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What Graphics Card(s) Can I Upgrade With My Pre-Made Gateway Desktop? (Model Number: SX2802-02c)

Alright hi guys, So! I got this Desktop in late 2010 and I've noticed that Games i play like (Smite,LoL,NeverWinter,Hearthstone) don't run Smoothly even on Low Settings... So I would like to know, What type of Video Card(s) Can i buy to maybe bring me from 10 FPS to possibly 30-60-FPS I'm also on a Budget so i can spare just about 100-230$ ($Canadian). Also in this Pre-Made Desktop, It's running with an 220 watt Power Supply... Thanks in advance for helping me!

Edit:Added Computer Specs!

Operating System:Windows 7
Processor:Intel Core 2 quad processor Q8300
Graphics card:Intel GMA X4500 integrated
Memory: 6GB DDR2
Hard Drive: 750GB
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    Although the graphics card is usually to blame, how do you know your other components aren't too thinned out to cut out performance? Maybe your CPU isn't enough or you got too little ram...

    The R7 265 fits well within your budget.
  2. BigBadBeef said:
    Although the graphics card is usually to blame, how do you know your other components aren't too thinned out to cut out performance? Maybe your CPU isn't enough or you got too little ram...

    The R7 265 fits well within your budget.


    Could you possibly provide some links to where i could get my hands on one of these R7 265's?
  3. BigBadBeef said:
    Although the graphics card is usually to blame, how do you know your other components aren't too thinned out to cut out performance? Maybe your CPU isn't enough or you got too little ram...

    The R7 265 fits well within your budget.


    it wont run on that power supply not even a 750 can run on 220watt PS

    @Lape
    you have to change your PSU before you even think about a graphics card
  4. Owl, then we need to come up with a solution, a good and very cheap power supply that would be just enough and a graphics card, both need to fit in his budget.

    I think you should try SeaSonic SS-350ET and an ASUS R7 265, price of both together is 200-250$ depending on where you would order them.
  5. also you have to be carefull when you buy the PSU as some wont fit in your case, you should get a decent PSU and a 750ti
  6. Shasha23 said:
    BigBadBeef said:
    Although the graphics card is usually to blame, how do you know your other components aren't too thinned out to cut out performance? Maybe your CPU isn't enough or you got too little ram...

    The R7 265 fits well within your budget.


    it wont run on that power supply not even a 750 can run on 220watt PS

    @Lape
    you have to change your PSU before you even think about a graphics card


    BigBadBeef said:
    Owl, then we need to come up with a solution, a good and very cheap power supply that would be just enough and a graphics card, both need to fit in his budget.

    I think you should try SeaSonic SS-350ET and an ASUS R7 265, price of both together is 200-250$ depending on where you would order them.


    Thanks for the suggestions. Could you also provide some links? Also, Do you know what PSU could fit into my case? Or maybe a cheap case that's big enough that i could move everything from my old case to the new one? Thanks.
  7. Lape said:
    Alright hi guys, So! I got this Desktop in late 2010 and I've noticed that Games i play like (Smite,LoL,NeverWinter,Hearthstone) don't run Smoothly even on Low Settings... So I would like to know, What type of Video Card(s) Can i buy to maybe bring me from 10 FPS to possibly 30-60-FPS I'm also on a Budget so i can spare just about 100-230$ ($Canadian). Also in this Pre-Made Desktop, It's running with an 220 watt Power Supply... Thanks in advance for helping me!

    Edit:Added Computer Specs!

