Graphics Card Upgrade for Old PC

  ame 12:57 11 Feb 2009

I have a September 2005 Evesham Axis Dominator desktop with an MSI MS-7125 (K8N Neo4-F) motherboard with a Sapphire Radeon X800GT in a PCI-Ex16 1.0a slot. The processor is an Athlon 64x2 4400+ running at 2.2 Ghz and I have 3Gb of DDR RAM (PC3200 @ 400Mhz). THe PSU is only a 300w FSP model. While this is fine for my use, I'd like to improve the graphics so my son can play better games like World of Warcraft : Wrath of the Lich King and Fallout 3. According to click here I can fit the GeForce 8600 GT for about £50. Will this be a good move to keep this dinosaur pc going for another year or so? Are there any other comparable ATI cards that will run with a 300w PSU and no dedicated graphics power connector? Any advice greatly appreciated, thanks.

  crosstrainer 14:42 11 Feb 2009

Not well up on ATI stuff these day's, but the 8800GT SOMETIMES comes with an extra power connector (depends on the variety you buy, so check first) The 8800GTS or anything higher will definitely require extra power.

Of course you could change the PSU and go for an 8800GTX (more bang for your money if you play games etc.)

  raziel08 15:06 11 Feb 2009

i have a similar set up to what your describing (except for the motherboard and ram (mines 1GB of DDR2. In mine i have the Geforce 8400 GS 256mb. It achieves good framerates in most modern games and is capable of playing games like oblivion extremely well even in the high quality settings. I think you can get one for around £30. I'm pretty sure this will run World of warcraft as well and doesn't need a lot of power.

  ame 17:16 11 Feb 2009

Suspect that 8800GT would need better PSU and that 8400GS is not much better if at all than current card, according to nVidia and other performance comparison websites. Not worth spending too much on upgrades as it's cheaper to buy new pc in long run, so keeping PSU and spending around £50 - £70 max seems best bet to get a bit of a boost. Any other suggestions, anyone? Cheers.

  citadel 18:26 11 Feb 2009

ati4650, ati4670 is better no extra power connector required, rec 400w psu, you may get away with 300 if its decent quality. worth getting a better psu as the pc should see you through more than a year.

  ame 11:30 12 Feb 2009

These cards look good value, certainly. PSU is an FSP model no. FSP300-60THN-P but no idea whether it would cope with one of those cards as well as the usual mobo, dvd rom, dvd rw,floppy/4 in 1 card reader, 250 Gb hard disk, 6 no. USB ports, etc. Might have to look into changing PSU to 500w or 600w unit a bit further if I can't avoid it.

  ame 14:11 17 Feb 2009

Bought an ATI 4670 card from Novatech - all working good with existing PSU so far :)

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