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#1 zeus10

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Posted 12 December 2010 - 10:13 PM

Hi Ive just purchased a Intel Core i3-540, 3.06GHz and was wanting to put a reasonably high performance graphics 1gb graphics card into it but am having a hard time deciding what would be best for my system and should i go with HD? Looking forward to all suggestions! (nice ones only :thumbup2:)

heres some more info on it,
# Huntkey Intel Core i3-540, 3.06GHz
# Bluetooth v2.0 Wireless Technology
# Preloaded Windows 7 Home Premium 30 Days Trial
# Preloaded Norton Internet Security 3 Months Trial
# MSI H55M-E21 Motherboard
# 1TB SATA Hard Disk Drive
# 4GB Dual Channel DDR3-1333 RAM
# Shared Intel Graphics Controller
# 22x SATA Dual Layer DVD+/-RW Drive
# High Definition HD 5.1 Channel Sound
# Front & Back Audio Jacks
# 6 USB 2.0 Ports (4 @ Back, 2 @ Front)
# 4 SATA II Ports
# 1 Ethernet/Network Port
# 1 PCI Express x16 Slot
# 1 PCI Slot
# 1 Serial Port
# 2 PS2 Ports

Edited by zeus10, 12 December 2010 - 10:18 PM.


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#2 DJBPace07

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Posted 14 December 2010 - 02:17 AM

Well, the i3 540 is not that high-end of a processor. To determine which graphics card your PC can handle, we need more information. Judging by that list, I assume this is a pre-built machine? We need to know how much power your PC's power supply can produce in watts. If that is a pre-built system, chances are the power supply will not be good enough to support the high-end cards. On a second note, I see there is the word "trial" next to Windows 7, I've never seen that before with an OS, crapware like Norton yes, but not something central to computer functionality.

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#3 Platypus

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Posted 14 December 2010 - 02:55 AM

A Windows installation with 30 days until activation is sometimes described as a "trial". e.g. here:

http://windowssecrets.com/2009/08/20/01-Use-any-version-of-Windows-7-free-for-120-days

http://cgi.ebay.com.au/New-Intel-Core-i3-540-3-06GHz-Desktop-Computer-PC-/330503804807

I hope zeus10 recognised this and clicked through to upgrades and extras to buy the license:

http://stores.ebay.com.au/arvandtechcomputersandlaptops/pages/upgrades

Edited by Platypus, 14 December 2010 - 02:56 AM.

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