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Good highend card that can go with a E4400 at stock?

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  1. CDdude55

    CDdude55 Crazy 4 TPU!!!

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    Whats a good card that can run with a stock Core 2 Duo E4400, i dont OC(most people know that). I want to run games like Far Cry 2 and Project Origin when they come out. I dont care much for bottlenecks since i dont do any benchmarking at all.

    I was thinking a 8800 GT or maybe a 9800 GTX+ would good with my CPU.
     
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    Whats your budget and location?
     
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    CDdude55 Crazy 4 TPU!!!

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    I am located in the U.S. and i mostly use Newegg.com for my PC parts shopping. My budget is about $450 or so. but i can go up a little more.
     
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    if you don't overclock even a 8800GT will bottleneck. I have had it bottleneck when myQ6600 was running at 2.4Ghz, with stock 8800GT KO Clocks. The FPS went up as my CPU speed exceeded 3.2GHz whith stock GFX clocks. FYI,

    I vote 8800GT Card, or the newer 8800 GTS or GTX series the G92 not G80 cores.
     
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    Get an 8800GT XXX edition.
     
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    450 budget I'd go w/ a gtx 280. Sure it'll not be able to reach full throttle, but it'll still play all games max settings comfortably for a long time to come, you fps will be plenty.
     
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    +1 on the GTX280 if its in budget.

    Why dont you OC. Going to 3.2Ghz will give you an unbelievable boost, it not that difficult. 2.0Ghz will cripple any modern gfx card.
     
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    Exactly. If you're not sure how to OC, we have guides here, and if needed plenty of people that will help you out.
     
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    I'd grab a 8800GT and overclock your e4400. I've got my e2180 @ 3ghz and it's still a bottleneck, but it's not near as bad as it is at stock. If you overclock you can probably go without upgrading to a Q6600.
     
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    What's his monitor res?

    1680 or lower : GTX 260> 4870> 9800+ GTX> 4850 > 8800GT 1gb
    1920: GTX 280> GTX 260 (MIGHT, need an OC though, at least your CPU for sure) > 4870 (same with the OC)
     
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    CDdude55 Crazy 4 TPU!!!

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    1440x900. I dont OC tho.
     
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    I'm still confused why you don't oc, we've all told you you can gain a good amount of performance quite easily w/o risking your hardware w/ just a little oc. It seems you are being a bit stubborn w/ little reason. I mean, it's your stuff, and you can do what you want w/ it, but I'm baffled as to why you so adamantly oppose something so easy and free.
     
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    1440x900 is the same resolution as mine,so i would say a 4850.My 4850 runs all my games fine at native rez.
     
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    I would say maybe the 260GTX, excellent performer, well under your budget, and will give you some time to work with before becoming too dated.
     
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    If you've got a 450 dollar budget, why not upgrade your proc AND vidcard since you're not an OC? You can get an E8400 and a 4850 for 450 with a little room to spare which would be a huge boost to your system.
     
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    E8600 would be best if they're not going to OC. As long as its priced where it should be.
     
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    Does his board support 1333 fsb ?
     
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    It supports 1333 fsb chip conroes, but it DOES NOT support ANY 45nm chip. We've actually been over all this in another thread before. Chip upgrade is really only feasible/worthwhile to the q6xxx series, although selling the board for a new board, proc, and vc would probably be the best, along w/ a nice oc. :D
     
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    this says different :confused:

    http://www.evga.com/support/mbcpu/nForce_Intel_CPU_List.pdf
     
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    I hate to overclock too :)
     
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    I reckon a gtx 280 for a gpu :p since his specs says he is getting a q6xxx soon.
     
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    Well i am stubborn about OCing.:p I just dont like OCing and i find no point, i guess i just dont need to have the best performance, so i just buy the CPU that i want at the time and at the speed i need it at and just buy it and leave it be.
     
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    Get an E8600.:) 3.33ghz stock.
     
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    Thats what I suggested above. And if the OP really isnt going to buge on OCing, they will need an E8600 to get any benefit from a gfx card upgrade.

    You will get better performance from a 4850 and E8600 than you will your current CPU and a GTX 280.
     

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