New GPU for my old rig

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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  1. 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.
  2. 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 =)
  3. What is your PSU?
    Does that XFX 8800GT came with 6pin power connector?
  4. 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 :)
  5. 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.
  6. 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 :)
  7. 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.
  8. 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 ..
  9. No, your memory are fine, no need add more...
  10. I checked the PSU, I do have the 6 pin connector on it. If that helps any :)
  11. Are you sure Dell 300W PSU has 6pin power connector?
    I doubt it, really...
  12. I think so ..

  13. 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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