What is the best graphics card my computer can handle?

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What is the best graphics card my computer can handle?

Can someone please help me with this?

Please note that I actually have 4GB of ram, but windows xp does not recognize all of it. I have a large tower computer with a big video card already, but I think the card is dying. Sometimes when i play videos, when there are black backgrounds, I see strange while lines within the black, like the video quality is really bad or something. I just want to buy a new video card, but I need to know if my computer can handle it. I have a 1000w power supply and a lot of ventilation and fans in the tower. My current system is 4 years old. I don't mind changing my operating system to Windows 7.

Here are my system specs from DxDiag:

Operating System: Windows XP Professional (5.1, Build 2600) Service Pack 3 (2600.xpsp_sp3_gdr.101209-1647)
System Manufacturer: NVIDIA
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Duo CPU E6850 @ 3.00GHz (2 CPUs)
Memory: 2814MB RAM
Page File: 1606MB used, 3094MB available
DirectX Version: DirectX 9.0c
Card name: NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GTX
Manufacturer: NVIDIA
Chip type: GeForce 8800 GTX
DAC type: Integrated RAMDAC
Display Memory: 768.0 MB
Current Mode: 1920 x 1200 (32 bit) (60Hz)
Monitor: Plug and Play Monitor
Monitor Max Res: 1600,1200
Driver Name: nv4_disp.dll
Driver Version: 6.14.0012.6099 (English)
DDI Version: 9 (or higher)
Driver Attributes: Final Retail
Driver Date/Size: 10/16/2010 11:55:00, 6359552 bytes
WHQL Logo'd: Yes
WHQL Date Stamp: n/a
VDD: n/a
Mini VDD: nv4_mini.sys
Mini VDD Date: 10/16/2010 11:55:00, 9623680 bytes
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  1. OC youe CPU and I would say you could handle a hd6850 or a GTX 460. The hd6850 is better in most cases and costs less.
  2. I don't know the first thing about overclocking my cpu, unfortunately.
  3. snokijum said:
    I don't know the first thing about overclocking my cpu, unfortunately.

    Look it up on youtube. It's REALLY easy to just OC a little bit. When you start getting it perfect and raising voltage, then it gets dangerous.
  4. Are there any other options if I choose not to overclock?
  5. I would go with a hd 5770 without an OC. OCing is really worth it if you are willing to put a few hours into learning the basics. I bet you could get 3.5Ghz without a voltage jump or anything.
  6. ^yup, 3,5 with C2D is easily reachable without voltage increase
  7. 5870/6950/6970/gtx570/580, etc.
  8. ^his CPU will bottleneck any of these cards no matter how high his CPU is OCed
  9. Gtx 560I or 6870 but you may want to push your cpu clocks little further
  10. You can play most games on medium to high settings at 720P resolutions. You can probably play any PC game. Just turn the settings down a little bit. I know you can play Crysis on medium for sure. That game has really good looking graphics even on medium.
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