Sign in with
Sign up | Sign in
Your question
Closed

Looking to Upgrade From My 8800GT, $150 Max Budget

Last response: in Graphics & Displays
Share
August 4, 2011 10:43:29 PM

I'm hoping to get some advice on my loooong overdue upgrade to my Nvidia 8800GT. Here's the info:

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Today if possible, no online ordering BUDGET RANGE: $150 before rebates

USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming (currently playing: Crysis, Gears of War, 2033, Civ 4, Ghostbusters, Sins of a Solar Empire, Mass Effect)

CURRENT GPU AND POWER SUPPLY: Nvida 8800GT and Ultra LSP 550 Watt PSU (CompuUSA brand)

OTHER RELEVANT SYSTEM SPECS: Duo E5200 2.50 GHz, 3GB of DDR3 RAM, Intel DG41WV mATX mobo

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: n/a

PARTS PREFERENCES: Leaning towards ATI, but no true preference

OVERCLOCKING: No SLI OR CROSSFIRE: No

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1280x1024 (old school :??:  )

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Also running WinXP, plan to upgrade to Win7 soon.

Currently I'm looking at maybe a Radeon 5770/6770. Any feedback would be GREATLY appreciated. Thank you!
a c 214 U Graphics card
August 4, 2011 11:15:28 PM

I would wait and save up a little more money(around $170-$200).Upgrading from a 8800GT to a 6770 isn't really a huge improvement so it's not really worth the money for the upgrade,imo.

Here's something that you should look twards getting.The 6870


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

I forgot about your CPU.You won't be able to use anything above the 6770 without causing a bottleneck.
Score
0
a c 172 U Graphics card
August 4, 2011 11:21:25 PM

you want at least a 6850 to be a decent improvement. As said above your cpu is a bottleneck, it is bottlenecking your current 8800gt. And the Ultra PSU, ditch it before it blows up. Honestly, the resolution your running a CPU upgrade would be of more benefit.
Score
0
Related resources
a c 214 U Graphics card
August 4, 2011 11:24:41 PM

Yah I should have said it before.At your resoultion the 8800GT should still be very good.You just need a CPU upgrade or you can O.C. as an alternative.
Score
0
a b U Graphics card
August 4, 2011 11:27:32 PM

Get a 2120 and a H61 for around less than $200 and a videocard for $100 which is the HD 6770 that i linked..
Score
0
a c 214 U Graphics card
August 4, 2011 11:47:16 PM

I would suggest saving up the money to do it right.A Sandy Bridge dual core is nice but once again it's still a dual core and not a huge improvement,yes an improvement but a quad core would be much better.For $30 more you can have an i5.
Score
0
a b U Graphics card
August 5, 2011 1:11:08 AM

get a 955 and a decent motherboard for well under 200 and oc the hell out of it, then buy a 6850 and a decent psu, I would personally not waste money on an sb dual core core either
Score
0
a b U Graphics card
August 5, 2011 1:11:42 AM

also remember with an h61 and that cpu you will have zero oc'ing capabilities
Score
0
a b U Graphics card
August 5, 2011 1:26:08 AM

a 955 and am3 mobo can be had little more than the 150 dollar budget
makes sense to me
then OC the 8800
OCing video cards is easy
and not really dangerous
would be a smarter upgrade path
then look at PSU and GPU later after saving

but otherwise at the 150 mark
the GTX 460 768mb is great if you still get one
Score
0
a b U Graphics card
August 5, 2011 2:44:38 AM

maybe do some hunting on ebay, I just got 6850 crossfire cards for a backup rig for 220 total shipped :)  Ive seen some cheap am3 cpu on there as well; just be aware of what you are getting into and make sure you get it relatively cheap if you decide to go that route you could probably save 30-50% if you played your cards right, just a suggestion

furthermore I'd get a new quality psu first and foremost
Score
0
August 9, 2011 12:44:16 AM

Okay, I've got a bit of an update for my rig. These are either purchased parts or planned purchases.

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: within a month BUDGET RANGE: $150 before rebates

USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming (currently playing: Crysis, Gears of War, 2033, Civ 4, Ghostbusters, Sins of a Solar Empire, Mass Effect)

CURRENT GPU AND POWER SUPPLY: Nvida 8800GT and Antec BP550+ PSU

OTHER RELEVANT SYSTEM SPECS: i3-2100 3.1 GHz, 4GB of DDR3 1600 RAM, ASRock P67 Pro3 B3 mobo

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg

PARTS PREFERENCES: Leaning towards ATI, but no true preference

OVERCLOCKING: No SLI OR CROSSFIRE: No

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1280x1024, maybe a tad higher

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: WinXP & Win7

Hopefully that should leave me able to get a card that would be a considerable upgrade. Any suggestions?
Score
0
a c 214 U Graphics card
August 9, 2011 12:50:42 AM

I still reccomend saving a little more for at least an i5.A dual core doesn't really seem like a smart upgrade option and it's not very futureproof.
Score
0
a b U Graphics card
August 9, 2011 1:31:41 AM

purple stank said:
I still reccomend saving a little more for at least an i5.A dual core doesn't really seem like a smart upgrade option and it's not very futureproof.

