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May 25, 2011 9:16:23 AM

Hi Everyone

I have Nvidia GeForce 9600gt, and was looking to upgrade to a better low-mid level graphics card.

I will have around £150 to play with

I'm a bit behind with the times at the moment and was wondering will all the newer cards be compatible with my Gigabyte P31-DS3L Motherboard?

Also what range of PSUs would be ok to run the thing?

Cheers

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a b U Graphics card
May 25, 2011 10:35:59 AM

Hi,

you can pick up a 5870 or 6870 for around that price range.

Both are powerful cards, require 2 x 6pin pci express power connectors.

This will give you an idea of what are todays best card:

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-graphics-car...

Also as for the power supply they recommend around 500w quality psu brand such as corsair etc.

http://www.amd.com/us/products/desktop/graphics/amd-rad...

It really depends on the rest of your system. post your specs up for more of an idea
a b U Graphics card
May 25, 2011 10:38:59 AM

also your motherboard has x16 pci express slot so its compatable
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May 25, 2011 10:51:56 AM

Thanks for the reply my specs are below

I will be ugrading to 4gb of ram at the same time too:

Processor 1 ID = 0
Number of cores 2 (max 2)
Number of threads 2 (max 2)
Name Intel Pentium E2220
Codename Conroe
Specification Intel(R) Pentium(R) Dual CPU E2220 @ 2.40GHz
Package (platform ID) Socket 775 LGA (0x0)
CPUID 6.F.D
Extended CPUID 6.F
Core Stepping M0
Technology 65 nm
Core Speed 2397.7 MHz
Multiplier x FSB 12.0 x 199.8 MHz
Rated Bus speed 799.2 MHz
Stock frequency 2400 MHz
Instructions sets MMX, SSE, SSE2, SSE3, SSSE3, EM64T
L1 Data cache 2 x 32 KBytes, 8-way set associative, 64-byte line size
L1 Instruction cache 2 x 32 KBytes, 8-way set associative, 64-byte line size
L2 cache 1024 KBytes, 4-way set associative, 64-byte line size
FID/VID Control yes
FID range 6.0x - 12.0x
Max VID 1.238 V
-------------------------------------------------------------------------
Motherboard

Northbridge Intel P35/G33/G31 rev. A2
Southbridge Intel 82801GB (ICH7/R) rev. A1
Graphic Interface PCI-Express
PCI-E Link Width x16
PCI-E Max Link Width x16
Memory Type DDR2
Memory Size 2048 MBytes
Channels Dual, (Symmetric)
Memory Frequency 399.6 MHz (1:2)
CAS# latency (CL) 5.0
RAS# to CAS# delay (tRCD) 5
RAS# Precharge (tRP) 5
Cycle Time (tRAS) 18
Row Refresh Cycle Time (tRFC) 42
Command Rate (CR) 2T
MCHBAR I/O Base address 0x0FED14000
MCHBAR I/O Size 4096

Memory SPD
-------------------------------------------------------------------------

DIMM # 1
SMBus address 0x50
Memory type DDR2
Module format Regular UDIMM
Manufacturer (ID) Corsair (7F7F9E0000000000)
Size 1024 MBytes
Max bandwidth PC2-6400 (400 MHz)
Part number CM2X1024-6400
Manufacturing date Week 23/Year 06
Number of banks 2
Data width 64 bits
Correction None
Nominal Voltage 1.80 Volts
EPP no
XMP no
JEDEC timings table CL-tRCD-tRP-tRAS-tRC @ frequency
JEDEC #1 4.0-4-4-13-15 @ 270 MHz
JEDEC #2 5.0-5-5-18-22 @ 400 MHz

DIMM # 2
SMBus address 0x52
Memory type DDR2
Module format Regular UDIMM
Manufacturer (ID) Corsair (7F7F9E0000000000)
Size 1024 MBytes
Max bandwidth PC2-6400 (400 MHz)
Part number CM2X1024-6400
Manufacturing date Week 23/Year 06
Number of banks 2
Data width 64 bits
Correction None
Nominal Voltage 1.80 Volts
EPP no
XMP no
JEDEC timings table CL-tRCD-tRP-tRAS-tRC @ frequency
JEDEC #1 4.0-4-4-13-15 @ 270 MHz
JEDEC #2 5.0-5-5-18-22 @ 400 MHz

