Worth Upgrading from 7300 gs?

By mica3speedy
Jun 23, 2007
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  1. Currently running Vista with a egforce 7300 gs 256mb. Looking to see if it would be worth while to upgrade to something like the 8600 series or something else. Also not sure if I should stay in the 256mb or go up to 320mb. Any suggestions would be helpful

    1. Currently playing oblivion, C & C 3, and GTR2. Wife plays sims 2. I've been out of the pc gaming bit for a while but coming back to it.

    2. Budget is $150-$200 range

    3. Power supply is cooler master RP-550-PCAR with 12v1 @ 16a, 12v2 @16a

    4.
    1. Motherboard - p5n32-e sli
    2. Graphic interface -pci express x16
    3. Memory - dual channel ddr 2 2048MB
    4. CPU - Intel Core 2 e6700
    5. CPU Speed -2.66GHz
    6. Power Supply Make/Model - Cooler master RP-550-PCAR
    7. Watt output/Amperage - 550W
  2. LinkedKube

    LinkedKube TechSpot Project Baby Posts: 4,259   +41

    I think a 8 series card would be good for you, anything in the 8 series would show performance improvements.
  3. mica3speedy

    mica3speedy Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 205

    thanks for the input :cool: . I was thinking along the lines of the 8600 gts, but would it be that much of a difference over the 7300? And seeing that I would be spending roughly $170 for that would the cost/performance gain be worth it?
  4. MetalX

    MetalX TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,909

    An 8600GTS will slaughter a 7300GS. Don't worry about not getting your money's worth ;)
  5. kpo6969

    kpo6969 TechSpot Maniac Posts: 875

    8600GT would be best choice
    Your psu looks to be suspect. No rating listed but 16a + 16a on a 550w?
    My 305w is 18a + 17a with 22amps on the 12v
    Anything higher than the 8600GT without upgrading psu??
  6. beef_jerky4104

    beef_jerky4104 Banned Posts: 1,094

    I would say its worth upgrading.
  7. MetalX

    MetalX TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,909

    32A total 12v rail is more than enough for a 8600GTS. My PSU has only 1 12v rail at 33A and I have a 7950GT in there, 2 optical drives, hard drive, 4 sticks of RAM, overclocked CPU, and a Soundblaster Live! 5.1. That PSU is fine for even a 8800 series probably.
  8. LinkedKube

    LinkedKube TechSpot Project Baby Posts: 4,259   +41

    my 12 volt rails arent the best and im running the card that draws about the most power by itself on the damn planet, lol. And I managed to overclock it with some home made ghetto cooling.
  9. kpo6969

    kpo6969 TechSpot Maniac Posts: 875

    http://forums.guru3d.com/showthread.php?t=205763

    16a + 16a doesn't = 32amps sorry to tell you
    How do you figure my 18a + 18a = 22amps which is correct.
    1. read the link provided
    2.how to figure amps
    maximum (not peak) combined wattage on the 12v rails divided by 12 = amps
    I'm sure yours is what you say it is since it's a single rail
    This is why saying I have a 550w psu is just not good enough until you find out what you really have (hopefully not too late). The most common thing being done is buying a good video card and skimping on the psu, which can be costly.
  10. LinkedKube

    LinkedKube TechSpot Project Baby Posts: 4,259   +41

    I do agree, people try to skimp out on the psu, trying to pay 30-40 bucks for a psu, but want to make a gaming rig, seen some go kaput too.
  11. mica3speedy

    mica3speedy Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 205

    wow I wish I saw that link before I got my psu :( . However according to nvidia, the 8600 gts requires a minimum of 350W but doesn't list amps
  12. mica3speedy

    mica3speedy Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 205

    so if I were to get either the 8600 gt or the gts I may wan't to consider upgrading the psu? Also to consider all I have is 1 dvd burner and 1 seagate 320gb hard drive attached as well.
  13. LinkedKube

    LinkedKube TechSpot Project Baby Posts: 4,259   +41

    what you have on your psu isnt much. I'd buy the card and see how it runs, stress test your system for a while. Use a program to see how stable your rails are with the card, speedfan is an ok program to use, some others may have programs to help you out as well.
     
  14. kpo6969

    kpo6969 TechSpot Maniac Posts: 875

    Without knowing your true amperage, I would say you'd be fine with the 8600GT. If I ran a GTS I would need a connection to the psu but would still be able to run it. I have the XFX 8600GT XXX with my psu being 18a + 18a and yours is 16a + 16a. It says 300w for the GT minimum.
  15. mica3speedy

    mica3speedy Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 205

    what is the amperage needed for the gts?
  16. kpo6969

    kpo6969 TechSpot Maniac Posts: 875

  17. mica3speedy

    mica3speedy Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 205

    I'll either get a new power supply and get the gts or settle for the gt depending on my cash flow. I found that the gts requires a 350w minimum with 12v @18A
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