What graphcard will work with my desktp comp

February 6, 2011 at 11:25:29
Specs: Windows Vista
Looking to buy a better graphcard as ive started playing Rift mmo. i can play the game smooth at the moment but would like to be able to max the video options on the game. my computer is running:
Mainboard : ECS G31T-M
Chipset : Intel G31/G33/G35
Processor : Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 @ 2400MHz
Physical Memory : 4096MB (2 x 2048 DDR2-SDRAM )
Video Card : NVIDIA GeForce 8500 GT
Hard Disk : Western Digital WD5000AAKS-65YGA0 ATA Device (500GB)
DVD-Rom Drive : DVDRW PATA 20X20X12X
Network Card : Realtek Semiconductor RTL8101 PCIe Fast Ethernet Adapter
Operating System : Windows Vista (TM) Home Premium Home Edition Media Center 6.00.6002 Service Pack 2 (32-bit)
DirectX : Version 11.00
Windows Performance Index : 4.6 on 5.9

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#1
February 6, 2011 at 11:33:56
Any PCI Express x16 1.0 card will work with this board,

DO NOT put a PCI Express x16 2.0 card in this board, even though they look identical, doing so may cause damage to the board and the card and possibly any other components.


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#2
February 6, 2011 at 11:36:14
the game recomends a Zotac ZT-20101-10P GTS 250 512MB 256-Bit DDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP S-Video Card. will this work ?? i found one on ebay i think its the right one:
http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Zotac-GeForce...

also alot of cards say ddr3 will this work or has it got to be ddr2 ?


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#3
February 6, 2011 at 15:32:51
This is information on your motherboard:

"The PCI Express slot is used to install an external PCI Express graphics card that is fully compliant to the PCI Express Base Specification revision 1.1"

Koman, I didn't know you couldn't put a 2.0 in this computer. It's the first I've heard of it. I'm not saying your wrong, it's just new to me.

rythem, that video card you found on ebay is a 2.0 video card and by what Koman said, it's not compatible.

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#4
February 6, 2011 at 20:58:13
PCIe 2.0 & 2.1 are backwards compatible with PCIe 1.1. As for the type of memory on the card, you need to know that GDDR5/DDR5 > GDDR3/DDR3 > GDDR2/DDR2. GDDR2 cards are generally low end, slow cards. If you're going to get a GTS 250, get one with GDDR5 & it does NOT have to be Zotac. Why are you looking at eBay instead of a reputable site? Here's a MUCH better card:

http://www.misco.co.uk/applications...

Have a look at the following article, hopefully it will help you choose a decent card so you don't get stuck with another low end piece of crap like the 8500GT.

Best Graphics Cards For The Money: January 2011

BTW, make sure your power supply can handle the load of a real gaming card.


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#5
February 7, 2011 at 01:09:39
Yes. There's no problem in using a PCI Express 2 card with a 1.1 slot (unless there's something special about this m/b) apart from a slight loss of performance. It certainly won't damage card or m/b.

If there is a problem please don't tell my GTX460 which thinks it is working fine in a 1.1 slot!

More to the point - make sure that your PSU can handle the new card.


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#6
February 7, 2011 at 10:38:42
my psu got no chance in keeping up. heres my psu http://img16.allegroimg.pl/photos/o...
can somone send me a link for one that will work with my m/b and this Asus GeForce GTS450 1GB PCI-Express Graphics Card cheers guys.
i no how to use a comp but nothing about what hardware works with what.
cheers again

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#7
February 8, 2011 at 04:23:42
You will be better off with a GTS450. Card Can run any game out there and at full settings. If you want to go even further get the GTX460.
And I noticed you had 4GB RAM but a 32Bit version of Windows Vista. Your system can only use 3-3.2GB RAM. 1 GB is going waste. Upgrade to a 64Bit version now to use the remaing 1GB of RAM. You into gaming that 1 GB makes alot of difference. Get rid of Vista and get a Windows 7 64 Bit Home Edition and if possible get the Ultimate one.

and here you go check out this psu - http://www.antec.com/Believe_it/glo...

For Further help feel free to reply back.

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#8
February 8, 2011 at 06:35:17
didnt no it would handle 64bit i got win7 ultimate on disc i install that. found that psu for £35.00. cheers agalpha. i stick with the GTS450 trying to keep the cost down abit. one other thing my comp seem to be abit slow on startup some time iv'e run msconfig and stoped programs from starting up and i havent realy got much on the comp. ive got 291gb left but was thinking maybe my hardrives slow ????

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#9
February 9, 2011 at 08:58:59
Mostly computers are slow at startup but if its too slow and slower then usual then read ahead. If you have a SATA then the hard drives fine. Which Anti-virus do you use. I recommend using ESET. It is the most light anti-virus which does not make the system slow down one bit. If you don't have an anti-virus then you could also have a virus which is causing your computer to slow down. Also don't mess with msconfig. Close the programs at startup by launching the program and then going to its settings and if you don't have an option there then leave it.

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#10
February 11, 2011 at 15:06:23
so i now have win 7 ultimate 64bit and ESet, Can realy see the diff in speed Cheers for ya help guys will be buying the psu and Gcard as soon as i get payed cant wait thanks again. cheers

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February 13, 2011 at 04:25:05

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