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Old 03-20-2010, 10:50 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I have a question. I want to upgrade my graphics card for my PC. Currently, I have GT 120. My question is, am I able to get one of similar quality, and work it in conjunction with the one I have currently? This would be a lot cheaper, as I already have an graphics card.
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Could you find out what kind of power supply you have? motherboard, computer model, ect, stuff like that. Can't really tell you without knowing at least something about your computer.
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Go for a 9600 GSO, 9600 GT, 9800 GT

(Probably best to stick with an Nvidia card since it's an Nvidia chipset, like it suggests.)

And I doubt you can use two cards?
You could open the case up and look at the motherboard to see if it has two PCI-E x16 connectors.
In which case you MAY be able to use the G 120 as a PhysX card? But I'm not 100% on that.
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(Probably best to stick with an Nvidia card since it's an Nvidia chipset, like it suggests.)
@ deathville; just so you know, it doesn't matter if the boards' chipset is from nvidia, doesn't mean that you are only supposed use nvidia cards.

i really don't know why they would say that considering that they also state that cards from either nvidia or ati are supported:

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but it really shouldn't matter.
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@ deathville; just so you know, it doesn't matter if the boards' chipset is from nvidia, doesn't mean that you are only supposed use nvidia cards.

i really don't know why they would say that considering that they also state that cards from either nvidia or ati are supported:



but it really shouldn't matter.
I feel iffie about that kind of stuff personally... Mixing ATI cards with an Nvidia chipset... Almost seems like you're asking for trouble. ;p
It's like walking under ladders... ;]
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Oh man, if i upgrade the gfx card, i can't stop there.

If I upgrade the graphics card, I'll have to upgrade the PSU to support it.
If I upgrade the PSU, I'll have to buy additional fans to keep the computer cool.

Theres an additional $200 right there.
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You won't need more fans cause you're getting a new psu, you don't even need a new one. You've got a 500w psu, of who knows what quality, but you should be able to power something like a 5750 no problem.

Newegg.com - SAPPHIRE 100284L Radeon HD 5750 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card - Desktop Graphics / Video Cards
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even the GT 240 would be a worth while upgrade

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You won't need more fans cause you're getting a new psu, you don't even need a new one. You've got a 500w psu, of who knows what quality, but you should be able to power something like a 5750 no problem.

Newegg.com - SAPPHIRE 100284L Radeon HD 5750 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card - Desktop Graphics / Video Cards
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