Geforce GTX260

I have come across a Gigabyte GTX260 for sale am thinking of buying it to replace the GT230 that came with my Packard Bell iXtreme (M3730) Quad Core Q8300, 4GB RAM, 1TB HDD.

Will the PSU that came with the machine be able to accommodate a GTX260?

Also, I will be using this primarily for MS Flight Simulator X and assume that I can expect better performance than my GT230?

Some of you folks have already given me info on the GTS250, but I have now seen a GTX260 which is still within budget and I would like to hear your opinions.

Many thanks,
Andrew,
Cape Town
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  1. Your CPU will become a huge bottleneck for the GTX 260. The GTX 260 needs a CPU to run about 3.6 Ghz to higher to be pushed to its full potential.

    You'll see a performance gain by installing a GTX 260 but you should look into overclocking your Q8300.

    Can you look at your PSU? There should be a label on it that states max output (watts, amps, etc...)
  2. You will need a bare minimum of 25 amps on the 12 volt rails and 30 amps would be better.

    This is about the least that I would feel comfortable with:
    Corsair 400CX (30 amp 12 volt rail)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139008

    A good 500 - 550 watt PSU would be better.
  3. this is a double post
  4. Thanks guys for replying and sorry about the double post - I am new to TomsHardware!
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