Will my computer system get overloaded IF :-

October 9, 2012 at 03:43:19
Specs: Windows 7, 2 gb
My computer only supports maximum of 2 GB RAM.So I use 2 RAM sticks of 1 GB each.
I have an Intel Pentium Dual Core Processor(1.60 GHz).I'm planning to buy a 2 GB graphics card worth $433( EVGA 2 GB GEFORCE GTX 660 Ti SUPERCLOCKED GRAPHICS CARD).


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October 9, 2012 at 03:49:44
Almost certainly. I doubt that the PSU in a computer that old could handle a GTX660. Even if it could, that card is total overkill for such an old system (IMO).

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October 9, 2012 at 06:23:10
I am assuming you think the reason your computer will be overloaded is because of the RAM limitations.

Video RAM on a graphics card has no affect on the system RAM. They are totally different animals. That said, I agree with ijack that putting that graphics card in your old system is way overkill.

Your power supply probably isn't up to the task either.

You would be better to put the $433 toward a new system.

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October 9, 2012 at 08:40:57
That's waaay too much video card for that old machine. You should be looking for a sub $100 card with low power requirements. 1 Gb memory is the most you will need for that machine. Your computer is probably worth about a hundred bucks or so and what you want to do is a complete waste of money.

So, flying a little closer to earth...

1. Low power requirement card that does not require a power connection from the psu.

2. 512 Mb or 1 Gb video card memory. GDDR5 memory is preferred.

3. Less than $100 out of your wallet.

AMD HD6670 is a good choice. Imagine nvidia has a few decent choices too.

Good luck

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October 9, 2012 at 08:48:18
"That's waaay too much video card for that old machine"

Exactly what I was gonna say. +1 for Skip & everyone else!

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October 9, 2012 at 13:14:31
Only a good idea if your power supply is up to snuff and you plan to reuse the 660 Ti in a new computer later on. Depending on the motherboard, you may be able to overclock your processor to 2.66GHz. Those 1MB Allendales had lots of headroom. Though you'd need at least a Core i3 with 4GB of RAM to make the most of a 660Ti, the higher core speed and 1333MHz FSB would at least remove some of the processor bottleneck.

If you don't plan to build or buy a new computer anytime soon, get a cheaper video card. For example, this Radeon HD 6850 for $139: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...

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October 9, 2012 at 23:25:14
I am not sure that buying now in the expectation of a later upgrade makes good sense. The prices of graphics cards tend to drop fairly sharply. Unless the new computer is planned within a couple of months (in which case why bother) you will be able to get a much better card for the same price when you do upgrade.

If you have $433 to spend on upgrades there are far better choices than an overspecced graphics card.

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