I need to purchase a graphics card immediately, My Asus GeForce 8800 GT stopped working yesterday. I am willing to spend $200.
Games needed to run are mainly Assassins Creed Brotherhood, Fable 3, Brink.
My PC specs are as follows(system is 3 years old) :
Asus P5N-D mobo
Intel Q6600 (2.6GHZ)
4 GB Kingston DDR2 800 ram
currently using XP service pack 3
I want to purchase a card just to run this system optimally (graphic card must not limit system performance). I have been looking at the 1GB GeForce GTX 550 ti, 1GB MSI Radeon HD 6850.
can i upgrade my processor with the current mobo or is my system too outdated? can you recommend a processor?
You have a socket 775 mobo. The Q6600 is not THE most powerful CPU for that socket, but close to it: the Q9xxx series is slightly faster and I believe there was a Q6700 as well, but (if you can find one of these CPUs second hand) they won't run circles around the Q6600. The Q6600 can still handle almost all games out there, all games if you overclock it to say 3ghz.
i would stay in the 460GTX, maybe go with a 1GB, that would leave it pretty good with a nice O/C on your Q6600 -- a 460 is about 3x more powerful than the 8800 so you should have a nice upgrade without having to worry about power draw, etc. I have a 460GTX 768 with an AMD x3 445 it is somewhere around the same horsepower of your cpu and it doesn't usually get maxed out on games,,but then again i haven't really maxed out my vid card either
For $200 or less, if you are looking at value, go with the ATI HD 6850 or the Nvidia GTX 560. The 560 is probably going to be the single best performer for that dollar amount. Check out www.gpubench.com and try their Value index. Tells you performance for $$
where are you? those prices a tad high for North America.. i like gigabyte --- i originally suggested the 460 because it was faster than what you were looking at without breaking the bank,, but I do like the 560 ti model,, but it's also 50% more money - unless you plan to upgrade everything in your PC soon, it may be a waste of money unless you have a high res screen already..... just my opinion though.
don't spend too much if you aren't doing up your whole PC, moving from 8800 GT a 460 will blow it out of the water,, 560 will put down the hurt on a 460,, so whatever you want to spend here, but I think you would want a faster CPU for the 560.
most brands should b OK,, just try to read up whatever reviews you can before you purchase,,, i know you won't have the greatest selection.
airfreight to ZA is super pricey,, so I can see the higher prices.
The 460 will probably be fine if you can grab it for 215, just keep it cool is your main thing.
460's don't run hot to begin with, low power draw and very quiet,, work well pretty much any case they can fit in,,, at most if you find you are running a bit warmer than your comfort level, just add a case fan or a small 40mm somewhere to move the air around in the case.
i have a matx case with a 460, 4 hdd, dvd drive, 1 add in card and heat or air movement is not an issue..