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Stavros

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So, Christmas come and gone and I've got some money for an upgrade; namely graphics. Now, I've been running an 8800GTX and I know that I'll get a tremendous performance increase. What I want to know is am I hampered with an LGA 775 socket motherboard in terms of motherboard bandwidth and CPU capabilities? I should note that I'm waiting for Nvidia to release their card to see how it stacks up to ATI's 5000 series.
 

ratbuddy

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What resolution is your monitor? What games do you play?

Can't answer without knowing that...
 

MattNo5ss

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In a single GPU setup LGA775 will work great, especially if you OC that E8400. If you ever do decide to go 2 GPUs and you think your CPU is holding you back, then you can upgrade to a C2Q (Q9550/Q9650). That's my plan anyway, I'm goin to stretch my LGA775 for all it's worth before I upgrade to i5/i7 or whatever will be out in a few years.
 
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Stavros

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What resolution is your monitor? What games do you play?

Can't answer without knowing that...

Monitor is Acer X233W so I'm stuck at 1680x1050 (Not that I'm complaining). I tend to favor the FPS genre so I've played Crysis, I'm about to start S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Shadow of Cherobyl over again and probably play GTA4 again when I get a better graphics card. I do plan on having one GPU since I don't have that much to spend. I don't really want to upgrade to i5 since I still think I can pull a few more years out of it. I am prepared for OCing the CPU if need be.
 

jediobi1

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Monitor is Acer X233W so I'm stuck at 1680x1050 (Not that I'm complaining). I tend to favor the FPS genre so I've played Crysis, I'm about to start S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Shadow of Cherobyl over again and probably play GTA4 again when I get a better graphics card. I do plan on having one GPU since I don't have that much to spend. I don't really want to upgrade to i5 since I still think I can pull a few more years out of it. I am prepared for OCing the CPU if need be.

i have the same cpu with dual 4850's and will be upgrading to a 5770 or 5870 here pretty soon and they should run fine on a 775, 775 still has alot of life left in it
 

jokers_greg

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don't think a 5770 is much better, or better at all in fact, than dual 4850's. At 1680x1050, a nice 45nm quad or dual core will still get the job done and won't cause any bottlenecks (if overclocked). If you like your games at max, I wouldn't suggest any clock speed below 3.5ghz.

anyway as far as upgrades go, what is your budget? I'd suggest a 4890 or GTX280, around there for a sizeable performance increase. However, with the advent of DX11 look at a 5770 or 5850. Nvidia won't be releasing their DX11 competition for a few weeks still.
 

kkpudge7

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As stated above what kind of budget are you working with? If you are wanting to spend <$200 I would say 4890. If you can stretch your budget a little bit go with a 5850/70. I know the 5870 is $400, but its an awesome card :)
 

EarthDog

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5770 is about as fast as GTX260 216...

HD4890 is what I would do with $200 and I had to buy now...
 

Marshmallow64

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another +1 on the hd4890 if you had to buy now, although I would wait awhile until prices drop on all the current cards, should be happening in a few months.