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Should I pair i5-3550 HD 2500 with NVidia GeForce 7950 GT OC?

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July 16, 2012 4:27:57 AM

I just recently upgraded my system and bought an intel core i5-3550 with HD 2500 graphics. My old system had a BFG GeForce 7950 GT OC (Overclocked) video card. My question is, does it make sense to use it (if I even can) with my new system? The mainboard is a ASRock Extreme 4 Intel 1155 socket. Supposedly the PCI Express is backwards compatible so I could plug it in, just wondering if it would give any performance to the system at all, or does the HD 2500 GPU do much more than it can?

Here's links to specs on:
video card - http://www.geeks.com/details.asp?invtid=BFGS7950256GTOCE-R

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a c 198 U Graphics card
July 16, 2012 4:49:44 AM

Its better than using the onboard graphics but might not be the best thing there is for gaming.

The 7950 is much better than an HD2500:

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-graphics-car...
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a c 198 U Graphics card
July 16, 2012 4:50:07 AM

You may want to invest in a new graphics card if you plan to do some hardcore gaming though.
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July 16, 2012 3:08:09 PM

Yea I wasn't planning on gaming with this machine but Guild Wars 2 is tempting me. I'll still probably wait to see reviews on the game but if I do plan on getting more recent games I am going to get a card. I'm just cheap so I want to only spend $100. I guess I crawl up that graphics hierarchy as far as i can with the $ I can let go of when it comes to that point.

Thanks for the replies and help!!
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July 16, 2012 3:39:00 PM

Well, there's a GTS 250 on Amazon for ~$80 from the reputable sellers
http://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listing/B003RH09AY/ref=s...

$90 (after mail in rebate) HD 7750 (~same performance as the 250, but DX11 support and low power usage)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

$110 HD 7770
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

$120 (after mail in) GTX 460
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

good luck!

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July 16, 2012 8:05:22 PM

Thanks for the links. The GTX 460 looks tempting! I may just have to go to newegg every day hoping something ends up as a shell shocker that day and get it!
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July 23, 2012 2:05:55 AM

Best answer selected by Cblair.
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