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#1 russcart

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Posted 11 January 2011 - 01:28 AM

This is the computer that I built about 18 months ago:
Intel DG45ID P4 LGA775
Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 3.0GHz
Kinston 2 GB DDR2 PC6400
600W PSU
640 GB SATA HDD
200 GD SATA HDD
Microstar N250GTS-2D OC 512 MB
Optical Drive (1)
Cooler Master Elite 335 with two cooling fans

The system is running on XP SP3 and is mainly used for general computing, web browsing, MS Office, etc. The only games are MS Flight Simulator and some of the add-ons for the programs. My question is, I am considering upgrading the video card (graphics) since it seems to be making the most noise, the fan is noisy. Considering the limited space in the case that I have, what is a good option?

Also, would it be wise to get a Quad Core CPU?
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Posted 11 January 2011 - 10:07 PM

The current processor you have at the moment is fine for task you do. Have a look at this graphics card, i've used it myself before and it is a great card for those task you mentioned.

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System1: CPU- Intel Core i7-5820K @ 4.4GHz, CPU Cooler- Noctua NH-D14, RAM- G.Skill Ripjaws 16GB Kit(4Gx4) DDR3 2133MHz, SSD/HDD- Samsung 850 EVO 250GB/Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB/Seagate Barracuada 3TB, GPU- 2x EVGA GTX980 Superclocked @1360/MHz1900MHz, Motherboard- Asus X99 Deluxe, Case- Custom Mac G5, PSU- EVGA P2-1000W, Soundcard- Realtek High Definition Audio, OS- Windows 10 Pro 64-Bit
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Posted 12 January 2011 - 01:21 AM

Thank you for the reply. I will look into the suggested video card. It appears to be fanless from the picture? Does it run hot to a point where it may become unstable? I forgot to list in my computer specs that I also have a Hauppauge WinTv HVR-1600 card installed on my computer to use as a TV at times. Will this card handle that? My current card handles it ok, but it is noisey. I open my computer on a regular basis and use air to blow the dust out, so I know it is clean. And all the fans are quiet except the GPU fan.
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Posted 12 January 2011 - 07:23 PM

The graphics card is fanless. Fanless cards are fanless because their passive heatsink is designed to take away the heat the card possibly generates. Your TV card should do fine. You should try cleaning the cpu fan.

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System1: CPU- Intel Core i7-5820K @ 4.4GHz, CPU Cooler- Noctua NH-D14, RAM- G.Skill Ripjaws 16GB Kit(4Gx4) DDR3 2133MHz, SSD/HDD- Samsung 850 EVO 250GB/Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB/Seagate Barracuada 3TB, GPU- 2x EVGA GTX980 Superclocked @1360/MHz1900MHz, Motherboard- Asus X99 Deluxe, Case- Custom Mac G5, PSU- EVGA P2-1000W, Soundcard- Realtek High Definition Audio, OS- Windows 10 Pro 64-Bit
Games: APB: Reloaded, Hours played: 3100+  System2: Late 2011 Macbook Pro 15inch   OFw63FY.png


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Posted 12 January 2011 - 07:34 PM

I wasn't sure if the passive heatsink was enough to keep the card cool enough with what it is tasked. I keep all of the fans clean, including the CPU fan. I'll compare the physical dimensions of the existing and recommended card to be certain that it'll fit properly.
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Posted 12 January 2011 - 07:40 PM

You don't need to compare the dimension of it because it is small as!

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System1: CPU- Intel Core i7-5820K @ 4.4GHz, CPU Cooler- Noctua NH-D14, RAM- G.Skill Ripjaws 16GB Kit(4Gx4) DDR3 2133MHz, SSD/HDD- Samsung 850 EVO 250GB/Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB/Seagate Barracuada 3TB, GPU- 2x EVGA GTX980 Superclocked @1360/MHz1900MHz, Motherboard- Asus X99 Deluxe, Case- Custom Mac G5, PSU- EVGA P2-1000W, Soundcard- Realtek High Definition Audio, OS- Windows 10 Pro 64-Bit
Games: APB: Reloaded, Hours played: 3100+  System2: Late 2011 Macbook Pro 15inch   OFw63FY.png





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