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Upgrading from 8800GT

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January 20, 2013 2:45:25 PM

Hi my current graphics card is on it's last legs so want to upgrade to a better one if possible. I play games like COD and Battlefield 3 on it.
Ideally don't want to spend much more that £100/$150.
I'm not that techi so any help or advice would be great.

I've done a dxdiag below which opefuly will help....

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System Information
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Operating System: Windows 7 Professional 32-bit (6.1, Build 7601) Service Pack 1 (7601.win7sp1_gdr.120830-0333)
System Manufacturer: System manufacturer
System Model: System Product Name
BIOS: Phoenix - AwardBIOS v6.00PG
Processor: Intel(R) Pentium(R) Dual CPU E2180 @ 2.00GHz (2 CPUs), ~2.0GHz
Memory: 4096MB RAM
Available OS Memory: 3582MB RAM
DirectX Version: DirectX 11
User DPI Setting: Using System DPI
System DPI Setting: 96 DPI (100 percent)

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Display Devices
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Card name: NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GT
Manufacturer: NVIDIA
Chip type: GeForce 8800 GT
DAC type: Integrated RAMDAC
Device Key: Enum\PCI\VEN_10DE&DEV_0611&SUBSYS_053C10DE&REV_A2
Display Memory: 2032 MB
Dedicated Memory: 497 MB
Shared Memory: 1535 MB
Current Mode: 1024 x 768 (32 bit) (60Hz)
Monitor Name: Generic Non-PnP Monitor

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January 20, 2013 2:58:42 PM

Also that CPU is going to bottleneck newer cards kind of badly in games like BF3...
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January 20, 2013 3:03:53 PM

The AMD Radeon HD 7750 is a good card in your price range, but your CPU (and motherboard) need to be upgraded soon since a lot of games require a clock speed of 2.4 GHz in their minimum requirements. In other words, your CPU might be a bottleneck as well.
January 20, 2013 3:24:34 PM

plasmaj12345 said:
The AMD Radeon HD 7750 is a good card in your price range, but your CPU (and motherboard) need to be upgraded soon since a lot of games require a clock speed of 2.4 GHz in their minimum requirements. In other words, your CPU might be a bottleneck as well.


Thanks for the advice.

When you say my CPU may need upgrading do you mean replaced or can I do anything thing to increase the clock speed.

Apologies as I'm learning here.
January 20, 2013 3:34:00 PM

Any preference for me between Radeon HD 7750 & GeForce GTX 550 Ti?

Both similar price in the UK
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January 20, 2013 3:41:09 PM

BigMack70 said:
Also that CPU is going to bottleneck newer cards kind of badly in games like BF3...


Agreed. I'd actually go so far as to say it's bottlenecking the 8800gt already.
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January 20, 2013 3:45:57 PM

I'd suggest upgrading your platform before your videocard. This system will perform much better and has room for a large upgrade in the future.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Pentium G550 2.6GHz Dual-Core Processor (£31.52 @ Ebuyer)
Motherboard: ASRock B75M-GL Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard (£47.99 @ Novatech)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix sport 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£15.20 @ Amazon UK)

Total: £94.71 (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

cheers!
January 20, 2013 3:50:53 PM

Thanks for your help.

Would these be all pretty simple things for me to replace myself?

I've changed memory and video cards before but nothing more.
January 20, 2013 4:00:33 PM

If you can change memory and video cards, you can change out the motherboard/CPU. It is more complicated, but there are a TON of youtube videos that you can look up that will walk you through the process.

The basic three things you have to make sure of:
1) That you attach the new motherboard to the riser screws and not directly to the metal of your case
2) That you apply the thermal compound correctly to your new CPU and mount the heatsink properly.
3) That you can figure out where the power supply and case connectors (e.g. your front panel/USB connectos) go on the new motherboard - typically the mobo manual will diagram all this.

Not very difficult but if it's your first time a video walkthrough will help.
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