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May 27, 2011 7:48:21 PM

Hello everyone im looking to upgrade my geforce 9800gt with a more powerful card.HEre are my specs:

windows vista premium 64bit
core 2 quad Q8300 2.50 GHz
4Gb ram
geforce 9800gt
motherboard: intel G33
Ultra LSP550 550-Watt Power Supply

im thinking on bying a gtx460 but im not sure i have enough psu power to handle it. Any tips on what psu to get and video card. Im not too good with computers so as much help as i can get will be aprecciated.

Im looking to expend no more than $300
a c 641 U Graphics card
May 27, 2011 8:07:31 PM

A good GTX 460, like the MSI Hawk will boost your performance by roughly 50%, and pair well with your mid-range system for less than $200. There are numerous custom GTX 460 models to choose from, many with upgraded components and custom cooling. A 550 watt PSU will get the job done.

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a b U Graphics card
May 27, 2011 8:40:38 PM

GTX460s for their current prices are junk. For under 300$ budget i recommend HD6950 or GTX560Ti. 6950 has a lot lower power consumption (good), it's around 10% faster (stock vs stock not counting nVidia/AMD favoring games), some models have 2GB memory, which is quite useful on multiple screens and it can be flashed into 6970, which will beat 560Ti hands down, also CF scaling (especially on 6900 series) has improved a lot lately so it will even reach GTX570SLi(around 350$ each) levels in CF! On the other hand GTX560Ti has Physx and there are more GTX560Tis to choose from. Keep an eye on GTX570s/HD6970s they drop to around 300$ sometimes.
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a b U Graphics card
May 27, 2011 8:45:56 PM

I think I would get a hd6850 because they cost less, but the GTX 460 hawk is great too, just you could get a hd6870 for that price. Also, i would suggest OCing the CPU to 3.0Ghz. Your PSU should be fine too.
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May 27, 2011 8:49:11 PM

shrkbay said:
GTX460s for their current prices are junk. For under 300$ budget i recommend HD6950 or GTX560Ti. 6950 has a lot lower power consumption (good), it's around 10% faster (stock vs stock not counting nVidia/AMD favoring games), some models have 2GB memory, which is quite useful on multiple screens and it can be flashed into 6970, which will beat 560Ti hands down, also CF scaling (especially on 6900 series) has improved a lot lately so it will even reach GTX570SLi(around 350$ each) levels in CF! On the other hand GTX560Ti has Physx and there are more GTX560Tis to choose from. Keep an eye on GTX570s/HD6970s they drop to around 300$ sometimes.

Yes, but his CPU only runs @ 2.5Ghz, if he could get 3Ghz+ then those cards would be fine. Unless he plays at a very high res, I wouldn't go past a GTX 460 1gb or an hd6850. I do agree that the GTX 460s are junk for the price though.
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a c 641 U Graphics card
May 27, 2011 10:24:37 PM

Here would be my recommendation, the GTX 560 (non-Ti) is essentially the updated/upgraded version of the GTX 460, offering improved performance, but still under $200. There are several great custom models available with factory overclocks and improved cooling. You don't want to shoot too high with your mid-ranged system.

Here are some options:
Asus DirectCU II TOP
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/ASUS/GeForce_GTX_560...

MSI Twin Frozr II/OC
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.guru3d.com/article/msi-geforce-gtx-560-twin-...

Gigabyte OC
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.overclockersclub.com/reviews/gigabyte_gtx560...

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a b U Graphics card
May 27, 2011 10:58:03 PM

17seconds said:
Here would be my recommendation, the GTX 560 (non-Ti) is essentially the updated/upgraded version of the GTX 460, offering improved performance, but still under $200. There are several great custom models available with factory overclocks and improved cooling. You don't want to shoot too high with your mid-ranged system.

Here are some options:
Asus DirectCU II TOP
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/ASUS/GeForce_GTX_560...

MSI Twin Frozr II/OC
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.guru3d.com/article/msi-geforce-gtx-560-twin-...

Gigabyte OC
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.overclockersclub.com/reviews/gigabyte_gtx560...

http://tpucdn.com/reviews/ASUS/GeForce_GTX_560_TOP_Direct_Cu_II/images/perfrel.gif

Those look great, but they compete with the hd6870 and the hd6870 has a much lower price.
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a b U Graphics card
May 27, 2011 10:58:46 PM

Also, it's nice to see you back Matto.
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a b U Graphics card
May 27, 2011 11:05:44 PM

For under $300 get a Sapphire 6950. If it unlocks (95% chance) then you just got a $300+ card for $250.
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a b U Graphics card
May 28, 2011 11:16:53 AM

CueCuemore, Sapphire isn't the only card that unlocks, there are many other cards that can unlock.
OP: 6870 will beat 560 non-Ti and it's cheaper too, also if you will CF it will have a lot of advantage over 560 non-Ti SLi
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a b U Graphics card
May 28, 2011 4:53:39 PM

shrkbay said:
CueCuemore, Sapphire isn't the only card that unlocks, there are many other cards that can unlock.
OP: 6870 will beat 560 non-Ti and it's cheaper too, also if you will CF it will have a lot of advantage over 560 non-Ti SLi

Normally the GTX 560 edges out by a few FPS.
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a c 641 U Graphics card
May 28, 2011 5:07:57 PM

It looks like there are some great deal on the highly overclockable GTX 560 Ti, definitely the best bang for the buck, and a great match for a mid-range system.

EVGA GTX 560 Ti $192 after rebate
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Galaxy GTX 560 Ti $190 after rebate
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
HardOCP liked this card a lot:
http://www.hardocp.com/article/2011/01/25/galaxy_geforc...


If you really want to swing for the fences, and don't mind a little overkill, the GTX 570's are $300 after rebate, a great deal for top tier performance.

MSI GTX 570 $300 after rebate:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PNY GTX 570 $300 after rebate (comes with a free HDMI cable and lifetime warranty):
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Just curious, are you playing any PhysX games with your 9800 GT?
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a b U Graphics card
May 28, 2011 5:22:57 PM

HostileDonut, it may (sometimes) have few FPS higher avg., but it's minimums are awful, around 10% lower than 6870's.
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a b U Graphics card
May 28, 2011 5:58:26 PM

shrkbay said:
HostileDonut, it may (sometimes) have few FPS higher avg., but it's minimums are awful, around 10% lower than 6870's.

Ohhhh, that is bad... I wouldn't get the GTX 560, the GTX 560 is also more expensive too.
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