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June 21, 2011 8:18:07 PM

Hello! I got into PC gaming a few years ago and bought a pre-built PC because I wasn't confident in setting one up on my own. It took me three years to realize my graphics card was a budget one and doesn't even have its own fan! There are two other fans along with a dedicated CPU fan, which is how it wasn't ruined so far.

But this summer has come around, and it's already hitting 100°F... and my home isn't exactly the coolest place to be. My idle temp for my card is 84°C. That's pretty warm (my CPU is pretty fine in comparison however!) I was looking for cooling, but then I though I may want to just buy a better graphics card which included a proper cooling fan on it. I found this deal today:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

For $99USD after rebate. I'm currently on a GeForce 9800GT, nothing overclocked.

I would like to know how I can make sure this new card will be compatible with my current computer. I think the mobo, the power supply, and the PCI slot are pretty much the only important factors to consider, but I don't know how to go about it! Thank you for your help and suggestions.
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June 21, 2011 8:26:46 PM

What is the specs/model of your PC anyways?

The 460SE isnt a great card though, the price is okay if you ever get the rebate.
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June 21, 2011 9:15:51 PM

Intel Core 2 Duo E7300 32-bit - 2.66GHz
2GB DDR2 RAM
350GB hard drive
GeForce 9800 GT 512MB GDDR3
Mobo - MS-7528

PSU - HEC Raptor R500 specs are:

+3.3V = 22A; + 5V = 15A; Combined: 130W
+12V1 = 19A; +12V2 = 19A; Combined: 384W
-12V = 0.3A; +5Vsb = 2.0A;
--------------------------Total Output Power: 500W

And any suggestions for other cards are definitely welcome! I don't have much money, but around $100 is something I could definitely manage, maybe a bit more if it will really pay off in the longer run (this 9800GT has lasted me up to now just fine playing new games).
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June 24, 2011 2:38:36 AM

Timop said:
What is the specs/model of your PC anyways?

The 460SE isnt a great card though, the price is okay if you ever get the rebate.

Well I am looking for a better card, but I'm not looking for a huge top-end card to replace my current one. Looking at some comparison charts from videocardbenchmark.net it seems that the 460SE is pretty much a good step up from what I have now.
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June 24, 2011 11:04:33 AM

Celice said:
Intel Core 2 Duo E7300 32-bit - 2.66GHz
2GB DDR2 RAM
350GB hard drive
GeForce 9800 GT 512MB GDDR3
Mobo - MS-7528

PSU - HEC Raptor R500 specs are:

+3.3V = 22A; + 5V = 15A; Combined: 130W
+12V1 = 19A; +12V2 = 19A; Combined: 384W
-12V = 0.3A; +5Vsb = 2.0A;
--------------------------Total Output Power: 500W

And any suggestions for other cards are definitely welcome! I don't have much money, but around $100 is something I could definitely manage, maybe a bit more if it will really pay off in the longer run (this 9800GT has lasted me up to now just fine playing new games).


Your PSU could definitely support most graphic cards, I still recommend the HD 5770, it's a great bang for buck card that won't be bottlenecked by your CPU and is still faster than a GT 9800.
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July 1, 2011 1:25:06 AM

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