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Changing A New Graphics Card for a factory PC.

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December 1, 2013 5:37:32 PM

Hello, 2 years ago i bought a factory PC from hp.
Model No. h8-1202
This is a link to the specs:
http://h20566.www2.hp.com/portal/site/hpsc/template.PAG...
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Basically, i can't run games very well,and i am very new to modding/building computers, so any help would be nice. I want to get a new card (Budget around 150$, could go a bit higher)
The current card i have is the Nvidia Geforce GT 520
i want to know, will any other Invidia card fit into my PC, and if you recommend any cards for me to get.
If there is any other info. you need please ask.
Thanks alot.

Edit: I think I have found a pretty good card (recommended by users below and friends) but I don't know if it will fit on my motherboard.
http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B009L946II/ref=mp_s_a_1_2...
Can someone tell me if they are compatible? One of the reviewers said that it is backwards compatible with 2.0.
Thanks.

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a b U Graphics card
December 1, 2013 6:11:00 PM

You are lucky to have an ATX compatible PSU.

550W PSU $34.99 ($24.99 w/ rebate)
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/searchtools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=3276574

GTX 650ti Boost $139
http://www.amazon.com/EVGA-GTX650Ti-SuperClocked-Dual-Link-01G-P4-3656-KR/dp/B00CBQNFO4

If you count the rebate that's $163.99. Shipping is free in US. Only fly in the ointment is the card only has 1GB, but bang for buck that is the best I could come up with.

Edit: Failed to mention why you need a new PSU. That HP has 300W PSU that most likely isn't all that good anyway. Best you could do is an HD 7750 possibly a 7770 with your current PSU.
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a c 513 U Graphics card
December 1, 2013 6:15:52 PM

Even so, it'd be best to go for a 2GB card

Here, the 7870 smokes the 650 Ti Boost in performance whilst also offering 2GB of VRAM for modern gaming at 1080p

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB Video Card ($129.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: EVGA 500W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($29.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $159.98
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-12-01 21:15 EST-0500)
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a b U Graphics card
December 1, 2013 6:32:49 PM

Or that, sounds great except it's currently out of stock. I wouldn't go as far as saying "smokes" also. :)  9% faster though
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a b α HP
a c 513 U Graphics card
December 1, 2013 6:34:57 PM

Oh derp, well that leaves the Asus 7850 which performs about the same as the Boost xD at a decent price

http://pcpartpicker.com/part/asus-video-card-hd7850dc22...

Or another 2GB 650 Ti Boost without a reference cooler

http://pcpartpicker.com/part/pny-video-card-vcggtx650tb...

Performance differential

http://www.anandtech.com/bench/product/778?vs=782



14% quicker actually, not too bad a performance boost, shame that it got sold out as of now
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a b U Graphics card
December 2, 2013 3:40:38 AM

Wait, damn, the link to that HP shows a low profile card. We need to make sure that is a requirement or not.

Edit: Okay I don't think that it has to be low profile from looking around the internet. Could your friends confirm that a Low Profile card is not need?
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a c 513 U Graphics card
December 2, 2013 4:20:07 AM

Given that the system is an ATX Mid Tower, low profile cards would not be a requirement

Just check inside for odd hardware placement, otherwise these full height cards should work just fine
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