ago I built my own computer for the first time ever with alot of help from your guys at Tom's hardware, I've come back to get some advice on upgrading my system, here it is:

CPU - Core 2 Duo E6420 - Overclocked @ 2.9Ghz Bus 415 Multiplier 7x
Cooler - Zalman Al/Cu Cooler on it
Motherboard - Gigabyte 965P-DS3
Graphics Card - BFG Tech 8800GTS 320MB
RAM - 2 x 1 gig Corsair PC2 - 6400 (400mhz) Current Timing : 1-5-6-6-20
Harddrive - 500 gig SATA 2 & 1000 gig SATA 2

Recently my graphics card bummed out with artifacts appearing all the time (when you go 4 years without cleaning it properly :(  ) and unwilling to use an oven to bake it back into shape I've decided to upgrade it to an ATI Radeon HD 6850, (http://www.canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=4...) . I'm also going to get 2 more gigs of ram to make sure that's not going to be a bottleneck.

So my question is, will a Radeon 6850 work well in my build? Also- anything else I could upgrade to make this old workhorse a beast once more (no going crazy plz :ange:  )

Thanks everyone!
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June 16, 2011 3:20:44 PM

Well firstg off, that's actually a $184 card. They are including MIR in price, which isn't always honored. So with that being said, I suggest you throw down the $15 and get this one instead: http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=10530BD9927&v... It's $199 before rebate, $180 after. And free shipping! It is a very capable card and will easily carry over into a new build.

If you can go for $199, I would prefer this card: http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=16950BD2263&v... Lifetime warranty.

Here's a page with actual info on the card: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Benchy of 6850 vs 6870: http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/291?vs=290

In about a year though, I would suggest buying a whole new system, as your current one won't last long. It'll do for now though.

Might I ask what your PSU is? It has to have 2x6pin PCI cables.
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a b U Graphics card
June 16, 2011 3:53:14 PM

Yup! You should be good. The PSU isn't the best necessarily, but it gets the job done.

Good luck!
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