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).
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!
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).
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
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.