Video Card Problems/Graphic card and motherboard.
QUESTION: Greetings, I'm recently interested into buying a new graphic card for my computer and I'm trying to inform myself the more I can before buying it so I can avoid any problem.
So here is the graphic card I want to buy for my PC (GeForce GTX 960)
and here is my motherboard that I have installed right now.
(Asus P8H67-M PRO)
I'm wondering if the graphic card is compatible with my motherboard and if I'll run in any problem buying this new graphic card for my PC.
And in case you need it, here is my PC spec.
Processor: Intel Core i7-2600 CPU 3.40GHz
Thanks in advance :)
ANSWER: To determine if this card is compatible, you would need to know more about your system's hardware. Specifically, the power supply, and what kind of clearance the enclosure (case) offers. The motherboard and operating system will be compatible with the GTX 960, but if the power supply and enclosure won't support it, that is a problem. Either of those components can be upgraded, however.
Finally, before making this purchase, I would encourage you to consider what goal you're trying to satisfy with the new graphics card. In other words, what application or series of applications are you needing to run, that you think the GeForce will provide a benefit for?
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QUESTION: So I've been on another forum and the moderator there told me that I would not have any problem with the motherboard that I have, but he asked me about my power supply being 400 or higher. I think my power supply is a 500.
I'll provide a picture for you.
I'm still waiting for a reply from him.
But I guess you can help me in the mean while :)
That power supply is technically rated for just over 400W, but it isn't a great quality unit, nor does it provide substantial 12V output current. With the i7 and a GTX 960, I'd suggest a new power supply. Look at Corsair, FirePower, Antec, or Enermax - something around 600W would provide sufficient capacity for your current needs, and leave you room to expand in the future.
Something like this unit from Corsair, for example:
Or this one from Antec:
And so forth.