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Hi, i have just acquired an Advent pc from my son in law, basic specs are: pentium 4 cpu 3.40 ghz, 2 ghz ram, ati fire gl v7100 graphics card. operating system windows xp.
I am using this pc purely to run my railway simulator, and although it works very well i am finding that the graphics are a wee bit jerky, i thought it may be worth upgrading the graphics card, can anyone suggest a suitable option?
I have found this one on the dabs site, is it worth considering?
Gigabyte GeForce GTX 460 715Mhz 1GB PCI-E HDMI Overclocked
The GTX 460 is an amazing card but I would check that the motherboard in the Advent has a PCI-e slot as if it has a P4 processor it is more likely to have a AGP slot check this post (http://www.dabs.com/forum/showthread.php/224-Guide-How-to-install-a-Graphics-Card?p=3097&viewfull=1#post3097) to see the difference.
Hi, Thanks for the advice, have checked the motherboard and it has 4 slots in total, 2 white ones marked pci 1 and 3, 1 blue one marked pci 2, and a brown one marked pcie_x16 this is the one that houses the existing graphics card and has a locking device at one end,so presumably this will be ok? the next thing of course is the power supply, the existing one is 450w, the connection to the card is via 6 pin plug of which only 3 pins are used, will this be enough or will I need to upgrade this too, if yes what would you suggest?
The 460 GTX will work in there no problem only issue will be you wont use all it's performance as I would still expect it to be PCI 2.0 at best, but this isn't really anything to worry about It will still do the job. The Power supply would be able to power it if it is a descent power supply like Antec, Corsair as they will actually deliver 450w cheaper ones don't and will just cause the system to start to boot then the power supply will peak when the GFX card asks for more power and crash the system, it's something you might want to try before buying a GFX card (I've had my 460 running on a 400w Antec and it had no issues). I could list power supplies but in general I think just sticking to the general rule of PSU's is better, so look at PSU'd without Best Value in the title and you will get a PSU that won't let you down, my recent experiences have only been with 750w+ PSU's and if you want to go that high I would recommend the XFX PSU's.
becareful with cheap psu
my psu is a coolmaster real 450w, do you think it should cope?
It should cope ok. The Minimum system requirements for the GTX 460 are 450W (the GTX 460 will use up to 160W of that), but that 450W is a minimum and it also depends how much power the rest of the system is sucking up. I would say think about upgrading it in the near future, but in the meantime in should run ok.