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New GPU for my old rig

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December 15, 2010 9:37:07 AM

Once again I need to choose a GPU upgrade for my PC.

I have a Dell Optiplex 745, which I upgraded with a Q6600 a year ago (sadly i cannot overclock it duo to Dells shitty mobo), it runs with and old 8600GT at the moment.

Few days ago I was browsing some forums and found a XFX 8800GT 512MB for 60 euros. Didnt sound so bad so I did a bit of research, just to find out if it can fit duo to limited amount of space on the mobo.. seems like it barely does.
Now the question is, can I get something better for 60euros (I am a student, so my budget is very limited) ?

I do play some games (Eve Online, Starcraft 2 and some older FPS, like Quake3, Counter Strike, etc) but I do heavy Photoshop, Illustrator, After Effects, 3ds max work aswell

Thanks for helping!

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December 15, 2010 9:57:59 AM

yeah 8800gt will every thing well,it has 3x performance than 8600gts.and 60 euros is very good,buy it.however if you want dx11 go with hd 5670 minimum,but if you dont give a damn to dx11 then 8800gt is way to go.
December 15, 2010 10:31:23 AM

mrjericho1991 said:
yeah 8800gt will every thing well,it has 3x performance than 8600gts.and 60 euros is very good,buy it.however if you want dx11 go with hd 5670 minimum,but if you dont give a damn to dx11 then 8800gt is way to go.


Thanks for feedback, its appreciated!
As you said, I dont give a damn about dx 11 =)
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a c 189 U Graphics card
December 15, 2010 10:48:32 AM

What is your PSU?
Does that XFX 8800GT came with 6pin power connector?
December 15, 2010 11:17:28 AM

My PSU is some Dells thing, 300w if i recall correctly. I'd have to check on the pin connector, as i have not seen the card live yet :) 
a c 189 U Graphics card
December 15, 2010 11:45:50 AM

If that card is required 6pin power connector then forget 8800GT, you will be more safe with GT240/HD5670. But going from 8600GT to GT240/HD5670 isn't give you big performance increase, only a little...
If you can buy HD5670 then it's okay, if you can't then save your money until you can buy a new PSU+GPU.
December 15, 2010 1:42:07 PM

Ill probably go to my friends place tomorrow and check if the card fits properly..
I was also looking into ATI 4850, quick google image search showed few cards that might fit into the case aswell. So I guess I will keep researching :) 
a c 189 U Graphics card
December 15, 2010 1:57:53 PM

Don't forget, with 300W PSU, the best card you can get it a card without the extra 6pin power connector, like 9600GT, 9800GT EE, GT240, HD5670.
Going from 8600GT to one of those card will give you only a little performance boost.
December 15, 2010 3:11:28 PM

Might go offtopic here, but maybe my money could be better spent at some more memory?
At the moment I have 3GB, 2 work on 333 and one on 400mhz, pretty crappy ram actually ..
a c 189 U Graphics card
December 16, 2010 12:00:10 AM

No, your memory are fine, no need add more...
December 16, 2010 11:00:17 AM

I checked the PSU, I do have the 6 pin connector on it. If that helps any :) 
a c 189 U Graphics card
December 16, 2010 11:58:39 AM

Are you sure Dell 300W PSU has 6pin power connector?
I doubt it, really...
December 16, 2010 1:12:17 PM

I think so ..

a c 189 U Graphics card
December 16, 2010 1:20:55 PM

Hmm, I'm not sure, but there's no way 300W PSU has 6pin for GPU.
6pin for GPU is like this:

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