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December 11, 2011 2:52:24 AM

hi, just looking for some helpful advice on purchasing a video card preferably nvidia.here are my specs:
core 2 quad q6600 b3
gigabyte ep43-ds3l motherboard
4 gb (4x 1gb ddr2 667 ram)
coolermaster storm scout case w/ 5 120mm fans
rosewill media card reader
pc power and cooling silencer 650 watt psu
ecs 8800gts 320mb video card(current)


what would be the best upgrade for these specs.i mostly do internet surfing,light photo editing,dvd ripping, and occasional gaming.i have a 24 inch samsung monitor with 1920 x 1080 res.i have batman arkhyam asylum and spiderman web of shadows.i am contemplating purchasing skyrim.i want a card that can handle these games at very playable framerates.im not looking for the best just above average.my budget max is 250-275.thanks in advance

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December 11, 2011 4:18:57 AM

if this is the power supply you are saying that you have:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

then get this card:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

$35 off between mail in rebate and instant rebate
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December 11, 2011 7:58:17 PM

Don't get anything with 2GB only stay with the one GB. It will not make any difference that would be seen by you. It just makes it cost more. It depends on what your budget is and what the brand of your PSU is. It might say 650w and you put a load on it, then it is fry time. But the 560 ti's are good and HD 6950 are also good. Me I like Nvidia better.
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December 11, 2011 10:13:30 PM

i have a pretty reputable psu that im sure could handle it.i understand what your saying.i do plan on upgrading to ivy bridge with a motherboard/cpu/memory combo in the spring.will the 560ti still be the better choice?i am partial to nvidia.what is the difference between the 1gb and 2 gb cards?
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December 11, 2011 10:14:58 PM

frizzo the psu you are talking about is the exact one that i have.i could raise my7 budget up to 300-325 if necessary if that would make a major difference in video card choices.
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December 11, 2011 10:18:15 PM

just get the one i posted. it has a lifetime warranty also.
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December 11, 2011 11:55:25 PM

kamui4697 said:
i have a pretty reputable psu that im sure could handle it.i understand what your saying.i do plan on upgrading to ivy bridge with a motherboard/cpu/memory combo in the spring.will the 560ti still be the better choice?i am partial to nvidia.what is the difference between the 1gb and 2 gb cards?


It has to do with vram adding one more gb on ram will not make any difference on redering. But don't quote me for sure, its just I have read a lot of threads about this and everybody say the same thing that is does nothing extra in terms of something that you will notice. In fact I don't know why they even put it on the cards. It does nothing except jack up the price. You think it is good but its not.
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December 17, 2011 11:32:26 PM

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