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Old September 22, 2011, 04:30 AM
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I am looking for a new graphics card although I don't want to spend much money on it and I don't want to upgrade other components. Well, maybe memory but that's it.

Currently I have a 8800GT. My motherboard is a Asus IPIBL-LB (I know it's not impressive but my PC is 5 years old)

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I was thinking of going for a GeForce 300 series although I am not sure how to check if any of these cards are compatible with my motherboard.

Can anyone help?
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Old September 22, 2011, 04:46 AM
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What's your CPU and PSU?
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Old September 22, 2011, 04:47 AM
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I hate to burst your bubble, but the nVidia 300 series was pretty exclusive to laptops and OEM's. It's also EOL'd

Whats the specs on your system? What resolution/games do you hope to play? where are you buying from and what is your budget?
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Old September 22, 2011, 05:17 AM
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I have an Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 2.4 GHz. PSU is 550 watt.

Budget is pretty low, I don't want to spend more than $150.

It's okay, I don't need a 300 series card, I can also settle for something lower or something that's better than the 8800GT.
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Old September 22, 2011, 05:50 AM
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If you're okay with buying second-hand, you can grab a good GTX460 1GB for 120-130$. If you're below 1080p, get the 768MB version for 20$ less.
Other options - HD5850, GTX285(but no DX11 then).
If you want only new, then look for a GTX560 non-TI, or a good non-reference 6850 (their reference versions run hot and loud).
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Old September 22, 2011, 06:13 AM
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If you're okay with buying second-hand, you can grab a good GTX460 1GB for 120-130$. If you're below 1080p, get the 768MB version for 20$ less.
Other options - HD5850, GTX285(but no DX11 then).
If you want only new, then look for a GTX560 non-TI, or a good non-reference 6850 (their reference versions run hot and loud).
I don't need 1080p, I don't think my monitor can support that in the first place.

Say I go for the GTX460, is it compatible with my mobo? How can I see that?
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Old September 22, 2011, 06:19 AM
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PCI-E x16, that's all you need, doesn't even have to be the 2.0 version.
Ah, and two 6-pin connectors from the PSU :)
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Old September 22, 2011, 06:38 AM
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PCI-E x16, that's all you need, doesn't even have to be the 2.0 version.
Ah, and two 6-pin connectors from the PSU :)
OK excellent! Thanks! One more thing, will the 550 watt be enough or is it recommended to get some more power, say 650/700 watt?
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Old September 22, 2011, 06:43 AM
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You should be fine with 550W for a power supply, though if its one of those generic ones that come with pre-built systems you would be better advised to upgrading that as well to a reliable brand such as corsair, seasonic or xfx
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Old September 22, 2011, 07:39 AM
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To Echo Arinoths words a check of what PSU it is (or even a picture would help) to ensure its a good one to power a better card.

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