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    Default How Do I Tell If A Graphics Card Is Compatible With My Pc

    Hi there everybody, I'm interested in picking up a NVIDIA GeForce 9600 GT, however before I purchase it I want to make sure that my computer is compatible with this graphics card, but I'm not sure how to tell if its compatible or not, and if it's not how do I make it compatible? I probably should post some stuff about my computer, but I'm not exactly sure what to post... so if you could point me in the right direction that would be great.

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    Hello Paskra

    Welcome to Free PC Help

    Well the make and exact model along with CPU size and the amount of memory you have would help us.

    Regarding the operating system do you have the pc icon on the desk top and does it say My Computer or just Computer?

    Does your desktop look similar to this http://rbonini.files.wordpress.com/2.../startmenu.JPG

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    The first one, my computer is a Vista - Home Premium.

    Also, here's my basic computer information;

    Manufacturer: Gateway

    Model: GT5092b

    Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Quad CPU Q6600 @2.40GHz 2.39GHz

    Memory (RAM): 2.00GB

    System type: 32-bit Operating System
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    Ok it would be appreciated if you would be patient until our resident component expert gets online to advise you further on this matter.

    Would you be wanting to use the card for gaming etc?

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    Yes, gaming is mostly what I had in mind.

    And as for the waiting, I don't mind.

    Thanks for the help so far.

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    What genre of games are you interested in? The graphics card you'll need will be very dependent on that.

    The machine you have supports PCIe upgrade, which as far as I know is still the standard, however you won't be able to use SLI or Crossfire technology, as from what I can gather, it's only got one of such slots for upgrade.

    So, to get top-notch performance, you're going to have to pay for a single powerful card. As opposed to combining mid-range cards a la Voltron.
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    Your mobo will support the 9600GT - what came with it as the Q6600 is a very powerful processor and I imagine something more powerful than a 9600GT was in with it in the first place
    Intel Q6600 @ 4Ghz (Watercooled)
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    Intel integrated chipset (though I can't rememcall which particular one) - which I'm fairly certain does not support Hardware Transform and Lighting, which are requirements for many modern games.
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    Anything socket 775 will support a GPU that has T&L
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