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Is the GTX 660 Ti ok with Intel Core 2 Quad CPU @ 2.4 GHz

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December 1, 2012 6:28:28 AM

Hi, my first post here...

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: the sooner the better

BUDGET RANGE: $350 - $450 (GPU, RAM, PSU)

USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming [Far Cry 3, Assassin’s Creed III, Call of Duty: Black Ops II, current demanding games at full settings], watching movies, etc.

CURRENT GPU AND POWER SUPPLY: 256MB NVIDIA GeForce 8600GT, 375W PSU that will be changed to accommodate new GPU. At least 450W.

OTHER RELEVANT SYSTEM SPECS: Dell Dimension 9200(DXP061) w/ Intel Core 2 Quad CPU Q6600 @ 2.4 GHz, 3GB DDR2 SDRAM @ 667MHz - 2x512MB, 2x1GB(prob bump to 4GB @ 800 MHz - 4x1GB), PCI x1, x8 (x4 electrically) and x16 1.0a slots, Vista Home Pemium SP2 32-bit,

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: ?? COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: Canada

PARTS PREFERENCES: looking for something in a GTX

OVERCLOCKING: No / Maybe SLI OR CROSSFIRE: No

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1440x900 native but replacing – not sure when, may be 6+ months..

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I'm looking at the GeForce GTX 660 Ti but I’m concerned about buying something bigger than my system will run.
How does the CPU factor into the equation?
Will my CPU be okay, is the GTX 660 Ti ok with Intel Core 2 Quad CPU @ 2.4 GHz? If not, any recommendations?
Will PCI-e 1.1a be an issue?

Thanks so much for the help.
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December 1, 2012 6:44:02 AM

I would say that you need an upgrade. I would say that you should look into spending that money on a budget system.

CPU:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Motherboard:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GPU:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

The total is 409.95$

With the MIR 379.95

This system would run all the games you want to play fine, especially at the resolution your playing at.

Here is a case that would is really good and at a really low price. If you would want to purchase that as well.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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a b U Graphics card
December 1, 2012 7:19:38 AM

I hate to say it, but you should sell what you got and buy a new system. You could build a decent one for $500/600. Your system is outdated, especially for gaming. Is it possible to sell and build a computer yourself?

Can the 660ti fit in your Dell?
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December 2, 2012 9:09:41 PM

I was definitely expecting to hear the word "upgrade" or "new" especially with the amount I'm willing to spend so I'm not surprised. It's just that I’m hoping to buy a new system in about 6 months and was just looking for something in the interim.

I’m not positive if the GTX 660 Ti will fit yet, there’s a box/can that holds six hard drives that eats up a lot of space and a card tensioner thing that might be an issue, but I’m not sure yet I can’t seem to get any time right now to check in to it. I might have to go to a smaller card but it sounds like the bigger problem is changing out the PSU.

Oh well, I’m glad I found this forum, I guess I’ll hold out for now. Thanks a lot for your time guys.

Actually, a little off topic but what are your thoughts on Alienware products? In particular one of Dells Alienwares Aurora ALX desktops?

Thanks again.
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a b U Graphics card
December 2, 2012 9:19:00 PM

Eer Alien ware, most computer builders hate those pre built companies, they charge way to much, and they'll throw in the cheapest crap they can get. For laptops it's one thing, but for desktops, your so much better off building your own.
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December 3, 2012 8:23:57 AM

You could buy a prebuilt (with compromises) for ex. $1200. If you built that same system yourself it would cost $1000. It's much cheaper to build it yourself. Most stores will put it together for a small fee.
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December 4, 2012 6:15:05 PM

Thanks a lot guys, I really appreciate the help. I'm sure you'll be hearing from me soon, if and I'm sure I will, have questions about my new build.

Thanks again.
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December 4, 2012 6:17:04 PM

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December 4, 2012 11:18:04 PM

ucd said:
Thanks a lot guys, I really appreciate the help. I'm sure you'll be hearing from me soon, if and I'm sure I will, have questions about my new build.

Thanks again.

Tomshardware is good for building advice. When you do want to purchase a computer you should pick parts and ask people to comment on your build. You'll learn a lot. Andddon't be hasty.
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