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    I'm looking to upgrade the graphics card on my computer and am wondering what my current motherboard would be able to handle.

    Basically my computer is a Pentium 4 3.06GHz with 1GB of DDR2 SDRAM and currently using a GeForce 7300LE graphics card. The motherboard is a ECS RC410-M and I'm hoping I could continue using it for a bit longer.

    Short term I'm looking at GeForce 7600GT card with SLI ability so that in the future I could add another one after a motherboard upgrade.
    I expect that I will also have to upgrade the PSU to at least 400W, I'm using a 300W unit at the moment.

    So summing up, with a PSU upgrade can I use my current motherboard with the graphics card I'm looking at?

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    I would definitely get a better PSU then you should have no problems. Buy quality ie Silverstone 500w or Enermax etc etc.

    It looks like your mobo is PCI-e so any card in that series.
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    Thanks for advice Tukapa

    Also I want to allow the graphics card as much ventilation as possible. At the moment my computer is setup like this:

    Graphics Card, Modem, TV Tuner, Empty PCI Slot.

    I'd change it to this

    Graphics Card, Empty PCI Slot, Modem, TV Tuner.

    Is it a simple as it seems, just moving the modem and TV tuner both down a slot, or is there more I have to do?

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    That should be it, just move 'em. you shouldn't need to reinstall drivers or anything.
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    I guess you don't need to be told to turn the system off before you make the moves and to make sure the cards are positioned correctly and correctly seated?

    Of course you knew that, silly me!

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    Default Re: Upgrade Advice

    Ask silly questions and you get silly answers

    What about my current motherboard, will it handle my immediate plans?

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    Quote Originally Posted by av4tarnz View Post
    What about my current motherboard,
    Well...........its ECS.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pctek View Post
    Well...........its ECS.
    Nicely said

    It will handle any PCI-E card you put into it...

    DEFFINATELY get a better PSU though, I suggest Enermax
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    Guessed that was the case pctek

    Maybe there's hope for my glorified paper weight yet.....

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    if you're really worried about cooling make sure there is some airflow in the case, try putting an intake fan somewhere low down, possibly over the pci slots. this shouldn't be necessary, but it can always help (i suggest getting a dust filter of some sort to stop dust building up on heatsinks, a tissue works fine)
    When it comes to computers there is a difference to what you need and what you want, the former being less than half the price of the latter.

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