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Phurrior
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Important questions regarding to upgrading of graphics card

Hello all,
I'm using a M9340F desktop PC and I was wondering whether is it a good idea to upgrade my graphics card to a better one. I'm looking for an affordable graphics card which is able to play games such as the upcoming Starcraft 2. Please help.

Thanks! :smileyhappy: 

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1ke
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Re: Important questions regarding to upgrading of graphics card

9800GT, 4850

 

What resolution is your monitor?

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Re: Important questions regarding to upgrading of graphics card

I have a HP w2228h monitor with resolution of 1680 x 1050 @ 60 Hz

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Re: Important questions regarding to upgrading of graphics card

My prior post stands.  You can also try an ATI 5770 depending on how much money you want to spend.

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Alright thanks! However, i have one last question to ask and I hope you won't mind answering.

My question is:
I have discovered that my desktop processor is Core 2 Quad Q8200 (Y) 2.33 GHz (95W) 

    1333 MHz front side busSocket 775 and 4GB of RAM. So, even if I upgrade my graphics card to a much better one, will my processor be able to withstand its power and avoid bottlenecking? Or should I upgrade to a better processor? 
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What is the wattage of your power supply? You'll need 600 watt power supply with the proper 12+ volt amperage rating.

 

The M9340F has the same motherboard as my m9200t system.  Hold off on the CPU upgrade until you get your video card running. Most games and HD video processing need excellent video processing to perform well.

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I would firstly like to apologize for the error in my first post. My desktop is a HP Pavilion Elite m9490d and not the m9340F desktop PC.

 

I have a 300W power supply. I have no problem in getting a new power supply but what power supply should I get? 
Also, what you meant in your previous post is you want me not to upgrade the CPU yet until i test the new graphics card? 

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Re: Important questions regarding to upgrading of graphics card

9800GT still stands as your best option.  Its cheap and powerful.  Its always good to switch to something better than the stock PSU and something with a little bit more power.

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1ke wrote:

9800GT still stands as your best option.  Its cheap and powerful.  Its always good to switch to something better than the stock PSU and something with a little bit more power.


What other graphics card you would recommend if budget is a no problem for me? 
Thanks! 

 

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Re: Important questions regarding to upgrading of graphics card

Depends on your CPU.  What processor are yo using?

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