Upgrading from the 9600GS
I want to upgrade from my stock 9600GS.
Upgrade strategy
Power supply: PC Power & Cooling 610watt, S61EPS Silencer EPS12V
Graphics: 9800 GT

Is this a good strategy? Does anyone have better options?


Current System
AMD 9850 X4 2.5GHZ
8GB DDR2 RAM
750GB Sata drive
nvidia 9600gs 768MB
350 watt power supply
Vista Home Premium 64bit
I want to upgrade from my stock 9600GS.

Upgrade strategy

Power supply: PC Power & Cooling 610watt, S61EPS Silencer EPS12V

Graphics: 9800 GT



Is this a good strategy? Does anyone have better options?





Current System

AMD 9850 X4 2.5GHZ

8GB DDR2 RAM

750GB Sata drive

nvidia 9600gs 768MB

350 watt power supply

Vista Home Premium 64bit

#1
Posted 06/15/2009 07:12 PM   
What are you expecting from this upgrade path and how much $$ do you want to spend?

Axis
What are you expecting from this upgrade path and how much $$ do you want to spend?



Axis

[CPU] QX6700 @ 3.50ghz with TR Ultra 120 Extreme (XP Pro)
[MB] DFI LP LT X48
[GPU] MSI GTX260
[Mem] Corsair Dominators 2x2gig PC2 8500
[HDD] 3X Seagate SATA- 180, 250, and 320
[PSU] OCZ GamersXtreme GsxSli 600w
[Case] CoolerMaster CM690

#2
Posted 06/16/2009 03:27 AM   
[quote name='axis' post='553054' date='Jun 15 2009, 11:27 PM']What are you expecting from this upgrade path and how much $$ do you want to spend?

Axis[/quote]

Best price to perfomance is my goal without completely overhauling the exisiting system.
Price being: no more than $500 for upgrade.
[quote name='axis' post='553054' date='Jun 15 2009, 11:27 PM']What are you expecting from this upgrade path and how much $$ do you want to spend?



Axis



Best price to perfomance is my goal without completely overhauling the exisiting system.

Price being: no more than $500 for upgrade.

#3
Posted 06/18/2009 08:00 PM   
Is that US $$? What do you do want this computer to do?

Axis
Is that US $$? What do you do want this computer to do?



Axis

[CPU] QX6700 @ 3.50ghz with TR Ultra 120 Extreme (XP Pro)
[MB] DFI LP LT X48
[GPU] MSI GTX260
[Mem] Corsair Dominators 2x2gig PC2 8500
[HDD] 3X Seagate SATA- 180, 250, and 320
[PSU] OCZ GamersXtreme GsxSli 600w
[Case] CoolerMaster CM690

#4
Posted 06/19/2009 03:36 AM   
seems like that upgrading to 9800GT will require you to upgrade your psu too.. :)
seems like that upgrading to 9800GT will require you to upgrade your psu too.. :)

#5
Posted 06/20/2009 07:14 AM   
[quote name='axis' post='554485' date='Jun 18 2009, 11:36 PM']Is that US $$? What do you do want this computer to do?

Axis[/quote]


Yes, that's U.S. dollars.
I want to watch blueray movies cleanly without dropping frames. (I have a built-in blue ray drive).
I want to play games like Crysis at a decent/consistent framerate with game settings on high (maybe running at 40-50fps?) and at 1920 X 1200 rez.

Is my upgrade strategy sound? Or do i need to go further on the gpu and power supply?
I'm not trying to break any speed records. I just want to shore up the major weak spot in my current system.

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
[quote name='axis' post='554485' date='Jun 18 2009, 11:36 PM']Is that US $$? What do you do want this computer to do?



Axis





Yes, that's U.S. dollars.

I want to watch blueray movies cleanly without dropping frames. (I have a built-in blue ray drive).

I want to play games like Crysis at a decent/consistent framerate with game settings on high (maybe running at 40-50fps?) and at 1920 X 1200 rez.



Is my upgrade strategy sound? Or do i need to go further on the gpu and power supply?

I'm not trying to break any speed records. I just want to shore up the major weak spot in my current system.



Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

#6
Posted 06/20/2009 11:09 PM   
[quote name='txmoney' post='555376' date='Jun 20 2009, 06:09 PM']Yes, that's U.S. dollars.
I want to watch blueray movies cleanly without dropping frames. (I have a built-in blue ray drive).
I want to play games like Crysis at a decent/consistent framerate with game settings on high (maybe running at 40-50fps?) and at 1920 X 1200 rez.

Is my upgrade strategy sound? Or do i need to go further on the gpu and power supply?
I'm not trying to break any speed records. I just want to shore up the major weak spot in my current system.

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.[/quote]

if your budget is $500, i would go with a gtx280 (~$250) with a good brand 750W PSU (~$120) and a good heatsink + thermal paste (~$30) to OC the CPU, and still have 100 bucks left /thumbup.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':thumbup:' />.

edit: just noticed the gtx285 is $350, then you would have $0 left...hehe.
[quote name='txmoney' post='555376' date='Jun 20 2009, 06:09 PM']Yes, that's U.S. dollars.

I want to watch blueray movies cleanly without dropping frames. (I have a built-in blue ray drive).

I want to play games like Crysis at a decent/consistent framerate with game settings on high (maybe running at 40-50fps?) and at 1920 X 1200 rez.



Is my upgrade strategy sound? Or do i need to go further on the gpu and power supply?

