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December 21, 2010 5:01:09 PM

Hey, I currently have an emchaine t5212 that has the radeon xpress 200. I play WoW, or at least i'd like to play on a setting other than minimum. My computer DOES have a PCI Express slot. So i wanted to get the GeForce 9500 GT DDR2 1GB 2.0. Do i have to install anything since this is 128 bit? Thanks for any help =)
a b U Graphics card
December 21, 2010 5:34:25 PM

That eMachine probably isn't worth it to upgrade. The first problem is that your power supply is sufficient at best when it left the factory on day one. You will need an upgrade there in order to upgrade the new video card. If you haven't upgraded your stock 1GB of memory, that will need to be done as well (at least 4GB). THEN you will find that your old Pentium 4 CPU will not cut the mustard.

So to recap... What is your budget for building new? Or are you dead set on upgrading your current rig?
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a b U Graphics card
December 21, 2010 5:46:52 PM

WoW Cataclysm is going to want something better than a 9500GT. :( 

Plus the other things sadams04 already mentioned are likely in order. Otherwise you'll have to play at very low resolution with low settings.
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December 21, 2010 6:15:16 PM

Well, i dont have the money to buy a new computer, so i'm pretty much deadset on upgrading this thing. i play wow on it now as it is (i did upgrade the RAM by the way) on low settings, so im used to it. I just figured this is my best option. I don't know anything about power supplies either......
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December 21, 2010 6:42:23 PM

Pentium D Dual-Core at least. However there is no mention of the PSU on eMachine's website:
http://www.emachines.com/products/products.html?prod=T5...

To be safe, I'd want to assume it's a 250W at the most. Unless you can peak inside the computer and read the label off the PSU itself.
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December 21, 2010 6:49:51 PM

If its a P4 era PSU, its been working for many years. It should probably be replaced anyways before you add a high draw 12V device.

While the 9500GT isn't a good card, you'll need to get a new PSU as well. Whats the budget and can you buy from newegg?
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a b U Graphics card
December 21, 2010 6:53:49 PM

Since he really needs a new PSU, I'm wondering if it would be advantageous to look at something much newer.

GT 240 or ATI 5570 or something? I guess it all depends on budget, and where the OP can buy from (in US or outside US).
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December 21, 2010 7:17:00 PM

My budget is $200. And yes, i can buy from newegg. Is there a way to check how many watts my psu is on my computer settings or something?
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a b U Graphics card
December 21, 2010 7:27:27 PM

No. You need to open the computer case and check the label on it. The computer itself isn't going to give you the details we would want. :) 

GT 240 $85 + Free Shipping
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

This will outperform the 9500GT, and if you use Windows Vista or Windows 7, could take advantage of some DX11 performance benefits with WoW Cataclysm. Just don't turn the settings up high.

ATI 5670 1GB (Rear Exhaust) $89.99 - $20 MIR = $69.99 + Pay for Shipping
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

This card is more powerful than the GT 240, and also has the DX11 ability.

Now you'll need/want a better PSU probably. Here's a good budget oriented PSU that retains quality.

Antec Basiq 430W $39.95 - $10 MIR = $29.95 + $1.99 Shipping
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

EDIT: The Power Supply Calculator suggests a 248W PSU (brand new) if you have:
Pentium D 805 + 1 DVD drive + 1 7200RPM IDE + 92mm Fan + 120mm Fan + ATI 5670 + 2 DDR2 Dimms

Even with 25% aging on the PSU capacitors that jumps to 297W. I'd pick up a new PSU and video card if I were you. The ATI 5670 + Antec PSU I listed above come in well under your $200 budget. Frankly with your older processor, any video card more powerful is probably going to be wasted. So that's probably a good option above.
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December 21, 2010 10:42:15 PM

I wouldn't bother with the GT240. The 5670 and a 450ish Watt PSU would be a good idea. That 5670 and 430W PSU is only around $140, not counting rebates. Well within budget.
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December 21, 2010 11:06:51 PM

Man, you guys are awesome! Thanks a bunch! =)
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December 22, 2010 12:12:28 AM

Best answer selected by the beef111.
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