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Upgrading 9800GT, $250 Budget

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September 28, 2012 11:17:28 AM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Within a week.

BUDGET RANGE: $250 Before Rebates

USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming (Wow, Diablo 3, Civ 5, GTA IV), internet browsing, Streaming video

CURRENT GPU AND POWER SUPPLY: 9800GT, Sorry I do not remember the model number, but it is an Antec (not tru power) 650 watt PSU. Has the 6/8 pin PCI-E connectors

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg, probably Microcenter local pickup.

PARTS PREFERENCES: Not to offend anyone, but I am just an Nvidia guy. Have had too many issues over the years with ATI.

OVERCLOCKING: No

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: No

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1080

Other Specs: Processor - Intel E5300 Motherboard - Asus P5G41-M-LE ( I know this stuff is old, but the speed of the computer is just fine for me and runs like a champ, with the exception of newer games choking on the video.

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Want to be able to enjoy my games and get somewhat current on technology. Wish I could afford enthusiast level equipment but the Wife says no, lol.

Oh and thank you for the help!



Here are three (3) cards I have been looking at, and what I think the question has come down to is, which is better, the GTX 570 or the GTX 660 (not TI):



N570GTXTF3PEOC NVIDIA GeForce GTX 570 Twin Forzr III Power Edition/OC 1280MB GDDR5 PCIe 2.0 x16 Video Card


http://www.microcenter.com/product/378196/N570GTXTF3PEO...



GTX570DCII2D128 NVIDIA GeForce GTX 570 1280MB GDDR5 PCIe 2.0 x16 Video Card


http://www.microcenter.com/product/373061/GTX570DCII2D1...



02G-P4-2662-KR NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660 Superclocked 2048MB GDDR5 PCIe 3.0 x16 Video Card


http://www.microcenter.com/product/400675/02G-P4-2662-K...
October 5, 2012 4:50:11 AM

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