Hey'a there, I am very naive about computer's and system requirements and I would really appreciate someone who knows what they are talking about to help me.
I am moving my computer into another case, so I can get a better graphics card. The cards a GeForce GTX 460 and it requires 450 watts of power, how large of a power supply should I get? also, how fast does my PCI express need to be for the card and how can I find out how fast it is? and lastly I have a Intel Pentium Dual CPU E2200 2.20 GHz processor how will that do with the card I am trying to get? thanks I would be appreciative any help.
what windows operating system are you running?
what is your current video card?
your current power supply?
your monitor's native resolution?
your budget for upgrades? are in the USA , England, or Canada?
can you over clock your CPU? most DELL, Gateway, HP, etc., will not let you do it.
Hey'a, thanks for responding!
I am operating on Windows Vista as a operating system.
I've got a ATI Radeon HD 3450 at the moment.
my current power supply is about 250 watts max.
1440 by 900 pixels.
about... $400 max and I am in the United States
I have no idea what "clocking" is sorry! you would have too let me in on that.
3) a new CPU and/or motherboard. what motherboard do you currently have? you can then look at CPU that are supported by the BIOS.
4) 3-4GB of RAM for Vista (forgot to ask you how much you have)
I have 4 Gigs of ram for Vista, and I have a Foxconn G33m02 mATX as my Motherboard, Yeah I could settle for the 450 as well It's probably less Watts right? also.. do you recommend getting a better processor? and also how much will the 450 cost? if you know at all, thank you very much.
oh wow, thanks I've been trying to find this out, addict what kind of processor do you recommend to compliment the type of graphics card I am going for? I see a list.. but as naive about computers as I am, I cannot really say what would work and what wouldn't you know?
hmm.. I have no idea what "overclocking" is, and or how to even do it. I've heard bad things about it though such as it "ruins" your computer, so that choice for processor is much better then the one I have right now I take it?
it does not ruin your CPU at all. Tom's has a forum dedicated to overclocking with plenty of helpful people to show you how its done. It lets you get the most for your dollar. as far as the two CPUs at stock levels, i linked some benchmarks with the E5300 (they did not have the e5400)
Very awesome, how many Watts is the 450 graphics card do you know? also, are there any better processor's then what you linked me? I could spend a bit more on a processor, just need to make sure I have the Watts too support everything, you've been a tremendous help in this entire situation!
Hey, my friends dad also told me that I need to find out how fast my PSI express is in order for some processors to work is that true? something along those lines and if it is how can I find out the specifics?
Also, it seems like there's a bit of a problem here that processor's 65 Watts, and the 460 graphics card that I was looking at was 450 Watts, you recommended the 520 Watt power supply however if you add both of those together that's 515 Watts, Will I have enough power to power my computer? that seems like I am pushing it. How much extra power do I really need?
the one I linked above is more then enough and has 40a on its 12v rail. nvidia recommends 25a on the 12v for a GTX 460 system.
Hmm.. I am not questioning you, I am just wondering how? The graphics card is about 450 watts, and the processor's 65 watts that's 515 watts, isn't there other things that need power in the computer? I dont know what "40a" or "12v rail" or any of that mean's. I am learning about all of this now.
Alright! so, in conclusion this is what I think that I'll do too upgrade my computer and I really am very thankful for everyone's insight. I have a Foxconn G33m02 mATX for a motherboard so just for clarification on my selection I can take all of these components with my computer now, and move them into a new case and it should work right? This is my overall idea about getting this together, please if any of you feel this wont work for whatever reason please feel free too speak your mind!