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Upgrading My Graphics Card


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#1 thebestrc

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Posted 28 September 2010 - 09:22 AM

Hi , i want to upgrade my current graphics card which is ATI Radeon X300/X550/X1050 Series as i want to be able to play some upcoming games on my pc such as fifa 11 and the new call of duty black ops which is coming out soon. I'm looking to spend between £75 - £150 on it. Also i'm wondering whether there will be any compatibility issues with my motherboard? Below is the spec of my pc:

Processor
Model : Intel® Core™2 Duo CPU E6750 @ 2.66GHz
Speed : 2.67GHz
Cores per Processor : 2 Unit(s)
Threads per Core : 1 Unit(s)
Type : Dual-Core
Internal Data Cache : 2x 32kB, Synchronous, Write-Thru, 8-way, 64 byte line size
L2 On-board Cache : 4MB, ECC, Synchronous, ATC, 16-way, 64 byte line size, 2 threads sharing

System
System : System manufacturer P5K-E
Mainboard : ASUSTeK Computer INC. P5K-E
Bus(es) : ISA PCI PCIe IMB USB FireWire/1394 i2c/SMBus
Multi-Processor (MP) Support : No
Multi-Processor Advanced PIC (APIC) : Yes
System BIOS : American Megatrends Inc. 0703
Total Memory : 2GB DIMM DDR2 DDR3

Chipset
Model : ASUS P35/G33/G31 Processor to I/O Controller
Front Side Bus Speed : 4x 334MHz (1.34GHz)
Total Memory : 22.25GB DIMM DDR2 DDR3
Memory Bus Speed : 2x 334MHz (668MHz)

Memory Module(s)
Memory Module : Corsair CM2X1024-5400C4 1GB DIMM DDR2 PC2-5300U DDR2-666 (5.0-5-5-15 3-18-5-3)
Memory Module : Corsair CM2X1024-5400C4 1GB DIMM DDR2 PC2-5300U DDR2-666 (5.0-5-5-15 3-18-5-3)

Video System
Adapter : ATI Radeon X300/X550/X1050 Series (256MB, PCIe 1.00 x16, PS2.0, VS2.0)

Storage Devices
WDC WD5000AAKS-00YGA0 500GB (SATA300, 3.5", 7200rpm, NCQ, 16MB Cache) : 466GB (C:)
SAMSUNG HD103SJ 1TB (SATA300, 3.5", 7200rpm, NCQ, 32MB Cache) : 932GB
HP DVD Writer 1040d (SCSI, DVD+-RW, CD-RW) : N/A (D:)

Logical Storage Devices
Hard Disk (C:) : 466GB (NTFS) @ WDC WD5000AAKS-00YGA0 500GB (SATA300, 3.5", 7200rpm, NCQ, 16MB Cache)
CD-ROM/DVD (D:) : N/A @ HP DVD Writer 1040d (SCSI, DVD+-RW, CD-RW)
3.5" 1.44MB (A:) : N/A
Samsung 1TB (E:) : 932GB (NTFS)

Network Services
Network Adapter : Realtek RTL8187 Wireless 802.11b/g 54Mbps USB 2.0 Network Adapter #2 - Packet Scheduler Miniport (Ethernet, 48Mbps)
Wireless Adapter 1 : Realtek RTL8187 Wireless 802.11b/g 54Mbps USB 2.0 Network Adapter #2 - Packet Scheduler Miniport (802.11g (ERP), AES-CCMP, 48Mbps)

Power Management
Mains (AC) Line Status : On-Line

Operating System(s)
Windows System : Microsoft Windows XP Professional 5.01.2600 (Service Pack 3)
Platform Compliance : x86

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#2 troublesh00ter

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Posted 28 September 2010 - 10:51 AM

I would totally help you but not only do I not know the currency conversion but I have no idea how much computer hardware costs in the UK.

I will tell you though, if you are into gaming, you will most likely need to spend more than you're intending FOR THE FUTURE!

Spend the extra money now and you won't have to upgrade your card AGAIN in two years.

You could seriously use more RAM too. I'd say 4GB! I know XP only supports up to 2 but I see your box is x86 compliant. Will it also allow more RAM?
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Posted 28 September 2010 - 11:07 AM

You could still recommend good graphics cards to me . I'm pretty sure i can do the leg work to find out the costs. Yes my mobo has 2 more spare slots for additional ram if needs be.

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Posted 28 September 2010 - 12:13 PM

Someone else my prefer ATI over nVidia but I like nVidia better. I'm willing to say some ATI cards are better than some nVidias (within the same class) and vice versa but overall I'd say that nVidia puts togeher a better chip.

