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Soo I'm looking to upgrade from my Geforce 8400GS 1gb ddr3 that I have OC'd 700GPU/600Mem/1600Shader. It works okay playing older games but Im looking to play Skyrim, maybe Bf3, and newer games and I've maxed this card out xD.

My budget is about 150$ Total (looking to keep it closer to 125$)


My current Specs: (HP M9040N)

IPIBL-LA (Berkeley) Motherboard

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 2.4Ghz

3GB DDR2 Ram (2x 1gb 2x 512mb)

300 Watt Power Supply


I'm looking for a card that I'll be able to play new games and upcoming games smoothly without having to get a whole new computer (oh I wish I could)

I need to know what would be the best performance for my money and if the hardware will work, I know I have an old and craptastic mobo
Maybe my money can be spent better on a different card/ PSU or a card that can work on the one I currently have?

Also will it a new card be held back my CPU? Its a good CPU for when I got it and it doesn't get close to full load when attempting to play games like Skyrim, or even Far Cry 3 (running at 7 FPS:p)

Last time I upgraded my card I found a better one two weeks after so I want to make sure this time I get my money's worth this time and get something that will last.

Any insight would be appreciated. :]
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I would look for something used at a decent price, perhaps a 480 for around the 150 dollar mark....but then you'd also need a new power supply. Not sure where you're located, check the marketplace here, and craigslist or kijiji if you're in canada biggrin.gif
I got my 580 for 200 dollars from usedvictoria.com. I also found 3 x gtx260 216 for 30 dollars each. Even one of those is a big upgrade for you. wink.gif
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6770 $104 at Newegg. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161387


I would also suggest upgrading the psu also.
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With that power supply and that price range, get a GTX 650 Ti. They cost $150 and don't need auxiliary power, so that'll be fine on a 300w. Definitely good enough of a card to play any game on the market.

$120 AR for the Galaxy version on newegg. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814162127
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With that power supply and that price range, get a GTX 650 Ti. They cost $150 and don't need auxiliary power, so that'll be fine on a 300w. Definitely good enough of a card to play any game on the market.

$120 AR for the Galaxy version on newegg. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814162127

having only a 300W PSU, will it effect the performance at all? and if I wanted to OC ( if its possible?) also is pci 3.0 compatitable with my Mobo?

edit: I also watched a video of a 650TI and the box said a min of 400W PSU, will it still work how it should?

Also new advances has increased my budget to 200$ tongue.gif
Edited by Sadmoto - 2/15/13 at 5:09pm
     
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pcie 3 is backwards compatible with 2.1, 2.0, 1.1
with a 200 dollar budget, i'd get something you can carry into your next build...used 4xx or 5xx nvidia or 6xxx ati is the best route, imo..
Heres good deal ati card...http://vancouver.en.craigslist.ca/pml/sys/3597156794.html
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I did not know that about 3.0, good to know. ^^;
I'd be willing to spend the extra for a new card, I've never had good luck with buying used items. tongue.gif

iunno why but the 650TI is catching my eye but I'm worried that my older hardware will bottleneck. What kind of performance would I be seeing if I were to get a newer card like the 650ti mixing it with my older hardware? (of course with a newer PSU)

Here are two I found, Are they worth it, if not then why?

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=5121336

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=5247878&CatId=7387
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650ti is bottom of the line newest generation gpu, better off spending your money on something used from last generation. a 6970 or 480/580gtx will smoke that 650ti no problem. 650ti waste of money imo, at least go for 660ti (nvidia), or 7870 (ati) if you want brand new. Otherwise spend your money wisely on a used product, you'll get better performance for your dollar and be able to carry it through to your next build. Here's a 480 for 170...seriously check out your local craigslist. http://vancouver.en.craigslist.ca/van/sys/3610680103.html
EDIT: also no sli support for 650ti.....go to a 660ti (which is a limited version of gtx680) and you can add one or two more cards in the future...Basically you get what you pay for, if you buy a cheap brand new card, it will only last you so long.....
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Lets say I do go with a New PSU+ 660 ti, would it work the speeds it should even with my old Mobo? I was told depending on the PCIE generation it would bottleneck and run slower then what it should.
     
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Quote:
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Lets say I do go with a New PSU+ 660 ti, would it work the speeds it should even with my old Mobo? I was told depending on the PCIE generation it would bottleneck and run slower then what it should.
PCI-E 2.0 will NOT bottleneck 660ti. Not that you'd notice outside of benching anyways. You'll be fine.
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