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Upgrading 8800GT in the near future

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July 13, 2011 9:05:31 AM

Hey everyone. I'm looking to upgrade video card from my 512MB GeForce 8800GT in the near future. It's starting to act up while I'm gaming, and it's really not up to running current titles at a satisfactory level. I'm currently running it with an Athlon 64 X2 4800+ 2.5 Ghz (Brisbane) CPU. I'm soon moving to a whole new rig, and therefore upgrading to a new CPU (likely either an Intel Core i5 or an i7 in the 2.5 to 3.5 Ghz range). My monitor likely won't be upgraded and is a 17" widescreen, running at 1440x900. Other potentially relevant details: I run Vista right now but I'm going to Windows 7 with the new build, and will be running 4-8 GBs of RAM (4 GBs of DDR2 667 right now)

My current budget for a card is $100-200. What would best fit my needs? I play first-person shooters, RPGs, RTSs, MMOs, the whole lot, and I would like to be ready for Skyrim in November. My budget is tight as all get out so flexibility is low. The better the card for the lowest price will help. I don't need top-of-the-line, but I would like it to last a year or so. I usually replace my card once every year or so, so that's the life span I'm expecting. Smaller is better too; my current case (17.25" deep) ran out of room and can't hold anything bigger then what I have so while I'm shopping for larger cases (approx. 20-22" deep), I'm still paranoid a really large card won't fit.

Thank you for reading my ramble and I hope someone can help.
a b U Graphics card
July 13, 2011 10:00:11 AM

can you afford a gtx 460?If that's out of your range go for a gtx 550 ti or amd 6790
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July 13, 2011 12:03:14 PM

well your cpu is bottlenecking the crap out of your current GPU and is your most likely issue with games, so upgrade CPU/motherboard first and go from there. An 8800gt should still play games ok at 1440x900.
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July 13, 2011 12:26:08 PM

iam2thecrowe said:
well your cpu is bottlenecking the crap out of your current GPU and is your most likely issue with games, so upgrade CPU/motherboard first and go from there. An 8800gt should still play games ok at 1440x900.


The CPU is definitely getting an upgrade first, that's for certain. Would my card play tgames well with say, a 3.4 Ghz Core i7, or is that way overkill?
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July 13, 2011 12:28:08 PM

which is the game you play the most?
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July 13, 2011 12:32:16 PM

celpas said:
which is the game you play the most?


My most played games right now are NBA 2K11, World of Warcraft, Unreal Tournament 3, Witcher 2 and Call of Duty: Black Ops. I would like to play Crysis 2 as well as games like Rage and Skyrim when they come out.
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July 13, 2011 12:38:22 PM

Alphasim said:
My most played games right now are NBA 2K11, World of Warcraft, Unreal Tournament 3, Witcher 2 and Call of Duty: Black Ops. I would like to play Crysis 2 as well as games like Rage and Skyrim when they come out.

You should be able to play all those games except for withcer 2 and crysis 2 at near max settings.The 8800 gt is a solid performer at 1440X900
Here is a benchmark of the 8800/9800 GT in crysis 2
http://www.geforce.com/#/Optimize/Guides/crysis-2-bench...
As you can see the 8800 GT can run crysis 2 at high settings at 1680X1050 with an average of 43 fps easily.Now your rez is way lower than that so you should be ale to play crysis 2 at near max at that resolution.
You can see the performance of your gpu as to how it should perform here
http://www.geforce.com/#/Optimize

Your cpu is definitely bottlenecking you.Getting an i7 or even a low powered intel core 2 quad should solve the problem and increase your performance in your games.I own a 9800 GT and its still my personal budget friendly video card for lower resolutions :) 
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July 13, 2011 12:45:07 PM

Just upgrade everything in my opinion and you wont really need an high end graphic card to run everything at maxed settings if you stay at a 1440x900 resolution
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July 14, 2011 9:18:45 AM

My new computer will, confirmed, be powered by a 2.9 GHz Core i5 (price prohibited the i7 - I'll make that jump in the future). The monitor and therefore 1440x900 res will stay the same. Will there be a performance jump with my current card from the CPU upgrade?

EDIT: My new computer is here, and my gaming performance has skyrocketed. I get 60 FPS in most of the games I play now so I might not need a new GPU right away after all. Thanks to everyone for pointing out that my CPU was the real problem.
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July 24, 2011 12:41:53 AM

Best answer selected by Alphasim.
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July 24, 2011 12:44:16 AM

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