Don't like the snow? You can make a bookmark with the following text instead of a url: javascript:snowStorm.toggleSnow(). Clicking it will toggle the snow on and off.
Our new Indie Games subforum is now open for business in G&T. Go and check it out, you might land a code for a free game. If you're developing an indie game and want to post about it, follow these directions. If you don't, he'll break your legs! Hahaha! Seriously though.
Our rules have been updated and given their own forum. Go and look at them! They are nice, and there may be new ones that you didn't know about! Hooray for rules! Hooray for The System! Hooray for Conforming!

Upgrade Time!

randombattlerandombattle Registered User regular
I've got an 768mb Nvidia 8800GTX in here now and I've always liked nvidia... But I built this pc back at the beginning of 08 and had to upgrade a few pieces on it from wear and tear but now it looks like my graphics card is starting to get a bit temperamental in it's old age and I think it's time to retire the old GTX. I haven't been keeping up with graphics cards at all since I bought it originally so I really have no idea what's good or not these days. Ideally I'd like to get another high end card though I really don't want to spend more then 100 or 150 bucks on a new one. Especially since I play a shit ton of PC games getting a crappy video card will not do me any good so I've come to the old Tech forum to get some ideas on what to replace my card with.

I'm thinking a 1gb GTX 460 might fit what I want pretty well though a 560 isn't too much more.. I just don't know!

randombattle on
I never asked for this!


  • EliminationElimination Registered User regular
    edited September 2011
    $100 - $150 will not get you a high end video card. The 460 is the best thing you will get, and thats still a little more than $150. The 560 is a lot better than the 460, and its a fantastic card, probably the best bang for you buck in the Nvidia category (But also $240+). I have one and overclocked it really easily and it performs amazing. Nothing I can't run on max.

    One thing I have to ask though...what does the rest of your computer look like? A really old CPU will bottleneck those video cards pretty badly. I know when i bought my 560 Ti i originally had it with my old setup (AMd Phenom 9860 or something, 2.5 ghz quad.) and i had upgraded to it from a 9800GTX and saw very little performance difference. Realized the rest of my PC was bottlenecking it. Went ahead and just built a whole new system and plopped the 560 Ti in. It was like night and day, massive performance improvements.

    Elimination on
    MechWarrior Online: Khyber Pryde
  • randombattlerandombattle Registered User regular
    I've got a Intel Core 2 Duo E6850 which ok is not really a super awesome CPU but not that bad I think. Admittedly I am not a super hardcore tech person so I never looked much into it beyond when I bought it.

    I never asked for this!
  • TychoCelchuuuTychoCelchuuu ___________PIGEON _________San Diego, CA Registered User regular
    Having upgraded from a Core 2 Duo E6700/8800 GTX 768 MB to an i3-2120/8800 GTX 768 MB, I can say that the 8800 GTX is still a fantastic card, although if yours is crapping out you're stuck with upgrading your video card, I suppose. Your best bet is a Radeon 6850 or a GTX 460.

  • randombattlerandombattle Registered User regular
    Yeah pretty much all I need is something as good or better then the 8800 GTX before it eventually dies on me. I've got a 1920x1080 monitor now and the 8800 works fine though it's getting to the point where I need to run everything on medium/low to get good framerates.

    I don't really have a hard cap on what I want to spend but on the same hand I know it's a waste of cash to get anything far better then what I have.

    I never asked for this!
  • TychoCelchuuuTychoCelchuuu ___________PIGEON _________San Diego, CA Registered User regular
    If it's any help, I was able to start jacking things up to medium high/high/ultra with my 8800 GTX at 1920 x 1080 once I upgraded to the i3.

  • chrishallett83chrishallett83 Hi! Registered User regular
    GTS450 will give you slightly better performance than what you currently have (I mean slightly) for about $100.

  • StormwatcherStormwatcher Uee Citizen Record #2051 Über Star CitizenRegistered User regular
    I have a radeon 6870 paired with a Core2Duo E8400, and the machine kicks some serious ass, still. Not so much on CPU intensive games like GTA IV, but I can run most games on MAX. DX11 Tesselation makes Deus Ex HR look so pretty.

    Steam: Stormwatcher | XBL: Stormwatcher 21 | PSN: Stormwatcher33 | Gamecenter: Stormwatcher33 | 3DS: 0130-2805-2850
  • randombattlerandombattle Registered User regular
    Well I ended up going with this

    Should be a nice card for what I want and right in the range I was looking for with the rebate.

    I never asked for this!
Sign In or Register to comment.