Help with replacement graphics card?

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Found 13th Dec 2010
Hi there, need to get a replacement graphics card for my pc. Was just going to do a straight swap, but would maybe like to upgrade a little if I can. The problem is, I have no clue what to look for... lol.

I have a Dell Vostro 410 pc, Intel core quad Q9300 @ 2.50GHz, 4 gig of ram running Vista. I know I need to think about the power supply too, but unsure how to check this.

The pc came with a Geforce 8800GT with 512MB ram, Can I upgrade to anything better? Really have no clue about different types of cards and motherboards.

Sorry if I've missed out any info, not too sure about the insides of pc's... lol

Any help appreciated

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If youre PC came with a 8800gt then the power supply should be ok for a small upgrade,The question is what is the reason you want to upgrade and how much do you want to spend,

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snowtiger

I found this helpful when I replaced … I found this helpful when I replaced ;http://www.itreviews.co.uk/guide/hguide6.htm



Thanks will have a read of that

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tonyg1962

If youre PC came with a 8800gt then the power supply should be ok for a … If youre PC came with a 8800gt then the power supply should be ok for a small upgrade,The question is what is the reason you want to upgrade and how much do you want to spend,



Just some of the games we want to play are very system hogging, so thought an upgrade might help. As for budget, really unsure tbh, don't even know how much a straight swap would be, lol. Would £100 be enough? Or would that not even get me a replacement? lol


Just had a google and I can see some 8800gt's at about £70, ranging up to £170 not sure if they are different cards. Wish I knew what I was doing! lol

I think as far as budget goes, if a straight swap will cost X amount, but an upgrade will cost say £40 more we'll go for it if the upgrade is significant enough.
Edited by: "ChipSticks" 13th Dec 2010

you can get a Asus GeForce GTX 460 TOP 768MB from Scan today only for £105 which would be a massive upgrade ,Your PSU might be powerful enough but if it isnt you could get a suitable one for £35

The GTX 460 also needs supplementry power connectors will your PSU have these

Im a Dell 410 user too, all be it mine has had a few upgrades

All your components are the same as mine originally were so im going to guess everything is the same. In which case an 8800GT standard replacement is good but ive noticed mine is beginning to fall behind, not maxing out all games so an upgrade could be good for a little bit of future proofing. With graphics cards you cant really future proof as they always change but you could get a little more umph for the near future.

Bear in mind though that beefier cards probably will require more power and as standard the 410 only has a 350w power supply so you might need to upgrade that too. Thankfully this dell is standardised though so you don't need a special Dell PSU like you would in yesteryear.

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newbie1001

The GTX 460 also needs supplementry power connectors will your PSU have … The GTX 460 also needs supplementry power connectors will your PSU have these



erm, no idea? What would I be looking for?


Thanks for all the help guys, really appreciated

ChipSticks

erm, no idea? What would I be looking for?Thanks for all the help guys, … erm, no idea? What would I be looking for?Thanks for all the help guys, really appreciated



The connector will be in a format of 2 rows of 3 on top of each other with the low wattage though the chances are it won't have one

Edited by: "newbie1001" 13th Dec 2010

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newbie1001

The connector will be in a format of 2 rows of 3 on top of each other … The connector will be in a format of 2 rows of 3 on top of each other with the low wattage though the chances are it won't have one

sorry for delay replying, been crimbo shopping (urghh)

Had a look at the card and yes it does have the power connector already, so does that mean a straight swap would work (cpu dependant) ?

The recommended minimum PSU for an 8800GT is 450W and so I'm slightly surprised you only have a 350W. (Thinking about it, this may be why your graphic card failed). Unfortunately, any worthwhile graphic card upgrade is likely to require 450W or more. The obvious ATI choice would be a 5770 and the obvious Nvidia choice is a 460, both of which which need a 450W PSU. Given that you have been running the 8800GT successfully you might want to chance it with one of these 2 cards. With the power connector you have, it should be a straight swap out. If it gives stability problems, you can then upgrade the PSU later.

If you shop around, you can pick up the 5770 for just under £100 and the 460 for just over £100.
Edited by: "Lowtrawler" 13th Dec 2010

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Just had a look on Scan, can't find the Asus GeForce GTX 460 TOP 768MB for £105? Can anyone link me to it pretty please

ChipSticks

Just had a look on Scan, can't find the Asus GeForce GTX 460 TOP 768MB … Just had a look on Scan, can't find the Asus GeForce GTX 460 TOP 768MB for £105? Can anyone link me to it pretty please



It's no longer available, the deals change every day at around 1.00pm. However, the good 460 deals come up quite regularly. Suggest you keep an eye on the todayonly page and perhaps do a price search through google.

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dcx_badass

This is a really good … This is a really good deal:[url=http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B003VJW0WS/ref=nosim/?tag=hotukdeals-21]http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B003VJW0WS/ref=nosim/?tag=hotukdeals-21[/url]TBH I think you'll need a new PSU for any upgrade really.



Bum. Might have to go down that route then.

Just noticed in the details of that card "Two additional power connectors" I presume that's a requirement, the card I had only had one additional power cable, so that's gonna be a mission I guess?

What is the 12v+ output on your current PSU? Has the 8800GT stopped working, as it may not be the card that is the issue but the PSU may have degraded over time and being highly stressed.

Is this an urgent swap or can you wait? I believe Nvidia are releasing their 500 series cards early in the new year. They should be better than current offerings with a similar price point while using less power. Otherwise I would agree with DCX, just upgrade the PSU and get the 460.
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