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Upgrading to a new GPU

Hi everyone, i came here because of your excellent advice and knowledge. I am wanting to upgrade my GPU to something better than my current one, I have a semi-old computer and want to get the most out of it that i can.

Gateway GT5220
AMD Athlon® 64 X2 3800+, dual core processor
2560MB DDR2 memory
250 GB 7200 RPM HD
PCI-Express ×16
Nvidia GeForce 8600 GT
Dynex 400w PSU DX-400WPS
1920X1080 monitor

I was thinking along the lines of something like this, or maybe a 2GB card if my computer could handle it, i have a budget of 80$


GIGABYTE GV-N430OC-1GL GeForce GT 430 (Fermi) 1GB 128-bit DDR3
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125346

What do you think?
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  1. Not bad? but you should go with Radeon 6670 its better and faster alot faster and also its available in 512mb and 1gb versions and its about 80$ and it uses gddr5 memory "newegg" http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161375
  2. and 6670 is small so it will fit in your case and it uses small amout of power 85w
  3. I agree with MJoob.
  4. My current card Height is 4.3 inches, or 11.1cm, which looks like the limit as that is where the mounting bracket is located to screw it into place. Will the card you listed at 5.12 inches fit into my mini tower?
  5. Good advice by MJoob, but really go with 6670 or something better. GT430 will barely be an upgrade from the GT520. They have almost the same performance.
  6. That linked card will not fit. This one, however, will:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102958&Tpk=HD%206670

    And yes, it's much faster than GT 430.
  7. Sunius that looks like a great card from the reviews, i may consider purchasing that one
  8. Glad I helped :).
  9. Actually at a Height of 2.44" the low profile bracket would be too short would it not? The Full profile bracket that is included with it would be the one i would use?
  10. Well, you said you had a slim case, that's why I linked a low profile card. Either way, one of those two included brackets WILL fit.
  11. I have a mini tower, and the full profile bracket looks like it will work, the one you suggested still looks like the best choice
  12. Yea it may be, but it will be louder than let's say this full height card:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127586
  13. Yea i looked at that card, the only problem is that it is too wide and will run into my CPU heatsink
  14. The fan will be faced AWAY from your CPU fan. So there's no way it will hit it.
  15. Negative, it will be pointing towards my CPU.
  16. glix said:
    Negative, it will be pointing towards my CPU.


    The layout of the motherboard does not allow that. The GPU fan always faces away from the CPU cooler.
  17. Well then mine is a freak because my current GPU is facing the heatsink. motherboard model c51pvgm-gb

    the fan doesnt directly face infront of it but its on the same side
  18. Yea what the guy above said. The card in the picture is actually upside down.
  19. glix said:
    Well then mine is a freak because my current GPU is facing the heatsink. motherboard model c51pvgm-gb

    the fan doesnt directly face infront of it but its on the same side

    Mind taking picture of that?
  20. yea give me about 10mins
  21. http://www.vivotechnology.net/p-14023-4006136r-refurbished-gateway-gt5220-desktop-motherboard-c51pvgm-gb.aspx

    If this is in fact the same board it is a weird layout, but its gateway, and that explains why. Talk about a messed up design.
  22. Best answer
    Yea you're right. You need a single slot card. So yea, this card is the best option.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102958

    P. S. You've got some nasty cable work there :O.
  23. yea its all over the place i need to get some ties lol

    and do you think the full profile bracket will fit?
  24. Yes it will. Your old card is full profile.
  25. Alright perfect, thanks for all of your help, I really appreciate it.
  26. Glad I helped ;).
  27. Best answer selected by glix.
  28. I would look at upgrading your RAM a bit too.
  29. running windows xp, max ram is 3gb if im not mistaken

    or do you mean ddr3 ram?
  30. You should upgrade windows along with RAM :D Some new games don't even support windows XP (namely Battlefield 3, Need for Speed: The Run, etc).
  31. i had a pirated version of windows 7, downgraded when i formated and used the backup partition to reinstall xp, i might get 7 again however for a better directx version
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