Hello, i was wondering if i could run this card im planning buying a 650 Watt PSU for my PC. i have a NVIDIA 9600 installed now but im thinking maybe my system is to old to run the MSI ATI Arden HAWK my specs are
Processor: AMD Athlon 3800 Dualcore 2.0 Ghz Stock Socket 939 (2.3ghz Overclock)going to get a AMD Opteron 165 Dual-Core
Graphics Card: NVIDIA PNY Verto 9600 GT
Ram:3gb 400mhz DIMM 184-pin
Motherboard: ASUS - A8N-LA
It would be an overkill for both those processor but could be a start of a part by part upgrade. I would not bother to change over to the opty 165 unless you get it almost free, it is a great CPU and should be able to overclock good 2.6-2.8GHz usually.
If you are paying a premium for it you can get DDR2 or 3 ram, Mobo and CPU(Athlon II) for about ~$200 today which would be a better choice
The Opteron 165 only has a clock speed of 1.8GHz. Even though it has more cache, it's not really an upgrade due to the low multiplier. Since your CPU would generally be the limiting factor (even if you OC the 165 to 2.3GHz) I think that most of the time you wouldn't get much of an increase over your 9600GT. You're better off upgrading your motherboard, RAM, and CPU while keeping your 9600GT
There's tons of cards, but the problem is that none of the cards would be fully utilized by your system.
While this may be true, its not a reason to *not* get that card. You will still get excellent performance out of it, far more than you'll get with a 5670 or lower card.
If you then either upgrade or further OC your processor, your video card can utilize that and your performance will increase.
My rig is fast, but I still game at 1280x1024 and guess what, I use a 5870. I know its overkill and underused, but it plays better than any other lower video card. Whenever I get a larger lcd or want to use my lcd tv at higher res, i'm already covered.
EDIT: Another thing, IF and only IF this comes down to budget would I suggest going with a lower card. The 5770 is cheap enough and an enourmous price/performance value at ~$155. It makes no sense to spend $90-$100 on a lower card that you'll end up having to upgrade sooner when you upgrade the rest of your system eventually.