Display Adapters
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Display adapter 0
Name NVIDIA GeForce 9600 GT
Revision A1
Codename G94
Technology 65 nm
Memory size 512 MB
Memory bus width 256 bits
PCI device bus 1 (0x1), device 0 (0x0), function 0 (0x0)
Vendor ID 0x10DE (0x0000)
Model ID 0x0622 (0x0000)
Performance Level 0
Core clock 600.0 MHz
Shader clock 1500.0 MHz
Memory clock 900.0 MHz


Software
-------------------------------------------------------------------------

Windows Version Microsoft Windows 7 (6.1) Home Premium Edition Service Pack 1 (Build 7601)
DirectX Version 11.0




a b U Graphics card
May 25, 2011 10:57:05 AM

grayggr said:
Thanks for the reply my specs are below

I will be ugrading to 4gb of ram at the same time too:

Processor 1 ID = 0
Number of cores 2 (max 2)
Number of threads 2 (max 2)
Name Intel Pentium E2220
Codename Conroe
Specification Intel(R) Pentium(R) Dual CPU E2220 @ 2.40GHz
Package (platform ID) Socket 775 LGA (0x0)
CPUID 6.F.D
Extended CPUID 6.F
Core Stepping M0
Technology 65 nm
Core Speed 2397.7 MHz
Multiplier x FSB 12.0 x 199.8 MHz
Rated Bus speed 799.2 MHz
Stock frequency 2400 MHz
Instructions sets MMX, SSE, SSE2, SSE3, SSSE3, EM64T
L1 Data cache 2 x 32 KBytes, 8-way set associative, 64-byte line size
L1 Instruction cache 2 x 32 KBytes, 8-way set associative, 64-byte line size
L2 cache 1024 KBytes, 4-way set associative, 64-byte line size
FID/VID Control yes
FID range 6.0x - 12.0x
Max VID 1.238 V
-------------------------------------------------------------------------
Motherboard

Northbridge Intel P35/G33/G31 rev. A2
Southbridge Intel 82801GB (ICH7/R) rev. A1
Graphic Interface PCI-Express
PCI-E Link Width x16
PCI-E Max Link Width x16
Memory Type DDR2
Memory Size 2048 MBytes
Channels Dual, (Symmetric)
Memory Frequency 399.6 MHz (1:2)
CAS# latency (CL) 5.0
RAS# to CAS# delay (tRCD) 5
RAS# Precharge (tRP) 5
Cycle Time (tRAS) 18
Row Refresh Cycle Time (tRFC) 42
Command Rate (CR) 2T
MCHBAR I/O Base address 0x0FED14000
MCHBAR I/O Size 4096

Memory SPD
-------------------------------------------------------------------------

DIMM # 1
SMBus address 0x50
Memory type DDR2
Module format Regular UDIMM
Manufacturer (ID) Corsair (7F7F9E0000000000)
Size 1024 MBytes
Max bandwidth PC2-6400 (400 MHz)
Part number CM2X1024-6400
Manufacturing date Week 23/Year 06
Number of banks 2
Data width 64 bits
Correction None
Nominal Voltage 1.80 Volts
EPP no
XMP no
JEDEC timings table CL-tRCD-tRP-tRAS-tRC @ frequency
JEDEC #1 4.0-4-4-13-15 @ 270 MHz
JEDEC #2 5.0-5-5-18-22 @ 400 MHz

DIMM # 2
SMBus address 0x52
Memory type DDR2
Module format Regular UDIMM
Manufacturer (ID) Corsair (7F7F9E0000000000)
Size 1024 MBytes
Max bandwidth PC2-6400 (400 MHz)
Part number CM2X1024-6400
Manufacturing date Week 23/Year 06
Number of banks 2
Data width 64 bits
Correction None
Nominal Voltage 1.80 Volts
EPP no
XMP no
JEDEC timings table CL-tRCD-tRP-tRAS-tRC @ frequency
JEDEC #1 4.0-4-4-13-15 @ 270 MHz
JEDEC #2 5.0-5-5-18-22 @ 400 MHz

Display Adapters
-------------------------------------------------------------------------

