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Galaxy GeForce GT 520 Compatible with my PC?

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May 14, 2012 11:08:28 AM

Hi guys, I'm not too tech savvy and I've been meaning to upgrade my computer's video card since I have an integrated nVidia chipset and I've been looking to game Torchlight 2, Diablo 3, Skyrim and a few other games in High settings (hopefully) but since my PC is pretty old (2008 I think?) I guess It's a long shot so maybe at medium settings as long as it's 60 fps.

Here are my specs:

Operating System
MS Windows XP Professional 32-bit SP3
CPU
AMD Athlon 64 3800+ 55 °C
Lima 65nm Technology
RAM
2,00 GB Dual-Channel DDR2 @ 301MHz (5-5-5-15)
Motherboard
ELITEGROUP MCP61SM-GM (Socket AM2 ) 40 °C
Graphics
NEC LCD1920NX (1280x1024@70Hz)
128MB GeForce 6100 nForce 405 (Elitegroup)
Hard Drives
156GB SAMSUNG SAMSUNG SV1604E (PATA) 35 °C
Optical Drives
Generic DVD-ROM SCSI CdRom Device
Audio
Realtek High Definition Audio

PSU
Not too tech savvy on this but it says 300W MAX output


EDIT* Forgot to add the video card I found online
http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Galaxy+-+GeForce+GT+520+1GB...

Is it a wise purchase? Would you recommend something else? Highly open to suggestions! Thank you!
a c 291 U Graphics card
May 14, 2012 11:18:09 AM

No. It's not a gaming card at all. What is your budget? Could you give us a bit more info on your power supply (if you don't really understand what you're looking when looking at the label, just take a photo of it and upload it to www.imageshack.us, just make sure to select not to resize image option).
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May 14, 2012 11:32:12 AM

Budget is $120 at most. Anything at or under $100 would be great :)  I just read the article on recommended cards for May [Radeon HD 6670 DDR3] but saw a feedback comment saying that even a 400w PSU wasn't enough... and I'm pretty sure my motherboard isn't CrossFire-ready... anyway here's a picture of my PSU:

http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/444/54643f870d044e...

Also, I'd like to have high settings with a 60 fps but I'm sure it's a veeeeeeeery long shot for that to be possible with my current specs :/  so pretty much medium or drastic case low settings would be fine but with smooth performance :) 
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a c 175 U Graphics card
May 14, 2012 11:33:23 AM

You should consider upgrading the whole system.

But since you want to I would recommend this:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... (Don't get when your computer has low profile bracket)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... (Don't get when your computer doesn't support ATX PSU)

Don't believe on those guys saying 400W is not enough, well at least with this 380W, it will run the 6670 really easily.
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May 14, 2012 11:34:45 AM

refillable said:
You should consider upgrading the whole system.

I doubt I can do that with $120 lol.
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a c 235 U Graphics card
May 14, 2012 11:36:28 AM

1. the card will work since you do have a PCI-E x16 slot
2. you can easily find the same card cheaper on newegg or tigerdirect
3. it's not much of gaming card, it more of a multi-media card to help drive dual monitors and stream video. it will run some basic games though.
4. what is really holding you back from modern gaming is your single core CPU. in fact your configuration looks like it dates from 2003-2004 (other then your RAM upgrade)
5. so skyrim is out of the question without a new PC. it needs a dual core just to run at minimum settings as does Diablo III. torchlight II uses the same engine as I so you should be able to play it with a single core CPU and the GT520.
6. i'm guessing that PC is a mass vendor PC (hp, gateway, dell, etc.,) so even CPU upgrades would be limited with vendor BIOS rather the using mobo manufacturer BIOS.

so the real question is, do you want to spend $30-40 to play a $20 game? if so

this GT 430 is more powerful then the GT 520 (at least in bottom tier gaming ability) and cheaper
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

many of AMD/ATI cards are 2.1 and often cause issues with older 1.0 slots like your PCI-E x16 is but the ATI 4350 is a 2.0 card & cheap. it can play Torchlight I & II
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

as can this nvidia G210
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

if you do want to play games like diablo III and skyrim then there are new PC build and buyer forums on Toms where people can help you out as none of the cards mentioned are considered gaming cards for anything but old or very basic games like torchlight.
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May 14, 2012 11:40:43 AM

Wow, thanks a lot for your input! I do suppose It's overextending it without a proper CPU. But yes, I mainly want to play Torchlight 2 and League of Legends at the moment , Skyrim will have to do on my 360 then haha.

Are those cards you mentioned the best for my motherboard when it comes to gaming?

I've decided to go with the GT430 since it seems to be the best one out of the 3 for my mobo.
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May 14, 2012 11:47:56 AM

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a c 235 U Graphics card
May 14, 2012 6:06:54 PM

Avenue said:
Wow, thanks a lot for your input! I do suppose It's overextending it without a proper CPU. But yes, I mainly want to play Torchlight 2 and League of Legends at the moment , Skyrim will have to do on my 360 then haha.

Are those cards you mentioned the best for my motherboard when it comes to gaming?

I've decided to go with the GT430 since it seems to be the best one out of the 3 for my mobo.


held back by your CPU, you won't notice any difference with a more powerful card then the GT430. in fact all three would probably offer similar results with that CPU.
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a c 272 U Graphics card
May 14, 2012 6:51:31 PM

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