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CPU: e8400 - oc'd to 4ghz.
Case: Antec p182.
CPU heatsink & fan: OCZ Vendetta 2.
MB: Asus P5q deluxe p45.
Ram: CORSAIR DOMINATOR (TWIN2X2048-8500C5D G) 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500).
gpu: xfx 9800 gtx PV-T98F-YDF9.
HD: 500gb 7200.11 seagate ST3500320AS.
Caviar Black 640gb SATA/6G.
PSU: Xigmatek 650w NRP-MC651.
dvd writer: Samsung sh-s203n.
Samsung 24” widescreen SyncMaster 2443BWX.
Logitech G51 speaker system.
OS: win 7 64 bit.

Can anyone suggest a graphics card that would be a better match for this setup? I am thinking that the vid card is the current bottleneck. Main use is business with moderate gaming. Looking for most bang for the buck, somewhere under $200.

Duh forgot I had these in my sig. It's been a while ;\
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e8400 3ghz/ oc'd 4ghz Asus P5Q Deluxe P45 xfx 9800 gtx PV-T98F-YDF9 CORSAIR DOMINATOR (TWIN2X2048-8500C5D G) 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
OCZ Agility 3 SSD Caviar Black 640gb Samsung sh-s203n OCZ Vendetta 2 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Win 7 Pro 64 bit Samsung 24” widescreen SyncMaster 2443BWX Logitech G15 Xigmatek 650w NRP-MC651 
CaseMouseAudio
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e8400 3ghz/ oc'd 4ghz Asus P5Q Deluxe P45 xfx 9800 gtx PV-T98F-YDF9 CORSAIR DOMINATOR (TWIN2X2048-8500C5D G) 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
OCZ Agility 3 SSD Caviar Black 640gb Samsung sh-s203n OCZ Vendetta 2 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Win 7 Pro 64 bit Samsung 24” widescreen SyncMaster 2443BWX Logitech G15 Xigmatek 650w NRP-MC651 
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post #2 of 6
Looks like a decent setup still. The CPU will be your biggest problem in the near future but I'd say it's worth keeping as is for now and dropping in a video card.

I'd get something like a 6870. It's a pretty powerful card for the money and can play any game. Also they run cooler and use less power than the 5870's but they are slower than the 5870's by maybe 10%? I have two 5870's and they run beautiful. I will say though that unless you want to crank the fans up, they run hot enough that I've had to leave them at stock settings.

Powercolor 6870 $169.99 + $20 Mail In Rebate + Dirt3 (Has EyeFinity too!)
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814131378

