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Upgrading from GeForce GT 630 2GB

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December 26, 2012 1:04:51 AM

Hi guys, I'm upgrading from my current gpu ; Geforce GT 630 2GB.
I am looking to play games with my upgrade so I'd like something with good performance that can play games like skyrim/saints row 3 on high at a 1366x768 resolution.
I would like my budget to be no more than £60 also.
I've been using the GPU list for December 2012 as a Guide, but I'm struggling to make a decision.
I found a deal for a used Geforce 9800 GX2 at £55, Is this too good to be true, likely to be damaged? If you do think it's underpriced or think there is something better for me, don't hesitate to contribute. Thanks. Finally, I would prefer it if the GPU has a VGA socket but it isn't problem if it hasn't as I could buy an adapter.
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Operating System
Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium 64-bit SP2
CPU ( Upgrading to a Q9550 @ 2.83GHz)
Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 @ 2.40GHz
Conroe 65nm Technology
4.00 GB Dual-Channel DDR2 @ 1271MHz (6-8-8-31)
ASUSTeK Computer INC. P5N-D (Socket 775)
BenQ G950A (1366x768@60Hz)
NVIDIA GeForce GT 630
Hard Drives
466GB SAMSUNG HD502HJ SCSI Disk Device (ATA)
Optical Drives
TSSTcorp CDDVDW SH-S223F SCSI CdRom Device
a b U Graphics card
December 26, 2012 4:47:05 AM

Pickup a HD 5970 cheap on eBay . I'll probably be used but you'll be getting a wonderful card. It is much better than 9800 too.
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a b U Graphics card
December 26, 2012 11:16:29 AM

I think Ati is a better option than nVidia (not talking about AMD). The card you mentioned above is good, just check if your card can provide the extra 150watt required for GTX 285. If you are satisfied with it then it's ok.
a b U Graphics card
December 27, 2012 7:18:59 AM

Both are good cards but as HD 7750 is a newer card it uses a better architecture and has better features, like better frame rates, low power usage, low temperatures. In short it is more powerful if you can pull up your budget to £75 then it'll be a very good option.
a b U Graphics card
December 27, 2012 7:28:39 AM

7750 is hands down the best and cheapest card that will play all games on high at your resolution . also consumes much much less power than 9800gx2 or gts 450 or gtx 285. dont bother with such outdated and power hungry cards. just get a 7750 or 7770 whatever is in your budget
a b U Graphics card
December 27, 2012 3:24:13 PM

no dont get that 7770 coz there are much better brands available like sapphire, asus, xfx, msi etc. yes it will work on your mobo provided it has a 6 pin pcie connector
December 27, 2012 7:08:19 PM

So... you're saying get a good brand? Man, I'm already past my budget, If I cannot get a well known brand should I settle for a Sapphire HD 7750?

I'll just have to donate a tenner to help ;)  otherwise, are you suggesting I go for this?

December 28, 2012 9:53:28 PM

If your stuck on the £60 budget I would go for a standard GTX 650. If you were looking at 285 then I can guarantee a 650 will work with your PSU. Just be sure you have enough room in your case. Its short horizontally but tall vertically. Almost like a brick.
a b U Graphics card
December 28, 2012 10:21:38 PM

That is a good deal go for it.
December 29, 2012 1:49:45 AM

Ok seems like I'm going for the HD 7770, thanks for the help guys ;) 
December 30, 2012 4:29:32 AM

As a side note, should I see a good performance boost upgrading from a E6600 @ 2.4 Ghz to a Q9550 @ 2.83? Add as much info as possible please ;) 

Thanks again,
a b U Graphics card
December 30, 2012 5:40:48 AM

You'll definitely see a performance boost in processing but a slight performance boost in games. In games like skyrim you'll see a moderate performance boost
December 30, 2012 10:03:11 PM

Thanks Again ;) 
a b U Graphics card
January 1, 2013 11:57:51 AM

See the benchmarks for your self also notice the card used to compare the AMD card is a nVidia GTX 550 TI and not a GTX 550. TI series cards are a little bit faster than the normal cards. So it kinda is better to go for a HD 7770.
a b U Graphics card
January 1, 2013 1:30:54 PM

Since you have already used a nVidia card before you probably have seen physx at work but when you'll use the AMD card you'll not find any significant difference.
January 1, 2013 2:28:01 PM

Just looked up and I forgot I can just offload physx to my cpu, and since I'm upgrading that to a quad core, I shouldn't lose any performance, I guess I'll stick with the HD 7770 Thanks.
January 6, 2013 10:35:59 PM

Ok guys, final question. I've decided to use a 1080p monitor. Will the HD 7770 still run games on max settings at this resolution?

As a side note, my Q9550 came the other day, and the difference it has made is astonishing! ;) 
a b U Graphics card
January 6, 2013 10:48:09 PM

At 1080p you are bound to face lags at sometimes. It is better you go for HD 7870 or a HD 7850. This will make sure that you can play at max settings for most games for about an year. And at high settings for the next year.
January 6, 2013 10:58:51 PM

HD 7850 £130? I dunno... XD, I doubt my parents will allow me. I guess I can try. Wish me luck ;) 

P.S. My original budget was £60, now I'm thinking about £130? haha, shows what gaming costs.
P.S.S The new PS3 is £127
a b U Graphics card
January 6, 2013 11:28:06 PM

Good luck
But if you fail to convince them get a HD 7770. You can always reduce the resolution in the in-game menu.

In my country PS3 still costs $400.
January 6, 2013 11:54:22 PM

Thanks, and yeah, that's my backup plan ;) 

Unlucky, the bad thing about ps3's though, is not all games support 1080p. That's why I'm turning to my PC, and another advantage of PC is that the games generally cost less too due to licensing or something, and you also get better quality in PC too.
a b U Graphics card
January 7, 2013 12:06:28 AM

Yes but there are some games in PS3 that will make you want one. Like infamous, gow, and a lot more
January 7, 2013 7:46:38 AM

Ok this is my final question... Is 1GB enough for 1080p? or do you only buy more memory if you're gonna use multiscreen?
a b U Graphics card
January 7, 2013 8:35:17 AM

Are you talking about ram or video ram?
If you are talking about ram better get 2x4gB cards. You'll need it for gaming. You can only use more than 8 gB or ram with windows 64bit operating system.
If you are talking about video ram 1gB is good but better getb2gB if the price of the 2gB card is not too high.
January 7, 2013 9:16:33 AM

I was talking about the gpu, what are the advantages of more video ram? 1GB vs 2GB?
January 7, 2013 9:20:42 AM

Never mind I found out browsing this forum, it seems to give little difference between the two I'll stick with 1 gb and save some money XD
a b U Graphics card
January 7, 2013 9:33:11 AM

Yes it is better to have more GPU memory but Only if the upgrade is coming cheap.
It works just lik desktop ram. More ram can handle more tasks.