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Old 11-03-2008, 04:23 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Doing major Graphical Upgrade, help is greatly appreciated :)

ok so ive got my research in and got all kinds of stuff that i have been looking at, i am not a professional on computer building/computer support, im a webdesigner, i have never built my own comp or really ever upgraded this much so i would really like some help from some professionals.

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Ok so recently ive been wanting to upgrade the computer i already own, i own an HP Pavilion Elite m9252p PC, here are some of the specs:

Operating System: Vista Home 64-Bit
GPU: Nvidia GeForce 512mb 8500GT (not overclocked)
CPU: Intel Core 2 Quad Q6700 @ 2.66Ghz (not overclocked)
HDD: 750GB
RAM: 4GB
Motherboard: Asus IPIBL-LB
Power Supply: 350w

I am trying to upgrade to something that runs Crysis/Crysis Warhead in full with no lag, every setting maxed out at 1440x900 resolution including the AA and FA.

Will a single 9800GX2 be able to do this ? Also is it compatible with my mobo and will it fit on it (see bottom for images)

I am also going for a 850w supply, would that be good (see bestbuy link below)?

I hear that this card gets really HOTT so is their any ideas on how to make things normal temp, im sorry but i will not do water/liquid cooling.

also is their anything else that I would need to buy ?

Here is the Case I will be purchasing for room and better cooling:
Newegg.com - Sunbeam Transformer IC-TR-US-BA-WOPSU Black Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case - Computer Cases
*will my motherboard fit fine in this case and do you think this case would be good enough?

Power Supply I want to purchase:
Thermaltake - 850-Watt TR2 RX Power Supply - Black - W0319RU
*Is this supply perfect and will it go good with what i am purchasing ?

9800GX2:
Newegg.com - Recertified: EVGA 01G-P3-N891-RX GeForce 9800 GX2 1GB (512MB per GPU) 512-bit (256-bit per GPU) GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card
*will this give me what i listed above?

Motherboard Specs, and layouts:
Motherboard Specifications, IPIBL-LB (Benicia)*

Pictures of my comp:
http://i68.photobucket.com/albums/i3...5/IMG_2132.jpg
http://i68.photobucket.com/albums/i3...5/IMG_2133.jpg
http://i68.photobucket.com/albums/i3...5/IMG_2134.jpg
http://i68.photobucket.com/albums/i3...5/IMG_2135.jpg

if their is any other pictures that you want me to take let me know, all help is greatly appreciated, Thank You.
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powersupply is vastly over priced. go with a corsiar 650tx. much cheaper.

that card isn't the best, i'd go with a 4850 or 9800gtx+ for cheaper and better performance.

and it will fit
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im with peter, gtx+ or 4850 would be a much better choice
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yea but the 4850 will not run it in full, i playing Warhead on an alienware that had the 4850, it could not run it in full, i forgot to mention that my price range for a card is $200-$300($300 is kinda pushing it though)
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on 1440x900 it will.
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ya but i gotta think about the future here to, what if i ever upgraded to something bigger, im not talking like 1980 res big but atleast like 1680 and such

ok so the 4870 512mb and a 839mb GTX260 is better than a 9800GX2 ?

thanks on the power supply help, out of those 3 cards, what is the best one overall
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corsair 750tx. 60 amp single rail. Enough to run sli or crossfire.
750tx: All Search Results - Buy.com
80 bucks.

Put the extra 100 bucks you save towards a 4870 or gtx260. This will keep you from having to upgrade for at least another couple years.
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4870.
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Newegg.com - EVGA 896-P3-1260-AR GeForce GTX 260 896MB 448-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Desktop Graphics / Video Cards

How about that for a good card. Newer than the GX2 and will kill crysis at 1680. Plus you get free far cry 2 and $40 mail in rebate
Looks like a great deal to me
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ya but i gotta think about the future here to, what if i ever upgraded to something bigger, im not talking like 1980 res big but atleast like 1680 and such
how far is this "future"?
will newer, better, more efficient cards come out in the "future"?
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