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Advice needed on upgrading my Graphics Card and PSU

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April 21, 2012 8:36:06 AM

Hello,

I currently use a Packard Bell iMedia X2415:

OS: Win 7 Ultimate
System Manufacturer: Packard Bell BV
System Model: IMEDIA X2415
System Type: x64-based PC
Processor : Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Quad CPU Q6600 @ 2.40GHz, 2403 Mhz, 4 Core(s), 4 Logical Processor(s)
Installed Physical Memory (RAM): 4.00 GB
Total Physical Memory: 3.75 GB
Available Physical Memory: 2.41 GB
Total Virtual Memory: 7.50 GB
Available Virtual Memory: 5.74 GB
Graphics Card: NVIDIA GeForce 7050 / NVIDIA nForce 610i
PSU: 250W

My questions are:

Can I upgrade my graphics card to something decent to play recent games such as SWTOR & EVE Online? If so what would anyone recommend?

Will I need to upgrade my PSU as it is 250W? (I've been told this is low) If so what would anyone recommend?

I'm open to all suggestions as I'd rather not have to buy a new pc at the moment however I'd really like to play these games. I feel this may be too much to ask though.

I've came here to this forum as I've been told by a few sources now that this is one of the best places for technical advice.

Thanks for reading.

p.s. If you need anymore spec info just let me know.

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a c 83 U Graphics card
April 21, 2012 9:19:54 AM

the tdp of the q6600 is 105W. If we assume 50-75W for the rest of the system there is a chance you could run a 55W 7750. IF its 250W on the 12V rail. So we need to know what the label on the PSU says.

I would highly suggest you upgrade the PSU though.don't want to overload and blow the system. So, what is your budget, and what resolution will you play at. FYI SWTOR is pretty light on graphics.
a c 83 U Graphics card
April 21, 2012 9:41:23 AM

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

Here's an example of why you might as well, $25 for a good brand after rebate. Its only 330W on the 12V rail but I doubt yours is actually 250W anyway. Not recommending it at this time, still don't know you're budget/Res/GPU needs, and need to match PSU to those. Just an example that for 25 bucks why risk blowing up your system.
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April 21, 2012 11:23:22 AM

My budget is around the £150 marker.

I will be playing at 1440x900 resolution.

I checked the PSU label and this is what it said:

AC Input: 220-230V~, 2A, 50Hz
DC Output: +3.3V

(+3.3V & +5V = 115W Max), Total output continuous shall not exceed 250watts
April 21, 2012 3:42:19 PM

After researching a little further into it. It appears my graphics card is absolute pap, whilst my other specs should work well with recent games. The main problem I'm having is determining what GPU is compatibale with my motherboard and then if it is compatible with the PSU too.
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