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

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!
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  1. 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=N82E16814102948

    I forgot about your CPU.You won't be able to use anything above the 6770 without causing a bottleneck.
  2. 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.
  3. Your CPU Will be bottlenecking these $150 GPU due to it so old+dual core but im im not sure tho...
    Im Currently looking at a GTx 460 and it is better than most $150 range videocard...
    http://www.superbiiz.com/detail.php?p=EV-G460_1G&c=pw&hash=91f7%2Fm5GG1%2BA0kNxTzlpn3hvYJ5k95IZDsqEm84NCoOZiIb1Qd%2BHu7qMn%2BR2v2h7ekOCgivnBCvf74obdYux%2BPzpWhUoaFUYOfLv913SPhrtoxvjCvH8RIthgA
    BUT, If you want to save money, get this 6770 videocard becaise it's only "$100" which is a seriously good deal
    http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/searchtools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=602046&Sku=P450-6770&SRCCODE=PWATCH&cm_mmc_o=2mHCjCVybgwczfgtCjCVqHCjCdwwp
  4. 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.
  5. Get a 2120 and a H61 for around less than $200 and a videocard for $100 which is the HD 6770 that i linked..
  6. 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.
  7. 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
  8. also remember with an h61 and that cpu you will have zero oc'ing capabilities
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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?
  12. 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.
  13. 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
  14. 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.
  15. Best answer
    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=N82E16814121391
    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=ENE&DEPA=0&Order=BESTMATCH&Description=hd+6850

    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
  16. The 955 is cheaper than the i3 and can be O.C.'d.
  17. if you have to stick at exactly $150 then a HD 6770
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161383
  18. 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=N82E16819115078&Tpk=i3%202100 $124

    955 be http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103808&Tpk=955%20be
    $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
  19. 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
  20. $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-processor,2989-3.html

    overall the 955be is a better chip
    but gaming it loses
    plus the 1155 is a better upgrade path
  21. 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.
  22. 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
  23. I would go with the 6850 for the crossfire performance but either of them will be able to max out games at that resolution.
  24. I'd go with i3-2100 because AMD 955be use twice the power of the i3 and i coulda save $100 a year...
  25. ^great so you'll save yourself a cup of coffee each yeah, lol, hippy
  26. 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...
  27. Best answer selected by malachiv.
  28. 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!
  29. good choice
    I am jealous :)
    Have fun
    Thanks for selecting me as Best Answer
    dont be a stranger
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