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    What is the best graphics card I can have with this PC

    Price is not an option just looking for the best one possible which is compatible with my new desktop I bought.

    Here is the link: direct.tesco.com/q/R…spx

    Thanks for any help.

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    It'll probably have a 375W PSU (Power Supply) which will handle an 8800GT/GTS/GS or equivalent
    Remember, the 9800GT is identical to the 8800GT apart from the name so that'll work too

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    weirdwilli;3087000

    It'll probably have a 375W PSU (Power Supply) which will handle an … It'll probably have a 375W PSU (Power Supply) which will handle an 8800GT/GTS/GS or equivalentRemember, the 9800GT is identical to the 8800GT apart from the name so that'll work too



    Thanks for the reply Im a bit of a desktop noob had laptops all life so not use to buying new parts please could you link me to the cheapest places to buy from?

    Erm, ebuyer.com is quite cheap, and they have fantastic customer services!

    I have just ordered one of these ]8800gt from ebuyer seems like a good deal.

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    Does this mean that my PSU is 250W and that I will need to upgrade it to run a 8800.

    http://i37.tinypic.com/2whl3sj.jpg

    Right click and save and zoom if you cant see clear enough cheers.

    hello55060;3088204

    Does this mean that my PSU is 250W and that I will need to upgrade it to … Does this mean that my PSU is 250W and that I will need to upgrade it to run a 8800.Right click and save and zoom if you cant see clear enough cheers.



    Yeah, your PSU only provides 16A on the +12V lines (+12V1 and +12V2) and for the 8800GT 26A is recommended so a new power supply will definitely be needed.

    You've got a PCI-E 16x slot so once you've replaced the power supply the only thing that may limit your choice of cards is that the higher-end cards tend to be very long and in some cases the drive bays can get in the way and restrict you to shorter cards. The 8800GT and similar (4850, 4870, 9800GTX+ etc.) are about 9-9.5 inches long while the really top-end cards range from 11-13 inches.

    If you've got enough clearance there's nothing to stop you choosing which ever graphics card you like, a GTX 280 or 4870X2 would work fine, although with your slower CPU they won't be quite as fast as the benchmarks.

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    EndlessWaves;3088323

    Yeah, your PSU only provides 16A on the +12V lines (+12V1 and +12V2) and … Yeah, your PSU only provides 16A on the +12V lines (+12V1 and +12V2) and for the 8800GT 26A is recommended so a new power supply will definitely be needed.You've got a PCI-E 16x slot so once you've replaced the power supply the only thing that may limit your choice of cards is that the higher-end cards tend to be very long and in some cases the drive bays can get in the way and restrict you to shorter cards. The 8800GT and similar (4850, 4870, 9800GTX+ etc.) are about 9-9.5 inches long while the really top-end cards range from 11-13 inches.If you've got enough clearance there's nothing to stop you choosing which ever graphics card you like, a GTX 280 or 4870X2 would work fine, although with your slower CPU they won't be quite as fast as the benchmarks.



    Hmm thanks for that info I may be tempted to take it back then because of that.

    May get my friend just to buld me one because I paid £400 for it (base unit only no monitor) and seems I need to buy a new PSU which looking on ebuyer is around £50 and a graphics card around £50 aswell so about £500 in total for a good pc when i imagine you could buy all the parts cheaper. Or I guess I could sell the old parts I wont use and hopefully get a bit of money back.

    What would you reccomend, do you recon it would work out cheaper if It was built from scratch? Or just buy those parts and sell the old ones.

    I dont want an all out gaming pc but I would one which could run games like crysis on medium settings no problems. Seems like at the moment my laptop which has 4gb ram, intel dual 2 core 2.00ghz, 320gb hard drive, 256mb nvidia 8600gt is better for games than this new desktop.

    hello55060;3088403

    Hmm thanks for that info I may be tempted to take it back then because of … Hmm thanks for that info I may be tempted to take it back then because of that.May get my friend just to buld me one because I paid £400 for it (base unit only no monitor) and seems I need to buy a new PSU which looking on ebuyer is around £50 and a graphics card around £50 aswell so about £500 in total for a good pc when i imagine you could buy all the parts cheaper. Or I guess I could sell the old parts I wont use and hopefully get a bit of money back.What would you reccomend, do you recon it would work out cheaper if It was built from scratch? Or just buy those parts and sell the old ones.I dont want an all out gaming pc but I would one which could run games like crysis on medium settings no problems. Seems like at the moment my laptop which has 4gb ram, intel dual 2 core 2.00ghz, 320gb hard drive, 256mb nvidia 8600gt is better for games than this new desktop.



    You wouldn't need to spend £50 on a PSU to power a graphics card that only costs £50, £30 would be closer to the mark.

    Your laptop itself is fairly good as it is, and if you're only looking to spend £400 you may be disappointed how much extra performance the desktop will have over the laptop, I guess your laptop will play crysis on medium with no problems so would hooking up the desktop monitor, keyboard and mouse to it be an option?

    If you do want a seperate desktop you could have a look at the Tesco Dell Quad-core deal at £300 as it's PSU can apparently support an 8800GT (~£80) and that will handle crysis on medium (dependant on resolution of course).

    At this sort of price you're generally better off buying, since if you build you have to use cheap components (which don't get reviews) so it's very hard to tell which are the bargains and which are just poor quality.
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