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Is 9800GT compatible with amd 64 X2 5000

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March 10, 2010 3:30:11 PM

I have an AMD Athlon 64 X2 5000 dual-core cpu in SLI with 2 Geforce 7600 gs video cards. I would like to upgrade to 9800 gt's. My power supply is 500 watts. From my research I will have to upgrade to at least 750w psu. Will the proc and motherboard be okay?
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March 10, 2010 3:50:43 PM

Your processor is more suitable for one 9800GT than 2. Even with one the card would still be limited by the processor a bit on the more CPU intensive games.
750w is a bit much for SLIed 9800GTs btw. If it's a high quality brand even 600w would probably be more than fine. For one card 400w, even less if it is one of the newer low power versions without a PCIe power connector.
March 10, 2010 7:14:32 PM

jyjjy said:
Your processor is more suitable for one 9800GT than 2. Even with one the card would still be limited by the processor a bit on the more CPU intensive games.
750w is a bit much for SLIed 9800GTs btw. If it's a high quality brand even 600w would probably be more than fine. For one card 400w, even less if it is one of the newer low power versions without a PCIe power connector.



Thanks for your help.
Are you saying that I should upgrade my processor?
If I just get an Nvidia 9800GT will it run games better than the two 7600's?
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March 10, 2010 7:49:51 PM
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Your processor isn't terrible but it also isn't very good at all. Even a $50 Athlon II x2 is nearly twice as fast so yes, upgrading would be a good idea although it isn't absolutely necessary quite yet. Considering you are using 7600GSs I would guess your motherboard is 939 which means it would need to be replaced for a CPU upgrade, and probably your ram as well.
All of this doesn't have to be that expensive however. Basically you need to decide how much you want to spend. You can go with an Athlon II x2 for $50-60, an Athlon II x3 for $70-75, an Athlon II x4 for $100 or a Phenom II x4 for $140-160.
A reasonable motherboard for any of those can be had for between $50-100. They come in 2 varieties, AM2+ which uses DDR2 ram or AM3 which uses DDR3. 2 gigs of DDR2 starts at $40, for DDR3 $50. 4 gigs is optimal but 2 will get you by. The rest of the components like the case, hard/dvd drives and PSU should be recyclable from your old system although you may want to upgrade the PSU depending on what video card you end up going with.
As for the video card, yes, a single 9800GT should be much better than your SLIed 7600GSs. The 7600GS was one of the weakest 7000 series cards and if I had to estimate the 9800GT would be over twice as powerful as your SLI setup. If you don't have the 9800GT already I would recommend an HD5670 instead. It performs similarly but is DX11 compatible and much more power efficient. Also most current AMD motherboards are crossfire and not SLI compatible. If you can afford more I would recommend an HD5770 instead which a nice card at around $150 and performs well at resolutions up to and including 1920x1080.
March 11, 2010 9:01:30 AM

Thanks, you've been a great help and have given me a lot to consider.
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March 17, 2010 2:14:16 AM

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