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February 19, 2013 4:04:36 PM

Good morning,

I am planning on upgrading my graphics card and would like some advice or opinions on what I plan on using. I would like to keep my budget at $300.

Currently my card is a NVIDIA GTS 250. My monitor's display is at 1680 x 1050 (32 bit). My mobo is a BIOSTAR G41-M7 with an Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Quad CPU Q6600 @ 2.40GHz. I run my machine with Windows 7, 64 bit. I only have 4GB ram right now, but I will be upgrading that to 8GB when I order the graphics card. I am not planning on upgrading my CPU until a later date, but can move that up if needed be. I also use a Corsair 750 watt power supply.


With that info out there, I am looking to upgrade my graphics card to a GTX 650 ti (namely this one EVGA SSC 01G-P4-3652-KR GeForce GTX 650 Ti 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card .

I have seen this one recommended in a few sites and threads which I checked out. I play MMOs mostly and plan on joining the Elder Scrolls Online when it comes out. I will also be playing Crysis 3 and plan to continue playing Skyrim for a while longer. I have yet to really get into overclocking, and I do not plan to overclock.

Does this set up make sense, and more importantly, have I overlooked a compatibility issue? If not, what would you suggest for the budget (obviously that might need to be bumped up a bit if I need to upgrade my CPU as well). Thanks in advance for any and all advice!
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February 19, 2013 5:53:33 PM

It'll do just fine and won't even bottleneck your CPU
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February 19, 2013 6:14:24 PM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Also an option it has 2gb ram and its faster i guess, just look up some benchmarks
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February 19, 2013 7:14:08 PM

Marcopolo123 said:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Also an option it has 2gb ram and its faster i guess, just look up some benchmarks


this is really all you would need to make that rig of your kick with some new life. I don't think you need to bump up your ram if you plan on upgrading your cpu in a year or so...you should be fine if 4 gig as long as you kill backgrounds apps when gaming.


Here are two other cards with tons of value:

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

if it comes back in stock:

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


Here is an idea of what your getting for so cheap:

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/tahiti-le-7870-7930...
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February 19, 2013 7:25:52 PM

Rorakor said:
Good morning,

I am planning on upgrading my graphics card and would like some advice or opinions on what I plan on using. I would like to keep my budget at $300.

Currently my card is a NVIDIA GTS 250. My monitor's display is at 1680 x 1050 (32 bit). My mobo is a BIOSTAR G41-M7 with an Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Quad CPU Q6600 @ 2.40GHz. I run my machine with Windows 7, 64 bit. I only have 4GB ram right now, but I will be upgrading that to 8GB when I order the graphics card. I am not planning on upgrading my CPU until a later date, but can move that up if needed be. I also use a Corsair 750 watt power supply.


With that info out there, I am looking to upgrade my graphics card to a GTX 650 ti (namely this one EVGA SSC 01G-P4-3652-KR GeForce GTX 650 Ti 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card .

I have seen this one recommended in a few sites and threads which I checked out. I play MMOs mostly and plan on joining the Elder Scrolls Online when it comes out. I will also be playing Crysis 3 and plan to continue playing Skyrim for a while longer. I have yet to really get into overclocking, and I do not plan to overclock.

Does this set up make sense, and more importantly, have I overlooked a compatibility issue? If not, what would you suggest for the budget (obviously that might need to be bumped up a bit if I need to upgrade my CPU as well). Thanks in advance for any and all advice!


If you dont enjoy 5 more fps of studdery AMD action, I recomend a GTX660ti.

Also, getting a new motherboard/cpu/Ram combo will increase framerates 30%

GTX660ti with Core2quad playing BF3 ultra: 30-40FPS
GTX660ti with Corei3/i5 playing BF3 ultra: 45-80FPS
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February 19, 2013 7:47:50 PM

The 650ti would be a good fit for that setup. i have the same cpu, and it still works well. alternatively, the 7850/70. but i would still go with that one.
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February 19, 2013 8:13:30 PM

don't buy more system ram. use that money to buy a better video card with 2gigs of vram. maybe a GTX660 ( non-ti version )
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February 20, 2013 6:11:39 PM

Wow! Thanks for your advice and suggestions. I will give the GIGABYTE 7850 2gb a try.
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February 20, 2013 6:12:10 PM

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