New Member need advice on New GPU

Morning all,
I hope someone can help me please I want to upgrade my card and PSU see below my CP spec

Compaq Presario SR5085AN Desktop PC - Product Specification

Product number
GB225AA
Introduction date
22-Mar-2007
Hardware
Base processor
Athlon 64 X2 (W) 4600+ 2.4 GHz (65W)
• 2000 MT/s (mega transfers/second)
• Socket AM2
Chipset
GeForce 6150SE nForce 430
Motherboard
• Manufacturer: ECS
• Motherboard Name: MCP61PM-HM
• HP/Compaq motherboard name: Nettle-GL8E
Memory
2 GB
Speed supported PC2-4200 MB/sec
Type 240 pin, DDR2 SDRAM

Hard drive
• 320 GB SATA 3G (3.0 Gb/sec)
• 7200 rpm
Video Graphics
GeForce 7600GS
• 512 MB DDR memory
• I/O Ports: S-Video, DVI-I, DVI-I
Expansion slots

PCI Two (One available)
PCI Express x1 One (One available)
Technologies
• AMD Live
• Operating System Windows Vista Home Premium
• Windows Media Center
Power Supply
Model: HP-D3057F3H
Make: HIPRO
AC input (47-63Hz) 100-127V/6A
DC output +5V=/25A , +12V=19A
Output Power 300W

Thanks
OM
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  1. You should be able to upgrade to any new graphics card provided you obtain a better power supply and make sure the card can fit into your case.

    :)

    AFG.
  2. Thank you AFG,
    I was thinking of getting a 9600gt & 550W PSU, the only trouble is I have looked everywhere for the dimensions (HxLxW) no luck. Do you know of a website I could visit.
    Thanks once again
    OM
  3. A good choice for a replacement power supply would be the Antec Earthwatts series.
    http://www.antec.com/Believe_it/product.php?id=NjU=

    5.9" wide x 3.4" high x 5.5" long for the Antec Earthwatts 500w.

    There are some low powered graphic cards that would run fine on your present 300w power supply and give you a bit better performance then the GeForce 7600GS you're using now. The HD4670 or the low powered version of the 9600GT

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130485

    If you do replace the power supply, you could go with a more powerful card then the 9600GT. Here's a graphic card hierarchy chart to show the relative positions of different cards.

    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/best-graphics-card,2362-6.html
  4. What about a 4770. it may draw all the power it needs from the mother boards pci-e slot even though it requires a plug in.
  5. His current card, the GeForce 7600GS pulls about 25- 30 watts at load. The HD4670 pulls about 60-65 watts and the 9600GT pulls about the same. The low powered 9600GT is probably (i can't find stats for it) pulling the upper 50s. The HD4770 pulls 80w.
    http://mark.zoomcities.com/images/gfx/GFXpowerchartbybrandgen.png
  6. You probably don't need to replace the power supply to use either an HD4670 or one of the low power 9600gt's;
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102820
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130485

    If you are going to bother replacing the PSU at least get a card that will take advantage of it like an HD4850 or higher.
  7. Thanks everyone,
    I am going out to compare prices on cards & PSU being from Australia Queensland Townsville, I think my credit card is going to get hit hard.

    Once again thank you all, I will keep you updated on what I get.
    OM
  8. G'day matey from NSW,

    Don't forget to use sites like statice, very, very good for finding a snappa of a bargain.

    Just make sure if you do take out a loan, you can repay the debt without interest.

    AFG.
  9. dirtmountain said:
    His current card, the GeForce 7600GS pulls about 25- 30 watts at load. The HD4670 pulls about 60-65 watts and the 9600GT pulls about the same. The low powered 9600GT is probably (i can't find stats for it) pulling the upper 50s. The HD4770 pulls 80w.
    http://mark.zoomcities.com/images/gfx/GFXpowerchartbybrandgen.png


    The 4770's faster, cooler and quieter. The pci-e slot provides 75watts of power by itself.
  10. I have spent the last day looking at prices and I have come up with the following:

    Power Supply
    Corsair 550W VX-550 ATX Power Supply =$156.00 AUD including transport.
    Antec 500W EarthWatts ATX Power Supply =136.00 AUD including transport.
    Antec 550W Basiq ATX Power Supply =129.40 AUD including transport.

    Video Card
    Sapphire PCIe 2.0 HD4850 512MB Toxic =$187.60 AUD including transport.
    Asus EN9600GT/HTDI/1G =$198.10 AUD including transport.
    Asus EN9800GT HB/HTDI/512M GeForce 9800GT/DDR3 =$178.30 AUD including.
    XFX PCIe 2.0 9600GSO 1.5GB Far Cry 2 =$183.20 AUD including.

    I will be playing ARMA2 & ARMA this upgrade is the last for this case, I will then hand it down to my son when I have built my own rig. So any suggestion on the above would be much appreciated.
    I would once again like to thank you all for taking the time in giving me your advice

    OM
  11. I'm not a fan of the Antec Basiq, it's their low priced bargain power supply with fewer connectors. Either of the other 2 are great power supplies, with the Corsair edging out the 500w earthwatts, but at $20 more it's a toss up. The best bargain for graphic card is the Sapphire HD4850 at $188. It's a pretty big step down to the 9800GT which would be my 2nd choice.

    So Antec Earthwatts 500w and Sapphire HD4850 win.
  12. Thanks dirtmountain & swifty,
    I have ordered your recommendation dirt, hoping it will be up here next week.
    Once again thanks for your time and effort.

    OM
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