The_Tactical_Smurf Feb 22 @ 2:34pm
new upgrade?
i have a NVIDIA GeForce 9800 GTX/9800 GTX+ and i was wondering what a better gpu would be im fairley new to tech on a pc so any help is greatley appreciated
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Syke Feb 22 @ 2:45pm 
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-graphics-card-review,3107-7.html

The GTX 760 is a good cheaper card or go higher to 770, 780 or 780 Ti. Make sure you have a good 500w or 600w PSU to run the new card. You can find the power requirements for cards on the NVIDIA site.
time goblin Feb 22 @ 2:59pm 
whats your budget? the best budget cards atm are the r7 260/260x.
The_Tactical_Smurf Feb 22 @ 3:20pm 
well about 200 hundred im a little tight on cash atm
The_Tactical_Smurf Feb 22 @ 3:53pm 
do i have to have a certian cpu or does it not matter?
Caelistas Feb 22 @ 3:56pm 
Originally posted by the_tactical_smurf:
do i have to have a certian cpu or does it not matter?

doesn't matter, but if you have an older cpu it will bottleneck your gpu, especially in online games.
The_Tactical_Smurf Feb 22 @ 3:58pm 
i have a intel(R) Core(TM)2 Dou Cpu e8200@2.66GHz 2.67GHz
Rove (banned) Feb 22 @ 4:26pm 
GTX 660 starting at $180 after rebate:
http://pcpartpicker.com/part/asus-video-card-gtx660dc2o2gd5
SuperBiiz $192.99 -$20.00 +$6.99 s/h $179.98
$20.00 mail-in rebate

Other good cards slightly above $200 are GTX 760 and R9 270 or R9 270X.

Other good cards below $180 are HD 7790, R7 260X, R7 265.

You are going to want a CPU upgrade also sooner rather than later. So I'd suggest getting a affordable card so you can save other money towards the rest of the system. Upgrading CPU will mean RAM & motherboard also because DDR2 will not be compatible with new CPUs or motherboard and for a new CPU you need a new socket on the motherboard.

Here is what a CPU, motherboard, RAM and GPU upgrade could look like:
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2YeBB
AMD Athlon X4 750K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor
Gigabyte GA-F2A75M-HD2 Micro ATX FM2+ Motherboard
A-Data XPG V1.0 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory
Asus Radeon HD 7790 1GB Video Card
Base Total: $342.95
Mail-in Rebates: -$30.00
Shipping: $4.99
Total: $317.94

At this point for your system it would be very well worthwhile and all these parts would work well together. Of course this upgrade would require a 450w or higher PSU with good 12V rail and at least one 6 pin PCIe connector to power the graphics card.

If you have a lower wattage PSU right now you can pick up good solid entry level PSU for this system for relatively cheap. Should be under $50 after rebates and sales and there is almost always one with rebates or sales or both.

Here is a good one that is currently on sale:
XFX 550w PSU
http://pcpartpicker.com/part/xfx-power-supply-p1550sxxb9
Newegg $60.99 -$35.00 +FREE s/h $25.99
+ $10 off w/ promo code EMCPHWB38, ends 2/24
$25.00 mail-in rebate

Here is a list of good ones cheapest first, look for 450w or more:
http://pcpartpicker.com/parts/power-supply/#e=5,4,3,2&sort=a9
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