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February 5, 2010 6:43:59 PM

Ok i play alot of video games,so im trying to get a better graphics card.My current card is an ATI Radeon HD 3200 which is an intergrated graphics card,I was wondering if i can install an Nvidia 9800GT graphics card on my pc without having to go buy an ati graphics card. :??: 

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a c 271 U Graphics card
February 5, 2010 6:57:21 PM
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If you have a vacant PCIe slot and a decent PSU, then there is no reason why not.
a b U Graphics card
February 5, 2010 6:57:56 PM

Yes - a single nvidia card will work on an ATI MOBO (assuming you have a PCI-e slot)- you just will not be able to use Xfire or SLI to install a second card (Nvidia cards use SLI where ATI MOBOs support Xfire and they do not work with each other).

One more thing to keep in mind is does your system have a good enough Powersupply to run the new video card (many pre-built system s only have 300W PSUs so you would need a new Powersupply as well !
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a b U Graphics card
February 5, 2010 6:58:01 PM

You need two things
1) a pci express x16 slot
2) a strong enough power supply with a 6 pin pcie power connector

The brand of the card shouldn't matter but you might not have enough power to run a 9800gt. You might consider a card that doesn't require an extra power connection like the ati 4650 or 4670 or the nvidia GT 240.
February 5, 2010 7:01:46 PM

Expansion Slots Total (Free) -1 ( 0 ) x Processor - Socket AM2+ , 4 ( 0 ) x Memory - DIMM 240-pin , 3 ( 3 ) x PCI Express x1 , 1 ( 1 ) x PCI Express x16 ,I got this off the cnet reviews on my pc lol because i dont know much about pc's but does this mean i have what your talking about?
a c 271 U Graphics card
February 5, 2010 7:03:59 PM

blondi said:
Expansion Slots Total (Free) -1 ( 0 ) x Processor - Socket AM2+ , 4 ( 0 ) x Memory - DIMM 240-pin , 3 ( 3 ) x PCI Express x1 , 1 ( 1 ) x PCI Express x16 ,I got this off the cnet reviews on my pc lol because i dont know much about pc's but does this mean i have what your talking about?

That be the right slot, so how about the PSU?
February 5, 2010 7:04:43 PM

I can get the powersupply later right?,It wont affect the install? i have 300watt right now
February 5, 2010 7:05:02 PM

whats a psu?
a c 271 U Graphics card
February 5, 2010 7:07:19 PM

The power supply unit located within the computer case.
February 5, 2010 7:13:45 PM

Umm i think its just 300watt... :??: 
a c 271 U Graphics card
February 5, 2010 7:16:07 PM

You might do well to replace it then, a good quality 450w or 500w wood suffice.
February 5, 2010 7:18:04 PM

Ok cool,Thank you so much :D 
February 5, 2010 7:18:26 PM

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a b U Graphics card
February 5, 2010 7:23:35 PM

blondi said:
I can get the powersupply later right?,It wont affect the install? i have 300watt right now


IF the Powersupply does not have enough power to run the new video card then the system will either be unstable (if it is close but not enough under heavy usage) or not run at all (if it is way underpowered) - Worst case would be that it has enough to run for awhile but winds up burning out while running a game (as the power spike from it dying could also damage the new video card or the MOBO or CPU or other parts of the hardware ! - So you'll want to upgrade the powersupply either before the new video card or at the same time !!

The power specifications for the 9800GT call for a minimum of a 400W powersupply so trying to run it on a 300W system would be asking for problems.
February 5, 2010 7:26:14 PM

Ok i will keep that in mind and go get that powersupply before i have someone put the graphics card in for me,I dont want to hurt my pc lol.Thank you.
a c 271 U Graphics card
February 6, 2010 2:33:49 AM

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