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Can I go from NVIDIA GeForce 7050 to NVIDIA GeForce 8600 GT?

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April 22, 2012 10:28:27 AM

Can I go from NVIDIA GeForce 7050 to NVIDIA GeForce 8600 GT?

My pc needs an upgrade and I'm curious as to whether these are compatible?

Any advice would be great.

More about : nvidia geforce 7050 nvidia geforce 8600

April 22, 2012 10:52:14 AM

Your mobo has to have a PCI-Express slot. If it does, and your PSU can handle the new GPU, you're good to go.
April 22, 2012 11:05:57 AM

I'm glad to hear that this may be a possibility now :D 

As far as I am aware it has a PCI-Express slot. Many specs that I have checked out for it say so and other people who have asked similar questions on it have said so too.

How do I determine if the PSU can handle the new GSU? Is it a common attribute of the specs?
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a b Î Nvidia
April 22, 2012 11:10:11 AM

Yes, it's specs of the power supply. 8600 GT doesn't need much, it runs on 350 W generic power supply. However, the only way to find out what power supply you have is to open your case and take a look at its sticker (check the amperage in the table too).

Lastly, why are you upgrading to 8600 GT? It's 4 year old card, are you getting it for free?
April 22, 2012 1:17:38 PM

The information I was given about upgrades was incorrect. I've just been to my local computer shop and the said the same thing about it being very old.

They recommended the GeForce GTS 450 and a new PSU that was 500Watts.

I will check the power supply label to see what the amperage is.

a b Î Nvidia
April 22, 2012 1:43:39 PM

What is your budget and where are you from? Don't buy what they suggest! Their primary concern to sell you crap items, because they can't sell them to anyone else!
April 22, 2012 2:07:07 PM

I'm from the UK and my budget is £150/$240.

I checked the PSU label.

"AC Input: 220-230V- , 2A, 50Hz
DC Output: +3.3V --- 17.0A(ORG), +5V --- 18.0A(RED), +12V1 --- 8.0A(YEL)
+5Vsb --- 2.0A(PURP), -12V --- 0.3A(BLUE), +12V2 --- 14.0A (YEL/BLK)

(+3.3V & +5V = 115W Max), Total output continuous shall not exceed 250watts"

He seemed genuine but then again you have a point.

What would you recommend?
April 22, 2012 2:31:59 PM

Do not upgrade to a 8600GT if your paying for it. Refuse to buy it, whatever.

I had that card around 3/4 years ago. It was a SEVERE let down, barely an upgrade from my 6800GT.

It was only around £40 more for the 8800GT at the time (AMAZING card for its cost, still not redundant yet. Only recently upgraded from the 8800GT to my GTX260)

If you want a cheap/powerful card. Then look at the ATI 7750.

£84 here (Not including delivery). It also requires only a single power connector, so its unlikely to need anything below an average PSU.

By the way, that PSU of yours does look pretty tame.

Personally thinking of upgrading to the GTX6xx from Nvidia (looks so goddamn powerful compared to ATI), which is the main reason I wouldn't think of upgrading to this ATI card.

What are you upgrading? Is it the intregated graphics in your tower pc?
April 22, 2012 2:38:14 PM

Yes its integrated into the mobo. So it doesn't technically have a GSU so I've been told.

I'd like to play SWTOR and the only thing holding me back appears to be the lack of a GSU. I'm not familiar with what's compatible or whats the equivalent when it comes to ATI, NVIDIA, AMD, etc.

Thanks for that link, I shall take a look at your suggestion.
April 22, 2012 2:40:20 PM

You're going to need a better card than that for SWTOR. Maybe something like a GTS450 or a GTX460. What is your budget? And relevant system specs?
a b Î Nvidia
April 22, 2012 2:48:33 PM

I'd suggest this combo:
Corsair CX 430 - £34.99
Sapphire HD 6850 - £115.99

Total: £150.98

That will blow away GTS 450 in performance ;) 
April 22, 2012 2:56:34 PM

Sunius said:
I'd suggest this combo:
Corsair CX 430 - £34.99
Sapphire HD 6850 - £115.99

Total: £150.98

That will blow away GTS 450 in performance ;) 

I agree, that should work well for you.
April 22, 2012 3:04:54 PM

Sunius said:
I'd suggest this combo:
Corsair CX 430 - £34.99
Sapphire HD 6850 - £115.99

Total: £150.98

That will blow away GTS 450 in performance ;) 

You sure that PSU will be powerful enough? Otherwise, yeah, good call.
a b Î Nvidia
April 22, 2012 3:12:50 PM

Corsair makes exceptional power supplies, and it's 80+ rated. HD 6850 is very power efficient card, it needs only 1 6pin, and corsair PSU has it. I know people who run that card from it without any problems :)  It could run even 2 of them!

April 22, 2012 3:14:24 PM

Looks like the Saphire HD 6850 will be what I need. I've been advised that I should go with a 500W PSU given todays GSU power needs.

