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November 27, 2011 12:40:37 PM

Getting back into gaming again. My setup needs to be replaced, but it's not going to happen till at least next summer. So I'm looking to throw about $200-300 at my current setup. And thinking a graphics card is the way to go.

Setup:
Intel Core 2 Q9400 2.66GHz
Asus P5N-D Motherboard
4x Kingston 2GB 240-Pin DDR2
EVGA 9800 gtx+
Thermaltake TR2-430 PSU
27" ViewSonic VX2753mh

I would like to be able to run at 1920x1080. Any suggestion on a card? Will I need to do anything else with the rest?
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November 27, 2011 1:01:59 PM

gtx 570 is a choice but need a more power psu like 650w
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a c 376 U Graphics card
November 27, 2011 1:18:28 PM

You'll want three things; new video card, new PSU to power it and an aftermarket cooler for the CPU so you can give it a good overclock if you are still using the stock cooler.
A good cooler will be $30 or so, PSU $50-60 probably which should leave you enough for perhaps an GTX 560 Ti or at least an HD6870 and come in under $300.
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November 27, 2011 1:23:58 PM

I'm trying to stay under $300. So, if I need a PSU and CPU fan, then that leaves me at around $200 for a card. The 560 ti is about $250. You think I can get away with something like a 460?

Any recommendations on CPU fan and PSU?
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a c 376 U Graphics card
November 27, 2011 1:38:18 PM

This would be a good choice for the cooler;
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
With that I believe you should be able to get up to 3.5ghz fairly easily which should help a lot.
There should be a lot of good deals tomorrow for Cyber Monday for the video card/PSU. I'd wait and see what pops up. Keep an eye on slickdeals;
http://slickdeals.net/
There were GTX 560 Ti's and HD6950s for about $200 on Black Friday. Should be some tomorrow. For the PSU stick with a good brand like Antec, Corsair, Seasonic, Silverstone, OCZ, XFX and 500w or so should be fine.
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November 27, 2011 1:58:38 PM

HD 6790 or GTX 560 ti best bang for buck
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November 28, 2011 7:32:46 PM

In the past, I never had good luck with ATI/AMD cards. So I bit the bullet and bought the following.

-Cool Master 212 plus CPU cooler
-EVGA GeForce GTX 560 Ti FPB Graphics Card
-CORSAIR Enthusiast Series 650W PSU

I ended up spending $20 over my $300 limit, but I can live with that.

Thanks for all the advise.

So what can I reasonably expect overclocking wise with the cooler and my setup above. I know every chip is different, but is 3.0-3.2ghz the norm?
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a c 376 U Graphics card
November 29, 2011 1:19:24 AM

3.2ghz if you are unlucky; like I said above I would aim for 3.5ghz or so.
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