i am planning to install a 9600 GT LOW PROFILE (-->>>note: this version uses only ~60 W )
to my dell computer
dell 531 s : athlon 64 x2 3800+
nforce 430 motherboard
250 W psu
7200 normal HDD and DVD/DR etc CD . etc.. optical drive
question #1) Will this CPU bottleneck the graphics card?
question #2) Will i be able to play most games with it its only 2.0 GHz and theres no way to overclock this locked up BIOS
question #3) IF I do plan on getting a phenom II x2, will the computer be able to take it?
I checked various sites and did research : my psu is just enough to take it but not sure if thats a good idea.
plus., if it proves alright , would the phenom II x2 work fine on the nforce 430 based DELL motherboard?
( i am pretty sure it is AM2)
question #4) ..... I'm having serious trouble finding a compatible cpu for this computer: budget situation is sorta tight (so no new psu is possible) all i need is a cpu fast enough to handle games and not bottleneck the 9600 (60W) , slightly underclocked;
and one that doesn't eat up my psu. serious headache..
1) it is a good match
2) most games will play fine some newer ones with lowered details
3) I doubt that the phenom II would work in your board (Dell would have to make a bios update to make it work and they would much rather sell you a new system) If the board is AM2 you have DDR2 ram if it is socket 939 you have DDR ram.
im not sure what you mean by swap... is the motherboard i use at present not good?
i don't think i can buy a new motherboard at this moment; okay, so if i do get a bettr combo what is the wattage im looking at ? 65W? thats what im targetting now