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.n.ty|e$
01-08-2010, 05:49 PM
Currently, im using an 8800 GTX.. Would it be worth it to upgrade to the 260?What kind of performance increase factor can I expect? Like 2x.. 4x?

IcarusNine
01-08-2010, 05:56 PM
A factor of 1.4x

.n.ty|e$
01-08-2010, 06:21 PM
Would it be worth upgrading?

Dead Fish
01-08-2010, 06:26 PM
Only if you inted to play games on bigger resolutions (1920x1200 for example) and on high settings. An 8800 GTX still easily handles new games reasonably fast. There would certainly be some performace to be gained, but I would wait for new DX11 hardware before upgrading right now.

sooNAHmee
01-08-2010, 06:28 PM
In most cases, yes. You should really post your PC specs though. If your CPU or another component will cause a bottleneck, it may not be worth upgrading. Also, what resolution do you play at?

Also, right now ATI cards are the ones to get. Upper GTX200 series cards are being outperformed by HD5800 series cards, and the price difference is minimal; plus the GTX200's don't support DX11.

PC_Helper
01-08-2010, 06:31 PM
Would it be worth upgrading?

It depends on the rest of your system spec's.

Give us you model # if it's a pre-built POS.

Or give us the rest of the specs like the cpu, mobo, ram, PSU.

.n.ty|e$
01-08-2010, 06:53 PM
4 Gb RAM
AMD 600+
1 Tb HD space

Combat Medic
01-08-2010, 06:55 PM
4 Gb RAM
AMD 600+
1 Tb HD space

CPU needs upgraded first.Also Nvidia's current high-end offerings are not worth your time ATM.

.n.ty|e$
01-08-2010, 07:12 PM
What would be a good CPU? I have around $270 to spend..

PC_Helper
01-08-2010, 07:18 PM
What would be a good CPU? I have around $270 to spend..

what type of motherboard do you have?

jamesd9007
01-08-2010, 07:23 PM
Get the Phenom II X4 955 BE (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103674&cm_re=955-_-19-103-674-_-Product). You have Athlon II X2 6000+, which should be AM2+ socket, and that AM3 CPU will work fine provided you get a BIOS update. Check your motherboard's support page first to make sure that such a BIOS update exists for your model.

.n.ty|e$
01-08-2010, 07:43 PM
So 4 cores = about twice as fast?

jamesd9007
01-08-2010, 07:46 PM
So 4 cores = about twice as fast?

More than twice as fast, since each of its cores is clocked higher and based on a more advanced architecture. 3DMark06 CPU score more than doubled for me when I tested it (2100 to 4500).

sooNAHmee
01-08-2010, 08:32 PM
$270?

Well then if you do indeed have a mobo that supports an AM3 CPU (socket AM2+), then check out the Phenom II X3 720 Black Ed. (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103652) - $110 (free shipping) - An awesome value.

Then add an ATI HD5770 (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814131327) for $163 shipped.

That would be a nice balanced upgrade within your budget. Well, $3 over, lol, but after the MIR of $10 you'd be back under budget. ;)

NotYourHero
01-08-2010, 08:50 PM
Im a bigger fan of the athlon if that is also your thing. http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=5073818&sku=A79-0620

Inexpensive, good, and it can handle alot.

GoDMiN
01-08-2010, 09:23 PM
Would it be worth upgrading?

Not imo. Sure its faster, but my old 8800GTS had np running games at 1680x1050, and seeing how FPS was above 60 theres no point in upgrading really. I would wait and get a GTX300 if they ever come out, or maybe a 5870 when they drop in price.

As others have said, go for a CPU upgrade the AMD 720 should fit your budget. You could get a AMD 770 chip set mobo of your liking, and the 720. Imo the AMD 6000+ (guessing you had a typo) is still more than enough due to the lack of multi core support in games, but if you want to upgrade anything thats probably where you should start atm

Im a bigger fan of the athlon if that is also your thing. http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=5073818&sku=A79-0620

Inexpensive, good, and it can handle alot.

The 720 can still handle more though actually. Even though its only a tri core.

DocZ
01-09-2010, 04:49 AM
well, I had an 8800 GTX... It misteriously stopped working for some reason, so now I've got a GTX260 on order, hoping it will arrive soon, as I am tired of not being able to play games (my laptop doesn't handle games pretty good)... If I get it soon, I can share my opinions with you...

MikeHaggarKJ
01-09-2010, 04:53 AM
8800gtx is still pretty good, i say wait atleast for nvidias 300 series before you upgrade

Warfare
01-09-2010, 08:46 AM
What is your Power supply wattage and brand?

.n.ty|e$
01-10-2010, 08:38 PM
It is worth mentioning that I wont be using this for games... mostly 3D rendering.. I will be playing games on my machine (duh).. im just not shelling out for a gaming improvement.

Scary Chicken
01-10-2010, 09:50 PM
Upgrade CPU to any of the Phenom x4 series or corei5-7 series first and get an HD 5850. It should be more than enough for your purpose and surely within your budget.

dillonsurdaddy
01-11-2010, 07:44 AM
Upgrade CPU to any of the Phenom x4 series or corei5-7 series first and get an HD 5850. It should be more than enough for your purpose and surely within your budget.

his budget was $270