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Upgrading my GPU

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September 7, 2011 8:10:14 PM

Hi, id like to upgrade my GPU but i dont know what to buy... ill upgrade my PSU as well...
My concern is about my processor and bottlenecking my performance..

PC specs:

Intel G33 1 x PCI express 2.0 x 16
Intel Core 2 Duo E7400 (2.8 Ghz) (cant overclock cuz is a Dell/Bios) I know...
Windows Vista Home 64 bits
4 gb Ram (Cant remember if are DDr2 or DDr3 im at work lol)
PSU - 300W (Ill upgrade it depending the Video Card)
Actual GPU - Geforce gt 240 512 mb GDDR5 OC at (640Core/2000Memory Bw)
And ill play in my Samsung 32" Full-HD

So my goal is to play at 1920x1080p

My budget is around $250-$350 for both GPU and PSU
(i dont want to buy a new motherboard) just upgrade my GPU and PSU

I was thinking about a GTX 460 and HD 5830

So ill appreciate if u can help me guys...

p.d. sorry for my english... And thanks in Advance...

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a b U Graphics card
September 7, 2011 8:26:22 PM

Recent games (and even some rare older ones) will start to be bottlenecked by the your CPU; this is highly dependant on the game.
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September 7, 2011 8:31:47 PM

Seriously even if you get a 6850 with that cpu. you wont notice the bottleneck
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a b U Graphics card
September 7, 2011 8:32:53 PM

A GTX 460 1 Gb would be a great choice. Get a nice 600 watt or greater PSU from a reputable brand and it should fit nicely into your budget. Stay away from 460's with an SE designation.

Having said that... Once you get the 460 installed you might find that your CPU is bottlenecking your system in some games.
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a b U Graphics card
September 7, 2011 8:39:37 PM

If you could provide us with a list of games you are playing or want to play, maybe we can help you identify if the CPU will be an issue or not.
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a c 199 U Graphics card
September 7, 2011 8:42:40 PM

A quality 400W-450W PSU will be enough for a HD6850, which has a single PCIE power connector. A 1GB GTX460 (non-SE) has two; you can use an adapter, but there are a few reasons why I think that is probably a bad idea.
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a b U Graphics card
September 7, 2011 8:47:10 PM

Onus said:
A quality 400W-450W PSU will be enough for a HD6850, which has a single PCIE power connector. A 1GB GTX460 (non-SE) has two; you can use an adapter, but there are a few reasons why I think that is probably a bad idea.
Given the age of the base system, it might be worth it to buy the PSU based on the next build's requirement; if next build is 1-1.5 years away, a 650-750W PSU would be nice.
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a c 199 U Graphics card
September 7, 2011 8:53:19 PM

That's true; if these parts will be transferred to the next build, a 550W-650W PSU and a HD6870 or GTX560 (if you can find the two within your budget) would probably be a better choice.
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September 8, 2011 3:27:10 PM

Thx for all the replies... i think ill get the Sappphire HD 6850... But i dont know what PSU to buy... i was thinking about this http://www.coolermaster-usa.com/product.php?category_id... thinking about a croossfire in the mid future (when i buy a new mobo and intel i5/i7) what do u think guys is it good enough???
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