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Old 01-20-2009, 06:11 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I would like to know if it would be worthwhile to upgrade my video card. I only use the computer for gaming and internet surfing, so no real need for me to upgrade processor/mobo/ram



My current system specs are:


AMD Athlon 64 X2 5200+ Windsor (running 2,612.2MHZ, Multiplier is 13, and bus speed is 200)
ASUS M2N-SNL Deluxe Mobo
2.0GB Ram
10,000RPM Raptor Drive

Current Video Card is 8800GTS 640 MB version #29 on graphics card rankings thread (Graphics card Rankings - Computer Forums)

I would like to stick to Geforce (always been a fan), and preferably a single video card (non SLI). I would really like to upgrade just the video card if possible. Money is a little tight, so i would like to keep it under $250. Will my computer be able to utilize the GTX260, or should i stick with something like the 9800?

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The GTX 260 would be a fine upgrade for you.
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is it worth while to get the overclocked GTX260 216 core? Or is that basically the same as using a program like EVGA tune?
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core216 is a bit different then a regular gtx260. Its better to get the c216 since it has 216 stream processors compared to the regulars 192 IIRC. You can't unlock those with a program.
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the core 216 has a physical difference that greatly improves it's performance
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I think im going to go with XFX GX260NADBF GeForce GTX 260 Black Edition Core 216 896MB 448-bit GDDR3 (Newegg.com - XFX GX260NADBF GeForce GTX 260 Black Edition Core 216 896MB 448-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Desktop Graphics / Video Cards). Free shipping, Farcry 2, and $25.00 mail in rebate.
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good choice. you will love it
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Excellent choice....I have one....great card.
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