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Need advice on new graphics card, Nvidia geforce 8600GT has died

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February 24, 2009 5:50:10 PM

My Nvidia Geforce 8600GT 256mb card has just died on me and i need to get a new graphics card. I thought i might take this opportunity to upgrade as much as i can however i am constrained by my system. I would be grateful for any advice and recommendations.
My system specs are as follows:
Inspiron 531 AMD Live X2 Proccesor 5000+ (2.6Ghz, 89W)
3.5GB RAM (4X1024MB) 667Mhz DDR2
320GB Serial ATA non Raid (7200Rpm)
Windows Vista 32bit
300W power supply
As I said i did have a nVidia Geforce 8600GT but it broke so i would like to get some more performance out of my pc. Any advice will be useful. Thanks

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February 24, 2009 7:04:56 PM

Does the PSU have a PCI-Express 6pin connector? How many amps are available on the 12V rail(s)? What resolution do you use?
February 24, 2009 7:16:53 PM

I use 1400x900 generally and i think its 22A, just had a look inside. Sorry im not very good at this, how can i see whether its a 6 pin connector?
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February 24, 2009 7:58:20 PM

Since it has a connector, I'd say an HD4830.
February 24, 2009 8:01:01 PM

i'd concur. although your psu is crap and might break and take out your new 4830. that's probably why your 8600gt died
February 24, 2009 8:02:52 PM

Thanks very much for the suggestion. I thought too because my 8600GT was fine then when i turned it on the next day it just didnt work. Might replace my psu but thanks for the advice.
February 24, 2009 8:42:06 PM

Most definately your power supply is the root of your problem. Here is the Power Supply chart everyone references when buying a PSU

I would suggest a Corsair, OCZ, Seasonic, Antec, or PC Power and Cooling brand. Here is a nice one that would run a 4830 and the rest of your system easily and its a 80+ which means its very efficient on electricity

Antec Earthwatts 380W $40 shipped

And here is one I would recommend if you are planning on keeping this power supply for your next build. This would run a Core i7 and a nice system.

OCZ StealthXStream 600W $80 shipped, $50 with Mail in Rebate

February 24, 2009 9:19:41 PM

Thanks very much thats great, I think i might go with the Antec Earthwatts but as i live in the UK i dont think i can use newegg as they dont ship outside the US. Found a place that sells it for £43 and might look around for cheaper though. Thanks again for the help
February 25, 2009 3:20:29 AM

Use ebuyer for parts in general, that and dabs are the cheapest but I had a bad experience with dabs a while back with returns whereas Ebuyer has always been good.
February 25, 2009 8:58:51 PM

Thanks for all the advice guys, i'll have to think about which card to get but you've put me on the right track