Help me pick a graphics card.

Hey guys, I'm wanting to bring life to my old desktop. First, graphics card!

System: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16883107364

Looking for the best graphics card compatable for this system

Thanks ahead!
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  1. Budget?


    And whats the wattage of the power supply? Also the amps on the +12 rail?
  2. Martell1977 said:
    Budget?


    And whats the wattage of the power supply? Also the amps on the +12 rail?


    Budget about $100 (less if possible)

    320 watt PSU. Not sure about amps, I don't have the computer with me right now.
  3. With that PSU, you are pretty much looking at a Radeon 7750:

    $89.99 + $10 MIR, Free Shipping from Newegg
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102969

    Anything higher and you would probably have to upgrade your PSU as well. The Radeon 7770 is ~$100.
  4. Martell1977 said:
    With that PSU, you are pretty much looking at a Radeon 7750:

    $89.99 + $10 MIR, Free Shipping from Newegg
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102969

    Anything higher and you would probably have to upgrade your PSU as well. The Radeon 7770 is ~$100.


    Don't quote me but I don't think 3.0 x16 is compatible with my motherboard. (Intel 945G)
  5. If you have a PCI-e x16 port, its compatible. The PCI-e versions 1.0, 1.1, 2.0, 3.0 are backwards compatible. What will happen is that the GPU will be limited to the speed of the motherboard. So the card is PCI-e 3.0 but will be limited to the 1.1 spec (or whatever your board is)
    Is this the motherboard:
    http://support.gateway.com/s/MOTHERBD/Intel2/WMEOEMD945GPBG1/WMEOEMD945GPBG1sp2.shtml
  6. I did this as well this year, been upgrading since February.

    I had a HP Pavilion p6-2002uk.

    I've now got what's in my Sig.

    I have to say your Mobo is a bit sucky, however one thing at a time I guess, GPU wise you really need to consider what it is you want from your PC.

    Normal operational PC performance?

    Gaming?

    Rendering & Video?

    What resolution is your monitor?

    My issue for you would be if its gaming you don't want to waste money on a slight upgrade that won't get you where you want to be, however without the answers to the above I couldn't recommend anything.
  7. Martell1977 said:
    If you have a PCI-e x16 port, its compatible. The PCI-e versions 1.0, 1.1, 2.0, 3.0 are backwards compatible. What will happen is that the GPU will be limited to the speed of the motherboard. So the card is PCI-e 3.0 but will be limited to the 1.1 spec (or whatever your board is)
    Is this the motherboard:
    http://support.gateway.com/s/MOTHERBD/Intel2/WMEOEMD945GPBG1/WMEOEMD945GPBG1sp2.shtml


    That looks like the MOBO.
  8. iChase said:
    Martell1977 said:
    If you have a PCI-e x16 port, its compatible. The PCI-e versions 1.0, 1.1, 2.0, 3.0 are backwards compatible. What will happen is that the GPU will be limited to the speed of the motherboard. So the card is PCI-e 3.0 but will be limited to the 1.1 spec (or whatever your board is)
    Is this the motherboard:
    http://support.gateway.com/s/MOTHERBD/Intel2/WMEOEMD945GPBG1/WMEOEMD945GPBG1sp2.shtml


    That looks like the MOBO.



    That chipset supports PCI-e 1.1, so the GPU would be limited to that spec, but it will run. Should be a big improvement from the IGP you are running now.
  9. Okay. Ill have a look see. Thanks for help.
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