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#1 Sep 16 2010 at 9:09 AM Rating: Decent
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I just ran the benchmark and got 1700 for high (1920x1080) and 3600 for low. I want to improve my benchmark score for high. What should I upgrade?

Here's my spec:
Win 7 64bit
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM) i7 860 @ 2.80 GHz (8CPUSs), ~2.8GHz
Memory: 8192 RAM
GPU: NVIDIA GeForce GTS 240 494MB

I think my processor and memory are good enough and only need to upgrade my GPU. Which one do you recommend? I can pay around $200-250 for a GPU.
Thanks a lot!!
#2 Sep 16 2010 at 9:16 AM Rating: Good
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#3 Sep 16 2010 at 9:20 AM Rating: Good
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And if you can't stretch, I'd go with this (and have, twice): (1GB GTX 460, MSI Cyclone flavor to be fairly quiet)
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#4 Sep 16 2010 at 9:23 AM Rating: Decent
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You can also look into the gtx 460 which I'm told is a powerful GPU. I personally prefer ATX (AMD) myself but many people say the gtx 460 is a hard GPU to beat for the price.

EDIT: Post above me beat me to it :(

Also as long as you have an aftermarket heat sink for your CPU you can safely overclock your processor. I overclocked my I5-750 (4 cores) from 2.66 to about 3.4 with ease. It boosted my benchmark score by about 100-200.

Edited, Sep 16th 2010 11:23am by TaruScud
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#5 Sep 16 2010 at 9:44 AM Rating: Good
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i'd also recommend a gtx 460 1GB. I have been running the game at 1920x1080 with no problems. fps might drop down to 20-30 in crowded areas, but mostly its up in the 40-60 range. here's what im running:

AMD Phenom 2 quad core, 3.4ghz
8GB ram
GTX 460 1GB

i bought the Gigabyte brand of GTX 460, it has 2 fans on it and is surprisingly quiet. my old 8800GT was louder!

Edited, Sep 16th 2010 9:10am by GamalielWise
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#6 Sep 16 2010 at 10:04 AM Rating: Good
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GTX 460 or higher is a good choice. I think you would like the 470 more, if you can save up a few more bucks.

I'm running a gtx 465 and it handles the graphics pretty well. Now i'm just waiting for my new *cpu/mobo to get here to
see how much it improves the overall quality of the game.

* Combo with AMD CPU
w/ Phenom II X6 1090T (6 x 3.2GHz - 9MB Cache - 4000 FSB)
ASRock M3A770DE
Performance Cooling Package
4GB DDR3-1333

#7 Sep 16 2010 at 10:05 AM Rating: Good
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btw the frames in crowded areas is the CPU.
#8 Sep 17 2010 at 3:57 PM Rating: Decent
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Thanks all for your suggestions so far. I have a question. I've been thinking about the Geforce GTX 4XX series and the ATI Radeon 5850. Which one should be better for my computer spec and my budget? My current GPA is PCIe 2.0, if I buy a card that is PCIe 2.1 or PCIe 2.0 x16, is it compatible with the PCIe 2.0? Is there a way that I can check if any of the above cards fit inside my Dell Studio XPS?
#9 Sep 17 2010 at 4:03 PM Rating: Good
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My current GPA is PCIe 2.0, if I buy a card that is PCIe 2.1 or PCIe 2.0 x16, is it compatible with the PCIe 2.0? Is there a way that I can check if any of the above cards fit inside my Dell Studio XPS?

Your 2.0 PCIe will work with 2.1 PCIe cards.

To the 2nd question: Get out a ruler and see how much space you have for a GPU in your case. Measure from the PCIe slot yer gonna use forward to the drive cage. I don't know offhand how big an XPS case is, but I'd imagine if it's that big one I see at Best Buy on occassion, you should be fine. I built from the ground up a few weeks ago, and am happy with my roomy Haf 932 ;)

Using the EVGA GTX470 I am having no issues in Open Beta. Frames are good. GPU is warm, but 470s and 480s are known for that.
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