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Oh, the CPU will definitely bottleneck this video card, that's for sure. However, it should be a noticeable upgrade.

As far as compatibility: I admit that I'm concerned about proprietary connectors, so be careful before removing the old PSU. Check for connectors that the CX430 doesn't have, like weird-looking ones.

If the PSU swap is simple, then the only other concern is the video card in the motherboard. Of course, if the motherboard supports PCI-E, then it should work.

Well obviously the CPU will bottleneck the card, what I meant I guess will it be actually noticeable. But yea you answered that, so that's good. And if the other PSU has some weird looking connecters, what should he do? And do you know if the motherboard supports PCI-E? I think it does, he currently has a GT 430 in there.
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About CPU:

You should be able to swap that CPU out for a Phenom x4. Maybe need even more power for it though...
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If the other PSU has some weird looking connecters, what should he do? And do you know if the motherboard supports PCI-E? I think it does, he currently has a GT 430 in there.

If the other PSU has non-standard connectors you may be in for a bit of trouble.

As for the motherboard supporting PCIe, it's hard to say without a full model number. There were several revisions of that eMachines model, which may well make a difference. The fact that it's running a GT 430 doesn't help, as there were standard PCI versions of that card as well.

EDIT: I tried Googling that model number + the CPU (x2 220) and I am starting to think that it will only accept half-height expansion cards, which would greatly curtail your choices for new GPUs.
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Well obviously the CPU will bottleneck the card, what I meant I guess will it be actually noticeable. But yea you answered that, so that's good. And if the other PSU has some weird looking connecters, what should he do? And do you know if the motherboard supports PCI-E? I think it does, he currently has a GT 430 in there.

I'm not sure what he'd do, but I would assume that he'd be kind of screwed.

I recommend checking the GT 430 to see if it's PCI-E or PCI.

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If the other PSU has non-standard connectors you may be in for a bit of trouble.

As for the motherboard supporting PCIe, it's hard to say without a full model number. There were several revisions of that eMachines model, which may well make a difference. The fact that it's running a GT 420 doesn't help, as there were standard PCI versions of that card as well.

GT 420? Is that a Freudian slip? smile.gif
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GT 420? Is that a Freudian slip? smile.gif

Nope, just a simple non-impaired mental error. Trying to juggle several different threads without rigorous rechecking will do that you. biggrin.gif
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Nope, just a simple non-impaired mental error. Trying to juggle several different threads without rigorous rechecking will do that you. biggrin.gif

Aw man. lol smile.gif
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