Is it possible to buy a compatible 500W PSU and it still work alongside the Saphire HD 6850?

April 22, 2012 3:20:02 PM

Also is the type of memory on the Sapphire HD 6850 1024MB GDDR5 relevant to the type of memory I currently have installed. By the I mean my memory cards are DDR2 whereas this Sapphire HD 6850 is GDDR5.

Is this relevant?
a b Î Nvidia
April 22, 2012 3:50:01 PM

It's not relevant. Your CPU can use DDR2 memory (the only memory controller your CPU has is DDR2), so your system memory can only be DDR2. However, Video memory controller is on graphics card, so it can be whatever the manufacturer makes it be. Also, sure, you can go with 500W power supply, it's £10 more expensive:

Corsair CX 500 - £44.99

Though I'd like to note that's completely unnecessary, and if it places you above your budget, you don't have to buy it. I don't know who gave you that advice, but he wasn't very knowledgeable. Of course, even 700w crap power supply may not run a graphics card, that's why it's advised to always buy only power supplies from quality brands with 80+ standard certifications.
April 22, 2012 4:06:00 PM

Ah I see what your saying now.

My main worry concerning the power supply was that I was going to blow everything :p 

I definitely agree with you on buying from quality brands though.

Thank you all for your help and advice. I shall purchase the Sapphire HD 6850 and the Corsair CX500 (Has had some good reviews).

I'll post back later to let you know how I get on.
a b Î Nvidia
April 22, 2012 5:25:31 PM

Okay, glad to help!
April 23, 2012 6:04:35 PM

Ordered and awaiting delivery :D 
April 27, 2012 9:04:05 AM

It's arrived. Are there any precautions I should take whilst installing this hardware?
April 27, 2012 9:33:04 AM

Ground yourself and try to make you room as antistatic as possible. But I think you should be fine anyways.
April 27, 2012 1:32:17 PM

Don't put it together in a carpeted room. Bare floors are better. Get a grounding strap. If you don't have a grounding strap, make sure you ground yourself to the case before handling any components. I've never used a grounding strap, but it is recommended. Don't touch the contacts on the cards. Handle everything by the edges. You can breadboard the components before installing anything in the case. It's a precaution that sometimes avoids having to take everything out of the case to make sure the board isn't grounded somewhere.
April 27, 2012 4:27:08 PM

I've got the Corsair PSU in now. Should I test that it works before installing the graphics card?
April 27, 2012 4:30:22 PM

SteelFist said:
I've got the Corsair PSU in now. Should I test that it works before installing the graphics card?

Where's the motherboard?
April 27, 2012 4:36:14 PM

Where it's always been. I've only removed my old PSU and fixed up the new one.
April 27, 2012 5:52:13 PM

yeah, make sure the psu works first. Then install the new video card.
April 28, 2012 8:09:59 AM

I've installed both, I've seen an improvement but there are one or two strange things happening.

1. Sometimes when I turn on my computer it sounds like the GSU fan kicks in and nothing appears on my monitor.

2. When launching SWTOR the screen goes black for a second or two and then nothing happens. I feel this may be linked to the new GSU as it launched before the install.

Anyone got any ideas to these issues?
April 28, 2012 3:20:29 PM

Now the computer display won't come on and all I get is a black screen. I've removed the GSU and the display works. Does this mean my GSU is broken?
April 28, 2012 3:47:20 PM

SteelFist said:
Now the computer display won't come on and all I get is a black screen. I've removed the GSU and the display works. Does this mean my GSU is broken?

Usually, yes. I would return it and get an nVidia graphics card, since you have an nForce based motherboard.
April 28, 2012 4:20:52 PM

Ah balls, I can't believe it was working and now it's not. So bloody frustrating!
I bought it off Amazon so I better get my money back.

Which NVIDIA Graphics card would you suggest?
April 28, 2012 4:27:00 PM

GTX460 personally
April 28, 2012 4:29:42 PM

So that would be compatible with my system, yes?
April 28, 2012 5:23:40 PM

April 28, 2012 8:46:29 PM

It seems the card I had was faulty as it stopped working so quickly. I installed it correctly and took all the safety precautions when installing delicate hardware yet it still failed.

I'm receiving a replacement on tuesday, so hopefully the new one will be better, if there happens to be a problem with this then I'll get my money back and go with your recommendation. :) 
May 2, 2012 9:12:57 AM

The replacement arrived yesterday and as far as things go, it is working however given what happened with the first one I am not getting my hopes up yet. I believe the previous may have been faulty as it worked then failed but I guess I will never know for sure.

If I come across any issues I'll be sure to post on here. Thank you for all your help everyone, it certainly would not have been possible without your great advice and suggestions. I've learnt so much from you all and this venture and I really appreciate you all answering my stupid questions. :D 
a b Î Nvidia
May 2, 2012 10:04:15 AM

Glad to know! :) 
May 4, 2012 12:20:31 AM

Good luck. Hopefully everything works out with the new card.