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Help with upgrading my video card

Last response: in Graphics & Displays
December 20, 2011 10:01:33 PM

I want to upgrade my video card but a lot has changed in computer hardware since I put my computer together and I would like a bit of help. My biggest concern is that my motherboard has a pci express x16 slot and many of the newer video cards are 2.0 x16. I'm also concerned about my CPU causing bottlenecking.

I have not yet selected a new video card and I want to make sure that I pick out the right one. This is my current setup:

Motherboard: GIGABYTE GA-P35-DS3L
Video Card: XFX 8800GT, 512M
Processor: INTEL core 2 duo, E6750, 2.66G
Memory: 2 1 gigabyte, 240 pin DDR2 SDRAM
power supply: corsair 550W

Can anyone offer me some suggestions on what would be a good upgrade to go with this? I'd be using it mostly for gaming and a bit of 3d modeling with autodesk software.

Will I need to upgrade my CPU as well?

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December 20, 2011 10:12:29 PM

gtx 460

gts 450

gxs 550
December 20, 2011 10:14:09 PM

you might want to upgrade your CPU , but it only upgrade to Intel Core 2 Quad at best,

and they are dated, but still perform very well
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December 20, 2011 10:19:12 PM

You can find yourself some used Core 2 Quads on ebay, I upgraded my E8500 to a QX9650 and it was worth the purchase especially for 3D rendering etc. You can then upgrade your graphics to a 560ti or 6950 and also add more Ram to get some more life out of the system and for it to perform really well.
a c 105 U Graphics card
December 20, 2011 10:52:28 PM

even if this is an XP machine you should get 2 2gig sticks of ram/ or populate all four slots with the same ram you have now. even a lesser quad core would also help which makes me think of saving your pennies until you can do an over haul. should have mentioned monitor/res. for suggestion of vid card but need to know amperage on PS. looks like spending money on a useless endeavor.
January 10, 2012 4:44:48 PM

Thanks for the help, I think i'm actually going to do an overhaul. Someone mentioned the AMD bulldozer in a duplicate thread to this and I was wondering if it is worth it at all since I also do 3d modeling.