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Want to Upgrade Graphics card in order to increase SC2 performance

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July 29, 2010 3:39:52 AM

Hey, I'm not really too Computer start, but I'm looking into upgrading my graphics card and I currently have a NVIDIA GeForce 7300 LE and I currently would like something along the lines of GeForce 8800GTX (http://cgi.ebay.com/XFX-GeForce-8800GTX-8800-GTX-768MB-...)
I'm not really sure How to tell if it would be compatible with my system but what I do know is this:
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* Maximum Memory Capacity: 1048576 MB
* Currently Installed Memory: 1024 MB
* Available Memory Slots: 1
* Total Memory Slots: 2
* Dual Channel Support: N.A.
* CPU Manufacturer: GenuineIntel
* CPU Family: Intel(R) Pentium(R) D CPU 3.20GHz Model 6, Stepping 4
* CPU Speed: 3200 MHz
Motherboard Model: MS-7248R
System Model: AWRDACPI
System Manufacturer: Gateway

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July 29, 2010 5:33:03 AM

The GeForce 8800 GTX is a bit old, power hungry and expensive. It would be compatible, however from the look of that motherboard you'll actually need a single slot card like the HD 5670. Granted, it is a bit less powerful than the 8800 GTX, however it will fit in your case/motherboard, and seeing as you have an OEM Gateway computer, your PSU may not be strong enough to power an 8800 GTX.
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July 29, 2010 9:32:08 AM

Also, you only has 1 slot of RAM, which is bad since you can't run on dual channel mode...
Agree, HD5670 or GT240 is a good upgrade from your 7300LE, it MUCH better than that old card. :) 
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July 29, 2010 5:09:14 PM

Thanks for the help =)
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July 29, 2010 5:09:25 PM

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July 29, 2010 6:43:14 PM

One more quick question; is a RAM upgrade recommended (or even possible) if get either an HD5670 or a NVIDIA GeForce GT240 1GB I'm leaning towards the Radeon HD 5670 512MB GDDR5 PCI Express Graphics Card, though.
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July 30, 2010 3:35:38 AM

Since you only has 1 slot for RAM then upgrade your RAM to 2GB (1 stick) is a good way...
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July 30, 2010 4:06:43 AM

Is there any specific type of stick meant for my computer or are they universal sticks?
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