If your talking about old dual core than yes it is but since the 2100 is 2nd Gen processor, it is currently 15% faster than the first + It got HTT, it performs a bit better than Q9300 on games and 3D http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/75?vs=289 and close to as good as a i7 920 by few FPS like 3-7 FPS
Score
0
a c 214 U Graphics card
August 9, 2011 3:00:23 AM

He's upgrading from a dual core so it doesn't make sense to go with another dual core.His upgrade could be 15% better or it could be 70% better.

For the games hes playing and the ones he will play he will definitly see a lot better performance with a true quad core.
Score
0

Best solution

a b U Graphics card
August 9, 2011 3:04:36 AM

I3-2100 is a great choice
beats a amd 955 and is right there with I7 first gen when it comes to gaming

with that said
at the $150 mark
and at your resolution
definitley a GTX 460
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
it is $15 over your budget but a great card
or since you like ATI a HD 6850
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=E...

either way you cant go wrong
both will be awesome at your resolution
and if you upgrade monitor
have no problems playing current games at 1920x1080
Share
a c 214 U Graphics card
August 9, 2011 3:12:41 AM

The 955 is cheaper than the i3 and can be O.C.'d.
Score
0
a b U Graphics card
August 9, 2011 3:18:00 AM

purple stank said:
The 955 is cheaper than the i3 and can be O.C.'d.



i3-http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $124

955 be http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$120

for $5 bucks more I would pick the I3 2100- really a $5 price difference is meaningless
except the 1155 mobos are pricier
but just for the CPU
it is the same

remember later on can upgrade to a I5-2500K
and nothing AMD has now can match up to the 2500k OCd

and Bulldozer MIGHT be great
but at this point that is hopeful thinking

Score
0
a b U Graphics card
August 9, 2011 3:18:41 AM

purple stank said:
The 955 is cheaper than the i3 and can be O.C.'d.


yes thank you, this is what ive been saying
Score
0
a b U Graphics card
August 9, 2011 3:38:30 AM

$5 people
really?

Dont get me wrong
I have an AMD tower also
but there is no denying that at this time
a 1155 is a better upgrade path
and that the I3-2100 can game better than the 955be
at stock speeds

if the OP wanted to do multi threaded work than
I would say 955be
but for purely gaming the I3 2100 wins

dont believe me
believe Toms
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-llano-proces...

overall the 955be is a better chip
but gaming it loses
plus the 1155 is a better upgrade path
Score
0
a c 214 U Graphics card
August 9, 2011 3:54:55 AM

I didn't notice that they dropped the price on the 2100.It used to be $150 or something.

I guess if your budget is really super tight you could go with the 2100.Mainly because with that 1155 mobo you can upgrade to the 2500k.
Score
0
a b U Graphics card
August 9, 2011 3:58:12 AM

Really the point is moot :) 
the OP already got the I3 2100
and I have love for AMD and Intel
so really if the OP had a 955be or I3 2100 they are doing
good either way :) 

the question is the video card for $150 and they have a decent PSU and CPU now
so my picks are the
GTX 460 1gb
or
HD 6850
or if budget is tight than
a
HD 6770
Score
0
a c 214 U Graphics card
August 9, 2011 4:03:52 AM

I would go with the 6850 for the crossfire performance but either of them will be able to max out games at that resolution.
Score
0
a b U Graphics card
August 9, 2011 7:42:57 AM

I'd go with i3-2100 because AMD 955be use twice the power of the i3 and i coulda save $100 a year...
Score
0
a b U Graphics card
August 9, 2011 3:17:53 PM

^great so you'll save yourself a cup of coffee each yeah, lol, hippy
Score
0
a b U Graphics card
August 9, 2011 4:21:48 PM

jjb8675309 said:
^great so you'll save yourself a cup of coffee each yeah, lol, hippy

LOL, Yep he will if he buy the i3-2100 LOL...
Score
0
a b U Graphics card
August 9, 2011 4:25:27 PM

:lol: 
Score
0
August 12, 2011 6:21:49 AM

Best answer selected by malachiv.
Score
0
August 12, 2011 6:24:46 AM

Thanks for all the feedback! Yes, I wish that I could get the i5, but I think I'll be plenty happy with the i3. With that said, I decided to go with the Radeaon 6850. Thanks again!
Score
0
a b U Graphics card
August 12, 2011 7:05:39 AM

good choice
I am jealous :) 
Have fun
Thanks for selecting me as Best Answer
dont be a stranger
Score
0
a c 271 U Graphics card
August 12, 2011 4:37:06 PM

This topic has been closed by Mousemonkey
Score
0
a c 271 U Graphics card
August 12, 2011 4:37:18 PM

This topic has been reopen by Mousemonkey
Score
0
a c 271 U Graphics card
August 12, 2011 4:37:53 PM

This topic has been closed by Mousemonkey
Score
0
!