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Windows 7: New graphic card

16 Sep 2012   #1

Windows 7 Professional 32-bit
 
 
New graphic card

Hello.My specs are :
Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 @ 2.40GHz
2,00 GB Dual-Channel DDR2 ram
gigabyte 946GMX-S2 motherboard
512MB GeForce 8600 GT (Gigabyte) GPU
450W power supply

i want to change my graphic card, i think gigabyte gt440 1Gb would be perfect for me but i dont know if my system can support it can you help?
i think ill have temprature problem with the power supply (speccially summer)
can you help me or give me an advise? Thank you.

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16 Sep 2012   #2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 x64
 
 

Are you gaming in hd? (1280x720 or higher resolution)
If so I honestly don't think you are going to see a drastic improvement with that specific card.
I would honestly suggest looking at an ATI 6750 it's right about the same money (around 100 bucks)
and has much faster memory in it.
the gt440 has a superior pixel rate, but I don't think this is something you want over the ability to process properly at high resolutions (texel rate/memory bandwidth.)
Neither one are high performance cards mind you but the newer ones are built completely differently than your old 8 series nvidia. ...don't get me wrong I had a 8800gt when they first came out and it was the best card on the market. I still have it though and it only sits in a drawer because it simply can't handle 1080p resolution at a liveable rate.

This is dependent on your motherboard to an extent though. While a standard pci-e is capable of running a 2.1 card, it can be buggy on some motherboards. ...and I honestly don't know if your board is good on that front or not. You could always drop gigabyte support a quick email asking if that specific card will work properly with that board, there may be a bios update involved.

anyhow some related links.
what I would get if it were me - Newegg.com - HIS H675F1GD Radeon HD 6750 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity

Comparison chart for gt440 vs 6750 ati. GeForce GT 440 1.5GB vs Radeon HD 6750 1GB – Performance Comparison Benchmarks @ Hardware Compare

product page for your motherboard- GIGABYTE - Motherboard - Socket 775 - GA-946GMX-S2 (rev. 1.0)
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16 Sep 2012   #3

Windows 7 Professional 32-bit
 
 

no 1280x700 its like a dream for me i mostly play MW2 at 1152x864 with low settings and i get 60fps
i cant give more money ~80 euros is the max i can give (im a student )
thanks for advise i will sent a email to ask about my motherboard and i agree that 8 series were really good at release date
but do you think there will be any problem with the power suplly? (450W)
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16 Sep 2012   #4

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 x64
 
 

unfortunate that the euro is weak to the dollar right now, don't know how the hell that happened to be honest you can find models of the 6750 for about 25% less than the one I linked. I just linked my best personal preference based on both brand and user reviews.
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16 Sep 2012   #5

Windows 7 Professional 32-bit
 
 

ahahhaha found it at the same prize with gt400 (epic) i think ill go for it but can you please answer me about if i will have any problems with my power suplly?
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16 Sep 2012   #6

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 x64
 
 

honestly I can't say for certain. 450 should be adequate so long as you don't have a massive number of drives or peripheral devices plugged in.
It kind of depends though a cheaply made 450 watt could conceivably have trouble.
The power draw will be about twice what it is for your current card.
the current using around 45 or so and the 6750 is using right at 86.
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