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Graphic card to replace old 8800GT

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July 12, 2012 11:03:56 AM

BUDGET RANGE: (e.g.: USD $150-00)

USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming (games like Civ5 and Company of Heroes 2)

CURRENT GPU AND POWER SUPPLY: NVidia 8800 GT and Corsair HX520 520W PSU

OTHER RELEVANT SYSTEM SPECS: AMD X2 5600+ 2.8 GHz, Gigabyte GA-MA69GM-S2H, 4 GB DDR2 RAM

OVERCLOCKING: No

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1680x1050 or 1920x1080
a b U Graphics card
July 12, 2012 11:15:21 AM

HD 6850.
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July 12, 2012 3:23:49 PM

Agreed on the 6850/6870, built two systems for my friends with 6850s and they're excellent.
July 12, 2012 3:28:02 PM

gigabyte 6850
a b U Graphics card
July 12, 2012 3:36:30 PM

Or a nVidia GTX 460 1Gb /256bit :) 
July 12, 2012 3:49:23 PM

+1 for gigabyte 6850
July 12, 2012 3:51:23 PM

Get Nvidia Geforce GTX 560ti. Its a great Card but little expensive
July 12, 2012 4:04:24 PM

It was so tough to get rid of my 8800GT's in SLI...possibly the greatest value card on the market...ever.
July 12, 2012 5:02:41 PM

i asked this a while ago because i have a 8800GT too and someone recommended a 7770. would that be better than a 6870?
a c 99 U Graphics card
July 12, 2012 5:06:04 PM

A 6870 is much stronger.
July 12, 2012 5:08:04 PM

captaincharisma said:
i asked this a while ago because i have a 8800GT too and someone recommended a 7770. would that be better than a 6870?


The 6870 is a stronger card.
a b U Graphics card
July 12, 2012 5:15:46 PM

560ti
a b U Graphics card
July 12, 2012 5:33:16 PM

HD 6850 is awsome choice according to OP system specs?
a c 271 U Graphics card
July 12, 2012 5:42:00 PM

A 560Ti (384 core) is a better card than the HD6850/70 but I don't know they are in US dollars.
July 12, 2012 5:43:05 PM

You're gonna need a better CPU
a c 271 U Graphics card
July 12, 2012 5:47:41 PM

raydog said:
You're gonna need a better CPU

The OP's CPU will be able to handle a single 560Ti with ease, especially at the resolutions mentioned in their first post.
July 12, 2012 6:07:03 PM

+1 for HD6850

Mousemonkey 560Ti is great but that card doesn't fit in the 150$
a c 271 U Graphics card
July 12, 2012 6:18:16 PM

Dangi said:
+1 for HD6850

Mousemonkey 560Ti is great but that card doesn't fit in the 150$

The extra $50 or $60 is more than worth it IMHO, I would cite the reasons but I'm sure they are known already. :whistle: 
a c 91 U Graphics card
July 12, 2012 6:21:32 PM

the OP's processor will hold back most of these cards. the 7770 or the 460 are both -more- than enough. think of those series of processors as 939 processors because they weren't much better if at all.
a c 271 U Graphics card
July 12, 2012 6:29:05 PM

swifty_morgan said:
the OP's processor will hold back most of these cards. the 7770 or the 460 are both -more- than enough. think of those series of processors as 939 processors because they weren't much better if at all.

At 19 x 10 the load will be more on the GPU than CPU and having run GTX560Ti's both in SLi and singly on a CPU that is pretty close to the OP's I know that it will run OK.
July 12, 2012 6:30:45 PM

gtx 550 ti or 560ti. the later one makes a small hole in the pocket but is great. rather both are.
a b U Graphics card
July 12, 2012 6:34:26 PM

@mousemonkey +1.
a c 91 U Graphics card
July 12, 2012 10:44:03 PM

I respect your opinion and yes, I think it will probably run fine but seeing your level of "expertize" you should realize that it's way overkill for his hardware and will be of no benefit over those lesser cards. just more expensive.
a c 271 U Graphics card
July 12, 2012 10:59:15 PM

swifty_morgan said:
I respect your opinion and yes, I think it will probably run fine but seeing your level of "expertize" you should realize that it's way overkill for his hardware and will be of no benefit over those lesser cards. just more expensive.

I don't think it'll be overkill for his kit but I do feel that it would serve the OP better than the other cards mentioned.
a b U Graphics card
July 13, 2012 2:36:02 PM

I agree that a 560ti is a little stronger card than what you might consider optimum for the OP's system, it is still a good card to consider and you won't be worrying about the video card as the weak point. I am of the opinion also that very soon the OP is going to want to do a system upgrade. I believe that the 560ti, while slightly more expensive, is a better value.
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