What the best graphics card my system can handle

By CroCop4205
Nov 27, 2010
Post New Reply
  1. I recently purchased a computer at a Black Friday sale for my little brother.
    These are the specs:

    N-Alvorix-RS880-uATX (Alvorix)
    Figure 1: Motherboard top view
    Image of motherboard

    Manufacturer: Foxconn
    Form factor: uATX
    Chipset: AMD 785G
    Memory sockets: 4 x DDR3
    Front side bus speeds: 1333/1066/800MHz
    Processor socket: AM3
    Expansion Slots
    1 PCI Express x16 slot for graphics card
    3 PCI Express x1 slots
    1 PCI Express x1 minicard slot
    For more details, see Alvorix motherboard specifications .

    AMD Athlon(TM) X4 635 quad-core processor [2.9GHz, 2MB L2, up to 4000MHz bus]

    Processor upgrade information
    Motherboard supports the following processor upgrades:
    NOTE: Only Socket AM3 processors are supported with this motherboard.

    AMD Phenom II X6 10xxT Six-Core (Thuban core)
    AMD Phenom II X4 9xx/9xxe/8xx Quad-Core (Deneb core)
    AMD Phenom II X3 7xx/7xxe Triple-Core (Heka core)
    AMD Phenom II X2 5xx (Callisto core)
    AMD Athlon X4 6xx/6xxe (Propus)
    AMD Athlon X3 4xx/4xxe (Rana)
    AMD Athlon X2 2xx/2xxe (Regor)
    AMD Sempron Single Core 1xx (Sargas core)

    8 GB

    Amount: 8 GB (4x2GB)
    Speed: PC3-10600 MB/sec
    Type: DDR3-1333

    Memory upgrade information

    Dual channel memory architecture
    Two DDR3 DIMMs (240-pin) sockets
    PC3-8500 (DDR3-1066)
    PC3-10600 (DDR3-1333)
    Non-ECC memory only, unbuffered
    Supports 1GB, 2GB, and 4GB DDR3 DIMMs
    Supports up to 8 GB on 64-bit systems (DIMMs run at DDR3-1066)
    Supports up to 4 GB on 32-bit PCs
    *32-bit PCs cannot address a full 4.0 GB of memory.

    Video graphics
    Integrated graphics using ATI Radeon 4200
    *Integrated video is not available if a graphics card is installed.

    Integrated graphics using ATI Radeon 4200
    Integrated graphics: concurrent use of the the DVI and VGA ports is supported.
    Also supports PCI Express x16 graphics cards*

    NOTE: *Either integrated graphics or the PCI Express x16 slot are usable at one time; they are not usable concurrently.
    Integrated ALC888S-VD audio
    *Integrated audio is not available if a sound card is installed.

    Audio CODEC: ALC888S-VD
    Number of channels: 8
    Maximum sample rate: up to 192,000 Hz
    Supports one SPDIF digital connection

    LAN: 10-Base-T

    Technology: PCI Realtek RTL8105E
    Data transfer speeds: up to 10/100 Mb/s
    Transmission standards:10-Base-T Ethernet

    Hard drive
    1 TB
    Figure 3: Hard drive
    Image of hard drive

    Size: 1 TB
    Interface: SATA
    Transfer rating: 3.0 Gb/sec
    Rotational Speed: 7200 RPM

    CD/DVD disc drive
    SuperMulti DVD Burner with LightScribe Technology drive
    Figure 4: Optical drive
    Image of the optical drive

    * Interface: SATA
    * Data buffer memory: 2 MB minimum
    * LightScribe: yes
    * Disc diameter: 120 mm
    * Write and read speeds for supported formats and disc types are shown in this table:

    Formats/Disc types Write speeds Read speeds Storage capacity
    DVD-ROM SL NA up to 16x up to 4.7 GB
    DVD-ROM DL NA up to 8X up to 8.5 GB
    DVD+R SL up to 16x up to 12X up to 4.7 GB
    DVD+R DL up to 12x up to 8x up to 8.5 GB
    DVD+RW SL up to 8x up to 8x up to 4.7 GB
    DVD+RW DL not supported
    DVD-R SL up to 16x up to 12x up to 4.7 GB
    DVD-R DL up to 12x up to 8x up to 8.5 GB
    DVD-RW SL up to 6x up to 8x up to 4.7 GB
    DVD-RW DL not supported
    DVD-RAM up to 12x up to 12x 4.7 GB
    CDROM NA up to 40X up to 700 MB
    CDR up to 40X up to 40X up to 700 MB
    CDRW up to 32X up to 32X up to 700 MB
    CD-DA NA up to 32X up to 700 MB
    Video CD NA up to 16X up to 700 MB
    Memory Card Reader
    15-in-1 multimedia card reader
    Figure 5: View of memory card reader
    Image of card reader

    Supports the following cards:

    Compact Flash I
    Compact Flash II
    IBM Microdrive (MD)
    Memory Stick (MS)
    Memory Stick Duo (Duo)
    Memory Stick Pro (PRO)
    Memory Stick Pro Duo (Pro Duo)
    MultiMediaCard (MMC)
    MultiMediaCard Mobile (MMC mobile)
    MultiMediaCard Plus (MMC plus)
    Reduced size MultiMediaCard (RS-MMC)
    Secure Digital (SD)
    Secure Digital miniSD (Mini)
    Smart Media
    xD Picture Card (xD)

    Computer Case
    Mid-size ATX

    Height: 38.7 cm (15.23 inches)
    Width: 17.5 cm (6.89 inches)
    Length: 41.4 cm (16.29 inches)

    Bay size Total Bays*
    13.33 cm (5.25 inch) 2
    8.89 cm (3.5 inch) 3
    * Bays may be occupied by existing hardware.

    Power Supply
    250W power supply

    I/O Ports
    Front I/O ports

    USB: 2
    Headphone: 1
    Microphone: 1

    Back I/O ports
    Figure 6: Back I/O panel
    1 - One electrical S/PDIF Output
    2 - One VGA port
    3 - Four USB 2.0 ports
    4 - One RJ45 10/100 Mb/s LAN
    5 - Center/Subwoofer-out (yellow - orange)
    6 - Rear speaker-out (black)
    7 - Line-in (light blue)
    8 - Line-out (lime)
    9 - Mic-in (pink)
    10 - Side speaker-out (gray)
    11 - One DVI-D port
    Photograph of the ports on the back panel

    He wants to be able to play the newest games and I was wondering what the best graphics card I can put in this computer. I am willing to spend up to 200 dollars or maybe a little more. Also I wouldn't mind swapping out the Power or making new ports.


Similar Topics

Add your comment to this article

You need to be a member to leave a comment. Join thousands of tech enthusiasts and participate.
TechSpot Account You may also...