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post #1 of 12
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Well at the moment i'm stuck with a low budget video card. I've been looking into getting the GTX 260 460, but I don't think I will be using the full potential of the card.

What I mostly do online is stream youtube videos, stream movies, play small games (miniclip and stuff like that), and a little bit of video editing on Sony Vegas.

Will I see a difference in what i'm doing if I get a better video card? Is it worth investing aroudn $150 on a good card?

EDIT: I'm thinking about getting a GTX 460, not 260
Edited by joemamma55 - 1/11/11 at 6:40pm
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post #2 of 12
@ that resolution, imho, no

stay w/ your 9500gt

I have one powering my 2560x1600 display and does everything I need just fine on it
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post #3 of 12
The big expensive ones are yeah, yours is just fine for what you do it looks like.
post #4 of 12
I was using a 9500gt myself and recently bought a used GTX 260. It made a very nice improvement in 3D gaming and a decent PPD increase in folding, but for general computer usage I really see no difference.
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post #5 of 12
Get a 5750 if you want an upgrade. Videocards will help with youtube and movies depending on your drivers and media player (VLC uses GPU acceleration).
But if your not playing games like BFBC2 then stick with your 9500GT
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post #6 of 12
If you're not gaming, you won't see much performance. If you're gaming or doing 3D graphics, like Autodesk software or something, a slight upgrade would help.
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post #7 of 12
My laptop has a 9500GT equivalent card. It's actually quite powerful. I'd stay with what you have for what you're doing.
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post #8 of 12
Stick with the 9500T unless you're doing 3D gaming or rendering, CAD, etc.
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post #9 of 12
Video cards are not only for gaming. You need a video card in order to display the information your computer is outputing on the screen but for general use like you're using your card, you don't need a video card like the GTX 260. I have a GTS 250 which is worse than the GTX 260 and I play BFBC2 and other similar games just fine. So to answer your question, stick with the video card you have right now unless you want to get into gaming, rendering or watching 3D movies.
post #10 of 12
The 9500gt is a good card.I loaned mine to a buddy for his sons rig for a bit and it run all his games just fine.LFD2 Cod4 etc.It should work just fine.You would see an improvement but not enough to spend the extra money.
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