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I have core2duo E8400@3.00 ghz/6mb cache 2gb ddrII ram@800mhz winxp pro sp3 with latest directx
pcsx2 r-1888 is slow on my pcSad I was told it was because of my geforce 8500 gt graphics card
what is the best graphics card for my motherboard: gigabyte GA-EP31-DS3L with ddrII 1066/fsb 1333/p31 chipset/PCI express

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get at least 9600gt
Intel Dual Core E5200 @ 3,5ghz /gigabyte GF9500GT/2 GB RAM / ASRock P45XE/ Corsair CMPSU-400CXEU
any mid to high range Nvidia or ATI card made within the last year or so should run PCSX2 or any other PC game perfectly fine.

That would be any Nvidia X800+ or 2X0+ Or any ATi X850+

(X representing any number 8 or above for nvidia or 3 and above for ATi)
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You sure it's the card that is your speed problem? I mean when you run PCSX2 and run your game with GSdx the title bar on the window shows 99% CPU usage even when using native resolution? It is a weak card indeed and you would be better off with a new one anyway but it's not certain it'll solve your speed issues anyway...
Core i5 3570k -- Geforce GTX 670  --  Windows 7 x64
That 8500Gt would definitely be a huge bottleneck for a E8400, heck even my 9800GT would be a bottleneck but still a massive improvement on a 8500GT.
I would look towards your budget, something like

Budget: - nvidia 9600GT, 9800GT. ATI 4670, 4830.
Midrange: - nvidia GTX260 216, ATI 4870.
High-end: - nvidia GTX 285, ATI 4890, or the new 5870. The 5870 would be massive overkill for Pcsx2, IMO, great for PC games though.
Intel E7500 @ 4.00ghz 400 fsb / Asus P5QL Pro / 4Gb Kingston RAM / PNY nvidia 9800GT 512Mb / Creative X-Fi Music 24 / Vista 64 SP2/

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