USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: skyrim,emails,browsing
CURRENT GPU: Saphire hd3850
CURRENT POWER SUPPLY:asus 450 watts
MOTHERBOARD: Asus p5ql-pro
PROCESSOR: core 2 duo E7200
RAM: 4 GB Dominator II
PARTS PREFERENCES: i prefer a cool and queit and a card with low power consumption
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: No thanks.
MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1360X 1024
ok 1st of all I have a decent system at home with 2x HD6950s and a decent processor etc etc...this is my back up system which i have decided to put in my office ( cant get enough of Skyrim ).. i tried runnin skyrim and HD3850 runs it at high details without a prob...but the problem is i prefer a modded skyrim... with high res textures and FXAA injector and ENB series which 3850 cant run as it has just 256mb... now i am getting a sparkle 9800gt 1gb for around 7k rupees (pakistani currency) thats cheap considering that my his 6950s cost me 25k each... i just want to know if its a good upgrade as i dont like nivida and am taking a risk also i hear it runs very hot and draws alot of power 2nd option is hd4850 which is better than 9800gt but i cant find it anywhere atm...only used ones. the 9800gt comes with 1 year warrenty so i am all safe with that.. Hence i dont want to upgrade any component of this pc (including the PSU) thnx in advance.
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It should be a substantial upgrade as far as how much performance it provides. However, I'd still recommend against it. It's an outdated card- you really should be looking at the 4xx Nvidia Cards or the 5xx AMD cards at the oldest.
You may want to go for the newer models of GPUs rather than staying down at the 9 series. You can get a GTS 450 for almost that price range, and it's better. But can you tell me the model of that PSU? Is it the A-45GA?
On AMD's side, you can get a Radeon HD 5770/6770. But it costs a bit more.