I need YOU! - GPU upgrade question


Oct 8, 2011
I'm looking forward to DICE's New game BF3 and also The Elders Scrolls: Skyrim.
I have a Packard Bell ixtreme and it has a pretty bad graphics card (I downloaded the BETA and had to run it on low settings). I am thinking of spending about £100 in total. There is a graphics card that looks good and i would like conformation if it it good enough to play BF3 on high settings.
Also this is my first modification and if possible would like step by step instructions on what to do.
This is the GPU: http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=GX-165-OK&tool=3

These are my system specifications:


Manufacturer Packard Bell
Model ixtreme M3720
Total amount of system memory 4.00 GB RAM
System type 64-bit operating system
Number of processor cores 4


Total size of hard disk(s) 582 GB
Disk partition (C:) 240 GB Free (291 GB Total)
Disk partition (D:) 291 GB Free (291 GB Total)
Media drive (E:) CD/DVD


Display adapter type NVIDIA GeForce GT 220
Total available graphics memory 2815 MB
Dedicated graphics memory 1024 MB
Dedicated system memory 0 MB
Shared system memory 1791 MB
Display adapter driver version
Primary monitor resolution 1280x1024
DirectX version DirectX 10


Network Adapter Realtek RTL8102E/RTL8103E Family PCI-E Fast Ethernet NIC (NDIS 6.20)
Network Adapter Atheros AR5006GS Wireless Network Adapter
Network Adapter Microsoft Virtual WiFi Miniport Adapter

Sorry about the smileys!


julius 85

Dec 18, 2010
The 1GB version might be enough. However, you're probably going to have to upgrade your PSU, too. So 100 pounds won't be enough if you want to play it at high settings. And if you need a guide on replacing your GPU, search on youtube.
Thats up to you, it would be cheaper yeah.

This is the cheapest upgrade i think ( got it from my dear friend Yummerzzzzzzzz ) ;

BeQuiet Pure Power BQT L7 80Plus 530W PSU £44
XFX HD 6870 1GB w/ Free Stalker : CoP £140
It should fit. Been looking for 20 minutes but can't find the specs from your pc. ( not if it has a pcie slot anyway )
I did read on Tom's someone has put a gtx460 in it so it has a pciex16 slot. Not sure tho if it's a 1.0 or 2.0. The 6870 could give a problem if it is a 1.0 slot, because some 2.1 gpu's don't work on a 1.0 slot.
If you can find out it's a 2.0 slot go for the 6870, if not ; maybe better to be sure and go for a GTX 460 1G.


Oct 8, 2011