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Upgrading Nvidia 9600GT 512mb

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May 12, 2012 3:17:53 AM

Hello Everyone,

First time posting in here and have been searching to try and find if someone has asked this question but was not able to find an exact answer. I am considering upgrading my current GPU which is a EVGA Nvidia 9600GT 512mb card. See link below for further specs. on it.

On this systems I am also running these specs.

CPU: Intel Core 2 Quad Q9450 @ 2.66Ghz (12mb L2 cache)
Memory: Corsair XMS2 4GB DDR2
Mobo: MB-N780-ISH9 NVIDIA nForce 780i SLI
PSU: Corsair HX Series 520W

I know this system was probably overkill when I purchased it just because of the Triple SLI that I never really used and I never really intended to do any overclocking on it either.

I currently use my system for gaming and everyday use. The main games I currently play on here is StarCraft II, Modern Warfare 2 and will be looking to play Diablo III on here once it comes out. I have been getting decent frame rates on most of these games on medium to high settings depending on the game (30-40fps, sometimes less online for SC2). I normally do not play the most demanding games graphically because I normally play those on Xbox 360. I have been mainly considering a new GPU because of lower frame rates I am seeing in newer games I have loaded on my system.

My ultimate question is would it be worth upgrading to a new card for the games I play considering the components I currently have. Looking to spend $100-250 on a card. Or would the benefit of upgrading not be that considerable. Which in that case would I be better off just waiting to drop money on a new card if I consider to overhaul my system in a couple years?

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May 12, 2012 3:35:59 AM

Oh I forgot that I left out that my current monitor is running at 1920x1080.

I was considering taking a look at the 560 or 560ti but was not sure if my current CPU and Mobo would bottleneck them that much and really negate the true benefit of them. I did build the system back in 2008.
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May 12, 2012 5:43:04 AM

At that resolution I would go for the 560Ti. Beyond that you will probably start to bottleneck anyways. The 9600gt was a good card, but was only mid range at best. Back in 2008 your cpu was pretty high end, so your cpu has been bottlenecked by that card all along
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May 12, 2012 8:20:41 AM

560Ti is more than you need for that aging system. Unless you want the card to last and be useful for your next PC (which is a bad idea) there isn't really any need to overdo it. Yes, it would be a great card, but if you have been doing fine with a 9600GT, then you are NOT going to be pushing a $200 card to its limits.

Buy something in the $100-$150 range on tom's graphic card list:

Edit: Also note the hierarchy on the last page of this -- will help you see where new cards are in relation to your 9600GT!

They will run basically any game at 1920x1080, but you might dip below 30fps once in a while. Doesn't sound like that is a concern for you to me. Starcraft is just as processor bound as GPU bound, and im betting diablo will be the same way.
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May 12, 2012 8:24:49 AM

Delirious133 said:
I normally do not play the most demanding games graphically because I normally play those on Xbox 360.

Why oh why do you hurt yourself with subpar graphics of an xbox, games looks way better on pc :pfff:  :pfff: 

Anyway, if your budget allows it, I would go with GTX 560 Ti. Your CPU is very good, so it will definitely not bottleneck your graphics card.