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Looking for Nvidia $300-400ish card + do I need a new MOBO?

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December 13, 2012 3:29:51 PM

My system is from 2007. I would prefer to upgrade my system piecemeal, so I was hoping to upgrade my video card first, then my processor/mobo.

However, I don't want a sub-par card just to retro fit my mobo. I'd rather just bite the bullet and upgrade everything if that's the only option to stay current.

Want to go Nvidia. Also, is my Q6600 really going to bottleneck my gaming (RPGs/ FPS)? I was under the impression that processors are really no longer the bottle necks.

Here's my specs:


Windos Vista 64 bit
6GB Ram
Gigabyte 965P-DS3
Q6600 @ 2.40GHz
NVIDIA GeForce 8800GTS 320mb
750Watt PSU

1920 x 1080 resolution screen
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December 13, 2012 3:45:44 PM

I see no reason why you should upgrade the motherboard. All the latest cards will work in it.

What's your budget like?
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December 13, 2012 3:49:31 PM

$400 is my budget. I'm not a top of the line type of guy, just would like a solid upper performance card that can serve me for the next 3-5 years. My 8800 GTS served me well for 5 years. :D 
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December 13, 2012 3:58:32 PM

For that budget, the best card is GTX 670. It will serve you 4 years easily. Though, it will be somewhat "held back" a bit by your CPU on some games (by far not all, though!). I still think it would be good to grab it, because you will be able to unleash its full potential when you upgrade the CPU in 2 years or so.
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December 13, 2012 4:13:57 PM

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December 13, 2012 4:16:42 PM

Sunius said:
For that budget, the best card is GTX 670. It will serve you 4 years easily. Though, it will be somewhat "held back" a bit by your CPU on some games (by far not all, though!). I still think it would be good to grab it, because you will be able to unleash its full potential when you upgrade the CPU in 2 years or so.



Thanks, so I went to Newegg and there are a ton of different models/specs/manufacturers for the GTX 670.

Any advice? Thanks so much.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=E...
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December 13, 2012 4:21:28 PM

I'd grab this one:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

It has excellent cooling which will make sure that the card life is extended as much as possible :) . Though, you have never mentioned what case you have, so be warned: the card is pretty long.
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