Compatibility question (please help!)

Hey guys, I am wanting to upgrade this spare pc I have and was wondering a few things. First of all here is the specs for the pc:

Windows XP (Upgrading this to Vista (yes I know lol))
2gb ram
2.7ghz intel duo
450w crap psu
Crap video card
EVGA NF66 650i ultra mobo

My main objective is I want to be able to play Starcraft 2 on low/medium settings without lag/framerate issues.

Now the processor should be fine (I think?) the 2gb of ram is kind of low but should work.

Here is the mobo I have: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813188017

Here is the video card I'm thinking about getting: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814133390
Says the minimum requirement of power supply watts is 300 with a 12v rating of 18A.

The power supply I'm getting is a Black 600w Silent ATX Power Supply w/20+4pin SATA from powork. It has a 12v rating of 24A.

I guess my first question is would that video card and psu work on that mobo? The video card is a pci express x16 2.0 but the mobo's slot isn't a 2.0, that shouldn't really matter should it?

My second question is would that video card be able to run Starcraft 2 with the aforementioned details?

My third question is will that psu do it's job good enough for it all to work?

Sorry for the lengthy post, I am just unsure about these things and could really use your input.

Thanks guys!
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  1. Do not buy a 9400 gt is a low performance gpu.
    If you do not want to change your PSU, you could buy this gpu:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102874

    Also I won´t buy a 600 w PSU, with only 24 A in the 12 V rails, that should mean it´s a low quality PSU.

    If you want to change your PSU, this would be a good and cheap choice:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139026

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371045

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817207013
  2. Dominaz1 said:
    Do not buy a 9400 gt is a low performance gpu.
    If you do not want to change your PSU, you could buy this gpu:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102874

    Also I won´t buy a 600 w PSU, with only 24 A in the 12 V rails, that should mean it´s a low quality PSU.

    If you want to change your PSU, this would be a good and cheap choice:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139026

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371045

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817207013


    Thanks for the response!

    I've pretty much come to terms that I will have to upgrade psu's because my current 450 only has like a 14A on the 12v lol.

    The fact that I'll need both a gpu and a psu is pretty lame, as of this moment, I only have about $75 to work with. If there's any other cards or psu's you can suggest that might could work around my limited budget that would be super sexy.

    Thanks again!
  3. How about the 5670 512mb GDDR5
    here they are on US Newegg
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&DEPA=0&Order=BESTMATCH&Description=hd+5670

    the Gigabyte and Sapphires are nice
    you can just about get one for $75

    I just bought the MSI HD 5670 low profile for my Dell Optiplex 745 280w psu

    it is a very low powered card (doesnt need external 6 pin connector)
    it maxes at 64w
    I have read of them working on 250w psus

    in the reviews and benches it is good for low to medium gaming

    toms picked it as best card for $75 in May Video card article
    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/best-graphics-card-game-performance-radeon-hd-6670,2935-2.html

    for $75 USD it is the best choice
  4. A hd 5670 only draws 64watts at MAX load
    it idles at 14watts

    really no need for a new PSU though it sure couldnt hurt
    remember a HD5670 will run fine on a decent 300w
  5. king smp said:
    A hd 5670 only draws 64watts at MAX load
    it idles at 14watts

    really no need for a new PSU though it sure couldnt hurt
    remember a HD5670 will run fine on a decent 300w


    I have to totally agree with this. Keep your power supply unless you get random reboots and go right for the 5670.
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