monitor and gpu needed

  bezzer20 18:39 22 Apr 2007

guys need some help with my budget. budget is around £200-£250 to buy a monitor (tft) and a graphics card mainly for gaming. Been looking on ebay but i dont know whats a bargain and what isnt!? please gimme some ideas. cheers

  ulrich 18:41 22 Apr 2007

Games do you want to play and on what system.

  bezzer20 18:42 22 Apr 2007

system is hp intel core duo 2.8ghzpentium d, 7300le(fairly useless budget card)!! 1gb ram

  bezzer20 18:43 22 Apr 2007

the best types of games ie tom clancys new game.etc

  Totally-braindead 18:44 22 Apr 2007

Do you know if this has a PCI E slot or an AGP slot?

  bezzer20 18:44 22 Apr 2007

pci e

  Totally-braindead 18:54 22 Apr 2007

If this is it you have a PCI E slot click here you can pick up a 7600GT for as little as £80 click here and you could get a 19" TFT for as little as £116 click here but games have moved on a bit. One of the best graphics cards out there at the moment is the X1950 but they might be a bit overbudget click here.

There is one thing I think I should mention. Power supplies. Branded PCs have a habit of being stingy on the power supplies. I would check what your is rated at before you go any further because I'm 90% sure it will not be powerful enough and will have to be replaced. Have a look inside at the label on the power supply and look for the rating in watts.

  bezzer20 18:55 22 Apr 2007

cheers braindead i had a vague idea about the p supply tho cheers

  bezzer20 20:03 22 Apr 2007

just had a look for power supplies. bu the problem is im not sure which one to go for or how much power ill need for a 7900 nvidia card? help

  Totally-braindead 14:58 23 Apr 2007

I did a quick google search and the answers vary depending on other hardware, some say minimum 400 watt some say 450 watt. But since this is the minimum requirement I would play safe and go for a branded one of at least 500 watts.
Something modular as well so you can remove the leads you don't need, makes it easier to fit and improves airflow. As a suggestion click here but any good make click here= or click here=

  Totally-braindead 15:06 23 Apr 2007

I think you might be as well looking about a bit more, you can get a 8600GT for less than £100 so its worth checking if its better than a 7900 and the 8600 is definatly DirectX 10 compatible but I don't think the 7900 is.
Worth checking out anyway. click here

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