Graphics card

  inmymind 12:10 14 Oct 2008

Hi all, posted this a while back.

"Current spec:
INTEL® PENTIUM® D 945 (2 X 3.4GHZ) 800mhz FSB/2 x 2MB Cache
2048 MB CORSAIR DDR2-667 PC5300 - (2x1GB)
SATA II 320 GB HARD DISK @ 7200rpm 8mb cache
256MB GEFORCE 7600GT PCI Express + DVI + TV-OUT
SoundBlaster X-FI Extreme Music 7.1:
500W (Peak) Super Quiet Dual Rail PSU + 120mm fan & CPU Cooler
Digital & Analogue TV Card
Dvd drives etc.

What would be the things you would upgrade on this? Wanna get into gaming a bit more, currently working my way through Command & conquer. Don't ask me what games i will be playing, not sure yet(will probably be a question on another thread!!!)."

The replies i got at the time were saying upgrade the graphics card. A friend of mine has now offered me a Geforce 9800 GTX+ card for £50 because he's got a better one!(his words). He's only has the gtx+ for a month or so. Is this a good deal & would it work in my system?


  citadel 17:33 14 Oct 2008

yes its a lot better than what you have.

  GaT7 18:07 14 Oct 2008

You'll need to upgrade the PSU as well I reckon. I think the 9800GTX+ uses 2x 6pin PCI-E connectors. Your PSU won't be good enough unless it's got these connectors (I wouldn't advise using adapters in this instance).

A PSU suggestion Antec EarthWatts 500W with 2x PCI-E click here = £50 (add something for 1p or more to be eligible for the free delivery option).

"9800 GTX+ card for £50" - yeah, it's a great deal! I'll have it, even for £20 more ;-). G

  inmymind 18:57 14 Oct 2008

Thanks chaps. Nothing else needs doing then, just the psu?

Think i'll grab the bargain on this one thanks crossbow! :) Would that psu be fine for a future upgrade of mobo & Cpu?

  GaT7 21:08 14 Oct 2008

"Would that psu be fine for a future upgrade of mobo & Cpu?"

Yes & no...

Yes, if you're not going to do too much overclocking, &/or run more powerful graphics cards (or 2-3 graphics cards at once).

No, if you'll be doing the above things.

Be aware that some graphics cards these days require the different 8pin PCI-E connector(s) (adapters available, but not recommended). Not sure what they'll need in the future. G

  inmymind 21:48 14 Oct 2008

Ok, thanks crossbow.

Much appreciated.

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