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Discussion Starter · #1 · (Edited)
I was wondering if it was worth $200 to upgrade from NVidia GeForce 8800GTX to a ATI Radeon HD 4890. Also, would I be able to just simply insert the chip (IE. are the chips compatable for upgrade).

Or are there better options for the same amount of money, or would I jsust be wasting my money.

Here are my specs:

System Information
Time of this report: 12/8/2009, 02:59:38
Machine name: M1ABRAMS
Operating System: Windows 7 Professional 64-bit (6.1, Build 7600) (7600.win7_rtm.090713-1255)
Language: English (Regional Setting: English)
System Manufacturer: Gateway
System Model: FX530
BIOS: Default System BIOS
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Quad CPU Q6600 @ 2.40GHz (4 CPUs), ~2.4GHz
Memory: 8192MB RAM
Available OS Memory: 8188MB RAM
Page File: 3763MB used, 12612MB available
Windows Dir: C:\Windows
DirectX Version: DirectX 11
DX Setup Parameters: Not found
User DPI Setting: 96 DPI (100 percent)
System DPI Setting: 96 DPI (100 percent)
DWM DPI Scaling: Disabled
DxDiag Version: 6.01.7600.16385 64bit Unicode

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The FX530 didn't really come with a good power supply when it was released. That would be the very first thing I upgrade before any new videocard. That stock gateway unit really shouldn't even be running an 8800 but they more or less "don't care" and will put any old power supply in the machine and hope it survives it's warranty.

First go for a decent power supply and then maybe an ati 5 series , no sense in spending the money on a 4 series.

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Discussion Starter · #3 · (Edited)
Sorry, I'm all about the Software part of computers. Really newbish when it comes to hardware. (I'm in college to be a computer programmer.)

But what exaclty do you mean by power supply? I'll be happy to do what suggest. Can you point me to a website that sells power supplies? I'll try to do some research myself.

Like what type of power supply would be best for my computer and how do I install it?

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The power supply is the power transformaer inside the machine that lowers the wall voltage to voltages the computer can use (in a nutshell). Typically oem machines like gateway or dell or hp use awful power supplies to cut costs. Since high end gpu's draw a lot of power the oem power supplies typically fail. Which is why you should change it to an after market unit before the new gpu.

For a 4890 or something in the 5 series you would want a decent 600 to 650w or higher power supply with 26 amps on the 12v rail and an 80+ certification. decent power supply brands are corsair , coolermaster , pc power and cooling , thermaltakes toughpower series , silverstone , seasonic , ect... Heres a few to look at

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Discussion Starter · #5 ·
I figured out the only way to find your current PSU specs is to look inside the computer.
So I did.

Heres the page to the current PSU (DPS-700 on the chart)

And here is what was written on the actual PSU:
Delta Electronics Inc.

+3.3=-= /24A +5V=-= /24A
+12V1=-= /18A +12V2=-= /16A
+12V3=-= /18A +12V4=-= /18A
+5VSB=-= /3.0A -12V=-= /0.5A

(5V and 3.3V MAX OUTPUT 140W)
(+12V MAX 700W, MAX LOAD IS 50A)

The rest was all Chinese or Japanese. =P

I was wondering if you could tell me how good/bad of a CPU this is and how much would help my ocmputer out.

THANKS so much for your replies! I really appreciate it!

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Discussion Starter · #6 ·
One more thing, would dual 8800GTX be a upgrade, not possible or pointless?

Here is a detailed spec on my GPU:

NVIDIA System Information report created on: 12/08/2009 06:14:26
System name: M1ABRAMS

Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Quad CPU Q6600 @ 2.40GHz (2400 MHz)
Operating System: Windows 7 Professional, 64-bit
DirectX version: 11.0
GPU processor: GeForce 8800 GTX
Driver version: 195.62
CUDA Cores: 128
Core clock: 576 MHz
Shader clock: 1350 MHz
Memory clock: 900 MHz (1800 MHz data rate)
Memory interface: 384-bit
Total available graphics memory: 4095 MB
Dedicated video memory: 768 MB
System video memory: 0 MB
Shared system memory: 3327 MB
Video BIOS version:
IRQ: 16
Bus: PCI Express x16


nvCplUIR.dll NVIDIA Control Panel
nvCplUI.exe NVIDIA Control Panel
nvWSS.dll NVIDIA Workstation Server
nvViTvS.dll NVIDIA Video Server
nvMoblS.dll NVIDIA Mobile Server
NVSTTEST.EXE NVIDIA 3D Vision Test Application
NVSTRES.DLL NVIDIA 3D Vision Module (0)
NVMCTRAY.DLL NVIDIA Media Center Library
nvDispS.dll NVIDIA Display Server
NVCPL.DLL NVIDIA Compatible Windows7 Display driver, Version 195.62
nvGameS.dll NVIDIA 3D Settings Server

I know it's long, but hey the more detail the better the repsonse =D
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