Display adapter 0
Name NVIDIA GeForce 9600 GT
Revision A1
Codename G94
Technology 65 nm
Memory size 512 MB
Memory bus width 256 bits
PCI device bus 1 (0x1), device 0 (0x0), function 0 (0x0)
Vendor ID 0x10DE (0x0000)
Model ID 0x0622 (0x0000)
Performance Level 0
Core clock 600.0 MHz
Shader clock 1500.0 MHz
Memory clock 900.0 MHz


Software
-------------------------------------------------------------------------

Windows Version Microsoft Windows 7 (6.1) Home Premium Edition Service Pack 1 (Build 7601)
DirectX Version 11.0




What psu do you have. A new 500w psu would be enough for one of the cards i mentioned.
However that cpu is very outdated.
If your serious about gaming ect you should look into upgrading the cpu to.

a c 376 U Graphics card
May 25, 2011 10:59:17 AM

Yeah, an E2220 is not very good these days... What is your PSU and what resolution are you using?
May 25, 2011 11:03:50 AM

Will open the case and double check but think it's a 500w one but 3 yrs old.

Not really bothered about new new games just yet, as will get a new motherboard and processor at a later date, when I can afford them, but just bought a new 24" monitor, upgraded to Windows 7, and although the 9600gt runs ok at 1920x1080 (and was good at 1680x1050 which I played at before) for the games I play WoW, BFBC2, Civilization etc, I have noticed a drop in fps and read an upgrade to the gfx would make quite a difference.
a c 376 U Graphics card
May 25, 2011 11:19:23 AM

Give us the brand and model of the PSU. Unless it is quite poor(possible) it should handle the HD5850. That card is close to 3 times faster than your 9600GT BTW.
Your motherboard can handle much better processors but even something rather cheap would be a decent upgrade especially if you are willing to overclock.
http://www.aria.co.uk/SuperSpecials/Other+products/Inte...
That would give you twice as much cache and a .6 ghz boost which would help a lot and it can OC much higher. It's a nice deal and with the HD5850 would come in under your budget if you PSU ends up being able to handle the card.
May 25, 2011 11:21:45 AM

Just checked it's a Blue Storm II 500
a c 376 U Graphics card
May 25, 2011 11:29:46 AM

Yeah, that's not bad at all. Should handle any card within your price range.
May 25, 2011 11:31:25 AM

Great - thanks for the advice!

Never upgraded an existing CPU before is it pretty straight forward?
a b U Graphics card
May 25, 2011 11:34:26 AM

Yeah the psu will be fine, get the 6870 graphics card, I dont know where your buying from but where I am looking its only £10 more expensive so its worth it.

A cpu is easy to install. Take the old heatsink off, remove the old cpu, usually has a little clip holding it down, when installing the new one there will be a small golden arrow at one corner of the cpu, it must align with the arrow on the cpu socket. Push the clip down, clean old thermal paste off the heatsink with some alcohol solution, reapply some good quality thermal grease to the cpu and replace heat sink. done. takes less than 10 mins
May 25, 2011 11:35:24 AM

Cheers
a c 376 U Graphics card
May 25, 2011 11:37:41 AM

You'll also want to update your motherboard to the latest BIOS before installing the new processor if it is still using an old one.
May 25, 2011 9:59:49 PM

Hi All

I bought the HD5850 this afternoon, along with upgrading my ram to 4gb.

The memory sticks were fine but I have a problem with the HD 5850

It is placed correctly on the motherboard, and 2 x 6 pinn connectors also plugged in.

I start the computer and the fans works on the gfx card, but my monitor says it cannot detect a signal.

I can hear Windows 7 loading up but cannot see anything.

Connections are all secure and tight.

Ive tried HDMI, DVI and VGA leads but all to no avail.

Ticketed XFX support and waiting for a response.

Any more help appreciated?
a c 376 U Graphics card
May 26, 2011 12:03:13 AM

That is weird. If the computer wasn't detecting any video it wouldn't start up so the computer itself is seeing the card...
You may just have gotten a defective unit, it happens. This soon after purchasing you should probably return it to the retailer but I guess seeing if XFX has any ideas first makes sense.
May 26, 2011 12:29:14 PM

Update

Returned to retailer, they tested and confirmed defective card.

Got a replacement and working great, thanks for your advice folks!
a b U Graphics card
May 26, 2011 1:18:41 PM

seems to be alot of people gettin bunk cards, me included :( , brand new part = fail
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