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What's the best graphics upgrade for my system?

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November 12, 2012 8:51:21 AM

Hi People! .. I currently have a Nvidia GeForce 9600 GT graphics card and I want to upgrade it to the best one my system can handle with a HDMI connection on it. Here are my system Specs

Intel core 2 Quad Processor

4GB Ram

1 TB hard drive

Nvidia GeForce 9600 GT Graphics Card

Motherboard is PCI Express/ PCI E




Your help would be much appreciated. :) 
a b U Graphics card
November 12, 2012 10:18:37 AM

As long as you have a PCIe x16 slot you can really upgrade to any graphics card on the market as long as your power supply can handle it. If you are going for gaming on the Nvidia side I would go for a GTX 660 Ti or a GTX 670, on the AMD side I would go for an HD 7870 or 7950. If it is just for home media, or work like photoshop, video editing, etc, than I would go for a GT 650 or GTX 660 on the Nvidia side, or a HD 7770 or HD 7850 on the AMD side. The choices are yours, check that your current PSU can handle any of these cards (make sure it has the proper PCIe power connectors, and that it meets the minimum requirements)
November 12, 2012 10:34:52 AM

scorpinock2 said:
As long as you have a PCIe x16 slot you can really upgrade to any graphics card on the market as long as your power supply can handle it. If you are going for gaming on the Nvidia side I would go for a GTX 660 Ti or a GTX 670, on the AMD side I would go for an HD 7870 or 7950. If it is just for home media, or work like photoshop, video editing, etc, than I would go for a GT 650 or GTX 660 on the Nvidia side, or a HD 7770 or HD 7850 on the AMD side. The choices are yours, check that your current PSU can handle any of these cards (make sure it has the proper PCIe power connectors, and that it meets the minimum requirements)



Cheers mate this helped a lot :) 
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a c 291 U Graphics card
November 12, 2012 10:35:10 AM

I agree with the above. Intel Core 2 Quad will not bottleneck even the newest of the cards much, and if it does, just bump the clock up a bit.

Better question would be your budget :) .
November 12, 2012 10:36:36 AM

Sunius said:
I agree with the above. Intel Core 2 Quad will not bottleneck even the newest of the cards much, and if it does, just bump the clock up a bit.

Better question would be your budget :) .



My budget is around the £200
a c 291 U Graphics card
November 12, 2012 11:04:22 AM

Could you open up your PC and check the sticker of your power supply unit for its wattage, brand and model? Also, what do you intend to do with the PC after it is upgraded (play games, watch movies, etc.)?
November 12, 2012 3:54:21 PM

Philips Freevents HEPC 7501/05

The output power of the PSU is 420 watts

i intend to play High end games and install a Blu Ray drive.

Sunius said:
Could you open up your PC and check the sticker of your power supply unit for its wattage, brand and model? Also, what do you intend to do with the PC after it is upgraded (play games, watch movies, etc.)?
a c 291 U Graphics card
November 12, 2012 5:53:35 PM

Looks like that power supply is a generic unit and is unsuitable for a powerful graphics card. Therefore, I suggest you get this combo:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 660 2GB Video Card (£166.39 @ Scan.co.uk)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply (£43.98 @ Overclockers.co.uk)
Total: £210.37
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-12 19:54 GMT+0000)
November 12, 2012 9:26:59 PM

Cheers mate i appreciate it :) 
a c 291 U Graphics card
November 13, 2012 3:17:41 AM

No problem :) .
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