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    Will i be able to use this graphics card?

    alot of new or newish games on my computer dont really work very well so i think its time to invest in a new graphics card and i was thinking a nvidia geforce 8600. all i want to know is if that card will work or if theres any better ones out there my price range is about £100 - £120

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    System Serial Number: 910300800600N264506001
    Enclosure Type: Desktop
    Processor a Main Circuit Board b
    3.20 gigahertz Intel Pentium 4
    16 kilobyte primary memory cache
    2048 kilobyte secondary memory cache Board: DIXONSXP RC4107MA-RS2H
    Serial Number: UYCF64306688
    Bus Clock: 200 megahertz
    BIOS: Phoenix Technologies, LTD 6.00 PG 09/05/2006
    Drives Memory Modules c,d
    75.51 Gigabytes Usable Hard Drive Capacity
    4.41 Gigabytes Hard Drive Free Space

    IDE-DVD DVDRW8801 [CD-ROM drive]

    Generic USB CF Reader USB Device [Hard drive] -- drive 2
    Generic USB MS Reader USB Device [Hard drive] -- drive 4
    Generic USB SD Reader USB Device [Hard drive] -- drive 1
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    WDC WD800BB-00JHC0 [Hard drive] (80.03 GB) -- drive 0, s/n WD-WMAM9DH49988, rev 05.01C05, SMART Status: Healthy 960 Megabytes Installed Memory

    Slot 'A0' has 512 MB
    Slot 'A1' has 512 MB
    Slot 'A2' is Empty
    Slot 'A3' is Empty
    Local Drive Volumes

    graphics card:

    name: ATI RADEON XPRESS 200 SERIES
    Manufacturer: ATI technologies inc.
    Chip Type: ATI RADEON XPRESS SERIES (0x5A61)
    DAC type: Internal DAC (400MHz)
    Approx total momory: 64.0 MB


    sorry if this is not enough infomation im not the best at these sort of things. but i will post what is needed.

    all answers will be appreciated thank you
    Last edited by Bacon!; 02-10-2007 at 04:57 PM.

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    Re: Will i be able to use this graphics card?

    Probably the one thing you didn't tell us is whether it has an AGP or PCI-e slot for the graphics card. If it's an AGP slot, then no luck for the geForce 8600.

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    Re: Will i be able to use this graphics card?

    oh sorry its a PCI-e

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    Re: Will i be able to use this graphics card?

    I'm no expert on this, but for that money (and the fact that you're using XP), I'd go for a top-end direct-X 9 card, rather than a mid-range direct-x 10 card. The only difficulty is finding a shop that is still stocking them. You'll certainly be able to get a decent one for £120 if you can.

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    Re: Will i be able to use this graphics card?

    Well you could definetly go for a X1950 XT or Pro, XT bieng the better card, for around £100. Alot faster than an 8600. Any chance you know your PSU?

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    Re: Will i be able to use this graphics card?

    ill check, or i will atempt to at least

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    Re: Will i be able to use this graphics card?

    urm im not to sure considering i dont really understand the PSU but there was a sticker on it which said 18A if that helps

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    Re: Will i be able to use this graphics card?

    I would also invest in some more RAM....1GB is absolute minimum in todays games and that motherboard is probably (please check first!) DDR1.....If it is, you can pick up another gig very cheap from ppl switching to DDR2.
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    Re: Will i be able to use this graphics card?

    Quote Originally Posted by Bacon! View Post
    urm im not to sure considering i dont really understand the PSU but there was a sticker on it which said 18A if that helps
    Good point about the PSU tigerboyce!

    There should be a sticker on it somewhere that tells you what wattages/current it can output on certain voltage rails... if you can't provide that, then just an overall wattage figure would probablyl do.

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    Re: Will i be able to use this graphics card?

    PSU looks a bit weak. I would stick with ATI/AMD as you can use 'surroundview'. This is an option in the BIOS to enable multiple monitors. (up to 3)

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