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Hey, I have an nVidia 7900 GS KO in my Compaq Presario desktop. I found an nVidia 9800 GT for $60. It's a really nice card, almost brand new. But my problem is that if I get a bigger card I don't know if it will fit past my north bridge. My 7900 GS KO is pretty close but good. Also I have a 250w power supply that WILL NOT run it, I know for a fact. Also my cpu prob. won't handle it but i think it can. My processor will be ok. Please help, i don't know if it will fit and I don't want to buy it and then it not even fit in my comp.http://img.tomshardware.com/forum/uk/icones/redface.gif
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  1. jrwizbang said:
    Hey, I have an nVidia 7900 GS KO in my Compaq Presario desktop. I found an nVidia 9800 GT for $60. It's a really nice card, almost brand new. But my problem is that if I get a bigger card I don't know if it will fit past my north bridge. My 7900 GS KO is pretty close but good. Also I have a 250w power supply that WILL NOT run it, I know for a fact. Also my cpu prob. won't handle it but i think it can. My processor will be ok. Please help, i don't know if it will fit and I don't want to buy it and then it not even fit in my comp.http://img.tomshardware.com/forum/uk/icones/redface.gif


    For your situation...i would just buy another computer, or buy parts and build a new one

    Seems that your hardware is really outdated(250W PSU) and that upgrading little by little will be a waste

    Go to newegg.com and search for complete computers or parts to build one

    Thanks

    Uber
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    I have had 3 EVGA 7900GS KO cards in the past ( landed two for the price of one) and they are the same length as a 9800gt as for power you will need a better psu. Unlike Dell you can use over the counter psu from such brands as Antec or Enermax. I suggest a Quality 400w or better psu but you might get by just fine with a 350w quality unit. Note do not buy the eco or green editions they draw their power from the slot and is common for boards to have issues with them. They pull the full rated limit that the slot can provide and not all boards can work relibly with that load depending on the quality of the board but since it is a Compaq and not some ECS pos I give it 50/50 chance of working. If you are getting the normal 9800gt then it is a steal ($20 us saved) and are higher performing.
  3. nforce4max said:
    I have had 3 EVGA 7900GS KO cards in the past ( landed two for the price of one) and they are the same length as a 9800gt as for power you will need a better psu. Unlike Dell you can use over the counter psu from such brands as Antec or Enermax. I suggest a Quality 400w or better psu but you might get by just fine with a 350w quality unit. Note do not buy the eco or green editions they draw their power from the slot and is common for boards to have issues with them. They pull the full rated limit that the slot can provide and not all boards can work relibly with that load depending on the quality of the board but since it is a Compaq and not some ECS pos I give it 50/50 chance of working. If you are getting the normal 9800gt then it is a steal ($20 us saved) and are higher performing.


    Thanks, that's very helpful. I know that my cpu, processor, etc. will have noooo prob. but i will definitely need at least a 350w psu. My friend just traded his ATI HD 5770 for a 5870....lucky bastard...... and is getting a 600w and probably giving me his 500w. :bounce:
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  5. UberGenocide said:
    For your situation...i would just buy another computer, or buy parts and build a new one

    Seems that your hardware is really outdated(250W PSU) and that upgrading little by little will be a waste

    Go to newegg.com and search for complete computers or parts to build one

    Thanks

    Uber


    the only problem really is my psu but everything else is good.

    My Specs:

    AMD Athlon X2 4450e dual core
    3GB ram @ 800
    250GB Hard Drive
    250W PSU
    nVidia 7900 GT KO
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