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#1 Jun 16 2011 at 9:47 PM Rating: Excellent
Hey all,

I'm trying to find a new video card to replace my departed 9800gx2.

My budget is $200. I really like Nvidia, but would be open to Radeon cards as well. I set out looking for a gtx460, but the gtx560 caught my eye as well. Here are a few of the cards I've found:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=14-130-596&SortField=0&SummaryType=0&Pagesize=10&PurchaseMark=&SelectedRating=-1&VideoOnlyMark=False&VendorMark=&IsFeedbackTab=true&Page=3#scrollFullInfo

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=14-133-326&SortField=0&SummaryType=0&Pagesize=10&PurchaseMark=&SelectedRating=-1&VideoOnlyMark=False&VendorMark=&IsFeedbackTab=true&Page=3#scrollFullInfo

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127592

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127518


My specs:
processor: intel(r) core(tm) 2 cpu
6600 @ 2.40 ghz, 2.40 ghz
installed memory: 3 gb RAM
Windows 7 64 bit
Motherboard: Asus Striker


Also keep in mind I play Final Fantasy XIV, which is very hardware intensive...

Any suggestions? I don't know much about the subtle differences of graphics cards, so any feedback would be good feedback.
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#2 Jun 16 2011 at 9:52 PM Rating: Excellent
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The 560 TI for $219 here:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814133377
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#3 Jun 16 2011 at 9:59 PM Rating: Excellent
Hmm, I suppose I could spend $220.

Do you think anything about my system would bottleneck, as opposed to if I had a 460 instead?
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#4 Jun 16 2011 at 11:07 PM Rating: Excellent
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you'd see benifit with the 560 over the 460, as the 560's core is much faster, you need to double your ram and prefferably get a faster proessor while you are at it too, as both those areas will be somewhat of a bottleneck for you regardless of the card you install.
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#5 Jun 16 2011 at 11:14 PM Rating: Excellent
Sounds like I might finally have a good excuse to build a second computer soon! I already have an extra power supply that's more than capable of running the 8800GTS I'm currently using as my backup card. Sounds like my heavy-duty power supply (around 900 watts) and the 560ti would just be better off in a newer rig.

But if I were to just upgrade my processor in this rig, do you have any recommendations?
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#6 Jun 16 2011 at 11:28 PM Rating: Excellent
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Thayos wrote:
Sounds like I might finally have a good excuse to build a second computer soon! I already have an extra power supply that's more than capable of running the 8800GTS I'm currently using as my backup card. Sounds like my heavy-duty power supply (around 900 watts) and the 560ti would just be better off in a newer rig.

But if I were to just upgrade my processor in this rig, do you have any recommendations?


The Q6600 was the first generation of the Core 2 Quad core processors. Its slower than it seems by the Ghz measurement, it uses alot of electricity, and it gives of an insane amount of heat. That being said, spending $300 on newegg for a better processor isn't worth the money. you would literally be better off buying any of the core i5's or i7'sand a motherboard at that point (and ddr3 ram, as your DDR2 wouldn't make the transition) The point being that you can get a decent Core i7 for $300 that would run circles around any core 2 in existance.

if you can find one somewhere else, a Core 2 Quad Q9650 should theoretically be the most cost effective upgrade short of finding a full on extreme edition processor or swapping the entire board out, but only if you can find one near $150 or so.
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#7 Jun 17 2011 at 2:46 AM Rating: Good
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Though considering he already has a PSU (and possibly can reuse his tower/drives), it seems wise to just go ahead and grab a new processor and mobo at this point. He might be looking at another $200-300 to do so, but if he already has the rest of the stuff...

Of course, if the only thing he has is the PSU, it might not be worth it.
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