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I'm looking into upgrading my GFX. I have no interest in buying the top-model GFX if the rest of my rig will be bottlenecking it. So my question is, what GFX would fit good with my rig? (see my signature for specs)
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C2D E6600 @ 3.6GHz Abit AW9D-MAX POV GeForce 7950GT Corsair TWIN2X 6400C4 2GB 
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WD 250GB + WD 1TB Windows XP Professional NEC 22'' LCD Logitech MX 
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C2D E6600 @ 3.6GHz Abit AW9D-MAX POV GeForce 7950GT Corsair TWIN2X 6400C4 2GB 
Hard DriveOSMonitorKeyboard
WD 250GB + WD 1TB Windows XP Professional NEC 22'' LCD Logitech MX 
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post #2 of 6
GTS 450, GTX 460, HD 6850, HD 6870, HD 5850, GTX 560 TI

All would be great in your rig. I can't imagine much bottleneck from your C2D. Although I am not very familiar with C2Ds.
 
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Silicon Lottery i7 4790k 4.8 GHz Asus Maxiumus VII Hero Asus GTX 970 4GB Strix 16 GBKingston Hyper X 1600 MHz 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveCooling
Corsair Neutron XT 480 GB [2] WD Red 2TB [Data] [1] WD Black 1TB [Games] Corsair H80i w/ NF-F12 Fans 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Windows 8.1 Pro Asus VG248QE 120 Hz Lightboost Enabled Razer Blackwidow Corsair AX760 
CaseMouseAudioAudio
Fractal Design Define R4 Logitech G502 AudioEngine D1 DAC ATM-M50 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD Phenom II X4 965 Asus 990FX Sabertooth PNY GTX 570 1280 MB 6 GB Corsair DDR3 1333 
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Seagate 500 GB LG DVD R/W Coolermaster Hyper 212 Evo Windows 7 Pro 
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Acer 21.5" 1080p Corsair CS650M NZXT Source 210 
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Silicon Lottery i7 4790k 4.8 GHz Asus Maxiumus VII Hero Asus GTX 970 4GB Strix 16 GBKingston Hyper X 1600 MHz 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveCooling
Corsair Neutron XT 480 GB [2] WD Red 2TB [Data] [1] WD Black 1TB [Games] Corsair H80i w/ NF-F12 Fans 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Windows 8.1 Pro Asus VG248QE 120 Hz Lightboost Enabled Razer Blackwidow Corsair AX760 
CaseMouseAudioAudio
Fractal Design Define R4 Logitech G502 AudioEngine D1 DAC ATM-M50 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD Phenom II X4 965 Asus 990FX Sabertooth PNY GTX 570 1280 MB 6 GB Corsair DDR3 1333 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
Seagate 500 GB LG DVD R/W Coolermaster Hyper 212 Evo Windows 7 Pro 
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post #3 of 6
You would be looking at a GTX 560.
post #4 of 6
If you like Nvidia, the GTX 560 moves out for its price and a little overclock.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-610-_-Product
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Core i7 930 @ 4.0GHz (24/7) HT/on  Asus P6TD Deluxe Gigabyte 2GB GTX 670 Windforce3X OC  6GB OCZ Gold 1600 (tri-channel) 
Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingOS
Samsung 850 EVO 250GB Seagate Barracuda 500GB 7.2K 16MB Cache Prolimatech Megahalem Rev.B (Push/Pull) Windows 7 Home Premium 64 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Acer X233H Razer BlackWidow Ultimate  OCZ ModXStream Pro 600W XClio Windtunnel 
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Logitech G502 Proteus Core Tunable  Razer Goliathus 444mm x 355mm - Speed Edition ... 
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AMD Phenom II 720 X3 BE @ 3.2GHz 24/7 MSi 770-G45 Sapphire Radeon HD 6870  8GB GSkill RipJaw 1333Mhz  
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1TB Samsung F3  DVD+-RW  Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit 60" LG 60PA5500 Plasma 
MonitorPowerCase
Acer X1373WH Projector Corsair CX500 Cooler Master 430 
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i5-2430M Intel HD Graphics  Nvidia 1GB GT 550M (GF116) w/Optimus|DX11|144 ... 6GB DDR3  
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120GB PNY 1311 SSD 500GB 7.2K RPM Windows7 Home Premium 64 17.3" WLED TL 1600 X 900 with 2.0MP HD webcam 
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Dell XPS L702X
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Core i7 930 @ 4.0GHz (24/7) HT/on  Asus P6TD Deluxe Gigabyte 2GB GTX 670 Windforce3X OC  6GB OCZ Gold 1600 (tri-channel) 
Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingOS
Samsung 850 EVO 250GB Seagate Barracuda 500GB 7.2K 16MB Cache Prolimatech Megahalem Rev.B (Push/Pull) Windows 7 Home Premium 64 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Acer X233H Razer BlackWidow Ultimate  OCZ ModXStream Pro 600W XClio Windtunnel 
MouseMouse Pad
Logitech G502 Proteus Core Tunable  Razer Goliathus 444mm x 355mm - Speed Edition ... 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD Phenom II 720 X3 BE @ 3.2GHz 24/7 MSi 770-G45 Sapphire Radeon HD 6870  8GB GSkill RipJaw 1333Mhz  
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
1TB Samsung F3  DVD+-RW  Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit 60" LG 60PA5500 Plasma 
MonitorPowerCase
Acer X1373WH Projector Corsair CX500 Cooler Master 430 
CPUGraphicsGraphicsRAM
i5-2430M Intel HD Graphics  Nvidia 1GB GT 550M (GF116) w/Optimus|DX11|144 ... 6GB DDR3  
Hard DriveHard DriveOSMonitor
120GB PNY 1311 SSD 500GB 7.2K RPM Windows7 Home Premium 64 17.3" WLED TL 1600 X 900 with 2.0MP HD webcam 
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post #5 of 6
5850 all the way!!
Or possibly a 460/465.
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2500k ASRocks Extreme4 5870 2GB G.Skill 2x2 @ 1600 
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500gb+750gb+kingston 120 V+ 7 - 64 bit Acer Logitech wave 
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NZXT HALE82 HALE82-650-M 650W NZXT Phantom 410 Cheapo Logitech wireless Razer (hard surface crap) 
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2500k ASRocks Extreme4 5870 2GB G.Skill 2x2 @ 1600 
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500gb+750gb+kingston 120 V+ 7 - 64 bit Acer Logitech wave 
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post #6 of 6
Gaming on a 22inch monitor (1680x1050?) I'd probably say a GTX 460 768MB would be your best matched option.

If you plan on upgrading to play at a higher res in the near future, you may want to consider the 1GB 460 models, or a GTX 560 if it is in your price range.
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