    Operating System:Windows 7
    Processor:Intel Core 2 quad processor Q8300
    Graphics card:Intel GMA X4500 integrated
    Memory: 6GB DDR2
    Hard Drive: 750GB


    for your 220w psu the best graphics card you can get is the 6670 with will play mw3 on med-high settings. here is a link https://www.google.co.uk/shopping/product/8960454384304921843?q=6670&safe=active&rls=com.microsoft:en-gb&bav=on.2,or.r_qf.&bvm=bv.68911936,d.ZGU,pv.xjs.s.en_US.tIcIVQPBf0E.O&biw=1034&bih=605&tch=4&ech=1&psi=g7SZU6vaC6qv7AaE5YF4.1402582155417.3&wrapid=tljp140258215678410&sa=X&ei=jLSZU_aZN9He7Abi4IDgBw&ved=0CKMBEPMCMAM this link shows all the online retailers you can get it from. it is a surprisingly cheap gpu for the power. i would definitely get this. if this helps dont hesitate to give me the best answer ;D
  8. moistened eel said:
    Lape said:
    Alright hi guys, So! I got this Desktop in late 2010 and I've noticed that Games i play like (Smite,LoL,NeverWinter,Hearthstone) don't run Smoothly even on Low Settings... So I would like to know, What type of Video Card(s) Can i buy to maybe bring me from 10 FPS to possibly 30-60-FPS I'm also on a Budget so i can spare just about 100-230$ ($Canadian). Also in this Pre-Made Desktop, It's running with an 220 watt Power Supply... Thanks in advance for helping me!

    Edit:Added Computer Specs!

    Operating System:Windows 7
    Processor:Intel Core 2 quad processor Q8300
    Graphics card:Intel GMA X4500 integrated
    Memory: 6GB DDR2
    Hard Drive: 750GB


    for your 220w psu the best graphics card you can get is the 6670 with will play mw3 on med-high settings. here is a link https://www.google.co.uk/shopping/product/8960454384304921843?q=6670&safe=active&rls=com.microsoft:en-gb&bav=on.2,or.r_qf.&bvm=bv.68911936,d.ZGU,pv.xjs.s.en_US.tIcIVQPBf0E.O&biw=1034&bih=605&tch=4&ech=1&psi=g7SZU6vaC6qv7AaE5YF4.1402582155417.3&wrapid=tljp140258215678410&sa=X&ei=jLSZU_aZN9He7Abi4IDgBw&ved=0CKMBEPMCMAM this link shows all the online retailers you can get it from. it is a surprisingly cheap gpu for the power. i would definitely get this. if this helps dont hesitate to give me the best answer ;D


    it wont work with a 220watt psu dude
  9. Shasha23 said:
    moistened eel said:
    Lape said:
    Alright hi guys, So! I got this Desktop in late 2010 and I've noticed that Games i play like (Smite,LoL,NeverWinter,Hearthstone) don't run Smoothly even on Low Settings... So I would like to know, What type of Video Card(s) Can i buy to maybe bring me from 10 FPS to possibly 30-60-FPS I'm also on a Budget so i can spare just about 100-230$ ($Canadian). Also in this Pre-Made Desktop, It's running with an 220 watt Power Supply... Thanks in advance for helping me!

    Edit:Added Computer Specs!

    Operating System:Windows 7
    Processor:Intel Core 2 quad processor Q8300
    Graphics card:Intel GMA X4500 integrated
    Memory: 6GB DDR2
    Hard Drive: 750GB


    for your 220w psu the best graphics card you can get is the 6670 with will play mw3 on med-high settings. here is a link https://www.google.co.uk/shopping/product/8960454384304921843?q=6670&safe=active&rls=com.microsoft:en-gb&bav=on.2,or.r_qf.&bvm=bv.68911936,d.ZGU,pv.xjs.s.en_US.tIcIVQPBf0E.O&biw=1034&bih=605&tch=4&ech=1&psi=g7SZU6vaC6qv7AaE5YF4.1402582155417.3&wrapid=tljp140258215678410&sa=X&ei=jLSZU_aZN9He7Abi4IDgBw&ved=0CKMBEPMCMAM this link shows all the online retailers you can get it from. it is a surprisingly cheap gpu for the power. i would definitely get this. if this helps dont hesitate to give me the best answer ;D


    it wont work with a 220watt psu dude


    So, If i were to get a new case, New Graphics Card, and a new PSU, What do you guys recommend? Again my price range is between 200-300$
  10. Lape said:

    So, If i were to get a new case, New Graphics Card, and a new PSU, What do you guys recommend? Again my price range is between 200-300$


    no you just need a new PSU and GPU, try finding a 400watt psu, most pc stores sell cheap but rialable PSU's and then get a gtx750 or something, find a psu you don't need a new case
  11. If I'm right about the model and type of your computer(slimline case and mini-ITX power supply) none of these things are going to work for you.

