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February 3, 2013 5:19:16 PM

i currently have this system:

Mainboard: Gigabyte 965P-DS3
Chipset: Intel P965
Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo E6420 @ 2133 MHz
Physical Memory: 4096 MB (2 x 2048 DDR2-SDRAM )
Video Card: NVIDIA GeForce 7600 GT
Hard Disk 1: Seagate ST32000641AS ATA Device (2000GB)
Hard Disk 2: Western Digital WD10EAVS-32D7B1 ATA Device (1000GB)

i need to buy a new graphics card for it, and since new graphics cards are way better then my old pc, a new mobo, a new cpu, new ram, new psu would be required... that's pretty much out of my current budget, but i was wondering if i could add something like this to it:

nVidia GeForce GTX650, 1024MB, GDDR5, 128bit, DVI, HDMI, PCI-E
Palit Daytona nVidia GeForce GT630, 1024MB, GDDR3, 128bit, DVI, HDMI, PCI-E

would it work toghether? do those card need anything added PSU wise (my pSU is about 3y old and is a cheap one).

basically i intend to do a full upgrade in the future and wouldn't want to spend twice on a graphics card.

what would you advise?

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a b U Graphics card
February 3, 2013 5:27:11 PM

omucusucu said:
i currently have this system:

Mainboard: Gigabyte 965P-DS3
Chipset: Intel P965
Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo E6420 @ 2133 MHz
Physical Memory: 4096 MB (2 x 2048 DDR2-SDRAM )
Video Card: NVIDIA GeForce 7600 GT
Hard Disk 1: Seagate ST32000641AS ATA Device (2000GB)
Hard Disk 2: Western Digital WD10EAVS-32D7B1 ATA Device (1000GB)

i need to buy a new graphics card for it, and since new graphics cards are way better then my old pc, a new mobo, a new cpu, new ram, new psu would be required... that's pretty much out of my current budget, but i was wondering if i could add something like this to it:

nVidia GeForce GTX650, 1024MB, GDDR5, 128bit, DVI, HDMI, PCI-E
Palit Daytona nVidia GeForce GT630, 1024MB, GDDR3, 128bit, DVI, HDMI, PCI-E

would it work toghether? do those card need anything added PSU wise (my pSU is about 3y old and is a cheap one).

basically i intend to do a full upgrade in the future and wouldn't want to spend twice on a graphics card.

what would you advise?


Anything below a GTX650 would be really slow, and I'd rather have the horsepower of a 7600GT over.

If your powersupply can handle the obnoxious strain of a 7600GT, itl make the GT6xx series look like a toaster.

Also, if you have an aftermarker CPU cooler, try overclocking that Duo, itl help alot.
a b U Graphics card
February 3, 2013 5:28:21 PM

For us to tell you if you need a new PSU, you need to list the one you have. Generally speaking though, you never want to use a "cheap power supply" in your system. Both of the cards you listed will work (any PCI express card will work) if your PSU is adequate.
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a b U Graphics card
February 3, 2013 5:29:06 PM

Hi :) 

ANY modern card would improve your gaming drastically , and you can take the card with you when you upgrade the rest...

The MORE you pay for a graphics card the better you get....

This is mine lol >>> http://www.powercolor.com/us/products_features.asp?id=4...

All the best Brett :) 
a b U Graphics card
February 3, 2013 5:40:02 PM

Hello... yes, you could use a new video card... what is your current PSU wattage?... and you have a PCIe slot? Do you have a DVI/HDMI monitor? your current PASSmark 7600 GT=195
I Upgraded all my PC's with a GTX460... bought them used on EBAY around $100... PASSmarks GTX460=2654 They allow me dual monitor operation and 1920x1080 1080P HD on seperate monitors.
The new cards require one or two 6 pin power connector... most retail boxes include a simple molex 4 pin to 6 pin adaptor... verify what you get for your needs.

PASSmarks GTX650=1794
PASSmarks GT 630=710

Don't skimp on your Video card... after all, everything you see and respond to, is on your screen, courtesy your video card.

February 3, 2013 5:52:23 PM

it says 750W, but it's a nonamer brand that also started sounding like a horn... soon i'll upgrade that too (i do have the connectors at the psu).

Mobo Expansion Slots:
1 PCI Express X16 slot
3 PCI Express X1 slot
3 PCI slots

Philips 220CW - 22 inches Monitor - it has DVI.

Thank you all for the good fast feedback ;) 

Cheers.
a b U Graphics card
February 3, 2013 6:16:07 PM

Just buy a decent graphics card that does not require an external power source.
And if im not mistaked the GTX 650 Ti is the fastest one that does not use an external power connector.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
But if you power supply does in fact have a 6 pin power connector, definetly buy a HD 7850 instead.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Note that until you upgrade your CPU, or at least heavily overclock it you will not get the most out of these cards.
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