I have a Gateway FX4710-UB003A and I'm wondering what the best graphic card that will be compatible with this system. I'm looking to upgrade to run Civ5, SC2, and SWTOR (when it comes out) with a little more graphic enhancement.
Anything else I could upgrade in this machine to run the types of games better?
And odds are, you're probably not going to get any bigger bang for the buck than this upgrade.
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Don't get that PSU. Notice the red voltage select switch? Old design that will consume more power then it needs to. Notice the lack of a W following that 500? That means 500 is the model number, not the amount of power it can put out. Click on this link.
Just above the caution note there is a line that says something about 3.3 +5 + 12vN not to exceed 431W. This is a 430W PSU. According to the chart it can do 360W on the 12V rails, so 30A. This one is much better. A bit more, but no rebate game to play so price might be similar if you get denied.
Can do 384W, or 32A. $43 shipped isn't a bad price.
The 9800GT and 550TI do share a close TDP, with the 550TI being higher of course. It's TDP is just under 120W while the non green 9800s where around 90W (going from memory.) You might be able to squeeze it in with your current supply but it would be close.
Get a cheaper GFX card that will perform better than the 550ti and use the money saved to buy a stronger PSU to support the cheaper GFX card! The 550ti is overpriced. The 260 also has better overclocking potential.