Graphics card upgrade?
Im looking to upgrade my graphics card, my pc specs are p4 3GHZ, 2gb ddr2 667, 200gb HD, 6600GT graphics. I was looking at upgrading to the 8800GT but I don't know if it will run properly on my pc. Could someone please suggest if I should upgrade to the 8800Gt or a different gfx card.
First what are the spec's for your power supply including max amps? I think that the new 8800GTS 512MB card being a little better than the 8800GT and has a much better cooling system would be the way to go. Plus the GTS is in stock more than the GT is and the GT runs pretty hot which is why I don't like its single slot cooler design.
You do have a PCI-Express 16x slot, right? You can always use one of these to help you out on cooling.>>>
By systemlord at 2007-12-11
GooGoo said:Yes have pci 16x. Think my power supply is 350w but i will upgrade it to a power supply that works with the graphics card I choose. I'm concerned as to whether my 3ghz p4 can run a 8800GT or GTS
You'll need minumum 400+ watts to run on what you have in your computer case with either an GT or GTS 512MB. I would shoot for a 520 watt PSU from>>>> http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx? Item=N82E16817139001&Tpk=corsair%2b520
Your processer will bottleneck those graphics cards a little, but not to bad. The weak link in you PC is the G-card, later you could upgrade the processer for not that much money. If you were to upgrade you processer, mobo and Ram later in the year it would only cost about $399.99 for all below with only one of the mobo's.
Higher Quality motherboard http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131219
Intel E6750 Core 2 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115029
Ram Crucial Ballistix DDR2 800 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820146565