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November 20, 2011 6:44:38 PM

Okay, I've got a GTS 250 512mb. It works great but doesn't support DX11. I want to upgrade to another card with DX11 support. I've got a 19inch monitor and run my games at 1280x1024 so I don't kneed anything too powerful. I'm just looking for something that will give me a similar level of performance as the 250.
My specs are as follows:
-cpu: AMD Phenom IIx4 955 3.2 GHz
-mobo: Asus MUA77TD Pro
-ram: 4GB DDR3
-psu: 550w

Any advice is much appreciated, thanks.

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a c 512 U Graphics card
November 20, 2011 7:14:02 PM

A GTS450 would be a comparable performing card with DX11. for about $100.

However, If your interest is gaming, even at your resolution, I would jump several levels of performance, or you may be dissatisfied.

Consider a GTX550ti for about $130, or even a GTX560ti for about $200.

You should be able to get $40-$50 for your old GTS250.
November 20, 2011 7:19:56 PM

Remember that if you run games on dx11 framerate will be lower than dx10. So if you get a similar performing card for dx11, you will actually see a performance decrease.

For $150 i suggest the GTX460 since it outperforms the 550ti for about the same price.

What is your price range?
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November 20, 2011 7:40:29 PM

Thanx for the advice (geo and xd), my price range is about $200 so your suggestions fit right into that category :) 
November 21, 2011 2:49:45 AM

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a b U Graphics card
November 21, 2011 3:17:07 AM

A GTS 450 is a terrible choice. You'll get almost the exact same frame rates as a GTS 250 and be out of $100.
a b U Graphics card
November 21, 2011 3:20:40 AM

If you don't want to spend much, pick up this $82 GTX 460 768MB:

If you do want to spend a bunch, get a GTX 560Ti for $200. It's your call. But the GTS 450's pretty much a sidegrade, not an upgrade.

If you have $200, you'll end up happiest spending $120 on a 22"/21.5" monitor and $80 on a GTX 460 768MB.

Then overclock that graphics card to really get your money's worth. That'll be quick and easy with MSI Afterburner/Kombustor. PM me if you want to start a thread on graphics overclocking and I'll walk you through it. It'll only take 30 minutes if you know what you're doing for a 20% performance bump--and 2 hours if you don't know what you're doing.
a c 169 U Graphics card
November 21, 2011 7:47:03 AM

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