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Old 06-03-2011, 04:04 AM   #1
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Hello everyone!

Some months ago my PC just shut down on me. When I tried to reboot it by pressing the power button it didn't react. I've tried plugging it in in different sockets etc, nothing works. This is most likely a problem with the Power Supply I presume? Please do correct me if I'm wrong.
Anyway, I'm going to have that problem fixed today at a computer store and since the PC is already 6 years old I'm probably going to let them install a new graphics card to I can play the latest games on medium graphics settings at least . I was thinking about The Witcher 2, which requires quite some bestiality from the rigs.
I was wondering, would it do me any good to place a brand new graphics card in a 6 year old PC and expect it to run games like one of about 2 years old, for example?
If so, could you guys point me to some good graphics cards (max. 300 euro) that would be up to the task?

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Old 06-03-2011, 04:33 AM   #2
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If your system uses a AGP slot for its graphics card. I would not spend any money upgrading it.
If your system uses a PCI-E 1.0/1.1 slot for its graphics card. Anything more powerful than a 8800/9800 GTX would probably be wasted money.
If your system uses a PCI-E 2.0 slot for its graphics card however, features DDR1 memory. Then I would not bother upgrading past an 8800.
If your system uses a PCI-E 2.0 slot for its graphics card however, features DDR2 memory. Then the GTX 200 series is probably the best you will get without a bottleneck.
If your system uses a processor based on netburst or older; then I would not upgrade it. If this a AMD system. I would not bother upgrading it unless it features an AM3 or AM2+ cpu socket.
I personally would not invent much more money into it anyways. Especially if it’s an Intel build with a socket older than 775.
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Old 06-03-2011, 04:59 AM   #3
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Thanks man! Now I'm really leaning towards buying a new PC xp
Does anyone have any idea how much it'd cost me to buy one with these specs:

CPU:Intel Core 2 Duo 2.2 GHz or similar AMD
RAM:1 GB for Win XP / 2 GB for Win VistaVGA:Nvidia GF 8800 512 VR or similar ATIDXirectX 9.0cOS:Windows XP/Vista/7
Or how about these specs?

CPU:Intel Quad Core or AMD equivalent RAM:3 GB for Windows XP / 4 GB for Windows Vista and Windows 7 VGA:Nvidia GeForce 260, 1 GB memory / Radeon HD 4850 with 1 GB memory DX:DirectX 9.0c OS:Windows XP/Vista/7
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You could pick a system like that up for 400$ on craigslist.
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Yeah I would say 300 / $400, If you go for the Intel Core 2 processors I would recommend to go for the quad core version
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Although, building a system yourself would allow you full control over this.
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