9800GT or GTS 450 OC?

90 Human Paladin
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I am replacing my GeForce 9600 GSO as my older 8800GT shorted out and took my motherboard with it. Unfortunately the 9600 GSO I was recommedned to replace it with ended up being inferior.

As I am not replacing my cpu I am informed that a 9800GT or GTS450 OC DDR3 is a good chocie for my current system as seen below.

Might anyone have any advice as to which of the two may be better or another route? I want to keep my old 60fps I had and that was not at Ultra setting.

Thank you.

The DxDialog report follows:
------------------System Information------------------
Time of this report: 9/2/2012, 00:15:16
Machine name: USER-PC
Operating System: Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit (6.1, Build 7601) Service Pack 1(7601.win7sp1_gdr.120503-2030)
Language: English (Regional Setting: English)
System Manufacturer: System manufacturer
System Model: P5K-V
BIOS: BIOS Date: 06/18/08 18:01:45 Ver: 08.00.12
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Quad CPU Q6600 @ 2.40GHz (4 CPUs), ~2.4GHz
Memory: 8192MB
RAMAvailable OS Memory: 8192MB
RAM Page File: 1941MB used, 14439MB available
Windows Dir: C:\Windows
DirectX Version: DirectX 11DX Setup Parameters: Not found
User DPI Setting: Using System DPI System
DPI Setting: 96 DPI (100 percent)
DWM DPI Scaling: Disabled
DxDiag Version: 6.01.7601.17514 32bit Unicode
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100 Blood Elf Paladin
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Your old CPU will not grant you great FPS in crowded cities or raids even if you had GTX 680s. I would consider upgrading the system as whole if you want more FPS in cities / raids.
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100 Blood Elf Paladin
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450>9800gt, however -

I note that you do not wish to replace your cpu, and that a Geforce 450 costs at least $90. For that money, go with a Radeon 7750. Here is a comparison between the two: http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/609?vs=535 - it's ahead in more games than not and uses less power. If you can stretch the budget to $115-$120, go for a Radeon 7770.

What I'd recommend, cpu-wise, is to OC your Q6600 to 3ghz. Most Q6600's would do it, your board has overclocking features, and it's fairly easy. Just go into the bios and adjust the front side bus (fsb) from 266 (1066) to 333 (1333). The Q6600 has a multiplier of 9, which will give you 3ghz. You can test for stability with Prime95 or IntelBurnTest. If it's not stable, nudge the cpu voltage up by a notch until it is. :D At 3ghz, the Q6600 should perform about like a Pentium Dual Core at 2.7ghz or so (model G630), which is decent enough paired with a 7770.
Edited by Selvaganesh on 9/26/2012 12:44 PM PDT
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