I currently have two nvidia 9800GTX+ cards in SLI, with an E8500 processor. I actively play Guildwars 2 and lag during heavy combat with a lot of characters on-screen, even with the settings mostly on low. I'd like to buy a card that would be a marked upgrade for around $200 ($250 if I can get it on Amazon).
I have had bad experiences with AMD drivers and would like to stick with nvidia unless there is a very compelling reason otherwise. I have had a hard time comparing anything new with what I'm currently running (no one benches the old cards), so I'm not sure what a good upgrade would be, or if 2x9800s in SLI even has a viable upgrade for the money I'd like to spend (~$200). Can you help? Thanks!
Thanks, guys! That eVga looks perfect, and I've had many of their cards in the past and like the company. With the motherboard I have now, I'd have to replace it to step up to a different board to replace the core 2 duo, right? I don't see the board being compatible with anything newer than what I currently have. Then I'd have to replace the mb, chip, and RAM too, right?
Thanks again. I really appreciate the help, and please let me know if I'm posting to the wrong place or overstepping my bounds. I've been building PCs since 1994 but haven't done one since 2009, so I'm a bit behind. What do you think about this as an upgrade? Good bang for the buck, or will it not be a noticeable difference?
Probably best to start a new thread, you'll get more specific replies, but that looks good and your psu and case are fine to reuse, and if your not overclocking stock cooling is fine. Someone will probably suggest slightly different ram and mobo, and try to convince you get the k and overclock it with an after market cooler, not that it's a bad idea.