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I want to upgrade my Graphics Card - not sure what's best!


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daveharler

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I have Windows Vista Home Premium with 64-bit Operating System.

In Performance Information And Tools the following information is shown.

Processor - subscore - 4.9
Memory (RAM) - subscore - 4.9
Graphics - subscore - 4.1
Gaming Graphics - 3.6
Primary Hard Disk - 4.4

My current Graphics Card is NVIDIA GeForce FX 5900XT and I want to upgrade it so that my subscore for Gaming Graphics is better than 3.6, the higher the better!

Please can anyone advise me on the best Graphics Card I can get for my PC. If you need any further info let me know.

P.S. My motherboard is shown in the following link - http://www.microdire...ec=1#ShowReview

Thanks in advance

Dave
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matthew staton

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If your on a budget a 8500 gt with 512mb for about 85- 100 bucks works well for games like bioshock,quake,doom3 IMO. A 8600gt goes for about $120 they run games good to. I myself run 2 8800 gt overclocked BFG cards which are about $300 bucks each.. :) :) :)

Edited by matthew staton, 03 February 2008 - 07:40 PM.

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Troy

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Hi daveharler, I thought your name looked familiar :)

It really all depends on what you actually want to do. If you want, you could fit the biggest and baddest GPU out there, but it would end up costing you $$$

Do you have a specific game you want to play better, or an alternative end-goal? Or is it simply to "up the performance number"?

Also, depending on how much of an upgrade you wanted, you may have to upgrade your PSU also. What PSU do you currently have?

What kind of budget are you looking at here?

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daveharler

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Hi daveharler, I thought your name looked familiar :)

It really all depends on what you actually want to do. If you want, you could fit the biggest and baddest GPU out there, but it would end up costing you $$$

Do you have a specific game you want to play better, or an alternative end-goal? Or is it simply to "up the performance number"?

Also, depending on how much of an upgrade you wanted, you may have to upgrade your PSU also. What PSU do you currently have?

What kind of budget are you looking at here?

Troy


Familiar? Do I know you? :) :) I want to be able to run Sims 2 games and basically any graphic-intensive games. (Also to "up the performance number" as my score (as you can see) is only 3.6. Getting it up to 4.1 or beyond would surely make my PC perform better! Right?) :)
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So after all this work getting your sound to work under XP, you've gone and upgraded to Vista on me? :)

Well according to this link, your computer should already be able to run Sims 2.

If you want the number to go up, yes a better graphics card will help, but it won't make your computer perform any better in any areas other than 3D gaming.

To run graphic-intensive games, I would be looking at the 8600GTS or a HD 3850 minimum. To run graphic-intensive games well, you should be looking at least at a HD 3870 or an 8800 series card.

Again I ask, what budget do you have for the upgrade? What PSU do you currently have?

Cheers

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daveharler

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Thanks Troy! (Sorry about moving to Windows Vista! :) ) After looking at your suggestions I have decided to go for the following, at the shop I use mostly - http://www.microdire...ec=1#ShowReview

:) Thanks again!

Dave
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Troy

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No worries, just note I said 8600GTS, which is a better card than the one you have chosen. This 8600GT is considered a fairly low-end card still.

Cheers,

Troy
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Compaq Presario CQ5500F pC
I have Windows 7 Home Premium with 64-bit Operating System.
My current graphic card is aGeforce 6150SE nforce 430
2GB but Im going add another 2GB to upgrade to 4GB
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happyrock

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Hi Busy Bee ... :wave: ..:welcome:

you have to start your own thread/topic...
how to is here...
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