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Help on Graphics Card Upgrade?

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July 24, 2008 6:34:28 PM

Hello, I'm looking for help concerning upgrading my graphics card. The kicker is that I have a Shuttle SFF system.

The power supply is the SilentX 350W. Here is a picture of the power specs on it. http://forums.hexus.net/hexus-hardware/52537-shuttle-si...

I am wondering what kind of newer generation graphics card I could both fit in my system and power effectively with the power supply that I have.

For frame of reference, this is my old card: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Any help offered would be most appreciated.

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a b U Graphics card
a b ) Power supply
July 24, 2008 6:42:39 PM

Hmm... it's going to be hard with out a PSU upgrade.
a c 175 U Graphics card
a c 105 ) Power supply
July 24, 2008 7:05:42 PM

An 8600GTS is five tiers up on Cleeve's performance table, and would make a big difference. Still, if you want to play the newest games on high settings, you'll need to go even higher, which will require a PSU upgrade. I can't view its picture here at work, but if it isn't a standard ATX-sized PSU, you might need a new case as well.
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a b U Graphics card
a b ) Power supply
July 24, 2008 7:26:42 PM

Your 6600GT uses 48w of power.
http://www.atomicmpc.com.au/forums.asp?s=2&c=7&t=9354
The safest and still a good upgrade is a 8600GTS at 47w $54
http://fxvideocards.com/ZOTAC-NVIDIA-GeForce-8600-GTS-D...
A stretch for your PSU in watts and amps would be a 8800GS at 59w $80 after rebate
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
not recommending the 8800GS though.
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-graphics-car...
from EVGA system req for the 8800GS
"Minimum System Requirements

1GB of system memory

CD-ROM drive

50MB of available hard disk drive space for basic driver installation

Microsoft Windows XP, Vista operating system

PCI Express-compliant motherboard with one vacant PCI Express x16 slot

Minimum of a 400 Watt power supply.
(Minimum recommended power supply with +12 Volt current rating of 22 Amp Amps.)

Minimum 450 Watt for SLI mode system.
(Minimum recommended power supply with +12 Volt current rating of 24 Amp Amps.)

An available 6 pin PCI-E power connector (hard drive power dongle to PCI-E 6 pin adapter included with card) "
July 25, 2008 9:43:14 PM

What about the new 9600 low profile? I didn't check the power stats but it should fit in his case right?
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