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Upgrading 8800 GTS - looking for help/suggestions

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September 3, 2012 11:08:28 PM

I've spent some time looking into the 5k/6k series AMD and 400/500 series GeForce GPUs and I am a little lost in terms of comparing these to the 8800 GTS.

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: as soon as I decide what to get
BUDGET RANGE: looking for sub-$100 cards since I'm upgrading such an old machine. sub-$80 would be even better. This can be after rebates.
USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming mostly, it was originally built for WoW (no longer play).

CURRENT GPU AND POWER SUPPLY:
GPU - 8800 GTS
PSU - Antec True Power Trio TP3-650 650W

OTHER RELEVANT SYSTEM SPECS:
CPU:Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 Wolfdale OC @3.8
  • FSB @ 423 w/ 9x cpu multiplier (OC @ 3.8)
    Mobo:GIGABYTE GA-EP35C-DS3R Rev 2.1 Bios F4
  • I've found conflicting posts about whether the 2.1 pcie standard is supported by my board. I do know it will only run @ 1.1 though.
    RAM:6GB OCZ Reaper HPC DDR2
  • running at just over 800Mhz to support OC

    PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: amazon.com, newegg.com

    COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: U.S.

    PARTS PREFERENCES: whatever gets the job done!

    OVERCLOCKING: Maybe

    SLI OR CROSSFIRE: No

    MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1080p native, running newer games @ 1024x768

    ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I am trying to squeeze the last bit of life out of it before I bite the bullet and buy a new machine. Hoping to get about 10-15 more fps in mechwarrior online (sitting around 0-9 FPS in combat on low settings).

    According to the mechwarrior public forums:
    Quote:

    MechWarrior Online Minimum System Spec:

    CPU:

    Core 2 Duo E6750 2.66GHz

    Athlon II X2 245e

    GPU:

    GeForce 8800GT

    Radeon HD 5600/5700

    RAM: 4 GB

    OS: Windows Vista 32-bit

    DirectX: DX9

    HDD Space: 4 GB
    MechWarrior Online Recommended System Spec:

    CPU: Core i3-2500 AMD Athlon II X4 650

    GPU: GeForce GTX 285 Radeon HD 5830

    RAM: 8 GB OS: Windows 7 SP-1 64-Bit

    DirectX: DX9

    HDD Space: 4 GB

    Right now a duo core system is our minimum spec machine but it is also our main focus of concern. It is playable on those specifications and I have tested it myself but it is currently very much a minimum spec type of experience running on low-detail settings. It’s obvious that a Quad core system is the key as even the earliest Core 2 Quad systems run the game very well and it is our goal (since there are still so many out there), to optimize the Core 2 Duo systems to run much faster.




    September 7, 2012 3:56:50 PM

    Ended up just adding another 2gb of the same ram to get it back in dual channel, upgrading the gpu, and buying a SSD. Thanks for reading all! :) 
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