Can I get any video card?

By Dembtist
Dec 23, 2011
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  1. I have a pci express x 16, so does that mean I can buy any high tech GPU and just stick it to my computer? what are somethings I need to know before I buy a new video card?
  2. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,689   +395

    In a word, yes. As long as its a PCIe card.

    Things to consider:
    Size of your case (physically), a lot of high end cards are huge, so if you don't have much room your card may run into your hard drive cages..
    The power requirements of the card, high end cards take lots of power. Make sure you have a solid PSU.
  3. hellokitty[hk]

    hellokitty[hk] Hello, nice to meet you! Posts: 3,433   +143

    Also cooling and your CPU must be able to keep up.
    I saw that you posted on another thread concerning the 7970; are you planning to upgrade your computer?
  4. Relic

    Relic TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,379   +16

    Also make sure you have a balanced setup. No use in getting something like a Radeon 7970 come next month or a GTX 580 to play let's say World of Warcraft @ 1440x900. Share some more information with us and we can give you some options.

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