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May 25, 2012 9:41:11 AM

okay, so, A month or two ago, I bought this computer from ebay
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/POWERFUL-Dell-Desktop-PC-Towe...
I was just wondering, I'm not satisfied with the graphics card so I'm looking to upgrade,
I've seen some good graphics cards, mostly have my eye on this one from amazon
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Palit-GeForce-8400GS-Super-PCI-...
and I'm just wondering, would the card be compatible with the computer?
I'm just wondering since I don't want to go upgrade and something go wrong because they won't work with eachother
Many thanks,
~FJTheGamer
May 25, 2012 9:42:28 AM

fjthegamer said:
okay, so, A month or two ago, I bought this computer from ebay
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/POWERFUL-Dell-Desktop-PC-Towe...
I was just wondering, I'm not satisfied with the graphics card so I'm looking to upgrade,
I've seen some good graphics cards, mostly have my eye on this one from amazon
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Palit-GeForce-8400GS-Super-PCI-...
and I'm just wondering, would the card be compatible with the computer?
I'm just wondering since I don't want to go upgrade and something go wrong because they won't work with eachother
Many thanks,
~FJTheGamer

Watts of the power card/pc?
May 25, 2012 9:43:44 AM

The Computer's power rating is 280 watts, and the graphics card is 300.
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May 25, 2012 9:45:58 AM

Should be okay but i'd recodmend someone who is better than me answer.
a c 125 U Graphics card
May 25, 2012 9:49:28 AM

Hi

Both of the cards you've listed will really struggle to play any modern game, so if your upgrading because you want to play games then you've brought the wrong PC unfortunately.
However if your just interested in watching video's or blu-rays then the GT520 would be fine.
May 25, 2012 9:57:19 AM

Okay so,what's wrong with this PC and what can be changed to make it better? Proccessor,Motherboard,Etc.
(I'm FJ's friend,btw,we're chatting over skype while i type)
a b U Graphics card
May 25, 2012 10:13:18 AM

At the risk of sounding rude, it is just plain old and slow. Even my laptop is horrible at gaming and it has better specs than that computer. In order to play most games on the market at a lower resolution with the graphic settings at a moderate level, you need to spend as much on a video card as you spent on the whole computer.


a c 125 U Graphics card
May 25, 2012 10:24:05 AM

I'm not trying to be disrespectful but there's no point buying a PC if you want to upgrade the CPU, Mobo, RAM and graphics card...

Though I still don't know what you want out of the PC...
a b U Graphics card
May 25, 2012 2:46:56 PM

The gt 520 will be a huge improvement over the onboard graphics of the motherboard. You will be able to play games like Diablo3 at lower graphic settings in low resolution. Forget about playing games like skyrim or bf3. If you can upgrade the powersupply to something with a bit more power then you can get a better graphics card but then you are going to run into the issue with your cpu really bottlenecking the system. Most newer games require a minimum dual core processor and some require a quad core. Your single core running at 3GHz even with hyperthreading is going to struggle on newer games.
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