Im new to this forum and would like some advice on whether or not my current (ageing) PC will be able to handle a video card upgrade to a Radeon 9800XT.
If not then any recommendation would be most welcomed.
My current PC setup is as follows:
Power supply: 320 watt ( unsure of make and model )
That's not a bad system. Your XP2500+ may be good for 2.2GHz if you want a little speed boost. Plus you have a gig of RAM.
I'd think that system would even benefit from the $135 (shipped) refurbished X800XL or the $139 shipped new X850 pro on ATI website. If it's a generic power supply with less than 16 amp on the 12v rail, I doubt it would handle these cards though.
Thanks for the suggestions, unfortunately ordering online is a no-no for me cos I stay in the middle of the South Pacific and shipping/freight is ridiculously expensive so I got to stick with what I got. However if youre saying that my power supply needs an upgrade, I can get an Enermax 400Watt PSU off a mate, Will that be enough for the Radeon 9800XT ??
a upgrade from a 9600XT to a 9800 isnt much of a jump unfortuantely, try and go for a X800 series or a nvidia 6 series or better, otherwise, everything else looks good, and shuld be able to handle either 1 of those cards.