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GeForce GTX 550 Ti & Old Motherboard

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May 3, 2012 6:16:09 PM

Hello,

I'm wondering what to do with the impending release of Diablo III... I really don't want to spend money for a new PC, so I'm trying to figure out if I could just go with a minor upgrade.
Now I'm considering getting http://www.gigabyte.com/products/product-page.aspx?pid=... (I know Radeon HD 6790 is better, but I've got a Corsair VX450 PSU). My current card, 9600 GT, gave me decent FPS on 1920x1080 with lowest settings, but I'd like to see a bit more detail.
My main concerns are the compatibility with my Motherboard, and will my other components bottlebeck it's preformance?

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CPU Type DualCore AMD Athlon 64 X2, 3250 MHz (13 x 250) 6400+
Motherboard Name Asus M2N32-SLI Deluxe (2 PCI, 1 PCI-E x1, 1 PCI-E x4, 2 PCI-E x16, 4 DDR2 DIMM, Audio, Dual Gigabit LAN, IEEE-1394)
Motherboard Chipset nVIDIA nForce 590 SLI, AMD Hammer
System Memory 3584 MB (DDR2-800 DDR2 SDRAM)
DIMM1: Corsair XMS2 CM2X1024-6400 1 GB DDR2-800 DDR2 SDRAM (5-5-5-18 @ 400 MHz) (4-4-4-13 @ 270 MHz)
DIMM2: Corsair XMS2 CM2X1024-6400 1 GB DDR2-800 DDR2 SDRAM (5-5-5-18 @ 400 MHz) (4-4-4-13 @ 270 MHz)
DIMM3: Kingston 2G-UDIMM 2 GB DDR2-800 DDR2 SDRAM (5-5-5-18 @ 400 MHz) (4-4-4-12 @ 266 MHz) (3-3-3-9 @ 200 MHz)
BIOS Type Award (03/18/10)
Video Adapter NVIDIA GeForce 9600 GT (512 MB)
3D Accelerator nVIDIA GeForce 9600 GT
Monitor Samsung SyncMaster 2333HD (Analog) [23" LCD] (H1AK500000)
Disk Drive WDC WD75 00AAKS-00RBA SCSI Disk Device (698 GB)
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a c 143 V Motherboard
May 3, 2012 7:20:18 PM

even with this psu you will be on the limit for power compare all these with your choice http://www.newegg.com/Product/Productcompare.aspx?Submi...|14-121-435^14-121-435-TS%2C14-125-409^14-125-409-TS%2C14-121-434^14-121-434-TS%2C14-125-410^14-125-410-TS%2C14-121-630^14-121-630-TS and if you want a new power supply get one of those http://www.newegg.com/Product/Productcompare.aspx?Submi...|17-139-020^17-139-020-TS%2C17-171-052^17-171-052-TS%2C17-139-012^17-139-012-TS%2C17-139-005^17-139-005-TS%2C17-151-106^17-151-106-TS and with bios upgrade you could get one of those cpu http://ca.asus.com/en/Motherboards/AMD_AM2/M2N32SLI_Del...
May 3, 2012 7:38:24 PM

Yeah, the PSU will probably work at around 90% of it's potential, but my main idea is to either do a minor upgrade or just buy a whole new PC.
Since I'm not a big time gamer, if a simple VGA upgrade will provide a decent gameplay in Diablo III at 1920x1080, I'd preffer to do that, instead of spending about $1300 on a new PC.
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May 3, 2012 7:42:51 PM

Just upgrade the video card. You can run DIII at the highest settings with anything equivalent to a GF240+
May 3, 2012 7:57:33 PM

begnme said:
Just upgrade the video card. You can run DIII at the highest settings with anything equivalent to a GF240+

Yeah, but I'm concerned about the compatibility with the MB and whether my CPU will bottleneck the card...
May 4, 2012 4:50:21 AM

bump
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a c 143 V Motherboard
May 4, 2012 4:56:19 AM

motherboard and cpu and also memory with bottleneck the new card,you could try with the one you got now and buy one if you need after that,did you look at the link for supported graphic card
May 4, 2012 5:05:58 AM

If you mean the Diablo III requirements, then yes - of course I looked into them...
May 4, 2012 6:23:56 AM

Dude, I've played the open beta (as mentioned). It was playable at lowest detail and 1920x1080 resolution, but I'd like a bit better performance, that's why I'm considering buying the GTX 550 Ti...
The main issue is compatibility...
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a c 143 V Motherboard
May 4, 2012 4:36:20 PM

the card will work on your motherboard your psu will be a is working limit but it will be bottleneck as describe before
May 4, 2012 7:06:21 PM

If I get a Phenom II X2 555 BE - will it still bottleneck that card?
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May 5, 2012 3:38:49 AM

would work but memory and psu still bottleneck what is bios version
May 5, 2012 4:44:08 AM

PSU is NOT a bottleneck, I'm sure... bios is 5001
May 5, 2012 1:33:50 PM

you can easily run a hd 6790 on that psu
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