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What card can I upgrade to from 8600GT (512mb) given system resources?

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June 30, 2008 3:46:25 PM

I have a 8600 GT (512mb GDDR2) and would like to upgrade the video card but do not know which one to go with given my system components.

I have a new HP Pavillion Elite 9250. It has a Intel Core 2 Quad Q6700 2.66 ghz processor, 4 GB DDR2 800 mhz RAM, Vista x64. From HP's website support info it's hard to tell what power supply is in there but I think I recall somthing in the specs somewhere about it being either 350 or 360 watts.

Thanks for all help.

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June 30, 2008 3:54:30 PM

Well with that PSU, you might be restricted on your upgrade path, though


For the next ones you'll probly need a bigger PSU:
8800 GT
8800 GTS
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June 30, 2008 3:56:48 PM

360 watt psu and Q6700 QUAD with a 9600GT would be pushing the limits. I believe you should get a new power supply for the HP. I don't think that they use a proprietary power system like dell, so everything should fit in normal if you got a new, more powerful one. If you don't have much cash on hand, just get like a 400-500watt Cheap PSU from a Known good manufacturer such as PCP&C. Don't get some $10 unstable reactor ready to meltdown.
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June 30, 2008 4:00:42 PM

You could get a StealthXStream 600W PSU if you want a really good video card and your PSU holds you back. I'm suggesting it because it's pretty good quality, cheap, and I actually fit one in an HP once. PSUs like 520HX or Silencer 610W wouldn't have worked in that smallish case. Maybe yours is different, I don't know. What size is your current PSU (length, width, height)?

How much clearance do you have now, with the 8600GT? That is, if the card was 4 inches longer, would it still fit? The best video cards available these days are almost 11" long, and IIRC the 8600GT is under 7".

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June 30, 2008 4:26:06 PM

Yeah, I've noticed over the past few months that one or another of the Earthwatts PSUs has been available at a good price on Newegg.