My friend built me a budget rig about 6 months ago. Now i would like to upgrade my graphics card because my card geforce 9500gt is a bit slow when playing modern games. Here is a link to its unimpressive specs
However i only have a 450W power supply and a relatively cheap motherboard .
Here are the specs for the motherboard. regarding the graphics card slots. A lot of the graphics cards i looked at need 3.0 or 2.1 slots or something so i thought i should check what will work with your lot.
Actually, What exactly is the PSU? Some PSU are labeled 450W, but burn out when doing 300W Load. If your PSU is fine (yes your Motherboard seems fine), I recommend this 6850 for the £100. I wonder why it is very cheap but should be a good deal.
Here is the power supply ( i didn't buy it from here but i think its the same one).
Upon further research i found out you need 2x 6-Pin PCI-E Power connectors required for the one jcurry23 suggested but i think i only have 1 . It appears as though some models do need 2 and some don't does anyone have any clarification ?
I suggest changing the PSU. What budget can you put?
Well i was really hoping i didn't have to change the psu aswell. I suppose i have a £40 budget for psu but i would really like to avoid buying one if i can get away with my current one since my system isn't massively power hungry.
Or maybe there is a slightly worse card that i could get that doesn't need a new psu ?
In the end i bought a 550 watt corsair psu for £35.
The 6850 went up in price just before i was about to buy, i waited a couple of weeks but it didn't go down again so i spent £10 more and got a XFX 6870.