I'd like to update my graphics card in the computer I bought 2 years ago. The computer is this: http://www.gateway.com/systems/product/529668232.php, the only thing I have done to it since I bought it is update drivers, bios, and upgraded to windows 7 ultimate. My monitor is a 19" 1440x900 display.
I've done a fair bit of research into the GTX 480 vs the Radeon HD 5870, as well as if it would be beneficial to just get 2x GTX 460's.
My question is, with the current motherboard and gpu in this computer, would it be capable of running those graphics cards or would I need to upgrade the GPU or something else also? If the cards I mentioned wouldn't work, what do you suggest?
A GTX480 would be massively overkill for your system and at that resolution..
If you JUST want a GPU, i would suggest something along the lines of a GTX460/465?? It still maybe overkill, but perfect for a monitor upgrade or moved into a whole new system..
With this aswell a new PSU would be in order.. XFX, Enermax, Corsair, Antec etc around the 650w/750w Mark, again, giving your self head room for future upgrades..