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Upgrade to GTX 480 help needed

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October 25, 2012 10:14:03 AM

Heya guys,
im currently in the process to upgrading my PC
but i dont know if i can just buy a good card & stick it in? i have an average system... Foxconn G31 board, E2100 1.8 Duel Core CPU, 450 watt p/s 4gig 800 DDR 2 Ram, GTS 450 card. about 5 fans (2800 rpm) 1 12 cm fan. Windows 7, 64 bit..
so here's what i want to know, if i this setup can run a GTX 480. or should i just get another GTS 450 n power supply? which will cost about the same as me buying the GTX 480 on E-bay or some? because the PC shops in my area is damn expensive to buy any components n stuff...
or else i can just get the G640 CPU w intel 1155 board 8 gig Ram. & just stay with the GTS 450?
come to think of it I haven't seen a shop sell a board that has 2x PCI E16 pins. unless ya order it :??: 

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a c 132 U Graphics card
October 25, 2012 10:22:14 AM

Well first let me ask you this what would your budget be if you were to upgrade to a new system.

Also as a side note keep in mind that a gtx480 is older and you can get more performance from a 600 series with quite a bit less power draw which your 450 watt power supply would be insufficient for.
October 25, 2012 10:32:16 AM

It would be about 3000 Rands.
Ive seen the price of a GTX 480 on E-bay 200$
& a 650watt p/s for 22$
The prices from shops in my area are,
Intel Pentium G620 LGA 1155 2.6 Ghz 3MB @ 599
Foxconn H61MX LGA1155 2nd Gen Core MBoard HDMI VGA DVI @450
2 x Dynet Memory 4G DDR3 @ 560
GTS 450 @ 1300
GTX560ti @2600
so what do you think??
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a c 132 U Graphics card
October 25, 2012 10:40:48 AM

Well I don't know the specifics I'll try and break this down before I go to bed and maybe others can jump in to help. I'm not sure what currency rands are.

You can get a better graphics card for 200 and I wouldn't bother buying a card off ebay because you'd like some warranty and the 480 is 2 generations behind.

Also I don't know the make model or amps for the 650 watt power supply and power supplies are something you never ever ever ever go cheap on.

Also I'm unclear about the ram @560 very cheap and dynet sounds like a offbrand that I wouldn't trust.
October 25, 2012 11:18:11 AM

sorry my bad... the p/s is from ebay (PoWork GOLD ATX 12CM Fan 650W Silent Power Supply w/20-24pin SATA PCI-E--NEW) same specs as what id pay about 82$ my side...
as for Ram theres only 2 options i have here Dynet or Zeppelin...
i know the 480 is outdated, but looking at whats affordable it does works out cheaper.
& the place that selling the card is called "" (Evga GTX 480 @199$ w/shipping)
oh 8 Rands = 1$... so buying online is cheaper than buying from my area
a c 164 U Graphics card
October 25, 2012 11:57:24 AM

I wouldn't pair an E2100 up with a GTX480. No way. I'd see about dropping in a Q6600 and OC it at least to 3.0GHz. Then you can get a GTX480, GTX570, GTX650TI, etc.
October 25, 2012 12:44:14 PM

sorry its the E2160. 1.8 duo core . (im at work so im just thinking off hand)
but i can pick up a 2.66 d/c would that be fine, to use with my current set up n the 480?
a c 164 U Graphics card
October 26, 2012 3:34:50 AM

I'd go quad. The closer to 3.0GHz+ the better.
a c 132 U Graphics card
October 26, 2012 3:57:29 AM

yea I would agree with the quad core 3.0 ghz and a quad core puts you around a core i5.
October 26, 2012 7:04:19 AM

ok so i-series it is... you guys know of any good reputable stores that offer low shipping rates, where i can get an i5?
a c 164 U Graphics card
October 26, 2012 7:12:36 AM

Usually newegg. Might want to check shops. If you buy a new Intel core series CPU you'll need to buy a new motherboard and ram as well. You don't need to do all that, just get a Q6x00, Q8x00 or Q9x00. Get it as close to 3GHz as your G31 board allows.
a c 132 U Graphics card
October 26, 2012 7:18:17 AM I primarily order from them I get great service from them and have for about 10 years now way back when amd was on top of the market :p  socket 939 if you wanna know how old that is you can look it up :p 
NCIX: They are primarily a Canadian store but they have a US site.

Caution with motherboards: be careful what chipset you get because with ivy bridge you can run into a situation where you would need to flash your bios to be able to use the cpu. So I would recommend to be safe to either get a z68 board or or a z75/z77 board.

Here is a list of core i5's on

My Rig

Intel Core i5 2500k
Asrock Z68 EXTREME4 Gen 3
Gigabyte GeForce GTX 670 2GB OC
Corsair Vengeance DDR3 1600 8GB (2x4)
Creative Soundblaster X-Fi Titanium Fatality Professional
Samsung 830 256GB SATA III SSD
Seagate Barracuda 500 GB SATA II
LG 12x Super Multi Blue WH12LS38
CM Storm Sniper
Corsair AX850 PSU
Corsair Hydro H100
October 29, 2012 12:22:38 PM

I've spoken to the guys from newegg they dont do international shipping.. so that takes them out o the Q..
ill still get the 650watts p/s from e-bay. & also seen some 3.0ghz cpu's there also...
any other sites to get the graphic card?