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Q6600 chip needs new video card

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March 28, 2009 5:37:09 AM

need to get rid of my 9500GT card and get a better card, been looking at getting a 280GTX but I am not sure if if will be overkill.

Im not that up to date with computer hardware, I know whats good but I just dont know what will be good in my machine. heres what I have in it at the moment

Intel Quad core Q6600
Micro ATX Motherboard
Geforce 9500 GT Video Card
580 Watt Power Supply
4GB (2x 2GB) DDR2 Ram

The MotherBoard doesnt have a lot of slots and i cant go past 4GB ram, I am thinking of upgrading to a 280GTX Card popping in my old ram for now and adding another 2 or 4 GB of ram to it in the near future.

Any feedback would be greatly appreciated

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March 28, 2009 12:45:30 PM

what operating system are you using ?

you are using micro atx motherboard, but of which chipset ?

if your motherboard has pci express 2.0 support, then you are good to go for gtx 280. but if your motherboard does not support pci express 2.0 and just has support for pci express 1.0 or 1.1, gtx 280 will not be good for you.gtx 280 is a pci express 2.0 card and you can run it in a pci express 1.0 or 1.1 motherboard but you will receive only 80% (i'm not sure about the percentage) performance of gtx280. you will get full performance of gtx280 if you run it in a pci express 2.0 motherboard.

you can run up to a geforce 9800gtx+ or a radeon 4850 in a pci express 1.0 or 1.1 motherboard if you want full performance of those cards.i would recommend a radeon 4850 512mb or geforce 9800gtx+ 512mb if you have a pci express 1.0 or 1.1 motherboard.otherwise, go for the gtx 260.the other components of your pc can surely handle gtx280 but i will not recommend it to you because it's not the best bang for the buck.



cheers. (and sorry for the huge post) :D 
a b U Graphics card
March 28, 2009 7:03:12 PM

An easy 3GHz overclock will allow you to look at the 4850x2, 4890, I'd think.
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a c 130 U Graphics card
March 28, 2009 7:13:17 PM

cryvidia1191 said:
what operating system are you using ?

you are using micro atx motherboard, but of which chipset ?

if your motherboard has pci express 2.0 support, then you are good to go for gtx 280. but if your motherboard does not support pci express 2.0 and just has support for pci express 1.0 or 1.1, gtx 280 will not be good for you.gtx 280 is a pci express 2.0 card and you can run it in a pci express 1.0 or 1.1 motherboard but you will receive only 80% (i'm not sure about the percentage) performance of gtx280. you will get full performance of gtx280 if you run it in a pci express 2.0 motherboard.

you can run up to a geforce 9800gtx+ or a radeon 4850 in a pci express 1.0 or 1.1 motherboard if you want full performance of those cards.i would recommend a radeon 4850 512mb or geforce 9800gtx+ 512mb if you have a pci express 1.0 or 1.1 motherboard.otherwise, go for the gtx 260.the other components of your pc can surely handle gtx280 but i will not recommend it to you because it's not the best bang for the buck.



cheers. (and sorry for the huge post) :D 


I would like to see some links to where you got those performance numbers from.

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a c 189 U Graphics card
March 28, 2009 7:33:01 PM

With a MATX MB I`d be more concerned about such a large card fitting the OPs` MB and case, since both are about 10.5" long.

I would n`t worry too much about the PCI-E version, as far as I know no single GPU can yet take full advantage of PCI-E 1.0 speed, much less 2.0 so I think cryvidia1191 is wrong here. Certainly my own MB (1.0A) did n`t hold back my HD4870, which was far more limited by my E6600 CPU.

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April 12, 2009 7:56:34 AM

sorry it has taken me so long to get back to the post i have been away for a while.

first let me just say thanks to anyone that replies to my post i appreciate the feedback.

here is a little better detail on my machine if it helps

Operating System: Windows Vista™ Home Premium (6.0, Build 6001) Service Pack 1 (6001.vistasp1_gdr.080917-1612)
Language: English (Regional Setting: English)
System Manufacturer: Gigabyte Technology Co., Ltd.
System Model: EG31M-S2
BIOS: Award Modular BIOS v6.00PG
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Quad CPU Q6600 @ 2.40GHz (4 CPUs), ~2.4GHz
Memory: 4094MB RAM
Page File: 1641MB used, 6775MB available
DirectX Version: DirectX 10

here also is my monitor

Current Mode: 1400 x 1050 (32 bit) (60Hz)
Monitor: SyncMaster 203B/206B, SyncMaster Magic CX203B(Analog)

Im looking at getting a new motherboard and video card first, in the near future i will be upgrading both my ram and monitor as well. Looking at getting a monitor that i can use for both PC applications and as a TV.
a b U Graphics card
April 12, 2009 12:51:20 PM

cryvidia1191 said:
what operating system are you using ?

you are using micro atx motherboard, but of which chipset ?

if your motherboard has pci express 2.0 support, then you are good to go for gtx 280. but if your motherboard does not support pci express 2.0 and just has support for pci express 1.0 or 1.1, gtx 280 will not be good for you.gtx 280 is a pci express 2.0 card and you can run it in a pci express 1.0 or 1.1 motherboard but you will receive only 80% (i'm not sure about the percentage) performance of gtx280. you will get full performance of gtx280 if you run it in a pci express 2.0 motherboard.

you can run up to a geforce 9800gtx+ or a radeon 4850 in a pci express 1.0 or 1.1 motherboard if you want full performance of those cards.i would recommend a radeon 4850 512mb or geforce 9800gtx+ 512mb if you have a pci express 1.0 or 1.1 motherboard.otherwise, go for the gtx 260.the other components of your pc can surely handle gtx280 but i will not recommend it to you because it's not the best bang for the buck.



cheers. (and sorry for the huge post) :D 



Incorrect statement. No card requires pcie2.0 just yet. If you have pcie1.0 with 16x your perfectly fine. He wont only get 80% of performance more like 99%. =]

Current Mode: 1400 x 1050???? strange resolution i think you mean 1680X1050? The gtx280 might seems slightly overkill unless you play crysis, but i would recommend this card. Performs similar for a lot less.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
If you most go nvidia then get the gtx275 much cheaper then the gtx280 and performs on par pretty much.
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