Zotac geforce 8600 gts card for my system?

September 27, 2011 at 09:28:50
Specs: Linux i686, 3.4ghzdualcore/4gb
A friend gave me this video card for my newish machine and not sure if it will suit it. This is the card http://pden.zotac.com/index.php?pag...
and my system is a AMD x2 Dual Core 270 3.40Ghz,ASUS M5A78L-M-LX ATI DDR3 Motherboard, AMD 760G / SB710 Chipset, AMD 2D/3D Video Card (Integrated–Memory Shared), 4GB DDR3 1333 Memory....i lost the power cable though and was wondering if that is important? Does it power the fan on the card? I don't know anything about pcie cards. Would appreciate the advice :0)

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#1
September 27, 2011 at 12:33:03
It'll work, provided your PSU can handle it. That card is only a 256 Mb, while your on board video supports up to 1024 mb of shared memory.

Cable? I don't see an external power connector on that card, not sure what you're referring to.

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#2
September 27, 2011 at 20:25:32
Do you mean is my psu powerful enough? Since this machine is newer than the card then i would think so. Am i correct? I think the psu would be at least 500w. I have the machine in a difficult place to move it and my back is not good so i try not to get in there if i can help it :0) So are you saying my onboard video is stronger/more powerful by those specs? I am not going to do any gaming but i do do some video production. I am no professional but i use Linux so might come up with some good stuff as i get better at it.
Have a look at the last pic on that page that shows a splitter cable. It is ide on one end and the other is a 6 point black connector that goes into the card at the end of it.

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#3
September 28, 2011 at 05:29:41
If your system is fairly new, the power supply should have a 6-pin PCIe plug available to connect to the card. If not, you MUST use the adapter cable. If he just gave you the card, how did you manage to lose the adapter so fast? And you need to look at your power supply specs, not just the wattage, but the amperage. Seeing as how the card requires the 6-pin plug, it means it consumes more than 75W (approx 6A on the +12v) under full load.

The AMD 760G chipset has the Radeon HD 3000 integrated. The 8600GTS is considerably better. But you need to ask yourself if you're actually going to take advantange of it or if you're only upgrading because you can.


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#4
September 28, 2011 at 09:11:51
I bought the machine 3 months ago i think. I lost the cable on the way home. Had stuck it in the side of my trolley and didn't een know it was missing until i was nearly home. Ah well someone is giving me a spare cable thank goodness. I still need a hdmi cable to to go from the card to the monitor anyway so i am not in a hurry. It has been raining here and i don't feel like venturing out for one cable just yet, On a bike it is not such a great idea :0)
Ok my back is still not good enough to pull the machine out of position to get any info yet so won't do that yet either. Good to know that this card is better than the onboard video. Yes i do video and audio production so yes it is needed. Gaming wft....waste of time lol. Thanks :0)

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#5
September 28, 2011 at 09:23:41
You need to open the case & see if there's an unused 6-pin PCIe plug. I'd be willing to bet that there is. And if there is, no adapter cable will be required. Why is your tower in "a difficult place"?

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#6
September 28, 2011 at 09:25:13
Yes i will get to it> I live ina small apartment. Everything is difficult when you have a bad back :0)

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