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  • Sir-Nerd
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    Upgrade time hopefully.

    Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Quad CPU Q9550 @ 2.83GHz (4 CPUs), ~2.8GHz
    Memory: 8190MB RAM
    Hard Drive: 500 GB
    Video Card: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 260
    Monitor: Samsung 932B (1280*1024)
    Motherboard: 780i EVGA
    PSU: 750w Corsair

    I have an older LGA 775 motherboard, and i was wondering if what would be the best upgrade for a graphics card. I don't want to upgrade the board since that would nullify my RAM and processor (both the best I can get with the board). I also don't have much of a budget ($200).

    SLI is out of the option even though i have 3 PCI-e slots, since the 260 has been mostly discontinued, and I'm a bit torn on what to get out of the new generations. I've read articles on the new Radeons, and like them, but for some reason the pricing seems off (the 6xxx being cheaper than the 5xxx) and Nvidia is starting to do things I don't like. Just want some suggestions.

  • Acreo Aeneas
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    Okay, by the time your 260 becomes too old, there should be some very nice cards out. Either that or you're looking at building a new rig altogether.

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  • Sir-Nerd
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    I'm going to stick with the 260, i don't have the money to burn for a new card.

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  • Acreo Aeneas
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    Glad it came together well.

    Did you end up getting a new graphics card or did you stick with your GTX260?

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  • Sir-Nerd
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    Well, after staying up till 2 in the morning, all the parts have been moved to my new Antec 300. I didn't bend the fans or anything, and the Zalman installed fairly simply. The temps at idle are around 33-34C and the temps at 100% load are only 45C at the max. This is a huge improvement over the 50C idles and almost 70 degree load temps.

    Thank you for the idea.

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  • Acreo Aeneas
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    Eh, I think you kinda wasted some money on that Zalman. The CM cooler I linked to above works just as well if not better for less. Plus it's a hell of a lot harder to bend those fins than it is on the Zalman (which is very easy as I've used several of their fin-fanned coolers).

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  • Sir-Nerd
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    Actually, it gave me an idea

    bought these two things yesterday

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-042-_-Product

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-223-_-Product

    Give me something to do over the next week.

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  • Acreo Aeneas
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    The symptoms usually involve very slow computer performance. That's a sign that the chip is underclocking itself in an attempt to lower its core temps before finally resorting to shutting down your system completely so it can cool off.

    As Namebot said, is the current case really needed? Can you get a bigger case? It would help and you can always take these parts with you.

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  • Namebot
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    Is the cramped case a necessity? If not that might be a good upgrade to consider as well, especially since you can take it with you when you rebuild.

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  • Sir-Nerd
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    I can't cram an after market cooler in my case, not enough headroom. The processor, under load, usually hits around 65-8 and stays there. I know what happens when a chip over heats, and I've never seen the symptoms.

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  • Acreo Aeneas
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    Originally posted by Sir-Nerd View Post
    I have stock cooler, and it hits 70 as is, so I'm not going to try to OC the thing.
    I'd suggest getting a aftermarket ASAP. I know the stock cooler doesn't cut the cake on these C2D quad cores, whatever the brochure might say. If you had the Cooler Master Hyper 212 (for example), you could easily OC to 3.6 and load temps wouldn't go past 60 C.

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  • Sir-Nerd
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    I have stock cooler, and it hits 70 as is, so I'm not going to try to OC the thing.

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  • Acreo Aeneas
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    Ah, another thing to consider assuming you have a good CPU cooler: OC your Q9550.

    All you'd need to do is bump your FSB clock up. You can go as high as 424 (424 x 8.5 multi = effective 3.6 GHz) before you'd need to mess with Vcore settings.

    If you don't know if your cooler can handle a OC, I'd bump the FSB clock a little by a little and run your machine through its paces (gaming and multitasking) while keeping a close eye on your core temps (use Core Temp). Each should never go past 71 C as anything higher would mean overheating.

    That should give you a pretty decent increase in overall performance.

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  • MacLeod
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    I use a GTX 260M and it works wonderfully on 1680 x 1050 resolution, so with what you have at the moment you are set unless you want to buy a new monitor :)

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  • Acreo Aeneas
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    Ironically I'm even considering buying it myself in the coming months. My rig's almost identical to Sir-Nerd's (except for my larger screen and beefier video card).

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