Hi, I'm considering buying a GTX 960 to replace my (now dead) GTX 260. I've been out of the loop for a very long time and I have a few questions before ordering a replacement. The PC specs are - AMD Phenom II X4 955 3.2GHz Corsair + G.Skill 8GB DDR2 800 MHz (5-5-5-18) Seasonic X-650 650W Power Supply Monitor - Samsing 21.5" 1080p Case - Cooler Master 690 (For dimensions of card) Purchase site - NewEgg.com (USA) Budget - Around $200 (variable, can extend upto GTX 970 if it makes sense) Which graphic card? Now, any modern graphic card is going to be bottlenecked by my old processor, so I didn't consider 380X or other offerings from AMD. Also, the lower power consumption and generally stable drivers of Nvidia made me choose the GTX 960. I am interested to know your thoughts and welcome all opinions and suggestions (including AMD). If possible, I would also like to know the extent of bottleneck and would considering anything beyond GTX 960 (like GTX 970 for instance) make sense? VRAM - 2GB vs 4GB My other question is with respect to the VRAM. From what I gathered around reading benchmarks and reviews, Nvidia generally uses good VRAM compression and that contributes the closeness between 2GB and 4GB versions. Since I am going to use this card only at 1080p and more specifically with my aging desktop, is it worth spending around $30 for the 4GB version? EDIT: I also read about the 128-bit crippled bandwidth that doesn't help the card beyond 1080p, how does that affect 2GB vs 4GB? Which brand? Lastly, I am torn between brands, my last XFX GTX 260 had a fairly stock reference design and I was looking at ASUS, MSI and Gigabyte custom versions. Noise isn't a big concern, with respect to performance primarily, which would be your pick? (I think I need to exclude Gigabyte, after reading its reviews, I feel the length of around 12 inches would be quite large. My previous card was 10.5 inches and it was borderline acceptable). Please rank the brands in your order of preference (including the Gigabyte despite size concerns. I will just erase it from list if its beyond my requirements). Its a really long post, I had so many doubts coming back after a very long time, so please bear with me:bonk: TL;DR Which graphic card for around $200? With respect to GTX 960 - 2GB or 4GB? Which brand? Regards.