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Hi,

I want to upgrade my graphics card, at the moment I have a ATI Sapphire X1650 Pro 512MB and I want to upgrade to a Nvidia Geforce 8800GT. I would like to know if my PC is good enough to run such a card as my system isn't really that amazing for the games I play on it. I want to make sure im not wasting my money if I decide to buy it as I have read sticking a high end(ish) card in a low end PC is like stick a dump valve on a Fiat Panda.

My system spec is:

Vista home basic
Scaleo Fujitsu Siemens
Intel pentium D 2.8GHz
Speed 2800MHz count 2
Memory (RAM) 3072MB DDR2
PSU 350w 240v
Graphics card ATI Sapphire X1650 Pro 512 MB (PCI-E)

(Not sure what motherboard I have but I found some numbers on it)

P5LD2-FM/DH/VP/S
71MOA1538390

Any advice would be much appreciated.

Many thanks :)

Edited by peyote, 01 April 2009 - 11:54 AM.

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A card like that requires a minimum power supply of 500 watts. You have 350watts, so you would need to upgrade your power supply.

I think just about any card to upgrade to you would have to do this.

Let me know if you need help picking out a power supply that is reliable and that will also fit your case.

I would need the model number of your computer. Is it a Scaleo 600 series? a T? or a X? etc, etc.

Cheers!
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I think it's a Scaleo P, on the back of the case and on the motherboard it says Scaleo P5LD2-FM/DH/VP/S so I think P5LD2 is the model and it's definatly a Scaleo P. I will definatly need help picking out a PSU as I don't know much about them or what type I need.

This is where I was going to buy one but I see there is no 500W PSU but what type do you think I need so I can do some research ? Flex, Micro, ATX ??? What the difference ?

http://www.maplin.co.....ower Supplies

Thank you for the help :)
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I believe your computer requires an ATX Power Supply. Is this similar to your case? I have been having a hard time finding anything on the model numbers you gave me, but this is a Scaleo P. All ATX, Micro ATX, etc are is the form factor, whether it is physically capable of fitting your computer mainly by having the screw holes match up.

Scaleo P

Here is a link to a Corsair Power Supply, this link lists 4 sites in the uk that carry this.

Corsair Memory 550W VX PSU

Let me know what you think, it can be difficult shopping for a good deal or finding computers when it is a foreign brand or website. I speak and read English.

Edit: Good name brands to shop for that are reliable PSU's are Corsair, Antec, SeaSonic, Cooler Master.

Edited by Ferrari, 02 April 2009 - 05:36 AM.

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Yeah that's my pc and I think Pi 2664 was on the box when I bought it but can't be 100% sure. So any ATX will be ok as long as it fits ? What do you think of this ? http://www.maplin.co...ModuleNo=229204

Any good places or sites in the UK you could recommend buying a 8800GT from ?
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Data Sheet for that PC If you find the power supply section, it says that it is a ATX Form. So yes, ATX Power Supply is what you want.

You don't want to go cheap on a power supply. Like I had mentioned and gave a link to, Corsair, Antec, Seasonic, and CoolerMaster are reliable brands. Many of the cheaper power supplies do not actually supply the wattage they say they do.

Look at that link I gave you above for the Corsair PSU.

Here is a link to shopping results from pricegrabber for the 8800 GT. HERE

However similarly priced is the 9600 GT which is a better card. HERE

Here is a chart of many Power Supplies and how they are rated. Notice the legend at the top.

H = High Quality (Good Solid Reliable Brand)
L = Low Quality (Cheap Generic)
M = Medium Quality (In-between)
U = Unknown



A-Power................L
A-Top..................L
A+GPB..................L
AcBel..................L
AC Ryan (Ryanpower)....L
Aerocool...............U
AG.....................L
Ahanix.................L
Akasa..................L
Allied.................L
Antec..................M/H
AOpen..................L
APC....................L
Apex Allied............L
Aspire.................L/M
Astec..................L
Athena.................L
BFG....................L
Broadway Gaming........U
Channel Well...........L
CHAS...................L
Chenbro................U
Chieftec...............L
Coba...................L
Codegen................L
Conrad.................M
CoolerMaster...........H
CoolMax................M
Crystal................L
Dell...................L
Delta..................L
Diablo.................L
Eagle..................L
Echo Star..............L
Enermax................H
Engleking..............M
Enlight................M
Epson..................L
FDK....................L
Fortron (FSP)..........H
Gateway................L
Gazelle Multimedia.....L
Global Marketing.......L
GPower.................L
Guardian...............L
Herolchi...............M
Hipro..................L
HP/Compaq..............L
HPC International......L
Huntkey................L
I-Star.................L
IBM Redundant..........U (expensive)
Intel Redundant........U (expensive)
In Win.................L
Jaguar.................U
Jantech…………..L
Kensington.............L
Kingwin................L
L&C....................L
Leadman................L
Levicom................L
LiteOn.................U
Logisys................U
Mad Dog................L/M
Maxtron................L
MGE....................L
MGE Vortec.............M
MorningStar............L
NEC....................L
Newton.................L
Nexus..................L
Noise Magic............L
NorthQ.................M
Nspire.................L
OCZ....................H
Omega..................L
Packard Bell...........L
PC Power & Cooling.....H
PC-World (PCW).........L
PCMCIS.................U
Power..................L
PowerStream............L
PowerTek...............L
PowerUp................L
PowMax.................L
PowMax XPower..........L
Premium................L
Pyramid................L
Q-Tec..................L
Q-Technology...........L
RaidMax................U
Real Power.............L
Rosewill...............L
SCS....................L
SeaSonic...............H
Shuttle................L
Silent Purepower.......U
SilenX.................L
Silverstone............H
Sky Hawk (Eagle Tech)..L
Sparkle................H
Star Micronics.........L
StarTech...............L
Sun....................L
SuperFlower............L
Supermicro.............L
Tagan..................H
Task...................L
ThermalTake............M
Topower................L
Tri-Mag................L
TSP....................L
Tyan Tiger.............L
TTGI...................L
Ultra-Power Computer...L
Ultra..................M
Ultra X-Connect........L
Vantec.................H
Verax..................H
Vigor..................U
Xion...................L
xPCgear................L
Zalman.................H
Zippy..................L

Hope that helps!
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Hi Ferrari, I have purchased my new card and PSU but I am having a promblem. Could give your opinion ? I made a new topic in the "hardware" section as it seemed like the section it should be posted in.

http://www.geekstogo...15#entry1506015
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