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February 12, 2010 12:13:31 AM

Hello. I am fairly new to upgrading my computer. I am trying to find out if the Nvidia GeForce 9800 GTX (or model GTX+) will work with my system as an upgrade for my old graphics card. It's probably the most powerful card my computer can handle, if it can handle it. Here are a few specs of my PC:

Motherboard: Abit AA8XE (just the standard, not the 3rd Eye or Fatal1ty versions)
Graphics Card: ATI X850 (again just the standard or PRO, not the XT or Platinum versions)
Power Supply: Enermax EG465P-VE (I think there may be 2 versions here as well, I believe I have the FAM II based on the connectors)

I'll try to remember all the issues I have taken into account. First of all, the GeForce 9800 GTX/GTX+ requires a PCI Express x16 and the Abit AA8XE does support this. The graphics card also requires a 450 watt power supply and the Enermax EG465P-VE supplies 460 watts. I'm having a little difficulty with the pin power connection specification. The video card requires a 6-pin (possibly 2 of them) and from what I've seen my power supply it has at least 1 6-pin, which may be a problem if 2 are required and I really do only have 1. Although, are there adapters to solve this issue? I don't know anything about this, but I may have read something along those lines. And finally, there is enough room on my motherboard (for the thickness of the card) and in my case (for the length of the card).

I think that's all of it. I'm learning more about all of this as I go. Although I'd really appreciate any additional insight. It should would be helpful to be more confident when purchasing the graphics card. Thanks!

Aaron H.


Here are a few links if they help:
http://www.nvidia.com/object/product_geforce_9800_gtx_u...
http://www.nvidia.com/object/product_geforce_9800_gtx_p...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.abit.com.tw/page/en/motherboard/motherboard_...
http://ati.amd.com/products/radeonx850/radeonx850series...
http://www.enermaxusa.com/catalog/product_info.php?prod...
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February 12, 2010 12:37:06 AM

What's your processor?

If anything under a C2D E4000, you will be bottlenecked by the card.
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February 12, 2010 12:47:00 AM

just like shadow187 said, what is your processor? if you're looking for 9800GTX+ then it is better for you to get GTS250 instead. they are the same thing but GTS250 using less power
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February 12, 2010 2:21:14 AM

My processor (as defined by Device Manager) is Intel Pentium 4 CPU 3.40GHz. Two are listed with the same name.

I had previously looked at the 250 but discounted it for some reason I no longer remember. But I can handle the wattage. Good looking. But can my processor handle it?
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February 12, 2010 2:52:32 AM

your processor are going to bottleneck the card. even mainstream card like HD4670 or 9600GT will be bottlenecked by your processor. i think you should upgrade your CPU and motherboard first before making any GPU upgrade. depending on your need upgrading to C2D or Phenom II x2/x3 processor is not bad if you're tight with you budget.
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February 12, 2010 10:09:49 AM

I was hoping to not have to change much else. But I will look into it. Thanks a lot for taking the time to help me out.
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February 21, 2010 11:24:01 PM

First of all, thank you guys for taking the time to help me.

I went ahead and installed XFX's GeForce GTS 250 1GB and it is at least working. To what degree, I don't know. I can play Dragon Age with all graphics on highest, and it runs smoothly for the most part. So that's good.

I was most worried about the pin connection, several places had conflicting specs, but only one 6-pin was needed, and that I have. Then I was just hoping my computer wouldn't blow up and it didn't!

I may not get the most from this card due to other aging parts of my computer, but with only minor upgrades such as this I can get another couple years from my computer before getting a whole new one (additionally I've upgraded: RAM and my optical drives, because I think the drives were starting to fail, and I may replace my hardrives just in case the same happens with them). I wanted to avoided having to rewire for power or change major components like my motherboard and processor (might as well get a new PC at that point). All in all, about $300 to bring back life to my PC I bought in 2005. Half of that went toward the video card and about $60 a piece for RAM (1GB to 4GB DDR2) and CD\DVD drives (two w/ IDE interface). You can really get a deal on the best parts of older types of hardware.

Thanks again!
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February 21, 2010 11:27:07 PM

Best answer selected by aahammel.
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