Upgrading my graphics card - Help!

By bretonlia
Jan 2, 2008
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  1. I don`t know that much about graphics cards, and I would like some advice.

    Here`s my current system config:

    AMD Sempron 2.0 ghz
    1024 Ram (2x512)
    Motherboard ECS AM2 C51GM-M, PCI-E slot
    NVIDIA GeForce 6100 Onboard

    I can`t live without my computer games and the Geforce 6100 worked great until last year. Games are now way too heavy for it,as you might have noticed.


    Anyway, my goal is to be able to play a game like ES Oblivion at medium-high quality... as long as it doesn`t cost millions.

    Well, I can`t really pay for the latest one, so I did some research and found the Geforce 8500 GT 512Mb to be reasonable.

    What I just don`t understand at all is the whole GT, GS etc. What`s the difference?

    And I really don`t like the idea of Turbocache either.

    P.S: Like I said, I really don`t know that much about graphics card so forgive any cr*p I might`ve said.
  2. samjohnson

    samjohnson Newcomer, in training Posts: 320

    Well the GT, GS, GTS, GTX, bla bla bla, :D all that really is, is just the "brand" of the card. Doesn't really mean anything. Instead of a 8500GT I would get the 8600GT or GTS doesn't cost to much more. I don't have a clue where you are from so I will use newegg for examples.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130086 -- This one is really nice, a bit expensive but not to bad. You didn't put a max budget so it is really hard to say what your max budget is.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127302 -- this one is a bit cheaper and not a bad card.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150247 -- This one is pretty dang nice, really cheap to. I recommend this one because of the price and its got 512MB of memory.
  3. kpo6969

    kpo6969 TechSpot Maniac Posts: 875

  4. bretonlia

    bretonlia Newcomer, in training Topic Starter

    Yes, I wanted to spend just about that, 100-170 dollars (I especially liked the second and fourth options), but the thing is, I`m from Brazil, so there`s no way I can buy anything from outside the country without having to pay double price (transp + imp. tax). Those are much better prices though. I`ll have to pay about $170+ for any of those cards here. Pff.

    But I`ll definitely look for them here. Thanks for the advice, you`ve no idea how much I needed it :D
  5. bretonlia

    bretonlia Newcomer, in training Topic Starter

    Hey what do you think is better: Geforce 8600 512mb ddr2, or a Geforce 8600 256mb ddr3?
  6. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 7,277   +22

    I'd rather you get this card instead. It's more powerful than the 8600GT and will probably cost you lesser to get.
  7. ShipMaster

    ShipMaster Newcomer, in training Posts: 95

    Very nice find Rage! Wonderful deal and like he said it's a much more powerful card.
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