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Upgrading 8800GT; Budget $150 - $200

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February 11, 2012 10:43:24 AM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: End of Feb, beginning of March.

USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming; SWTOR, Skyrim, RAGE, Witcher 2, Hard Reset, Starcraft II, with moderate to high performance on full graphics settings. Would like to enjoy this year: Bioshock Infinite, Max Payne 3, Mass Effect 3, Borderlands 2. I'm a part-time sound engineer and I use DAW applications. I also like to watch the occasional movie.

CURRENT GPU AND POWER SUPPLY: GeForce 8800GT & ColorsIT 600W PSU

OTHER RELEVANT SYSTEM SPECS:
Intel i3-2120, ASUS P8Z68-V LX Socket 1155, 8GB Vengeance 1600Mhz

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Overclockers UK, Aria, eBuyer COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: England, United Kingdom

PARTS PREFERENCES:
N/A

OVERCLOCKING:
No

MONITOR RESOLUTION:
1280x1024

MY CONSIDERATIONS: HD6850 1GB, GTX 550ti, GTX 460

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I'm not an enthusiast, but I do like to try and run the five games I buy per year on their prettiest settings. Other than that, I'm still having decent results with the 8800GT, on my tunnel vision resolution. Hopefully I've got the currency conversion with the GBP to USD more or less spot on. I unfortunately have very limited knowledge on this kind of thing, but here's hoping we've got everything for the right prognosis.

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a c 175 U Graphics card
February 11, 2012 11:38:31 AM

That HD 6850 is seriously going to breeze through 1280x1024.
February 11, 2012 12:23:40 PM

I think you should get the geforce 550 ti 2 gb or the 560. I think the 560 would be better. They both cost $190.
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a b U Graphics card
February 11, 2012 1:27:45 PM

Consider a monitor upgrade after that VGA upgrade
February 11, 2012 3:11:00 PM

Thanks for all of your advice. If the leap at my resolution isn't too great between the mentioned cards, I'd be happy to stash the pennies away and opt for the HD 6850.
a c 175 U Graphics card
February 11, 2012 3:23:47 PM

OK good luck :) .
a c 175 U Graphics card
February 11, 2012 4:29:07 PM

You better save money and get 6850 for a monitor instead of 560 ti :) .
February 22, 2012 6:25:33 PM

I was about to order the HD 6850 today, when a slight PSU conundrum dawned on me. I'm unsure if my current PSU is a reputable brand (ColorsIT 600W), and I've heard that it's worthwhile sussing out for decent power, especially when components can be at risk should the PSU decide to pack it in (hopefully I'm on the right track).

Anyway, I have an OCZ Stealthxtream 400W lying around, that's actually brand new. It was bought a few years back, for a build project that never took off the ground.

Would you advise I:

a)Use my current CIT600W for the new card

b)Go for the OCZ 400W (does it even pack sufficient power for the card?)

c)Purchase a brand new PSU
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