I would suggest...

nVidia GeForce 9800 GT (One of their newer ones)

This one is pretty cheap and PNY is good RAM...
http://www.amazon.com/Gigabyte-nVidia-GeFo...I/dp/B002U0KEPY


nVidia GeForce GTS 450 (Most current generation for this card)

$129.99 is th norm for this card since it's so new...
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/se...C7BBTkwCjCECjCE

nVidia GeForce GTX 460 (I've personally been looking at this one for some time)
http://www.google.com/products/catalog?q=G...0CAcQ8wIwADgA#p
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Posted 28 September 2010 - 08:48 PM

You could seriously use more RAM too. I'd say 4GB! I know XP only supports up to 2 but I see your box is x86 compliant. Will it also allow more RAM?

x86 refers to 32-bit, which may support up to about 3.5 depending on your motherboard.

This is the exact video card I have. It has a double lifetime warranty and offers performance similar to the GTS 450.

Edited by RainbowSix, 28 September 2010 - 08:50 PM.

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Posted 28 September 2010 - 10:32 PM

Note that TigerDirect, Newegg, and some items in the U.S. Amazon store do not ship to the U.K. I have used eBuyer in past to import a pair of headphones to the U.S., and they are U.K. based. Alternative stores include Maplin and, of course, Amazon.co.uk. That's a decent middle-of-the-road system you've got there. Personally, I don't usually care about specific brands, whichever offers the better value vs. performance I go with. AMD (They're dropping ATI branding) cards are usually pretty good, well, this generation's cards are surprisingly decent performers, even at the lower levels. Nvidia's cards, at the ultra high-end, can outperform AMD's but often at the expense of wattage, thermals, and noise. Recently, Nvidia's GTX 460 came out and it's got stellar reviews, coming in between the Radeon 5770 and the Radeon 5830 in most titles and occasionally going past the 5830 in a few. The Sapphire HD 5770 1GB is a good mid-range card. If you want an even more powerful card, the Sapphire HD 5830 1GB is also a good choice. If you plan on going for the 5830, make sure you have a case large enough to hold it. Your motherboard allows for Crossfire using two AMD/ATI cards, therefore, SLI is not an option. If you want to go towards Nvidia, the Gigabyte GTX 460 OC 1GB GDDR5 OC Edition is an excellent upper mid-range card. The PALIT GTS 450 SONIC Platinum is next down on the Nvidia line and it usually performs slightly slower than the 5770. Make sure you have a 500W power supply or greater before choosing a card, also, if you choose to use Crossfire, you should have a 600W power supply. Keep in mind that DirectX 10 and 11 will not work on XP which means you are limited to DirectX 9 which isn't much of an issue, for now. Also, I do suggest getting a bit more RAM, however, to use 4GB or more of RAM you will need a 64-bit version of Windows.

Edited by DJBPace07, 28 September 2010 - 10:35 PM.

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Posted 29 September 2010 - 10:13 AM

Cheers for the advice guys :thumbsup: I think my pay packet gonna take a beating this month :huh:

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Posted 30 September 2010 - 11:16 AM

I didn't notice the specs for your computer's power supply listed in the original post. It's important to know what your limitations for power output are to ensure that you select a graphics adaptor that doesn't require more than your power supply can deliver and sustain. FYI.

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Posted 30 September 2010 - 12:26 PM

I didn't notice the specs for your computer's power supply listed in the original post. It's important to know what your limitations for power output are to ensure that you select a graphics adaptor that doesn't require more than your power supply can deliver and sustain. FYI.



This is probably the most important consideration as it will determine what graphics cards can be used without upgrading the PSU. Not only the amount of wattage, but the ampere rating of the 12V rail. Are you going to need any connectors that your current PSU doesn't provide?

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Posted 08 October 2010 - 06:14 AM

Bought my mates 9800GT Sonic from him for £50. However when plugged into my system everything powers up but nothing appears on the monitor. What am i doing wrong? Btw the spec for my PSU is:

+12V1 23A MAX
+12V2 23A MAX
+5V 40A MaX
+3.3V 30A MAX
-12V 0.8A MAX
+5V/SB 3.0 MAX

EDIT: The 6 pin power connector i bought only has 1 4pin molex at the end looking at the 9800GT online all their's come supplied with 6 pin power connector with 2 4pin molex outputs. Have i got the right one?

Edited by thebestrc, 08 October 2010 - 06:18 AM.





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