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May 25, 2010 1:36:45 AM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
I bought this computer a year ago, and I've been starting to want to get some graphical upgrades in WoW. I don't play other PC games, so I'm looking for a quick fix.

A friend of mine has a 9800gt 1gb for sale, and he'd sell it pretty cheap, so I'll probably pick it up if it's not the worst idea ever, but I need to know if it will fit in my computer.

Also, I need to know about power supplies. I've heard I want around 500-550w. But how do I know which one will fit in my computer.

I'm as close to illiterate as possible. Pleas be gentle. :( 
May 25, 2010 1:38:44 AM

Are you running integrated graphics now? If your computer has a pci express x16 slot it should work.

Computer specs would be great, so others can answer your question better. Depending on your current hardware, psu requirements vary.
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May 25, 2010 1:40:11 AM

I am running integrated now, yes. And by specs, I don't know know what you're asking for, so I'll just start typing some stuff

1.8 quad core
64 bit vista
4 gigs ram
big ole harddrive
300w Power supply

umm... anything else?
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May 25, 2010 1:47:16 AM

Wow, I didn't even notice you posted a link to your computer. Sorry about that.

550w should be more than enough with your computer. 400w is the minimum requirement for the 9800gt.
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May 25, 2010 1:50:20 AM

How am I to know if they'll both fit in my computer, and run the video card properly? Can you recommend something?

Also, will the video card fit?
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May 25, 2010 1:58:39 AM

Is there anything a bit cheaper, I didn't want to spend over like 45$. :( 
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May 25, 2010 2:07:37 AM

Its dangerous to cheap out on a PSU, understand that if you get a good PSU you can reuse it for the next 5-7 years, which is a hell of a lot better than any other computer part.

This is the cheapest that i would recommend going, if you cheap out too much you just end up buying an expensive firecracker.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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May 25, 2010 2:12:49 AM

35 after rebate sounds yummy. <3

So, the 9800gt should be fine for at least close to max setting on WoW?
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May 25, 2010 2:21:11 AM

Depends on your resolution. Probably not max but it should at least handle fairly high.
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May 25, 2010 2:28:03 PM

hunter315 said:
Its dangerous to cheap out on a PSU, understand that if you get a good PSU you can reuse it for the next 5-7 years, which is a hell of a lot better than any other computer part.

This is the cheapest that i would recommend going, if you cheap out too much you just end up buying an expensive firecracker.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

To be safe, I asked on another site as well. Luckily, a person there recommended the same PSU.

I went ahead and bought it. :D 

Thanks for your help.
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May 25, 2010 2:28:13 PM

Best answer selected by dmbrandon.
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