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November 5, 2011 11:11:21 PM

Hello,

I am new to the website and looking to upgrade my video card. I am confused about what I should upgrade to.

I currently upgraded my system from an old AMD 64 X2 4200+ system.

I installed an Intel i3-2100 with an ASUS P8P67 LE (REV 3.0) MB, 8 gigs of ram, and windows 7.

I have an eVGA 8800GTS 512MB (g92) card that I want to upgrade.

The computer will be used predominantly for my kids to do research and internet stuff but I do want to play Kingdoms of Amular and The Old Republic on it.


Oh I currently have an Ultra 600w PSU but I would upgrade if necessary. I am looking to upgrade my monitor as well since my current is a small 1440 by 900 one.

Thank you.

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a c 275 U Graphics card
November 5, 2011 11:21:28 PM

1) if you upgrade your graphics card, you should make it a big enough jump or you may be disappointed. IN this case, I think you should be looking at a GTX560/GTX560ti/perhaps even a GTX570.

2) You are ok on the psu.
Here is what EVGA recommends for their graphics cards:

GTX550ti needs 400w with 24a on the 12v rails plus one 6-pin PCI-E power lead.

GTX560 needs 450w with 24a on the 12v rails plus two 6-pin PCI-E power leads.

GTX560Ti needs 500w with 30a on the 12v rails plus two 6-pin PCI-E power leads.

GTX570 needs 550w with 38a on the 12v rails plus two 6-pin PCI-E power leads.

GTX580 needs 600w with 42a on the 12v rails plus one 6-pin and one 8-pin PCI-E power lead.

3) On the monitor, I suggest you get a nice 24" monitor and use it as your primary monitor. But, also keep the old one as a secondary.
You can keep e-mail and other stuff open on it while gaming.
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November 6, 2011 1:02:13 AM

Should I go with an AMD card since my motherboard is a crossfire board?
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a c 275 U Graphics card
November 6, 2011 1:56:30 AM

CP2323 said:
Should I go with an AMD card since my motherboard is a crossfire board?


I would always plan on a good single gpu so long as it will do the job.

As to amd/nvidia, you get good value from either, but you can drop in a nvidia replacement while you will need to uninstall/reinstall drivers if you switch.
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November 6, 2011 2:37:28 AM

This is a very nice 23.6' monitor. http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=E...
Or this one on the same page
ASUS VH232H Glossy Black 23" 5ms Widescreen Full HD 1080p LCD Monitor 300 cd/m2 ASCR 20000:1 w/Speakers & HDMI
Looked at those 2 games you mentioned and couldnt find minimum PC specs but they look like they would be georgeous with a 560Ti and a 23' or 24" monitor at 1920X1080
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November 7, 2011 1:10:25 PM

Would I be better off waiting for the new cards since my 8800GTS still works? I mainly want to play TOR and D3.
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November 7, 2011 1:27:23 PM

CP2323 said:
Would I be better off waiting for the new cards since my 8800GTS still works? I mainly want to play TOR and D3.


Your 8800GTS is a decent card. If you have no problems with what you are running now, I would wait and see how you do with the new games.
From what I read, the new games are not that demanding. That makes sense, since game vendors want the largest possible market.

There is little downside in waiting, since graphics cards tend to deliver better performance per dollar over time.
The new cards will not be here until next year. The 28nm process will allow some combination of higher top end performance, lower power, lower heat, and lower cost. Expect them to be priced at what the market will bear, and at some premium to then current price performance norms.

Still, you might be able to score a very good card during the black friday sales.
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November 7, 2011 1:31:58 PM

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