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Upgrading from an Nvidia 9500GT. Looking to spend $130-$180

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August 13, 2011 11:44:16 PM

Hello, I'm looking to upgrade my 9500GT card to something a little more modern.

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: As soon as possible BUDGET RANGE: $130-$180 before rebate.

USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: I'm a casual gamer. I currently run most of my games on Medium settings. I would love to run games at high (not max/ultra) settings, but I don't need to spend a lot of extra money for a little more antialiasing. That being said, I'm starting to suffer from some pretty bad lag in my current set of games. I currently play Fallout New Vegas (with texture packs), Starcraft II, Borderlands, Left 4 Dead 2, and UT3.

CURRENT GPU AND POWER SUPPLY: eVGA Nvidia GeForce 9500GT and an Antec BP550 Plus 550W power supply.

CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo 3.0GHZ (E8400)
Mobo: Gigabyte GA-EP45DS3L (
RAM: 4GB DDR2 1066



OVERCLOCKING: Only what is safely possible with stock cooling. CROSSFIRE/SLI: No

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1080. But I run most of my games in windowed mode at 1440x810 or 1600x900. For games that supported fullscreen-windowed mode, I'd like to run at 1920x1080.

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I will be running whatever heatsink/fan that the video card comes with. That rules out any insane overclocking that requires aftermarket cooling. I'm willing to spend up to $180 on the card, but only if there's a tangible benefit. If I'm not going to see a benefit from a more expensive card, I'll get the cheaper card and put the money toward an extra 4GB of RAM. Lifetime warranty would be nice, but I'd accept 2 or 3 years for a really good deal.

CONSIDERING: Here's a few of the cards I'm looking at. I'm leaning toward the XFX card (which is on sale this weekend), but I don't know if that'd be overkill.

XFX HD-687A-ZNFC Radeon HD 6870 1GB 256-bit DDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 ($180 / $150 after rebate)

EVGA 01G-P3-1556-KR GeForce GTX 550 Ti (Fermi) FPB 1GB 192-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 ($132 / $112 after rebate)

MSI N460GTX Hawk GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 ($165 / $125 after rebate)

SAPPHIRE 100315L Radeon HD 6850 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 ($155 / $140 after rebate)

EVGA 01G-P3-1373-TR GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi) Superclocked EE 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 ($178 / $158 after rebate)


EDIT: Those were just a few example cards. If anyone has a better suggestion within the price range I listed, I'd be all for it.

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August 13, 2011 11:48:22 PM

I would reccomend going with the 6850 only because anything faster will get bottlenecked by your CPU.