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GPU Upgrade Advice

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July 15, 2011 6:35:35 AM

System Specs -
Mobo: P5N-E-SLI (nForce 650i) LG775 Chipset
CPU: Q6600 2.4GHz Quad Core
Ram: 4GB DDR2 @ 400MHz
PSU: 1000W Corsair
GPU: 8800GT 512MB GDDR3

So I'm 99% sure my graphics card is going out ( gets really hot while playing games like Portal 2, resulting in black screens for 3 seconds every 10 seconds, and giving 'graphics card has stopped responding' errors during other games). Ideally I would like to just replace the graphics card, but I wouldn't mind upgrading the core system (motherboard, cpu, ram and gpu) if I can get a setup that's cost effective, as I don't know how much life is left in any of these parts.

If I should just upgrade the card, suggestions on the card? And if I get a full system upgrade, what parts should I look into? I have a nice case and my PSU is overkill for my current setup (was looking to upgrade in the future when I bought it).

I have a flexible budget. Thanks for any advice you're willing to give.

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a c 169 U Graphics card
July 15, 2011 7:43:55 AM

If you can,then get an i5/i7 which is much faster than your Q6600.
As for GPU,well it depends on the resolution you play on
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July 15, 2011 8:12:24 AM

I play on 1920x1080. I would consider going to a core i5 system, but how much would out cost me? I would need a mobo, cpu, ram and gpu right?
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a c 169 U Graphics card
July 15, 2011 9:54:47 AM

I'd recommend GTX 570/580 or HD 6970 if you want to play on 1080p and yes you need all of those components.
You can however OC your CPU and keep your current rig.Q6600 is still a good CPU and if you have the G0 version,it's a great overclocker
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a b U Graphics card
July 15, 2011 12:14:40 PM

Yes, you should change the mobo, RAM, and GPU. You should get a Z68 or P67 mobo and a Core i5 2500k considering you have the budget for one. Also, I'd go for a HD 6950 2 GB and later unlock their shaders and make it work like a HD 6970. On NVIDIA's side, you can spend some money on a GTX 570 or a GTX 580.
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