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Hello, I am going to buy me a graphics card, as I switched from Laptop to Desktop Computer due having issues with Heat and limited Upgrades.
Going from the laptop with theese specs:
CPU: Intel Core I7 2670qm
RAM: 12 Gb
HDD1: Intel 330, 180 GB
HDD2: 500 Gb Western Digital Black
GPU: nVidia GeForce GTX 560m
To my desktop I built that I have been using as a Server, As I'm done with it.
Specs:
MB: Intel DX38BT
CPU: Intel Core 2 Quad Q8400 @ 2.66 GHz (OC to 3010.1 MHz)
RAM: 4 Gb Crucial DDR3 1333 MHz
HDD1: Intel 330, 180 Gb (switched the SSD from the laptop to the Desktop)
HDD2: Seagate Baracuda 2TB
GPU: nVidia 8400GS (Crappy GPU,, Couldn't run the computer without a GPU when it was a server)

So, I am wondering if I will run into any problems when I get a new graphics card,
So, Will the CPU be too weak for a new GPU, Or will it Be fine?

CPU-Z File: http://valid.canardpc.com/2688617

The 560M that my laptop had was pretty good, It had 2 Gb's of ram in it, Ran some games at max settings,Render'd videos fast,
The 8400 GS had been running okay, Just that I have to run with everything on Low to gain a acceptable FPS, It's passive cooled, so I once had like 90 c in Temps, But I usally have a small fan attacked to it to keep it cooled.
So, I am gonna buy the new GPU when nVidia releases the GTX 700 series, and see if it's worth buying, [If not, Then I'm going for the 600 series, Maybe the GTX 670]

I'm just unsure, As I haven't been using dekstop computers so much before, Have been using High end Gaming laptops for around 2 years, But decided to switch to desktop as it can be upgraded without buying a whole new laptop, and for the performance.

Right now, The rig is running fine, Havent' had any problems with it, Just that the GPU needs to be replaced, Cause it's boring having lag in games, and have every settings on low to get a good FPS.

So, Will it handle the new GPU's, or Is it just better upgrade to a new MB + cpu?.
I mainly play games, make maps for it, edit videos at 1080 resulution, and programming.

I have mainly used nVidia cards, Have used ati in some old computers that I used to test things on, So, Not sure how Ati/Amd cards is.
xP sorry for crappy post, haven't posted so much on theese forums, may contain alot of spell errors, as I am norwegian xP
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You won't run into any problems changing the, though I don't see much point in it. A cheap GPU upgrade would be Ok, but getting a GTX670 like mentioned before has little point with that CPU.

 

If you want to upgrade the GPU and keep the CPU,  get a 6670 max. It is a good card for it's price and your CPU won't be bottlenecking it. Otherwise get an FX6300 or i5-2500k and combine them with a 7950.

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You won't run into any problems changing the, though I don't see much point in it. A cheap GPU upgrade would be Ok, but getting a GTX670 like mentioned before has little point with that CPU.

If you want to upgrade the GPU and keep the CPU,  get a 6670 max. It is a good card for it's price and your CPU won't be bottlenecking it. Otherwise get an FX6300 or i5-2500k and combine them with a 7950.

What?

You're confusing Q8400 at 3.0ghz with a Pentium 4. It's no slouch.

I'd say a 7850 would be a great upgrade. Awesome price/performance, it's got enough muscle for anything out there, but won't significantly overpower the C2Q.

This is probably the best cooler you'll find on a 7850, but it's BIG.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161428

These 2 are cheap, with good coolers.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161425
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150656

EDIT: don't know where you shop, but those same models should be common.

Your CPU should be fine, but if it isn't, you can always push it harder now and upgrade whenever you feel like it.



If you're set on buying a monster GPU, it'll work... but your C2Q will hold it back. You'll want a used 2500k/P67 mobo or a 3570k/Z77 mobo.
Edited by brucethemoose - 2/10/13 at 9:11am
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Seagate 1TB 7200RPM OCZ Agility 4 128GB PNY 240GB LG Blu Ray Burner 
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Hyper 212+ with extra fan Windows 10 Education x64 Shimian QH270 @110hz Medieval Dell OEM Keyboard 
PowerCaseMouseAudio
Corsair TX750 V1 Antec 300 Black Illusion  Logitech G400s Xonar ST 
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