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May 7, 2012 12:02:33 AM

Hello everyone.

My video card I have been using just died on me, so I started looking for a new one.

This is my motherboard:
http://www.asus.com/Motherboards/Intel_Socket_775/P5GD2...
(Kind of old, I know.)
And 450-Watt Power Supply.

What are some good options for me?


The use would be a bit gaming. Nothing like ultra-high settings. My video card was a nivida... 6600 GT I believe. Could play TF2 in low settings, I was fine with that.
If I could get something equal or better, that would be awesome.

Thanks in advance.



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May 7, 2012 1:00:21 AM

Pretty much anything would be an upgrade over a 6600. I would usually suggest a graphics card that has directx11 support but with that old of a motherboard i will guess you are running windows xp (which does not support dx11 on its own).

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

This GT 240 will be a very large upgrade over your old card, but just remember some games are CPU bound meaning you may not see any increased performance because of your old CPU. Its about the best card you are going to get for around 50 bucks.

You could also search craigslist for a gt 240, radeon 4650/4670 and possibly find a used one for 30 bucks or so.
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May 7, 2012 1:03:52 AM

Without knowing what 450w power supply you have we can only reccomend low power cards.
The AMD 7750 will work with most 450w power supplys and starts arround $110.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=E...
It will be a major upgrade to the 6600GT.
If you post your power supply brand and model,plus a budget we can be more thorough in reccomendations.
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May 7, 2012 1:04:05 AM

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Pretty much anything would be an upgrade over a 6600. I would usually suggest a graphics card that has directx11 support but with that old of a motherboard i will guess you are running windows xp (which does not support dx11 on its own).

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6814130723

This GT 240 will be a very large upgrade over your old card, but just remember some games are CPU bound meaning you may not see any increased performance because of your old CPU. Its about the best card you are going to get for around 50 bucks.

You could also search craigslist for a gt 240, radeon 4650/4670 and possibly find a used one for 30 bucks or so.


Thanks for the reply.

I'm actually running Windows 7, but I see where you are getting at with the perfomance boost.

$50 is actually pretty good, so no issues with that.
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May 7, 2012 1:11:46 AM

Unolocogringo said:
Without knowing what 450w power supply you have we can only reccomend low power cards.
The AMD 7750 will work with most 450w power supplys and starts arround $110.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=E...
It will be a major upgrade to the 6600GT.
If you post your power supply brand and model,plus a budget we can be more thorough in reccomendations.


The brand is Coolmax ap-500x (cx-450b).

How much perfomance would I be losing with this card, since the interface is pci e 3.0?
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May 7, 2012 1:15:26 AM

What is your budget? What kind of CPU do you have? If you could afford this one it would be a AMD/ATI HD 6670. You have a nVidia one the 6670 is made buy the AMD. But I don't know how old your MOBO is.

A 2.1 PCIe might not work but I will link you to one anyway and I will link you to a nVidia card as well. I hope this helps and good luck to your.

6670
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GT 430
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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May 7, 2012 1:20:01 AM

I would be comfortable spending less than $100. I don't remember the brand of the cpu and since the card died I can't check it.
Nothing high-end though.

And I believe 2.1 ports works on 1.0, right?
I'm gonna look at these options. And thanks a lot for your help!
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May 7, 2012 1:26:08 AM

If you have 100 bucks to spend my honest advice would be to check if you live near a microcenter, they offer quad core amd cpu's for 89.00 bucks and you get a free motherboard with purchase, then you can get 4gb's of ram for 20.00 bucks. That would be a much more worthy upgrade for your system. (more games benefit far more from CPU than graphics card).

You could use the onboard graphics that come with the free motherboard in the meantime to play games like TF2, and save up 60-70 bucks later and get a graphics card like the 6670 (because you do run windows 7).

If you dont live near a microcenter just get a cheap card like the gt 240 i linked (or better yet find one used for 20-30 bucks) as its really not worth throwing 100 bucks into your current PC.

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May 7, 2012 1:27:37 AM

The 2.1 does not work all the time in a 1.0 slot, it just depends on how offten your bios and MOBO is up dated. You would be safer to go with a 2.0 card.
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May 7, 2012 1:38:56 AM

Scotty99 said:
If you have 100 bucks to spend my honest advice would be to check if you live near a microcenter, they offer quad core amd cpu's for 89.00 bucks and you get a free motherboard with purchase, then you can get 4gb's of ram for 20.00 bucks. That would be a much more worthy upgrade for your system. (more games benefit far more from CPU than graphics card).

You could use the onboard graphics that come with the free motherboard in the meantime to play games like TF2, and save up 60-70 bucks later and get a graphics card like the 6670 (because you do run windows 7).

If you dont live near a microcenter just get a cheap card like the gt 240 i linked (or better yet find one used for 20-30 bucks) as its really not worth throwing 100 bucks into your current PC.


I'm afraid I don't live near those (first time I hear about them), but yeah, in the future I might just get a new motherboard and make a new build. One that doesn't sucks.
I would gladly take that.


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The 2.1 does not work all the time in a 1.0 slot, it just depends on how offten your bios and MOBO is up dated. You would be safer to go with a 2.0 card.


Oh, got it.

I believe I will go for the gt 240.
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May 7, 2012 2:37:49 AM

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May 7, 2012 2:41:10 AM

You will be happy with the gt 240 i linked, it has GDDR5 memory which makes it faster than the ddr3 6670's. I actually own that exact evga model in my old PC (which my sister uses now) and it played fallout 3, world of warcraft, call of duty 4 all really well : )

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