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Best Graphics Card for my Intel 82945G mobo

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February 18, 2010 6:38:30 AM

Hi all,
I have Intel 82945G Express Chipset motherboard and Intel Core 2 Duo E4500 processor.
My mobo supports PCI Express x16 cards.
I run Windows 7 Ultimate x64, so I have Directx 11 preinstalled.
My PSU is an Adcom ATX 400W . Its max power is 450W. Do i need to change my PSU as well?

Which graphics card would be the best deal?
Kindly suggest both performance wise and value for money wise.

Thanks a lot in advance :hello:  .
Gaurav Kumar
February 18, 2010 5:27:05 PM

You better up-grade your PSU. Thinking on years to come, get a good 600W or so from Corsair or Seasonic. If you ever want to go SLI/Xfire, then get a bigger one, around 800W. This you should do immediately.

As for your GPU, it depends on what do you want to do. If you are a gamer, then ATI 58xx are great, even though your CPU might be a reason of concern.
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February 19, 2010 2:45:23 AM

Thanks galta
I may not go for Crossfire/SLI.
So I would go for a 600W PSU.
I was wondering whether to go for nVidia or ATI?
If it's nVidia a friend of mine suggests going for gt240 over 9800gt for my current PSU. If I upgrade my PSU, then I have read 9800gt promises better performance.
Can you suggest some other better nVidia or ATI cards?
Thanks
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March 5, 2010 8:52:32 PM

Hello gauravbaadshah,

Whatever you choose for Graphics card make sure it's compatible!
Check out the Windows 7 Compatibility site: (There you will find out about hardware and software compatibilty.)
http://www.microsoft.com/windows/compatibility/en-us/de...
There is a pulldown from which you can choose "hardware" and "software".

There are also some great articles, instructional videos and such to help with your Windows 7 at our Springboard site:
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/default.aspx


Thanks again,
John M.
Microsoft Windows Client Support
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