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Upgrading 8600GT

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April 29, 2011 10:14:32 AM

I'm totally new to this forum and I would like your opinion about what graphics card should I buy.My budget is around 200Euro (290$) and I would really like to upgrade my graphics card because it's pretty old around 3-4 years now.So any advice would be apreciated.Also my system specs are : Windows Vista 32bit,2Gb RAM,650Watt PSU,8600GT 512Mb,500Gb HDD,Q6600 CPU at 2,4ghz,Mobo:GA-946GMX-S2 from gigabyte.

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April 29, 2011 11:34:49 AM

3 choices...

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

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

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

looking at your budget... most people will go for a hd 6950 for its 2gb vram and ability to unlock to hd 6970 by flashing their bios...

but gtx 560 ti is a great buy as well as it is a great overclocker and it is cheaper than hd 6950 as well...

my vote is on msi gtx 560 ti twin frozr ii...
April 29, 2011 11:42:03 AM

Thanks for you reply but I was also looking forward to the GTX560 from MSI-Hawk edition.But I don't know when it is going to be released.Also will the those cards be compatible with my specs???Or do I have to upgrade something else too???Will the system then get bottlenecked?
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April 30, 2011 10:40:46 AM

your system may get bottleneck by your stock speed cpu... but it depends on which games you play... games that are sensitive to cpu speed will runs slower... any motherboard with pcie 2.0 x16 slot can fit those cards... i forget about msi hawk edition... this...

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

i will get this msi gtx 560 ti hawk edition if i were you... yes gigabyte soc edition is faster than msi but i think the twin frozr iii cooler will do better job at cooling the gtx 560 ti... vote for msi hawk edition....
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April 30, 2011 10:47:34 AM

What "650W" PSU do you have?
April 30, 2011 10:52:22 AM

Thanks again,but i think my mobo hasn't got a pcie 2.0 slot only the old pcie slot at x16 but i think that those cards are backwards compatible with the older pcie 1.0 slots.Also i play games like battlefield,call of duty,counter strike and games like this.
April 30, 2011 10:54:52 AM

The TX650 from Corsair so i think that this psu could handle it.
April 30, 2011 11:20:08 AM

don't worry.. the only slot which is the longest one.. and highlighted with blue color... thats the slot that can fit those cards... your psu is nice it can even handle the gtx 580...
April 30, 2011 11:25:17 AM

And again thank you very much for your advice :) 
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