Need Tips for this Build

By Residenthalo
Oct 20, 2008
  1. Hi, right now I have a really old computer that can't handle the most recent games well at all, so basically this computer would be mainly for gaming. I'm planning to buy a new computer with a new graphics card, but I'm newbie when it comes to computers. So, right now, I've planned to buy a prebuilt PC with a good graphics card, suggested by others from different forums. These are the products I'm looking to buy:

    Prebuilt PC Presario SR5510F

    NVIDIA GeForce 8800GT - NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GT Graphics Card

    Would the PC be able to handle this card? I'm not interested in building my own computer, I'd much rather buy a prebuilt one.
    My budget is around $600-$700 USD.

    If you guys can, I would also like to know the power supply that comes with this prebuilt PC, and whether it is enough for the card to handle. I saw on the reviews for the graphics card that one person said to not even bother with using a PSU lower than 450 watts; and if the PSU really isn't sufficient, would I be able to buy a new one and install that one? Could anyone suggest a good/cheap PSU to meet the card's demands?. Thanks!
  2. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 17,233   +234

    The video card you link to is not available. OEM computers always have crippled bios and motherboards, with poor power supplies. Any quality ATX power supply, 450 watts or better would be a good upgrade. A good quality video card like the 8800 would work nicely with the upgraded power supply. Be sure to check the motherboard to see just what kind of graphics card the board will accept. I can imagine that a PCIe slot is available
  3. nickc

    nickc TechSpot Paladin Posts: 923   +11

    Tmagic650, the specs on the egg said it had a PCIe 16 slot.
  4. Residenthalo

    Residenthalo TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Wait so, basically, if I purchase that PC and that card, then I would have to purchase a stronger PSU? If so, can you please link me to an efficient/cheap PSU on Newegg? Thanks!
  5. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 17,233   +234

    You don't have to purchase a stronger PSU, but it would certainly be a wise move. Be sure you pick a quality PCIe 16 video card
  6. Residenthalo

    Residenthalo TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Wait, huh? The GeForce 8800 GT I linked to isn't good? Or do you mean something else, I'm sorry, like I said before, I'm pretty newbie at this stuff.
    And what would be the downside of keeping the default PSU?
  7. Residenthalo

    Residenthalo TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Can someone give me any feedback?
  8. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 17,233   +234

    Have you checked your Newegg link to the 8800? That particular board is no longer available. If you choose another PCIe 8800, it will do fine. Is that enough feedback?
  9. Residenthalo

    Residenthalo TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Right now I just want to know the downside of keeping a default PSU and having that card.
  10. LinkedKube

    LinkedKube TechSpot Project Baby Posts: 3,481   +44

    I'd say wait until after nov 11th for new mobo's to drop.
  11. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 17,233   +234

    Go for it!
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