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Can my computer handle this new graphics card?

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August 29, 2012 2:47:22 AM

Okay so i am not sure if i can handle a new video card. Here are my specs:
Motherboard: nForce 680i SLI Mainboard
Graphics card: Geforce 8800 gts
maxx wattage apparently is 500w
I have two slots. one is 18v+ rated at 18 amps and the other is 17 amps

The graphics card i want to upgrade to is the EVGA GeForce GT 640 2048MB GDDR3 Dual DVI, mHDMI Graphics Cards 02G-P4-2643-KR

found here
http://www.amazon.com/EVGA-GeForce-2048MB-Graphics-02G-...

here is the link to the one i have
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Will the new one fit?
And is it worth 100 dollars for the upgrade?
Is there another card you reccommend?
and i belive i have a PCI e slot or whatever
Thanks i really appreciate it!!!
August 29, 2012 3:06:45 AM

let me get this straight you are going to buy an expensive GPU and you are not sure you have a PCIe slot?

more than likely it will but still
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August 29, 2012 3:07:10 AM

Yes, it should work, and i think a 550 ti would give more proformance.

8800 gts power consumption to a 640 - http://www.hwcompare.com/12965/geforce-8800-gts-g80-640...

640 proformance to a 550 ti -
http://www.hwcompare.com/12836/geforce-gt-640-ddr3-vs-g...

8800gts to a 550ti - http://www.hwcompare.com/9795/geforce-8800-gts-g92-vs-g...

Spending $100 on a upgrade is up to you, i gave you the graphs to show you the proformance diffrence.
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August 29, 2012 3:10:11 AM

Okay thanks for the quick answers! I think ill go with the 550i. Is the difference in performance worth $120?
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August 29, 2012 3:11:25 AM

captaincharisma said:
let me get this straight you are going to buy an expensive GPU and you are not sure you have a PCIe slot?

more than likely it will but still


Sorry im only 17, i dont know much about computers. But given the fact the current card i have requires a pcie slot im guessing i have one.
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August 29, 2012 3:15:50 AM

Pretty much every motherboard has a Pci-e x16 slot and you need one for a video card
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August 29, 2012 3:16:16 AM

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