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Posted by SteveKB on Dec. 9, 2008, 4:05 p.m.

Well, I've been trying to upgrade my 2 year old computer and stuff since I've been wanting to play some of those new games these days.

ok so the first thing I do is go to office depot and me and my dad get an AGP graphics card, it's not the correct socket so we exchange it for the PCI one when we figure this out… I was so sure that the sockets on the side of the box were the same as in my computer :< The graphics card was $80

So I install it all and the graphics card is all nice making my games run faster a little bit and then I take another look at the card type GeForce FX 5500 it says…. then I realize that the better ones are OVER NINE THOUSAND…………. and now know why it didn't let me run Trackmania on maximum at a decent frame rate. Although it was really huge for my mini-desktop and I have to leave the case open…

I decide to order a graphics card online through a website called which is a really good site. So I buy another graphics card for $120 which is a low-profile size for my mini-desktop. When it arrives 5 days later on a 2 day delivery contract :p fucking Sundays and religion, I finally get my card but then after putting in my case it won't fit into the PCI connector because I was dumb and didn't realize that the connect need to be a express x16 and I think mine is a PCI 2.0 slot :p and even if that was correct I needed to 24 prong energy supplies and only had 1 and my system's power supply is 160W when my new graphics card alone needs 400 minimum :P

So I switch back to my other graphics card since it atleast works and am now planning to build a pc from parts that would be compatible with the graphics card I just bought. These were the first graphics cards I'd ever bought so I guess I'm learning…. I've also learned to look at every detail of a computer component in order for it to be compatible with another.

Since then I've gathered a saved wish list on of what I would like to purchase and so far it's about $600

here is my list.

The motherboard can support up to 16GB and right now I'm only getting a single 4GB so that I don't have to replace it later. I'm also getting a beast processor and a power supply that uses over 500watts and have made sure the motherboard has the correct PCI express x16 slot and the 2 power connects for the card. Oh and my low profile card came with a metal piece that I can replace so that it can be put into a mid tower desktop :D

So anyways this was more of an experience I guess but it does leave me a tiny bit down, not that much however, because I am smart enough not to hype myself unless I'm certain things will go 100% and so I didn't get toooo hyped up :P only a little ehehe. anyways yeah that's all for this blog cyah later or whatever…. :D


Oh yeah I got fear the gold edition about the same time of the first graphics card and I check with for compatibility and the only thing missing is a DVD drive XD and that's on my list as you can see.

also here is a video there are car chases in malls and cars in wars :P


PY 15 years, 7 months ago

…that's why you don't just pick cards at random, and actually do some research first.

SteveKB 15 years, 7 months ago

yes I have sorta learned that now :p now I have to work around my mistake, I've been needing a new computer for a while anyway :)

Graydon 15 years, 7 months ago

What is the graphics card that you ordered?

SteveKB 15 years, 7 months ago

@Graydon link

this is the product page for it.

Graydon 15 years, 7 months ago

I also have the 9600 GT, but mine is made by EVGA.

Josea 15 years, 7 months ago

Hello, that's why you research on the Internet. The mobo's manual is your best friend. You can't buy computer hardware just like you buy groceries.

Also, in my opinion, you have some wrong things in your wishlist:

-You're getting a single 4 Gb RAM stick, for $100. I would rather buy a cheap 2 x 2 Gb kit, which also offers better timing. Like this

-I don't know why would you want 1 Tb, but that's your choice. Personally I would get 500-750 Gb, and 7200 RPM

-You're getting a 65nm Conroe CPU, for that same money I would rather go for a Wolfdale, specifically the E8400, I've heard good things about it (It seems to be at $165 at Newegg right now)

And with those savings, guess, get a mid-range videocard.

That's only my opinion though, thanks to my stupid country I haven't been able to tinker with computers much lately <_<. Importing parts is such a hassle now…

SteveKB 15 years, 7 months ago

@Josea yeah too bad I didn't know :p don't worry I am a noob and THIS stuff… like I had mentioned this was my first time…. we aren't made of money so we've never bothered in upgrades until now.

@Graydon I guess you wanted to see if yours was better or not I don't really know :D I thought that you were a expert and may have wanted to know in order to tell me if it was compatible or not with the motherboard I selected but I guess not :p or maybe… yeah I don't know XD

Ace02 15 years, 7 months ago

I shed nary a tear.

Josea 15 years, 7 months ago

@Josea yeah too bad I didn't know :p don't worry I am a noob and THIS stuff… like I had mentioned this was my first time…. we aren't made of money so we've never bothered in upgrades until now.
Me neither. Anyways, just don't buy things at random next time, ask an expert first (and that's not me)

Graydon 15 years, 7 months ago

@meow44 I was just wondering how much of a upgrade you got from the 5500, and I was looking at your wish list as well. Just like with Josea you should go for 2x 2gb ram sticks like I did recently. I got them for only 50$ :D. I have also never heard of that particular motherboard, and I personally have a 680i mobo which is not that old.