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April 16, 2012 4:13:08 PM

Hey Everyone. Looking to get some help on purchasing a new card for my older system. Looking to get something that will work better for D3. No SLI please.

Current system:
GIGABYTE GA-P35-DS3R LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard
EVGA 512-P3-N802-A1 GeForce 8800GT 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card
Intel Core 2 Duo E6850 Conroe 3.0GHz LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor BX80557E6850
Thermaltake W0106RU 700W Complies with ATX 12V 2.2 & EPS 12V version SLI Certified 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC Power ...

Let me know if you need more details.

Thanks!

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a c 106 U Graphics card
April 16, 2012 4:36:29 PM

You didn't label your budget O_o
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a b U Graphics card
April 16, 2012 4:37:42 PM

Yea um ah.. hmm.... well ah....

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April 16, 2012 4:41:47 PM

sorry about that.. ~200 if possible.
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a c 130 å Intel
April 16, 2012 4:47:51 PM

Foe a mid range system a lot of people like the GTX 560Ti from Nvidia and the 6870 from AMD. There are more powerful cards but they would be bottlenecked by your systems older components. You did not list a budget amount to work with so I'm unsure if these fall into your budget.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Below is the Hierachy Chart from Tomshardware that shows the video cards in order of performance from best to last.

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

Another group of cards to consider ;

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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a c 106 U Graphics card
April 16, 2012 4:48:05 PM

HD 6870 would be ~150-160ish, GTX 560 at ~180*, then GTX 560 Ti at ~220, then a 7850 at ~250 is the price of cards in that area +/- 50$
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April 16, 2012 5:00:17 PM

Which one would be a good fit for me since i have older components?

I am not looking to purchase something that won't perform well because of it. Would the GTX560 work just fine and still be an updrade from the 8800GT?
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a c 106 U Graphics card
April 16, 2012 5:05:50 PM

http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/521?vs=543

rough estimation of what to expect if you make the switch. IN ASSUMPTION THAT your cpu doesnt bottle neck it and psu is feeding the card correctly

if you need to compare it to another card listed, do so of course.
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a c 130 å Intel
April 16, 2012 5:22:37 PM

The GTX 560 is two levels above the card you have now and when upgrading that is what you want to try to do is get two levels above what you have now so that the upgrade will be worth it. So it should be a good fit and not be overly powerful for the other components in your system.
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April 16, 2012 5:49:36 PM

with your specs, you should go for the ati radeon hd 5670 1gb ddr3...it will not bottleneck your processor..it costs around rupees 4000!!
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April 16, 2012 8:19:59 PM

Will the GTX 560 TI be overkill for my system? I don't want to cause to many issues when I upgrade. The system has been running great, but I know for D3 I will need something to hold me over until i build a new system or get a gaming laptop.

Thanks!

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April 17, 2012 2:27:55 PM

And should I be looking at the 2GB or 1GB?
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a c 254 U Graphics card
a c 130 å Intel
April 17, 2012 3:55:40 PM

We would have to have a little more info on the game to see if it would need more than 1gb of ram on the card. A game like BF3 does want a little more than 1gb to be happy so there would have to be some benchmarks released for us to look at and find out. Depending on the price difference if it's not too big a spread between 1gb and 2gb then to be safe you could go for the 2gb model and be prepared for the possability of it needing the extra. It would be kind of foolish for the game developers to make a game that requires more than 1gb of ram knowing that the majority of video cards come with 1gb.
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April 17, 2012 4:09:56 PM

Thats true. Will the 2GB cause any bottle neck to my old system? Just making sure if I purchase the GTX 560 2GB, it won't cause any performance issues on the system.
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a c 130 å Intel
April 17, 2012 4:16:01 PM

The extra ram does not come into play with any of the systems functions , the ram on the card is srtickly used by the card for the display monitor. Like say you had a 24" monitor and your video card had 1gb of ram and the card worked fine with that monitor. Then you bought a 30" monitor now your 1gb card will struggle with that monitor and you would be better off with 2gb of ram on the card. That's not to say that your going to buy a 30" monitor because you have 2gb on the card , it's just an example of what the ram on the card is for and it's strickly for the card to use.
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April 17, 2012 4:23:43 PM

Got it. That makes sense. Looks like the EVGA 2GB is right in my price range with the MIB.
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a c 254 U Graphics card
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April 17, 2012 4:29:50 PM

I always try to get the video cards with more than 1gb of ram and even if I don't use it I know it's there and in the event I need it I'm not stuck wishing I had gotten the card with more ram. If it's in your price range then absolutly get it and you won't be sorry. Besides who cares if you don't always use it , you have it if you do need it.
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April 17, 2012 4:38:54 PM

Since you have a good power power supply, and you are planning to upgrade the computer, don't worry if the card you get now will be over what your CPU can handle. Just move it to your faster build later, a 560 should be a perfectly good gaming card for several years.
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April 17, 2012 10:22:13 PM

If i do upgrade, i think im just going to purchase a really nice gaming laptop and keep the desktop as a at home gaming/file server type desktop.
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April 18, 2012 4:02:12 PM

Got the 2GB GTX 560! Should have it next week. Thanks everyone for all your help!
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a c 254 U Graphics card
a c 130 å Intel
April 18, 2012 4:10:57 PM

Good deal , hope you enjoy your purchase!
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April 20, 2012 2:20:22 PM

Should be delivered today. Perfect timing since the D3 Beta opens to everyone today!
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