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I want to upgrade to a dx11 capable card, currently I'm running a dx10 card. I don't have much experience in buying or owning multiple video cards and was wondering if the more experienced out there can give some advice as to what would be the best card for a budget of about $100-120 dollars. I really don't want to spend too much because this is an old computer and a lot of hardware is kind of outdated.

I just want to upgrade so I can play some of the dx11 games like crysis and improve graphic performance on my current games.

Currently I'm running an ASUS P5N-D board with PCI-E x16 card slot.
post #2 of 28
What are all of the specs on the computer?

We need to know the Resolution, Ram, processor, and power supply that you have.
Also, what card are you currently using?
    
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CPU - is a intel duo core E6600
2GB of DDR2 RAM
Power supply is a 600W Thermaltake unit
Current card is a Geforce 9800 GTX 512MB
post #4 of 28
The processor is a little outdated, and 2GB of Ram isn't much if you're running Windows Vista / 7.

HD 7770 GHz Edition: $89.99 After MIR
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127687

That'll add some longevity to your system, and it's quite a bit more powerful than the 9800GTX.
    
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Yes sir I know it's like almost 7 years old computer, I haven't touched a thing since I first put it together.... just haven't had time to play many games until now. I was thinking of going all out and buying all new parts but I don't think I want to spend that much right now. I'll check that card out, and thanks for your advice.
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Also do you think if I stick some more RAM in it will help a bit? I still have 2 slots.

What kind of RAM should I get?
Can I mix DDR3 with my old sticks of DDR2?
What kind of RAM slots do I have for this ASUS P5N-D board 240pin?
Edited by wong - 3/22/13 at 3:36pm
post #7 of 28
Probably. My girlfriends pc has 3gb of ram, and it drives me crazy when I use it. Tabbing out takes sooo long.
    
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post #8 of 28
You'll only be able to use DDR2 Ram modules.
There's really no reason to put more than 4GB into your computer.

Something like this should suffice. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820146057
    
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Great, thanks... well within the amount I'm still willing to spend on this machine.
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What Thermaltake PSU do you have?

Most of the old Thermaltake PSU´s where and are trash and if you loaded them mugh higher then 75% they would die

If its a TR-2 dont bother smash it and replace it before you buy anything else
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