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Upgrading 8600GT, What's suitable

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April 21, 2012 10:34:14 PM

BUDGET RANGE: GBP £60-90

USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming and watching movies

CURRENT GPU AND POWER SUPPLY: Nvidia 8600GT (Don't laugh) and Dell 375w PSU

OTHER RELEVANT SYSTEM SPECS: Dell Dimension 9200, Core 2 Quad Q6600, 2 Hard Disks

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: UK

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe SLI OR CROSSFIRE: No

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1080

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Looking to see what's the best card that could fit into my system. Don't want to spend too much as it's quite an old system.

Here is the label on the PSU if it helps:

April 21, 2012 10:41:29 PM

Hi, The HD6850 would be good for your budget can be purchased at amazon
a c 106 U Graphics card
April 21, 2012 10:59:00 PM

do you have a site preference, since i dont know any sites for computer parts in Britain.)you also might want a new psu
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a b U Graphics card
April 21, 2012 11:19:22 PM

Nooooo!!!! don't listen to him, your gonna F*** you machine up, that Power Supply is weak... Doubt youd be able to run much of anything on it. Try more of a card that doesnt require anymore power than what it gets off the PCI express slot. like a GT 430 or a 7750.. the Low end 600 series will be out soon if you can wait...

But do not buy anything above that unless you get a new power supply. That power supply only has 375 watts? I would just get a new PSU just to up the insurance policy on your system than worry about graphics
a b U Graphics card
April 21, 2012 11:29:43 PM

Personally i think thats his best option
a b U Graphics card
April 22, 2012 12:31:03 AM

1st upgrade your PSU, then think about a GPU. Its kinda harsh see in that way but is dangerous having a non-certified PSU with that low power. You should know that by time, the efficiency of PSU dregrades over time, it wont be delivering 375W by now.The 7750 for now is your best bet. When you upgrade to a new rig you throw on it a good GPU and also get beefy PSU to handle it and new upgrades over time.

Im kinda surprise that you PSU could handle an old Quad core, 2 HDD, and a 8600gt, which all the components uses good amount of power.

Good gaming!
April 22, 2012 1:50:33 AM

7750 is a good card. If you are looking for cheaper, 6670 is a good choice.
April 22, 2012 3:06:15 AM

in general, nvidia cards use more power so buy a low end AMD gpu. He's asking to upgrade his gpu not his psu and gpu. The 7750 like everyone said has great performance, price, and power consumption.

Other cards to consider:
6570
6670
Gt 430
April 22, 2012 9:09:22 PM

I've been doing a bit of searching and is everyone sure that a 7750 is the most powerful card I can run?

I say this because it came with the Q6600, 2 HDD's and the 8600GT pre-built and it seems that other systems (with the Q6600) sold by dell at the time with 8800GT's also came with the 375w PSU.

Looking here and here it seems that others have got 6850's and 4870's running on similar PSU's.
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a c 117 U Graphics card
April 22, 2012 9:18:47 PM

if you had a seasonic PSU yes. but not a "no name" brand from dell.

its QUALITY not quantity.
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