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Upgrading 9800 GT, 200$~ budget

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February 1, 2013 7:04:20 PM

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APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Within 3 weeks (sooner the better) $100 to 200$ (i dont do rebates)

USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Heavy gaming, Currently playing BF3 with everything on low at 40-50 fps, I want to play upcoming releases such as Crysis 3 which my current card does not support at all (game wont even start). Then the usual web browsing with videos and movies.

CURRENT GPU AND POWER SUPPLY: BFG Tech GeForce 9800 GT 1GB PCIe 2.0 x16 GDDR3, RS-500-PCAR-D3 from COOLERMASTER 500w PSU

OTHER RELEVANT SYSTEM SPECS: AMD FX-4100 4.0GHz (Quad Core Zambezi) , 970A-D3 GIGABYTE mobo, 8GB G.SkiLL ram. The case itself currently has 3 built-in fans.

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg, tigerdirect, I'm open to any good website with good prices and is trustworthy of course. I'm in the United States (east coast)

PARTS PREFERENCES: I have a preference to nvidia gpus because it's all I have ever used but if it is honestly believed a radeon card can be just as trustworthy then i am ok with it.

OVERCLOCKING: I do not care about overclocking my GPU so no. SLI OR CROSSFIRE: I have no intention of SLi or Crossfire so no.

MONITOR RESOLUTION: My current resolution is 1680x1050 (native)

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I just need a card that's going to last me, since I bought the 9800 about 3-4 years ago I have run every game flawlessly up until today when I tried Crysis 3 Beta and the game wouldnt launch as the card doesnt support DX11, I then decided its time to upgrade. Also, I'm aware the PSU might be a concern if I want a stronger card so please throw some suggestions for that as well IF NEEDED.
February 1, 2013 7:32:18 PM

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February 1, 2013 7:46:07 PM

First off, please give us detailed specs, especially those for the powersupply.
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February 1, 2013 8:11:43 PM

coozie7 said:
First off, please give us detailed specs, especially those for the powersupply.


I'm unsure as to what you mean, what sort of details? and do you mean the one I have or what I'm looking for? Sorry english is not my first language so I miss a couple things here and there. What I can add off the top of my head about my PSU is that it is the RS-500-PCAR-D3 from COOLERMASTER
February 1, 2013 8:26:23 PM

If I were you, I would try to spend around 215$ to either get a gtx 660 or radeon 7870. Personally, I would go with the 7870 just cause I feel it has more OC headroom and a better value, but if you're an Nvidia fan go with the 660.
February 1, 2013 8:32:37 PM

ndslite said:
If I were you, I would try to spend around 215$ to either get a gtx 660 or radeon 7870. Personally, I would go with the 7870 just cause I feel it has more OC headroom and a better value, but if you're an Nvidia fan go with the 660.


I'll look into the 660, would I need a stronger PSU for it? otherwise thanks for the suggestion, I'll keep this card in mind if i can shuffle out the money, would like some suggestions within the 100-200$ if possible though. Also, OC'ing isn't an issue for me as I don't overclock anything(my cpu is oc but that was factory oc).
February 2, 2013 12:23:41 AM

I changed the layout of the first post to what it should have been, sorry for not doing it from the start, hope to get some clearer replies now
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