Unsure of what graphics card my PC can handle

By brewy100 · 8 replies
Feb 4, 2012
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  1. Hi all,

    I'm brand new to PC gaming and I am overwhelmed by all of the technical stuff you need to know. You name it I aint got a clue. I have read a lot of useful posts etc and I am starting to learn the basics but in the meantime I have a question. I got a new PC last week from Zoostorm. Even just posting the specs for me is difficult as I don't know exactly what I should be putting so apologies in advance if this is too much info or not enough etc:

    I have Windows 7 Home premium 64 bit
    CPU - Pentium Dual Core E6600 (Wolfsdale) 3.06ghz, 2 cores, 2 logical processors
    I am told by my manufacturer that the PSU is 300W
    I have 4GB RAM
    I currently have no graphics card at all, just the integrated graphics that came with it. I believe they are called Intel G41 Express Chipset
    My maunufacturer tells me it has a slot for a PCI-E graphics card (although when running CPU-Z it just seems to list it as PCI, no mention of an E at all). I am hoping my manufacturer is correct when they state that ALL of their PCs have PCI-E slots.

    So, with all that in mind I just want to know what a decent graphics card I could get. I am only starting out so don't intend any major uphieval in terms of upgrading. I know my PSU is pretty wimpy and needs beefing up and that it will limit the choices of graphics card I can get. I don't need a [powerhouse PC, I just want to be able to play the likes of Stalker etc to a good standard. What is a good PCI-E graphics card that my PC could handle and that doesn't cost the earth (£75 max).

    Many thanks,

  2. DjKraid

    DjKraid TS Guru Posts: 551   +26

    Well for starters I would say that you should get a better PSU. Anyhow, If you are not sure of what connectors that you have got you can always open the case and see (here is a good pic of pci / pcie slots). If you open the case you can also see what PSU you have got :)

    Anyhow, if I were you I would upgrade the PSU and then the graphics card but that again would maybe require a bit higher budget or then I would get a 2nd hand graphics card...something like a nVidia GT9500 or something like that ;)
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  4. brewy100

    brewy100 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Many thanks for your advice. I have opted against a new PSU at this stage till I know what I am doing. Have just installed a new graphics card this morning (Geforce GT 430) and whilst it obviously isn't going to set the world alight, it has made massive improvements to my gaming and that will do me for now. Once I have upskilled a bit more I will look to add a new PSU and graphics card in a few months.

    Many thanks :)
  5. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 9,728   +3,701

  6. Dpatt711

    Dpatt711 TS Rookie

    With a 300w PSU you ain't doing any GPU upgrading....

    Upgrade to a decent 450w+

    I say decent because a PSU is worth investing a little extra money for quality...
  7. pass

    pass TS Rookie

    ..something like a nVidia GT9500 or something like that.
  8. Maledictor

    Maledictor TS Rookie

    I have got the same problem here. Unsure where to put the little money I got, but I really want to improve the performance in BF3, Skyrim etc.

    Win 7 Pro 64-bit
    ASUS P5E motherboard

    Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 @ 2.4 GHz
    nVidia GeForce 9800 GTX
    4 GB DDR2 RAM

    And I got PCI-e slots.

    So would a CPU upgrade or a GFX upgrade best improve performance in games. I am probably limited to around 100-150$.

    I really hope that I can squize one more year of acceptable gaming out of this PC before I go all-in on a rebuild.

    Hope to hear from you experts. :)

  9. LNCPapa

    LNCPapa TS Special Forces Posts: 4,276   +461

    A little overlocking and all $150 on a new GPU. This is advice for the thread-jacker.
    Maledictor likes this.

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