ok i hav an intel 3.0 ghz single core which i'd bought 2 yrs ago with an intel 916GAV motherboard which supports ddr1 RAM... its got a pci x16 slot and i have an ATI radeon x550 256mb ddr2.....now i want to get the 8800GT...will it be compatible on my current motherboard? Hellppp!!!
I think you mean you have a PCI-E x16 slot. There's a difference between that and PCI. It looks like it's compatible with your motherboard... but I don't recommend it unless you're planning on upgraded your CPU, mobo, and RAM as well. Basically it's going to be bottlenecked to maybe 10-15% more performance than your x550... you won't be happy with it. I'd upgrade to something less powerful, like maybe the ATI 3850 or the 7900GS (which is less powerful, but costs just as much as the 3850).
*edit* What power supply are you using? How many watts is it? (And if you can tell me, how many Amps are on the +12v rail?)
yeah pci-e x16 of course...now the 8800GT is ddr3....will it still run on my motherboard currently running x550 ddr2? yes i'm considering the option of upgrading the setup to intel e6570 2.66ghz on a gigabyte ga-p35-ds3 .... with 2gb of ddr2 RAM ... moreover the power supply is 400 watts....guess i'l need to upgrade that too....its a lil expensive so im jus wondering whether to buy just the 8800gt or the whole setup
Whether the 8800GT will get bottlenecked or not doesn't matter all that much. You will still see drastic improvements over the crappy X550. Plus, when you get money and decide to upgrade later, you already have the card. Will the GT get held back a bit? yes, but your performance will still improve. You may want to consider upping that PSU of your's though.
Yes you can run a 8800GT on your mother board.However,I would seriously suggest getting a new power supply,one that meets or exceeds recommended requirements.Not minimum requirements mind you,but recommended.Have fun.
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