Will a 3850 graphics card work on my PC?

  Giddz 22:18 10 Aug 2009

I have very basic knowledge of computers so will do my best to supply the neccessary information needed for this question to be answered.

My specs are:

Windows Vista Home Premium

2.20 gigahertz Intel Core2 Duo
64 kilobyte primary memory cache
2048 kilobyte secondary memory cache

Board: Foxconn 45GM/45CM
Serial Number: UYQB72404874
Bus Clock: 49 megahertz
BIOS: Phoenix Technologies, LTD 6.00 PG 06/18/2007

I was considering geting a TRIPLEX HD 3850 PCI-E 256Mb DDR3 for £38. Will this work on my pc?
Is there a better card for a similar price that would work on my pc?


  GaT7 22:28 10 Aug 2009

Well, if this looks like your board click here then most probably, yes.

However, it would be better if you could tell us the exact make & model number of your PC. E.g. one cannot fit a standard-height graphics card in a slim-type case. And the power supply (PSU) needs to be powerful enough to run the card. G

  Giddz 22:39 10 Aug 2009

It's an advent T9508.
That picture looks like it but it says 8 usb but mine only has 6 so i guess it's not tthat one.

  GaT7 23:07 10 Aug 2009

Just had a look, & it will be compatible so far (click here & click here).

Next thing to check is your PSU. You will have to open the case & note down the info on the label - i.e. the total wattage & +12V figure. Also have a look to see if it has a 6pin PCI-E connector - it look like the pic on the left click here. G

  Giddz 23:30 10 Aug 2009

The psu says:
model number: iso-450pp
ac input: 230V, 4A, 47-63hz
max output power: 350W (+12V, +5V&+3.3V TOTAL)

I can't see a 6pin connector, only a 4pin.

  GaT7 23:38 10 Aug 2009

What does it say next to (or under) the +12V - this will be in amps, or simply A - e.g. 15A

If it's not good enough, then it may not be suitable to use an adapter either (right of this pic click here) - that's even if you have the requisite 2x molex connectors free. G

  Giddz 23:44 10 Aug 2009

It says 18A with a circle round it.

  GaT7 00:15 11 Aug 2009

That isn't too bad, but I don't think it's going to do for the 3850, so you'll need a PSU upgrade as well, but at a £30 additional expense.

Your other option would be to get a HD 4670 for £50-55, e.g. click here, click here & click here (use the free del option at checkout to keep the price down). Review click here. This doesn't require a 6pin PCI-E connector & will run off your present PSU.

If you're not upgrading for games, but just want to improve on the integrated graphics, a £21 HD 3450 click here should be just fine. G

  Giddz 00:27 11 Aug 2009

I think I'd go for the 4670 option, don't want to have to change anything extra (like the psu).

Thanks a lot for your help.

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