    Try this:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817104145

    With this:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150682

    That's about the best you can do with that system and it matches up pretty well with the rest of what you have and stays in your budget. You could move everything to a bigger case and you would be able to drop the price on the power supply to about $50 freeing up some money for the case and also would let you use a full size card, just depends on how much work you want to do.
  12. bccorrupt said:
    If I'm right about the model and type of your computer(slimline case and mini-ITX power supply) none of these things are going to work for you.

    Try this:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817104145

    With this:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150682

    That's about the best you can do with that system and it matches up pretty well with the rest of what you have and stays in your budget. You could move everything to a bigger case and you would be able to drop the price on the power supply to about $50 freeing up some money for the case and also would let you use a full size card, just depends on how much work you want to do.


    the power supply yes but that card no, he should get a gtx750
  13. They don't make a gtx750 in a low profile card. If he buys a case with a regular atx power supply, then yes a 750 or 750ti, but not in his case that he has.
  14. Shasha23 said:
    moistened eel said:
    Lape said:
    Alright hi guys, So! I got this Desktop in late 2010 and I've noticed that Games i play like (Smite,LoL,NeverWinter,Hearthstone) don't run Smoothly even on Low Settings... So I would like to know, What type of Video Card(s) Can i buy to maybe bring me from 10 FPS to possibly 30-60-FPS I'm also on a Budget so i can spare just about 100-230$ ($Canadian). Also in this Pre-Made Desktop, It's running with an 220 watt Power Supply... Thanks in advance for helping me!

    Edit:Added Computer Specs!

    Operating System:Windows 7
    Processor:Intel Core 2 quad processor Q8300
    Graphics card:Intel GMA X4500 integrated
    Memory: 6GB DDR2
    Hard Drive: 750GB


    for your 220w psu the best graphics card you can get is the 6670 with will play mw3 on med-high settings. here is a link https://www.google.co.uk/shopping/product/8960454384304921843?q=6670&safe=active&rls=com.microsoft:en-gb&bav=on.2,or.r_qf.&bvm=bv.68911936,d.ZGU,pv.xjs.s.en_US.tIcIVQPBf0E.O&biw=1034&bih=605&tch=4&ech=1&psi=g7SZU6vaC6qv7AaE5YF4.1402582155417.3&wrapid=tljp140258215678410&sa=X&ei=jLSZU_aZN9He7Abi4IDgBw&ved=0CKMBEPMCMAM this link shows all the online retailers you can get it from. it is a surprisingly cheap gpu for the power. i would definitely get this. if this helps dont hesitate to give me the best answer ;D


    it wont work with a 220watt psu dude


    my friend did it. as long as you dont oc anything, youre ok
  15. bccorrupt said:
    They don't make a gtx750 in a low profile card. If he buys a case with a regular atx power supply, then yes a 750 or 750ti, but not in his case that he has.


    this is a single slot ish card but yeah you could still probably fit it in http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=GX-058-KF
  16. moistened eel said:
    bccorrupt said:
    They don't make a gtx750 in a low profile card. If he buys a case with a regular atx power supply, then yes a 750 or 750ti, but not in his case that he has.


    this is a single slot ish card but yeah you could still probably fit it in http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=GX-058-KF


    Yeah, it just noticed it came out last month, but isn't at the majority of the vendors yet(newegg, amazon), but I did find it at one of my local vendors, but I don't know if it's local enough or able to be shipped to him. If you can get one in low profile, definitely get one like Moistened eel said.

    http://www.microcenter.com/product/434086/GeForce_GTX_750

    But the difference in price of a low profile one would actually pay for a full size case if you don't mind moving everything over.
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