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Looking to buy an upgrade to the 8800 GTS.

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March 20, 2012 7:40:49 AM

Hello there, I have an old 8800 GTS 640 MB card that is slowly dieing on me. I have had this card since 2007 and it has done me well and I am looking for a decent upgrade for it. I am basically looking for a card I can do the same thing with, pop it in and not upgrade for a couple years.

My budget is $120-130 and I am looking for a card that can handle my current resolution(1920x1080), also be good enough to play current games around High(not looking to go crazy and set everything to ultra.) since my current card can pull medium settings easily.

I was previously set on getting a 550ti but I have been reading around and it seems the card is just an overpriced remake of the 460 and that I could get better cards for the same if not cheaper price. Any advice would be welcome.

My current specs are:
AMD FX 6100 3.30ghz
Cosair Vengence 2x4gb DDR3 RAM
Cosair 600W PSU
Seagate Barracuda 500g HDD
Asus M5A97 Motherboard
Windows 7 Pro 64-bit

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March 20, 2012 8:34:12 AM

The 8800GTS 640 MB was a good card a few years ago, one below the flagship 8800 GTX and ULTRA of the time. You must have forked out a decent amount of cash for that card.

The GTX 460 as you said is still a good option, as well as the Radeon 6850 which are both in the same price range and league (~$120).

If you're looking for more power, at around $130, the Radeon 6870 is an awesome (yet dated) card still and will provide you with good performance at that resolution with your details cranked up.

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March 20, 2012 8:58:15 AM

Hmm can't seem to find either of those in that price range, all are 150+.
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March 20, 2012 9:37:44 AM

EVGA gtx 460 1gb is great alternative to hd 6850 if you distrust amd manufacturers like i do. I got the card above graemevermeulen mentioned and I got the mafia 2 game free :D  plus it's cheaper and faster.
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March 20, 2012 9:39:54 AM

Amd vs Nvidia doesn't matter to me really. I mean before the 8800 I had an ATI card.. so it really comes down to what fits my budget and my needs.
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March 21, 2012 8:10:09 AM

xsonelx said:
Amd vs Nvidia doesn't matter to me really. I mean before the 8800 I had an ATI card.. so it really comes down to what fits my budget and my needs.


I meant as in the hypothetical scenario where your gpu dies and you have to rma it. EVGA is legendary for it's rma process being so good while sapphire is bad , had a hd 4850 die on me called them and they told me to pay 40 bucks for processing bullshit. Decided to fix it myself lucky me the fan had only died.
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March 21, 2012 8:46:26 AM

Plasmid said:
I meant as in the hypothetical scenario where your gpu dies and you have to rma it. EVGA is legendary for it's rma process being so good while sapphire is bad , had a hd 4850 die on me called them and they told me to pay 40 bucks for processing bullshit. Decided to fix it myself lucky me the fan had only died.


Have to agree there about the quality of EVGA's products. Nvidia and EVGA have been in bed together for a long time so if there's a number 1, EVGA is it.

I remember XFX being one of the top Nvidia board partners and now.......

I'll personally never touch an AMD CPU ever again. I remember my brother's Intel Dual Core being faster than my top-of-the-range AMD Phenom X4 Black Edition. I had a GTX 260 and he had a 9800GTX+ and he got better frames than me on all games (bottlenecking much??). Not to mention all the constant "Interrupt_Exception_Not_Handled" BSODs.

Their graphics cards? Maybe.... in future. Doubt it though.
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March 21, 2012 9:00:30 AM

Go with the GTX 460 1GB if you're willing to spend an extra $10 on this baby, it's a wise investment and you'll notice a huge improvement in games performance.
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March 27, 2012 11:56:20 PM

Best answer selected by xsonelx.
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