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Recommended GFX Card Upgrade

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August 29, 2010 12:29:29 PM

Hi,

My system is pretty old, I know, so please don't advise me to "get a new system" I plan to eventually. I'm looking for the most suitable graphics card for my system to play games, and P.S. ignore the PSU, I can upgrade that if need be, just focus on the CPU, k thx =).

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CPU: Intel Pentium D 830 3GHz
MOBO: Intel 0x8582/ chipset i945P/ PCIE x16
RAM: 4GB DDR2
PSU: 375W (though it is underpowered as it is known to put out 400-500W)

Current GFX: ATI Radeon x600 256mb hypermemory

So basically I'm looking for a card that can suit my system requirements and not be bottlenecked. As I said I'd like to play games on this computer (not extremely high end like Crysis etc) but I play oblivion and fear, games like that with moderate - high settings. Once again please dont recommend a new system lol, just focus on this. Thank you in advance,

Rasterfer
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August 29, 2010 12:55:10 PM

A HD4670 would be about the max card for the Pentium D and will run on a 375 watt PSU.
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August 29, 2010 1:54:50 PM

Wat about a 9600GT???? since i'm more leaning towards a Nvidia
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a c 1387 U Graphics card
August 29, 2010 2:06:54 PM

9600GT is a better card and should work fine although it will see a bottleneck by the CPU. If the 375watt psu is good quality with high amps on the +12volt rail it should do fine with the 9600GT
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August 29, 2010 2:28:42 PM

ok, last question/s. How bad will the bottleneck be? and how many amps should i be looking for?
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August 29, 2010 2:40:22 PM

It is not going to be to bad a bottleneck (it should still perform better than a HD4670).
22-24amps should be enough for a 9600GT but the higher the better.
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August 29, 2010 2:44:26 PM

Ok thx very much =]
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August 29, 2010 2:44:46 PM

Best answer selected by Rasterfer.
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August 29, 2010 2:58:55 PM

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