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My friend wants to upgrade his graphics card on his old computer and wants to spend around $200-$250. My thought is either a 6870 or a 560ti would be perfect. The only problem is he has a very old processor. Do you think an AMD Athlon 64 x2 5600+ could run a 6870 or a 560ti without bottle necking? If so, is there any kind of upgrade available on that platform? Thanks for the replies.
    
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If it is a socket AM2 it may have a bios update that would let him use a 1st gen quad core phenom (AM2+) maybe even AM3 chips... But as of right now I would say get something like a 6770 or 550ti. The cpu would bottleneck the 560ti and 6870.

Edit: That cpu is indeed an AM2 socket. Not sure what kind of motherboard your friend has but if it is Asus or Gigabyte, etc. then there is a good chance you can update the BIOS to accept newer quad core AMD's
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Hmm. Thanks. Would a 6770 or a 550 be an upgrade over a GTS 250? Or would it be almost negligible?
    
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I think the MSI GTX275 Lightning in the market place for $100 would be a perfect card.
http://www.overclock.net/t/1218015/fs-msi-gtx275-lightning
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could get a EVGA 460GTX for 155 from newegg, or if they ever get the PNY 460GTX can get that for $120 smile.gif a 460GTX would be substancial.
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Hmm. Thanks. Would a 6770 or a 550 be an upgrade over a GTS 250? Or would it be almost negligible?

6790 is a better choice, and then if the X2 holds up enough the 6850 is the next step up. Probably be fine all the way up to a 6870 but the 6790 is really a nice choice for his existing system.
    
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Thanks guys, I'll let him know.
    
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