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Upgrading 8800GTS, Budget: around £100 ($152)

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July 4, 2010 6:48:26 PM

Hello everyone

Im looking to upgrade my system to get better FPS on global agenda (Mainly) and my other steam games (e.g left4dead, TF2).
unfortunately im very constrained with the amount of money i can spend atm.

im not too concerned about playing at ultra-high resolutions or extreme anti-aliasing, I would just like something better than the 30 average FPS im getting now (less in large maps with lots of action) with all settings on low.

my spec is:

Asus P5N32-E SLI PLUS
Intel E6750 Core 2 Duo @ 2.66mhz
Inno3D 8800GTS 320mb
4GB DDR2 800mhz ram (Crucial Ballistix)
Thermaltake Toughpower 850W
Phillips 230C 23" monitor
Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit

all at stock speeds, no overclocking

Im wondering about getting a GTX250 1GB .

Would this give me a decent enough performance increase for my money do you think ? or would any perfomance gains be largely negated by my current CPU.

are there other cards/upgrades that you think would make a better choice ? (bearing in mind my lack of money atm) I might be able to spend 10-20 more if there is a lot more mileage to be had out of it.

any advice you could give will be very much appreciated

thank you very much

obuk2k
a c 1411 U Graphics card
July 4, 2010 6:55:55 PM

GTS250 is a good upgrade from 8800GTS 320Mb.
a c 273 U Graphics card
July 4, 2010 6:57:29 PM

For that kind of money you're looking at a 5750 or 5770, a GTS250 or GTX260 are the only Nv cards in that price range at the moment and neither are really worth it at this stage of the game.
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a c 191 U Graphics card
July 4, 2010 7:05:42 PM

Here's a review of the hD5770, the benchmarks cover most of the cards in your price range that would be a useful upgrade:

http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/Powercolor/HD_5770_P...

Also have a read here:

http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/graphics-card-radeon,revi...

Your card is nine down on the left hand side of the chart at the end BTW. Anything three tiers or more over the 8800 will be a good upgrade.
You will not buy a card that your CPU cannot keep up with for £100, you'll be fine.
The GTS250 is a good card for your needs.
Also look at : Overclockers, Scan, Misco, Microdirect, Dabs and CCL to widen your search.

Edit: Nice find by Jyjjy :) 
July 5, 2010 2:41:00 PM

thanks very much everyone !! youve been extremely helpful :D 
im probably gunna try and find myself a 5770 1GB

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