Upgrading a stock HP

Sorry for the OT post but this forum gets a lot more traffic than the HP forum. Anyway my brother has a HP mediacenter M8330F http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/document?docname=c01312600&lc=en&cc=ch&dlc=de&product=3644705&lang=de
that bottlenecks really bad on modern games. I reviewed the specs and think most of the problem is in the video card. I was thinking of getting a GeForce 9800 GT http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127387

I have them taking a picture of the inside of the case for me so I can make sure it will fit.

Is the axiom that memory should be installed in pairs still true? This system has 3 1gb sticks so I would get a fourth (actually get two so they will match) if it is still true.

Any other recommendations?
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  1. does your power supply have pcie connector? also make sure it has pcie slot before you buy, I bet it does but just make sure.

    I would personally go for ati 4850, faster than 9800gt since its exact same as 8800gt just a dieshrink.

  2. The board has a PCI-E x16 slot (currently used by the stock video card) so I imagine it has a PCI-E power cable also but I will check.
  3. You might get some slight speed increase on the memory, but if it's a 32 bit OS you will not get much more actual usable memory. Maximum usable memory in 32-bit XP or vista is around 2.8-3.4GB, depending.

    You may not want to use that exact card because it will dump it's hot air inside the poorly cooled HP case.

    Would be good choices, but you may need to upgrade your PSU as well.
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