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Is my computer worth upgrading the graphics card?

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November 3, 2010 10:57:02 PM

Hi all. I purchased my computer several years ago and cannot play StarCraft II. It takes forever to load and then is very laggy. I would like to upgrade my ram and graphics card if I can instead of buying a new computer. But I don't know if my motherboard can support a decent card. I would be interested in spending $150 to $200 for the card if my computer can support it. Here is what I have (I bought it from Cyberpowerpc with components recommended from articles from here):

X-Cruiser Mid-Tower 420W Case W/ WINDOW, MultiMeter Display & Control
CPU: (Sckt775)Intel(R) Core(TM) 2 Duo E6750 CPU @ 2.66GHz 1333FSB 4MB L2 Cache 64-bit
MOTHERBOARD: Asus P5N-E nForce 650i SLI Chipset LGA775 FSB1333 DDR2 Mainboard
MEMORY: 2GB (2x1GB) PC6400 DDR2/800 Dual Channel
POWERSUPPLY: 500 Watts Power Supplies
VIDEO: NVIDIA GeForce 8600 GT 512MB 16X PCI Express

Does anyone know if I can get a decent card with this board? I appreciate any help you can provide.
November 3, 2010 11:10:45 PM

Great thanks. I do have 64bit Vista. I am not sure what brand my power supply is :( 
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a c 1309 U Graphics card
November 3, 2010 11:16:15 PM

Just read the sticker on it what is important is the amps on the +12volt rail (s)
November 3, 2010 11:27:51 PM

Okay, here is what's on the side of the power supply for the +12s:

+12V1 17A
+12V2 18A

a c 1309 U Graphics card
November 3, 2010 11:31:05 PM

That leads me to believe it will work fine for the cards I recommended.
November 3, 2010 11:34:23 PM

Great, I really appreciate your help.
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a b U Graphics card
November 4, 2010 8:16:42 AM

He has nForce 650i SLI Chipset NVidia cards will play better and you will avoid any compatibility issues with Radeon cards there for GF 460 is a good choice the Nvidia link is:

http://www.nvidia.com/object/product-geforce-gtx-460-us...

in specifications you will read the system requirment, PSU, etc. Your motherboard has built in raid controller a raid 0 with 2 hard drivers satta ii will boost up the performance of the load process in games, programs, everything. You can use your hardrive as a backup raid 0 need it.
a b U Graphics card
November 4, 2010 8:21:25 AM

You could also overclock your CPU slightly to around 3 GHz which would remove any possible bottlenecks.
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a b U Graphics card
November 4, 2010 8:48:51 AM

There is no bottleneck to pcie-2 2.0 the data are going directly to the North Bridge and from there to the memory. The processor process the data and send them to the card some overclock will help to speed up this process also but raid 0 will drive you to another dimension find satta ii disks with 32Mbytes Cache in a volume with 2 drives only is the best choice you can make.
a b U Graphics card
November 4, 2010 6:56:45 PM

Tamz_msc said:
You could also overclock your CPU slightly to around 3 GHz which would remove any possible bottlenecks.


+1 on the OC. I have an E6750 @ 3.53Ghz, 440FSB and 1.4vCore
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