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Potentially upgrading from 8800GT, $200 budget

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November 26, 2011 2:46:48 PM

Hi all,

I'm considering a few upgrades for my PC this winter. My current build is a Core 2 Duo E6750 on a Gigabyte GA-P35-DS3L, with 2 gigs of DDR2. (I know, I know, 2 gigs of ram, way overdue for more.)

However, ideally, I'll be upgrading the processor, mobo, and ram to a 2500K, with a z68 board, and some DDR3.

With that in mind, how much juice do you think I can squeeze out of my already exisiting 8800GT? Is it worth it to upgrade to another $200 card? Or would I really need to spend $300? Honestly, I can still get a good amount of juice out of the 8800 in games like Crysis 2 and L4D2, and I wonder if simply upgrading my CPU/Mobo/RAM would be worthwhile without replacing the 8800 right away.

Thoughts?

And if you think I should replace the 8800, can you please give me some suggestions? It's been awhile, as you might be able to tell.

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: next 2 weeks

USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming (more Crysis side of things), video editing (HD footage), streaming video

CURRENT GPU AND POWER SUPPLY: 8800GT, with psu Rosewill RP600V2-S-SL 600W

OTHER RELEVANT SYSTEM SPECS:

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg, but whatever

PARTS PREFERENCES: Prefer nVidia

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: No

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1680x1050

Thanks in advance. :) 
a b U Graphics card
November 26, 2011 2:54:01 PM

The first card I thought of was the GTX 560Ti
seems perfect for you
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a b U Graphics card
November 26, 2011 3:31:18 PM

i would tell u to get the ti version and oc it, you can get the performance of a stock gtx 570
a b U Graphics card
November 26, 2011 3:45:49 PM

megagabobe1 said:
the newegg link u provided is for a standard gtx 560, its not a gtx 560 Ti, this is the ti version http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...



good catch
I made a mistake
I definitley agree with you
the Ti is the one I was speaking of
thank you
a b U Graphics card
November 27, 2011 7:00:45 PM

king smp said:
good catch
I made a mistake
I definitley agree with you
the Ti is the one I was speaking of
thank you


np man haha, that is the most expensive card i would get, i always aim for the best bang for the buck no matter my budget
a c 88 U Graphics card
November 27, 2011 7:03:41 PM

I agree with the choice of the 560ti , look out for the new model thats being released in the next couple of days , definately worth considering.
December 29, 2011 3:14:45 AM

I ended up going with the 6870, though the 560ti was a close contender. What it really came down to was the fact that I won't be playing games in 1080p... yet. Thanks all for the help!
a b U Graphics card
January 3, 2012 1:49:18 PM

np bro
a b U Graphics card
January 3, 2012 1:56:59 PM

also NP
let us know how it works for you
we get emotionally involved in these things LOL :) 
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