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April 22, 2008 10:31:32 AM

Am confused whether to go with the nvidia 9600gt or 8600gt or gts,
I gave a core2duo @ 2 ghz, 2 gig ram, 945 chipset, a 400w PSU, but only a 4x pci-e slot,any help appreciated, would the 9600gt be bottle necked by the 4X pci-e slot, am also concerned with the power usage of the 9600 gt.

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April 22, 2008 12:03:47 PM

About 30% performance hit. So the better the card, the higher performance hit in numbers.
I'd rather say buy a new mobo then decide on gpu. 9600gt is among lowest power consuming cards out there and would work on almost all psu's (12v/15a) >300w .
a b U Graphics card
April 22, 2008 12:31:08 PM

What motherboard do you have that supports a core 2 duo processor, and has only a 4x PCIe slot, are you sure about that?
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April 22, 2008 1:19:59 PM

I have an ASUS p5gz-mx mobo
April 22, 2008 1:24:08 PM

The problem is that I just bought the pc so I cant think of changing the mother board, it has an i945gz controller, I heard a lot that the 8600gt is not the quite performer in many forums but looking on my board (4x Pci-e)
will it be quite good.
April 22, 2008 1:42:47 PM

IT'S an assembled PC, yes jay2tall that is my board.
April 22, 2008 2:04:26 PM

What cpu do you have? You motherboard only supports 800MHz FSB.

You have 0 upgrade options.

I would send it back and get something with 1333FSB and atleast 1 PCIe slot.

Your not going to beable to get much performance from this system period.

Its a great Office, Email, Internet machine, but forget about gaming in todays standards.
a c 147 U Graphics card
April 22, 2008 2:21:14 PM

yeah you should probably just get a new Mobo, I mean you can install a graphics card but you are going to really cripple it with that x4 slot.
April 22, 2008 3:20:29 PM

i have a c2d e6300 overclocked to 2 ghz, i can play hl2, nfs mostwanted, serious sam 2, battlefield 2, and even FEARetc at 30+ fps without a gpu, its nearly been a year with this machine, i dont have the budget for the new mobo, have the budget only for a decent gpu, any suggestions , am running vista ultimate on the PC, just want the gpu for occasional gaming, mostly for better Images and videos.

Would any gpu, even the geforce 7 series or entry level geforce 8 series be useless ?
a c 147 U Graphics card
April 22, 2008 3:30:27 PM

vicky797 said:

Would any gpu, even the geforce 7 series or entry level geforce 8 series be useless ?

I would not say anything would be useless, but you are limiting the bandwidth of the Graphics card to the rest of the system. Maybe a 8800GS would work for you. I just wouldn't dump a lot into a graphics card that is going to run on a x4 bus. the 9600GT might be the most I'd go. Then maybe next budget for a new mobo. you can get one for like $60+ or so that would work fine. Maybe get the 8800GS and use the extra $ for a mobo

$100 after rebate:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... ???????
April 22, 2008 7:03:49 PM

Thanks for your inputs guys really appreciate it, am going to invest in a new board, and latter a gpu.
a c 147 U Graphics card
April 22, 2008 8:19:28 PM

I'd do the reverse. Get the GPU now and get the mobo later. You can at least get a little benefit from the GPU now and later open it up with a better mobo.
April 23, 2008 9:45:26 AM

Thanks for the reply, will do the same, going for a 9600 gt(good choice right ?) for now.
a b U Graphics card
April 23, 2008 9:53:58 AM

Great choice, good card, good price...and good luck
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