If you're OK with used, I'd look for a 5870. I'm sure you could pick one up around the same price or a little cheaper and it would be faster. The good thing is that the card is cheap and your next upgrade could be motherboard/cpu/2nd GPU for crossfire.
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2500K 4.8ghz Asus P8P67 Deluxe Sapphire 7970 1200/1600 8GB GSKILL SNIPER 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
128GB OCZ Vertex 4 LG 24X SATA Windows 7 Pro x64 Dell 22/24/22 LCDs 
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2500K 4.8ghz Asus P8P67 Deluxe Sapphire 7970 1200/1600 8GB GSKILL SNIPER 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
128GB OCZ Vertex 4 LG 24X SATA Windows 7 Pro x64 Dell 22/24/22 LCDs 
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Logitech G110 Toughpower 1000watt 108A Corsair 800D Logitech G700 
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post #3 of 6
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the quick reply. I noticed that card is a pci 2.1 spec card, but from what I can find, the p5q deluxe mobo is 2.0 spec. Would you still recommend the 6870?
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
e8400 3ghz/ oc'd 4ghz Asus P5Q Deluxe P45 xfx 9800 gtx PV-T98F-YDF9 CORSAIR DOMINATOR (TWIN2X2048-8500C5D G) 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
OCZ Agility 3 SSD Caviar Black 640gb Samsung sh-s203n OCZ Vendetta 2 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Win 7 Pro 64 bit Samsung 24” widescreen SyncMaster 2443BWX Logitech G15 Xigmatek 650w NRP-MC651 
CaseMouseAudio
Antec p182 Logitech G9 Logitech G51 speaker system 
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
e8400 3ghz/ oc'd 4ghz Asus P5Q Deluxe P45 xfx 9800 gtx PV-T98F-YDF9 CORSAIR DOMINATOR (TWIN2X2048-8500C5D G) 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
OCZ Agility 3 SSD Caviar Black 640gb Samsung sh-s203n OCZ Vendetta 2 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Win 7 Pro 64 bit Samsung 24” widescreen SyncMaster 2443BWX Logitech G15 Xigmatek 650w NRP-MC651 
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Antec p182 Logitech G9 Logitech G51 speaker system 
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post #4 of 6
Yes it will work fine. Its backwards compatible.
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Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
128GB OCZ Vertex 4 LG 24X SATA Windows 7 Pro x64 Dell 22/24/22 LCDs 
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Logitech G110 Toughpower 1000watt 108A Corsair 800D Logitech G700 
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SteelSeries QCK+ XFI XtremeMusic 
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2500K 4.8ghz Asus P8P67 Deluxe Sapphire 7970 1200/1600 8GB GSKILL SNIPER 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
128GB OCZ Vertex 4 LG 24X SATA Windows 7 Pro x64 Dell 22/24/22 LCDs 
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Logitech G110 Toughpower 1000watt 108A Corsair 800D Logitech G700 
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SteelSeries QCK+ XFI XtremeMusic 
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post #5 of 6
Thread Starter 
Hey all.

I've had some changes to make since posting. Had to RMA failed HDD, and while waiting, added an SSD. Also, my current video card started misbehaving, weird artifacts, system lockup, one system recovery, but now I get a

Windows has stopped this device because it has reported problems. (Code 43)

under device manager, properties for the 9800gtx. Did some reading, and I am guessing the card is bad. Tried reinstalling drivers - no luck. Strangely it is functioning enough for me to use the computer right now. So, is the ati 6870 still the best card for me to upgrade to, or are there any other options?
My System
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
e8400 3ghz/ oc'd 4ghz Asus P5Q Deluxe P45 xfx 9800 gtx PV-T98F-YDF9 CORSAIR DOMINATOR (TWIN2X2048-8500C5D G) 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
OCZ Agility 3 SSD Caviar Black 640gb Samsung sh-s203n OCZ Vendetta 2 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Win 7 Pro 64 bit Samsung 24” widescreen SyncMaster 2443BWX Logitech G15 Xigmatek 650w NRP-MC651 
CaseMouseAudio
Antec p182 Logitech G9 Logitech G51 speaker system 
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My System
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
e8400 3ghz/ oc'd 4ghz Asus P5Q Deluxe P45 xfx 9800 gtx PV-T98F-YDF9 CORSAIR DOMINATOR (TWIN2X2048-8500C5D G) 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
OCZ Agility 3 SSD Caviar Black 640gb Samsung sh-s203n OCZ Vendetta 2 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Win 7 Pro 64 bit Samsung 24” widescreen SyncMaster 2443BWX Logitech G15 Xigmatek 650w NRP-MC651 
CaseMouseAudio
Antec p182 Logitech G9 Logitech G51 speaker system 
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post #6 of 6
6870 is the best bang/buck to go with your setup. Anything more powerful would be put to waste.

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OCZ Vertex 3 120GB WD Velociraptor 300GB Caviar Green 500GB LG 24x Super-Multi 
CoolingOSMonitorPower
Thermalright Venomous-X RT Win 7 Home Premium x64 ASUS VH222H Corsair HX650 
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Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveOptical Drive
OCZ Vertex 3 120GB WD Velociraptor 300GB Caviar Green 500GB LG 24x Super-Multi 
CoolingOSMonitorPower
Thermalright Venomous-X RT Win 7 Home Premium x64 ASUS VH222H Corsair HX650 
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