Graphics upgrade

  jerica 16:48 19 Nov 2010
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Hi, I've got a Asus P5K SE motherboard with an Intel core2 quad and a Ge Force 8500GT graphics card and I want to upgrade the graphics card. Does anyone know of a site that will tell you what fits what, ie, put in the model of MB and it tells you which graphics card will work. Thanks.

  GaT7 16:55 19 Nov 2010

If you let me know these details, I can tell you what which one will be suitable:

1. You PC usage - will you be playing any 3D games?

2. Your power supply make & model number or wattage.

3. The size & shape of your PC case (e.g. slim-type or low-profile cases will only be able to house low-profile graphics cards).

I know that a Asus P5K SE will accept PCI-E graphics cards, so that's one detail taken care of. G

  gengiscant 16:59 19 Nov 2010

Specs for your motherboard click here as you are wanting to upgrade your graphics card,is this because you are a gamer?

  jerica 10:42 20 Nov 2010

Case 16" depth, 17" high and 7" wide, games and other stuff, not sure about the power supply ,It's running 4GB of ram two x 320 GB hard drives plus a few other odds and sods so I'm assuming it's up for the job.

  GaT7 13:55 20 Nov 2010

That looks to be an ATX case, so a standard height GPU should fit.

Also tell us these case measurements click here. The horizontal line is where the graphics card will go, so measure over the PCI-E slot.

What games will you be playing (specific ones), your monitor's native resolution & your budget. These will tell us which GPUs you could consider & narrow down the choice.

If you don't know the PSU details, open your case & have a close look. This is very important as you may need a new one depending on the GPU you choose. So your budget may need to factor one in. And last of all, measure the PSU & tell us its dimensions in cm/mm. G

  jerica 15:12 21 Nov 2010

Sorry for the delay. OK the power unit is 550watt, 10amp. The measurements are 20cm horizontal and 10cm height. Monitor working at 1440 x 900 and games like Rise of Flight and the upcoming Storm of War and such. Budget between £50 and £100, probably asking a lot for such a low budget but times is hard.

  GaT7 15:35 21 Nov 2010

For your budget, PSU, games, space & resolution a ATI HD 5750 should do nicely I think - a selection at click here (there are a few 5670 cards to begin, but ignore them).

Couple of reviews click here & click here.

Just one small concern - does your PSU have a 6pin (or 6+2) PCI-E power connector? It looks like click here (6pin) or click here (6+2pin) & will fit into this slot click here on the card. If not, but it has at least 2 free molex connectors (the usual IDE drive ones like click here), then you'll need this converter cable click here. G

  GaT7 15:40 21 Nov 2010

'The measurements are 20cm horizontal and 10cm height.'

Are there any add-on cards below the PCI-E slot covering the 10cm height? If yes, then they may need to be moved lower down to accommodate the new GPU's cooler or give it a bit more 'breathing' space. G

  jerica 15:41 21 Nov 2010

Thanks for the info, now I'm pointed in the right direction, thanks again.

  GaT7 15:49 21 Nov 2010

OK, no problem. Any related queries, just post below.

Btw, this ATI HD 5770 click here (click here) for a little over £100 will be a better buy, but it may not fit lengthwise? G

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