I'm not trying to break any speed records. I just want to shore up the major weak spot in my current system.



Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.



if your budget is $500, i would go with a gtx280 (~$250) with a good brand 750W PSU (~$120) and a good heatsink + thermal paste (~$30) to OC the CPU, and still have 100 bucks left /thumbup.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':thumbup:' />.



edit: just noticed the gtx285 is $350, then you would have $0 left...hehe.

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#7
Posted 06/22/2009 07:32 AM   
[quote name='kida' post='555844' date='Jun 22 2009, 03:32 AM']if your budget is $500, i would go with a gtx280 (~$250) with a good brand 750W PSU (~$120) and a good heatsink + thermal paste (~$30) to OC the CPU, and still have 100 bucks left /thumbup.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':thumbup:' />.

edit: just noticed the gtx285 is $350, then you would have $0 left...hehe.[/quote]

Great suggestion! Thanks.
Based on your GTX recommendation, I went a little further and researched the gtx285 and found this model for $344.00.
EVGA 01G-P3-1180-AR GeForce GTX 285 1GB 512-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card
Chipset Manufacturer: NVIDIA
Core Clock: 648MHz
Shader Clock: 1476 MHz
Stream Processors: 240 Processor Cores
Memory Clock: 2484MHz
OpenGL: OpenGL 3.0
HDMI: 1 (via Adapter)
DVI: 2
Model #: 01G-P3-1180-AR

Now on to a suitable psu.

Does anyone else have other gpu/psu suggestions?
[quote name='kida' post='555844' date='Jun 22 2009, 03:32 AM']if your budget is $500, i would go with a gtx280 (~$250) with a good brand 750W PSU (~$120) and a good heatsink + thermal paste (~$30) to OC the CPU, and still have 100 bucks left /thumbup.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':thumbup:' />.



edit: just noticed the gtx285 is $350, then you would have $0 left...hehe.



Great suggestion! Thanks.

Based on your GTX recommendation, I went a little further and researched the gtx285 and found this model for $344.00.

EVGA 01G-P3-1180-AR GeForce GTX 285 1GB 512-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

Chipset Manufacturer: NVIDIA

Core Clock: 648MHz

Shader Clock: 1476 MHz

Stream Processors: 240 Processor Cores

Memory Clock: 2484MHz

OpenGL: OpenGL 3.0

HDMI: 1 (via Adapter)

DVI: 2

Model #: 01G-P3-1180-AR



Now on to a suitable psu.



Does anyone else have other gpu/psu suggestions?

#8
Posted 06/22/2009 11:31 PM   
[quote name='txmoney' post='556264' date='Jun 23 2009, 12:31 AM']Great suggestion! Thanks.
Based on your GTX recommendation, I went a little further and researched the gtx285 and found this model for $344.00.
EVGA 01G-P3-1180-AR GeForce GTX 285 1GB 512-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card
Chipset Manufacturer: NVIDIA
Core Clock: 648MHz
Shader Clock: 1476 MHz
Stream Processors: 240 Processor Cores
Memory Clock: 2484MHz
OpenGL: OpenGL 3.0
HDMI: 1 (via Adapter)
DVI: 2
Model #: 01G-P3-1180-AR

Now on to a suitable psu.

Does anyone else have other gpu/psu suggestions?[/quote]
[url="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130484"]GTX 285[/url]

[url="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139005"]Corsair 650TX[/url] Amazing power supply. or get the [url="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139006"]Corsair 750TX[/url] for an extra $20
[quote name='txmoney' post='556264' date='Jun 23 2009, 12:31 AM']Great suggestion! Thanks.

Based on your GTX recommendation, I went a little further and researched the gtx285 and found this model for $344.00.

EVGA 01G-P3-1180-AR GeForce GTX 285 1GB 512-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

Chipset Manufacturer: NVIDIA

Core Clock: 648MHz

Shader Clock: 1476 MHz

Stream Processors: 240 Processor Cores

Memory Clock: 2484MHz

OpenGL: OpenGL 3.0

HDMI: 1 (via Adapter)

DVI: 2

Model #: 01G-P3-1180-AR



Now on to a suitable psu.



Does anyone else have other gpu/psu suggestions?

GTX 285



Corsair 650TX Amazing power supply. or get the Corsair 750TX for an extra $20

#9
Posted 06/24/2009 10:31 AM   
[quote name='addnan' post='557045' date='Jun 24 2009, 06:31 AM'][url="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130484"]GTX 285[/url]

[url="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139005"]Corsair 650TX[/url] Amazing power supply. or get the [url="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139006"]Corsair 750TX[/url] for an extra $20[/quote]

Excellent. Thanks for the psu suggestion. There are great reviews on this corsair line. The 750tx is more than enough for my needs plus it can handle just about any additional component upgrade I might have in the future.

So, Im going with the gtx285 and the corsair 750tx

Thanks again to addnan, kida, satir and axis for your suggestions/comments!
[quote name='addnan' post='557045' date='Jun 24 2009, 06:31 AM']GTX 285



Corsair 650TX Amazing power supply. or get the Corsair 750TX for an extra $20



Excellent. Thanks for the psu suggestion. There are great reviews on this corsair line. The 750tx is more than enough for my needs plus it can handle just about any additional component upgrade I might have in the future.



So, Im going with the gtx285 and the corsair 750tx



Thanks again to addnan, kida, satir and axis for your suggestions/comments!

#10
Posted 06/25/2009 04:38 AM   
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