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Upgrading 9800GTX+; $150 budget


I'm building my first computer with below specs and was hoping to get suggestions on a video card.

Intel Core i5-2500K 3.3Ghz Sandy Bridge
Corsair High Perform Vengeance 8GB DDR3 1600Mhz (2x4)
CORSAIR CWCH60 Liquid Cooling
Corsair Enthusiast Series TX750 V2 750W 80+ Bronze
WSXGA+ Monitor at 1680x1050 resolution

I'm looking for good performance at 1680x1050 resolution. Niece's like to play Sims 3 and a few other games.

I currently have an nVidea GeForce 9800 GTX+ from my last system but was looking to upgrade, unless this card is sufficient for my needs?

I'm trying to stick to a $150 price range. Any suggestions?

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  1. Hello,

    Your 9800GTX+ provides more or less the same performance of the GTS450. I had one, and it was an excellent performer up to 1280x1024. For 1680x1050 it simply didn't have the muscle. Your card have to provide pretty decent performance with lowered details at that resolution, or lowering RES to 720p. My Samsung 2032W which max RES is 1680x1050, accept 1280x768 quite well.
    If you definitely want to change your GPU, you don't have too may choices. Go for a HD 6850 or 6870 if you find a cheap one, or wait until Nvidia release its GTX 600 mainstream cards.

    Good luck!
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  3. Thanks to everyone for your help on this topic. Video cards are definitely not my forte, so kudos to all who know their stuff. I've decided to wait on one of the nvidia 600 series to see what is offered for the price. This should allow me to budget more on the card, maybe between $250 - $300. If none of the 600 series cards sound suitable to my needs for the $$$, I'll most likely go with the 560 Ti or the HD 6950 and wait a few years for what's to come. Since gaming isn't my highest priority, I think either way I'll benefit. Thanks again for everyone's help!
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