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Upgrading 9800GT, budget $150

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April 29, 2012 2:17:24 PM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: this week if possible
BUDGET RANGE: $150 USD
USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: current gaming like diablo at max but nothing too crazy

CURRENT GPU AND POWER SUPPLY:
MSI N9800GT 512M OC GeForce 9800 GT 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Rosewill Xtreme Series RX750-D-B 750W Continuous @40°C ,80 PLUS Certified, ATX12V v2.2 & EPS12V v2.91, SLI Ready CrossFire Ready, Active PFC "Compatible with Core i7, i5" Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

OTHER RELEVANT SYSTEM SPECS:
Motherboard: MSI K9N2 SLI Platinum AM2 /AM2 NVIDIA nForce 750a SLI ATX AMD Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Ram: CORSAIR XMS2 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model TWIN2X4096-6400C5
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Processor: AMD Phenom 9950 X4 Black Edition Agena 2.6GHz Socket AM2 140W Quad-Core Processor HD995ZFAGHBOX
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com

PARTS PREFERENCES: preferably nvidia any brand.

OVERCLOCKING: No. Maybe SLI

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1600x900, may purchase 1920x1080

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I know my computer is outdated but im looking for a great card under $150 that can run perfectly with my current specs. was looking at the 550ti but I'm not sure it would work with my moBo
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April 29, 2012 6:02:18 PM

550Ti should work.
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April 29, 2012 6:24:37 PM

on the nvidia side, that would be 550ti. If you can squeeze a bit more, you can get a 560. I know that tiger direct has a 560ti 1gb for 189 before rebate but it apparently has heating problems.
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April 29, 2012 6:41:14 PM

Anything over a 550ti is going to bottlenecked by your cpu, so that's a pretty good choice.
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April 29, 2012 6:50:21 PM

AMD radeon 7770, faster than a 550TI, sips power, small card, runs very cool. Radeon 6850 is a great card too if you don't mind last gen, same power requirements as a 550ti, but its much faster (about as fast as a 560gtx)
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April 29, 2012 6:52:10 PM

6850 over 550ti. same price and a bit faster. in terms of tech 7770 is newer, smaller, and cooler but 6850 is better in raw performance.
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April 30, 2012 9:44:05 PM

Best answer selected by RPGamer246.
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April 30, 2012 9:47:04 PM

now the 6850 wouldn't get bottlenecked with my specs correct?
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April 30, 2012 11:20:21 PM

rpgamer246 said:
now the 6850 wouldn't get bottlenecked with my specs correct?



u should be fine. most of your parts still have alot of power to push the 6850.
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April 30, 2012 11:39:38 PM

Thanks a bunch! You've been a great help, awesome forums great community!
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