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Help! I want to upgrade a video card!

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by vicki2314, Nov 30, 2009.

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  1. vicki2314

    vicki2314 Thread Starter

    Nov 30, 2009
    Hi everyone...

    I want to upgrade my video card for a friend for Christmas and I have no idea where to start as my knowledge is pretty slim in this area. He is a very heavy gamer. I would ask him but it's for Christmas!

    The computer is a Gateway DX300 and the card I want to replace is a NVIDIA GeFORCE 6600

    Thanks for any advice!!
  2. peck1234


    Aug 27, 2008
    I would go for an 8800 GT...

    That computer is quite old, and adding a higher-end card might become a bottleneck with the Pentium 4...
  3. alwrmc


    Jan 13, 2004
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    I just replaced my 8800 GT (it died after a long and useful life) and I agree. It is an excellent card for the price. I is (was) becoming a little slow for some games but I still ran Crysis at a reasonable FPS at my monitors native resolution of 1680 X 1050. I was actually running Dragon Age: Origins at all high settings when it died. It's in the trash can and I sure hated to put it there (smile).
  4. Compiler


    Oct 11, 2006
    Keep in mine that 8800GTs have long since been out of production.

    Here is a typical gateway of that model number: http://support.gateway.com/s/PC/DX300/1008555/1008555nv.shtml

    - Depending on which DX300 it is (unlike the OLD days when Amiga500 means 1 type) it may have a 305 or 400watt PSU - determined mostly by the CPU. And since they are basic PSUs... you'd be looking at having to get your friend a new Power Supply Unit... to be on the safe side.

    - Pentium4/PentiumDs are not all that powerful - so anything with todays ATI 4670~GeForce 9600/9800 will be a big jump in performance over the GF6600GT.

    Lets put it this way, the ATI 4670 ($65) is about x4~5 more powerful than the 6600GT.

    - Because that Gateway uses the BTX design and its rather tight fit, its best to go with a single-slot video card. (Some cards - while using 1 slot - will use up the space of two slots for better cooling)

    Some 4670s:

    Some 9600s:

    Then toss in a 450~550watt PSU... sorry, but if your friend has a 305w PSU - it won't properly power up any modern high end card and will eventually fail, possibly taking out the computer with it.

    Perhaps this quality PSU will work: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...7151080&cm_re=seasonic-_-17-151-080-_-Product

    Note: $25 500watt PSUs are cheap junk and can actually be weaker than the PSU your friend already has. IE: maker uses funny-math. So look at spending $55~75 on a PSU.

    Heres another $65 PSU, 550 watts (yeah it has a Warranty that may get the price down to $40 - but people haven't been getting their rebates with OCZ, otherwise its a good PSU) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...cm_re=ocz_power_supply-_-17-341-022-_-Product
    And it lights up red... :)

    Or maybe this one: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...cm_re=ocz_power_supply-_-17-341-017-_-Product
  5. Compiler


    Oct 11, 2006
    Oh... and tell your friend to KEEP the old parts (video card and PSU) so that when he does a future upgrade... he can put the OLD parts back into the Gateway to be resold or whatever and use the NEW parts in a future computer.
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