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April 13, 2012 5:59:35 PM

Hello everyone, I have an older Gateway PC model GM5066e. Purchased an Nvidia 9800GT graphics card, and it has worked nicely for Call of Duty for the kids for 3 years. The original power supply was only 305 watts, and it was underpowered, but still ran very well. The 9800GT finally stopped working 2 days ago. yesterday. I just replaced the original PS to with a 520 watt unit last night. Now looking to replace the 9800GT. With a 5 year old PC, and an upgraded 520 watt PS, what would be a decent graphics card that should be compatible with the motherboard? Looking for something in the $100-$125 range. Thanks!

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April 13, 2012 6:03:34 PM

bigtim320 said:
Hello everyone, I have an older Gateway PC model GM5066e. Purchased an Nvidia 9800GT graphics card, and it has worked nicely for Call of Duty for the kids for 3 years. The original power supply was only 305 watts, and it was underpowered, but still ran very well. The 9800GT finally stopped working 2 days ago. yesterday. I just replaced the original PS to with a 520 watt unit last night. Now looking to replace the 9800GT. With a 5 year old PC, and an upgraded 520 watt PS, what would be a decent graphics card that should be compatible with the motherboard? Looking for something in the $100-$125 range. Thanks!

I would recommend the GTX 550 Ti.
It is within your price limit, and it has much to offer.
The only down side of it is, that the GTX 550 Ti can get really hot (up to 80c).
But as far as I have seen, this does not effect the performance, but it only makes the fan spin more rounds per minute.
If noise is not a problem for you, I would recommend the GTX550Ti.
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April 13, 2012 6:17:34 PM

SAPPHIRE Ultimate 11202-03-40G Radeon HD 7750 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card
$124.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

MSI N550GTX-Ti-M2D1GD5/OC GeForce GTX 550 Ti (Fermi) 1GB 192-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
$129.99 and a $15 rebate makes it $114.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SAPPHIRE Flex 100328FLEX Radeon HD 6770 1GB GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
$129.99 and a $10 rebate makes it $119.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

XFX HD-679X-ZRFC Radeon HD 6790 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
$129.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Here are a few cards to look at and give you an example of what you can get for around the budget you have. There is also a chart to look at and see where cards fall in the hierachy of best to worst.

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-graphics-car...

EVGA 01G-P3-1464-KR GeForce GTX 560 SE (Fermi) 1GB 192-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
$129.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

This would be a great card to get if you can squeeze a little more budget money into the pot.
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April 13, 2012 7:14:57 PM

Thanks for the quick replies and advice. In looking at the GTX550Ti, and the GTX560SE....with the price being the same, it appears to be a toss up. Between the two, which one would you get?
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April 13, 2012 8:11:29 PM

GTX 560 SE is better of the two.
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