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Hello, I am setting up a few older computer for lan games with my friends. They are 2.8GHZ P4 with 3 gigs of ram running win xp. They have 8600 gt video cards in them now. Any idea what card I should up grade to for new games? I was thinking a used 9800 gt or maybe a 8800 gt? Some thing in the 40 to 60 dollars range. Any idea's??? My main computer has a GTX 570 BUT do not need anything near that for these computers, and no I do not want to run high res, 800 x 600 or maybe 1024 x 768 will be fine with low settings.

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MLT2
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it depends on your powersupply too your system is pretty old so the psu might be low watttage so you might not be able too get a 9800gt
or 8800gt
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A 9800 would be quite fine for what you are describing
    
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there was zotac 450's on newegg for like 70$ after rebate??
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yea sharpshooter does have a point check your rails for the wattage level i think you might be able to push a 4670 or like a GT240
but the 8800 / 9800GT might be fine.
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I have a 9800gt and I use to have a P4 3.06GHz.

The 9800 will play any game at over 60 FPS with the resolution you are describing. However, it will probably be better to upgrade the CPU rather than the gfx card right now.
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Well they may have been repalced there 450 watt wth the 6 pin PCI-E power plug and also a PCI-E slot. Guess I should have told that lol. I really am thinking a 9800, would a GTS 450 better better?????
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Well they may have been repalced there 450 watt wth the 6 pin PCI-E power plug and also a PCI-E slot. Guess I should have told that lol. I really am thinking a 9800, would a GTS 450 better better?????
yes its alot better
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Is it 775? Do the CPU as well.
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