New Graphics Card

By Necrosjef
Oct 27, 2008
  1. Hi there,

    Been a while since I posted here. But recently I have been seeing some sluggish performance on my system as I have not upgraded my GFX card for just over a year.

    My current Graphics card is the original 8800GTS 320mb version.

    I am looking to upgrade but I haven't been paying alot of attention to the newest video card.

    Basicially what I am asking is what is the best bang for buck GPU out there at the moment? Is it worth buying now or waiting?

    Thanks in advance!
  2. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 17,233   +234

    Can we ask for a little more information about your entire computer's specs?
  3. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 5,431   +28

    Please put your complete computer specifications in your profile. Also, tell us what resolution you game at and what budget you're aiming for.
  4. Tha General

    Tha General TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,106

    The 8800GTS 320MB isn't good enough?
    Thats weird.
    I found this:

    You should be able to play anything on the market with ease, whats the problem here?
  5. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 17,233   +234

    I was thinking that there are other hardware/software issues here that are affecting Graphics performance, other than the card
  6. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 5,431   +28

    Or the resolution the OP could be playing at might be too much for the card to handle given the amount of onboard memory, especially if AA is turned on.
  7. Necrosjef

    Necrosjef Topic Starter

    Heres my computer spec.

    Q6600 2.40Ghz
    2GB DDR2 RAM
    600W Stealth XStream PSU
    3 x 500GB Hard Drives of Various Brands.
    8800GTS 320MB GPU

    I run games at 1900x1200 Res on 24" monitor.

    Crysis in particular I can only run on low. Rainbow 6 Vegas I can run on medium. Starts getting choppy on both games.

    Budget isn't really important so long as what I buy is bang for buck and not something that im going to buy for $500 now and in 3 months time I can buy something thats twice as good for half the price.

    As for running games I wanna be able to run any game on full settings in single player mode without a performance drop.

    Other parts from the system can be bought or removed as required but I think my GPU needs a bit of an upgrade, another reason for wanting to upgrade is that it will allow me to sell my current GPU while its still useful.

    Any more information you need let me know.

    Thanks for the replies/Questions :)
  8. Tha General

    Tha General TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,106

    Doesn't matter how powerful a computer is, you will get performance drops, so just forget that idea of perfect performance, that will never happen.

    However, what do you mean you have to play Crysis on low?
    Can you explain that in detail, 800x600 low settings, etc?
  9. Necrosjef

    Necrosjef Topic Starter

    By low I mean in order to have 1900x1200 res I gotta play it on low or the performance becomes choppy. ie less than 24 fps.

    I guess performance drop was a bad choice of words I mean to say whilst maintaining high enough fps that the video appears smooth ie 30+.

    For example I would like my system to behave something like the following. Im playing crysis on near enough high, lets say not absolutely full graphics but the default "high" presets mode. in 1900x1200 res. So when im idle I would be aiming for 60+ Fps, when Im in a battle or an area of high stress on the GPU I would like to see 30+ Fps. Crysis of course being the benchmark as I guess it is one of the most power hungry if not the most power hungry games.

    Thanks for the response. And sorry if I was badly worded before been a long day :)
  10. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 5,431   +28

    For that high a resolution, you'd need at least 512MB of memory. I'd recommend the GTX 260 or a GTX 280 for that resolution.
  11. Tha General

    Tha General TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,106

    Oh now i see what you are talking about, yea the 8800GTS might be a good card, but rage is right, you may need a GTX260 or higher to play at those settings.

    Here is a list: 106792634&bop=And&Order=PRICE

    Kinda pricey tho. But if you have the money, this looks good:

    I also found this:

    Or try this if you are on a budget: 106792522 1067938081&name=GeForce 9800 GTX

    Really really tight buget but better then the 8800? 106792522 1067942536 1068320729&name=1GB

    Good luck :)
  12. Necrosjef

    Necrosjef Topic Starter

  13. Tha General

    Tha General TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,106

    Oh i see , you are in the uk. Yea that card looks like a beast, plus its pretty good and cheap for that sort of high end card. Make sure you post GPU-Z shot, i want see the full specs on it.
    Peace and let us know how it works out :)
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