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Upgrading Computer. Need help.

By Jamibi · 28 replies
Sep 15, 2007
  1. mailpup

    mailpup TS Special Forces Posts: 7,306   +577

    He should be able to run it but he might have to upgrade his power supply. I believe the 8800GTS requires a 400W or greater power supply with at least 26 amps on the +12V rail(s).

    I couldn't find any power supply info on Packard Bell's site. Open the case and see if you can read the sticker on the side of the power supply. If you can't see it, it might be on the top of the power supply in which case you'll have to remove the PSU to read the sticker.
  2. Jamibi

    Jamibi TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 54   +14

    Yeh, i've told him too look at the side of his power supply. says on the site selling the GTS that 500w is the minimum.
    Thanks for the comfirmation i didnt want to tell him to go ahead and buy it if he'd have to upgrade. Thanks alot
  3. tipstir

    tipstir TS Ambassador Posts: 2,839   +193

    Some 530Watts there for the same price of the 500Watts.
  4. peewit

    peewit TS Rookie

    Hi there, i'm Jamibi's friend.

    Thanks for helping me out with this. Am I correct in saying that the rubbish ATI card I have is integrated into my motherboard and so I'll need to a new one?

    Let's say I'll need a new power supply. Could you be so kind as to give me an estimate on the price of the whole package?

    Graphics card (Saw one for £176 p&p)
    power supply

  5. haem

    haem TS Rookie

    hello team,
    im kinda new on pc related stuff currently im using:
    Dell Dimension 9150
    3.2 Ghz Pentium D
    3 gig ram (kingston brand)
    410 GB HDD,
    windows XP professional SP 2,
    DELL 2707WFP [Monitor],
    NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GTX
    ....i guess thats enough info. Recently im into pc gaming , so is there any other way i can upgrade my cpu? Also my cpu temperature reads 65 oC..is that ok? its been like that since i first bought it and that was like a year ago.
  6. Jase123

    Jase123 Banned Posts: 828

  7. peewit

    peewit TS Rookie

  8. Jase123

    Jase123 Banned Posts: 828

    well that link i sent you of the corsair psu is 450 watt but its 33a on the 12v which is more important If your having an high end graphics card

    450 watt is enough

    Regards Jase
  9. mailpup

    mailpup TS Special Forces Posts: 7,306   +577

    haem, I recommend that you start a new thread of your own to discuss your unrelated problem instead of hijacking this one. It gets too confusing trying to answer two different questions and talk to two different people in a single thread. I'm sure you understand.

    peewit, that Corsair power supply is a good unit and will probably work just fine. However, you certainly may get a more powerful power supply if you wish. It will give you more headroom and perhaps more peace of mind. Regardless of how powerful of a power supply you install, your system will only draw what it needs so you can go as high as you want. Of course, there is such a thing as overkill and you do have to consider budget limitations.
  10. peewit

    peewit TS Rookie

    Ok, thanks you very much for your help :)

    Will i need a new motherboard?
  11. Jamibi

    Jamibi TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 54   +14

    Thanks for all the real helpfull replies. Ill let Peewit take over, as he finally got his account working.
  12. Jase123

    Jase123 Banned Posts: 828

    yes you would as the motherboard in that packard bell computer as 3 pci slots and the 8800 GTS requires a pci-e slot.

    You could keep the motherboard, but you would have to get a graphics card that supports pci.

    Regards Jase

    And Peewit Please make your own thread in the right forum with your problem as two people asking questions in the same thread gets confusing.

  13. peewit

    peewit TS Rookie

    But this thread IS my problem. Jamibi is my friend and he posted this for me due to my internet screwing up.

    Oh, btw. I would need to see if my ram was compatable with a motherboard with a pci-e slot am i correct? How do i find out that info?
  14. Jase123

    Jase123 Banned Posts: 828

    what ram you got? You just need to know what ram your board takes.

    Regards Jase
  15. peewit

    peewit TS Rookie

    How do I check?
  16. Jase123

    Jase123 Banned Posts: 828

  17. peewit

    peewit TS Rookie

    hang on...
  18. Jase123

    Jase123 Banned Posts: 828

    or video card slot from that information there is pci-e x1 ..

    So you will need a grpahics card that supports pci-e x1

    Regards Jase
  19. peewit

    peewit TS Rookie


    total: 959mb

    free: 477mb
  20. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 5,397   +37

    You have a gig of DDR RAM installed and it says so on the Packard Bell webpage your friend linked to. The 8800GTS is not a good buy, since it will be severely bottlenecked by your Pentium 4. Get a 7950GT or an X1950XT\PRO instead, throw in a gig more of RAM and you'll be set. Only thing is, find out from Everest if you have DDR or DDR2, since Packard Bell's site is a POS and they say DDR on the main page and DDR2 on the mobo's features page. Just make sure to buy the same speed and type of RAM i.e. if it's DDR2 PC2-5300 667MHz or DDR PC3200 400MHz, then you'd need another gig of that same RAM.
  21. peewit

    peewit TS Rookie

    Thanks for that.

    The reason i'm upgrading it because i'm now PC gaming. So due to how advanced games are nowadays. Well, you get the picture.

    Will any of those cards be able to safely run these that are now getting released. I don't mean like on low graphics. I want a card that will safely run games on a high level of graphics.
  22. Jase123

    Jase123 Banned Posts: 828


    Please could you go yo your profile and put in your system specs, it will make our job alot easier.

    and yes all of them should play a few games on high settings.

    Regards Jase
  23. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 5,397   +37

    Every game out there will run decently with the settings cranked all the way up on those cards. They are the pick of the lot ATM.
  24. mailpup

    mailpup TS Special Forces Posts: 7,306   +577

    Let me clarify a couple of things that came up on this thread while I've been away. First, the graphics card you need should have a PCI-E x16 slot, not PCI-E x1. Second, you don't need a new motherboard as you already have a PCI-E x16 slot on your current motherboard. I checked that info before responding to your friend's original question. Click here for the website page that has that info.
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