Upgrade Advice for 2007 Striker Extreme/Q6600 Build

I would like some upgrade advice regarding a previously built system that one of my kids is currently using. It is a December 2007 build that recently had one of its SLI video cards fail.

Approximate Purchase Date: 3-10 days

Budget Range: less than $200, since it is not one of our main computers

System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming (Oblivion-like games), homework

Are you buying a monitor: No

Parts to Upgrade: Video Card, Additional 2 GB memory

Current System:

Monitor: Viewsonic p225f CRT (1600x1200@75)
Case: Antec P182
Power: PC Power/Cooling Quad 750 Silencer
MBoard: Asus Striker Extreme
CPU: Intel Quad Core Q6600@2.4ghz (no OC)
Memory: 2 GB Corsair XMS 204pin DDR2 800/6400 (4-4-4-12 @2.1v) [2 of 4 slots used]
Video Card: 1x 8800 EVGA GTS 512 (was 2 in SLI but one recently failed)
OS: MS Windows XP Prof. 32-bit

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg, amazon, tiger direct

Location: Tampa, Florida

Parts Preferences: no preference

Overclocking: Yes, but only auto setting

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Your Monitor Resolution: 1600x1200@75

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: Recent failure by one of the SLI video cards. Rather than find another matching one was thinking of upgrading to single card solution and drop in 2 GB more memory since it is cheap and perhaps some gain with respect to additional 1 GB of "recognized" memory.

Currently thinking about using following:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

Memory: Corsair XMS2 2GB (2 x 1GB) DDR2-800 Memory ($26.52 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: PowerColor Radeon HD 6870 1GB Video Card ($155.04 @ NCIX US)
Total: $181.56
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-21 08:33 EST-0500)
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  1. Get a 7850, there is no reason for you to get a 6870 anymore :).
  2. OK, so something like this:

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    Video Card: HIS Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($154.98 @ Newegg)
  3. That's right! Although, does he play WOW? If does play WOW then stick with a 6870 if not stick with the 7850.
  4. no WOW, just heavy Oblivion and perhaps Skyrim at the next Steam sale. For my own knowledge why would WOW force an older card?
  5. Oh, the 7800 series has problem with WOW. :)

    If the kids don't play that the 7850 would be best. :)

    Good luck. :)
  6. great, thanks for your help
  7. No problem! If you're going to upgrade your system. Please do come back here.
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