Currently, my intel chipset is coping with games I'm throwing at it, suprisingly. It's holding it's own with Portal, HL2, Episode 1 and 2, Team Fortress 2 (except TFWare gamemode), Garry's Mod, Beat Hazard, Iron Grip and Killing Floor all at medium with a few settings set to high.
Some other games like Alien Swarm, L4D2 and others don't run as well so I'm considering a Graphics Card update.
The problem is, my case and Motherboard are MicroATX form factor (24.5cm x 24.5cm). I'm worried if I pursue a CPU and gfx card upgrade the components won't fit. It's a prebuilt HP a6744uk with an ASUS Benicia-GL8E Motherboard.
I bought a TV Card [DVBT-210 SE] and that fit in a PCI slot, but only after I removed some bendy metal thingy that was covering the panels inside the case.
So my question, Will an ATI 5850 actually fit into my motherboard/case?
Also, would I need a micro atx power supply, my stock supply only gives out 300w and I can't find the dimensions on it. It's a LiteOn PS-5301-08HF. I was hoping to replace it with a Corsair HX 650W PSU.
@r-sky - Yes it's an integrated at the moment (Intel GMA 3100 I believe). Suprisingly, it's holding it's own with the old games. The only time I get problems is when enemies are spawing in games like L4D2 and Alien Swarm (Was pushing the boundaries when I tried) even on low settings.
However, in games The Orange Box (all packaged games) and killing floor, I don't usually experience lag unless it's with my connection. Civ 4 ran as well, although it did flicker frequently.
@bluescreen - Yeah, that's what I'm worried about. I wouldn't know how to arrange all the wires to accomidate such space for a 5850. Also, I can't seem to figure out whether the port is 2.0 or 1.0 (although it's backward compatible, but it'd be counter productive running a high end card in old hardware).
even 1.0 wouldn't bottleneck it. 1.0 is equivalent to a 2.0 @ 8x. and testing shows this is only a marginal bottleneck to very high end card (gtx 480 and 5970)
in terms of the wiring, it may be an issue. do ou have an empty HDD or ODD drive directly behind where the card would be though? in most cases the card and its wires could just extend into this spot with no issues. assuming you have an empty bay.