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I have relied on the threads from this great place for some time now. And, since it is time I feel I need an upgrade on my graphics card, I personally feel obligated to ask the pros here what they would get.

I currently have a NVIDIA GeForce 9800GT I mostly play World of Warcraft. My wife plays Sims 3 and sometimes I play betas of games that I have been invited to. I just have the feeling that with all the new stuff they are doing in games it's time for an upgrade on the graphics card.

I'm running Windows 7 home 32 bit. I have 4 gb RAM, 2.4 ghz

Thanks in advance for you help friends.

AJ
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It really depends upon the games you are going to play. The games you mentioned (and similar products) do not require a better card. However, if you want to experience the games with latest graphics and physics modifications, you should upgrade. There are quite a few grand choices out there, ultimately it comes down to the budget. I would suggest a GTX560 for you. Its moderately priced (well, at least compared to the $500+ beasts) and yet capable enough to run the latest games in high settings. Similar ATI cards are HD6850 and HD6950. They are equally good but lack some features like PhysX.
What resolution are you gonna play the games in? GTX560 should be pretty good for a 1080p monitor.
As for brands, MSI, ASUS, EVGA........... these are all great, currently MSI has been offering fine cooling support with their cards.

PS: If budget is not an issue, then go for the GTX580. Its a beast. You can even go for the Asus DirectCU II version of GTX580, wait a couple of days to find out more about that model. There will be plenty of detailed reviews out by then.
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Budget is sort of an issue. First child was born last year so.......yeah lol. I don't know a lot about computers, is ATI by NVIDIA or someone else? Again, I appreciate the fast response. I also appreciate this board.

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I would say grab a 460 or 560 and call it good for a couple more years!
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also, sorry to ask but is the GTX460 like one step down but a step above what I have now?
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GTX460, HD6870. Either of those should do the trick for you.
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lol at people who like to blatantly suggest a top end gpu.

To OP. Get a GTS450 if you want to get the work done in less money.

No GTX 460 is somewhere in the middle and definitely much powerful than your 9800GT, which isn't a slouch either.

Like, let say after GTX460 comes 465, 470, 480 THE 570 and 580.

Nope. Nvidia is by 'Nvidia' and ATI is now owned by AMD. They (Nvidia and ATI) are Rivals
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also, sorry to ask but is the GTX460 like one step down but a step above what I have now?
Not really, Graphics processors have come a long way since the 9series that you currently own. GTX560 is much more powerful than 9800. The only reason I recommended it is that, it gives very high performance while costing a moderate amount (I never overlook the cost-factor ). I am going to buy one too as soon as I come up with the money.
But first you must tell me the native resolution of your monitor or at least how big it is or model......... you see, higher resolutions require greater processing power. So, if its a huge monitor, you would have to go beyond 560. If its moderate (1080p -- HD res), then would do fine with the 560.

Lastly, ATI and NVIDIA are two seperate companies. They make the graphics chips. Other companies like Asus, msi, gigabyte, evga buy those chips and make these graphics cards.
    
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lol at people who like to blatantly suggest a top end gpu.

To OP. Get a GTS450 if you want to get the work done in less money.

No GTX 460 is somewhere in the middle and definitely much powerful than your 9800GT, which isn't a slouch either.

Like, let say after GTX460 comes 465, 470, 480 THE 570 and 580.
lol at people who think a GTX460 and HD6870 are top end GPU's and people who think a GTS450 is an upgrade from a 9800GT.
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Which CPU do you have? 2.4 Ghz is pretty vague.

WoW is mainly CPU dependent.
My woman didn't notice much of a difference on a Q8300 (2.5) w/ 8 GB of RAM going from a Geforce GT220 to a 5770, except for less frame dips in raids..
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