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9800gtx+ upgrade

#1SonyHoundDawgPosted 6/24/2012 3:57:24 PM
What would be a good upgrade to this video card? As far as newer games go I'm mainly playing D3 and Starcraft 2 right now. D3 I can run at max at 60fps but there is slow down to like 30fps a good deal on nightmare and above when the battles are more intense.

Starcraft 2 agian, runs pretty good on the small scale, but its deifnatly seems to be more demandings Im usually around 30fps, I'm at the games recommend ultra setting.

Right now I'm running:

2.4 ghz core 2 duo
4 gigs ram
9800 gtx+ 512 ram
Xp

My power supply is a corsair, I cant remember the exact specs, but I know its already well over what I need to power the 9800gtx+. I know it should be enough to handle any card now that I'd consider putting in this computer.

My computers a bit older so I'm not looking to buy the best card out there, but I'd like something thats a bit better overall for a good price.

Or do you think my processor is just to big of a bottleneck nowadays to bother with a significant video card upgrade?
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#2thaandieselPosted 6/24/2012 4:09:42 PM
almost anything that costs $125 or more is a very noticable fps gain.
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#3Unhead_Posted 6/24/2012 4:31:53 PM
I'd like to recommend the 560ti 448-core, it will hold you off for a couple years with EVERY game at least at High settings.
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#4link510Posted 6/24/2012 10:03:03 PM
You could try lowering the settings in SC2 to get a stable 60fps. It might be your CPU actually, if lowering your video settings doesn't improve your framerates your processor is holding you back (I only recommend trying it because of how CPU oriented SC2 is and how your processor is just as dated as your cpu)
#5KalirionPosted 6/24/2012 10:58:26 PM(edited)
At the very least, a 1GB 460 (non-SE) for an upgrade. But 560TI would be recommended.

Like link510 said though, make sure its not your CPU holding you back in SC2 first.
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#6DarkZV2BetaPosted 6/24/2012 11:14:43 PM
Your CPU is what's holding your performance back. StarCraft II is a very CPU heavy game. It eats CPU cycles like tasty tasty pudding.
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#7SonyHoundDawg(Topic Creator)Posted 6/25/2012 9:48:36 AM
Thanks for the advice so far, I will start researching some of these cards and next time I play I will try and turn the phyics a bit and other items that say they are very CPU heavy and see how things go.
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