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July 14, 2014 2:16:22 PM

I have a HP Pavilion p6-2120ea Desktop PC and was wondering the best graphics card I can put in it thats cheap? Budget is £200

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July 14, 2014 2:33:24 PM

The 750 ti might work. You'll need to ask people who know more about PSU's. Otherwise you can change your PSU for like £40 quid and get a r7 265 and upgrade the processor. It would otherwise surely bottleneck otherwise.
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July 14, 2014 2:34:13 PM

danguar01 said:
I have a HP Pavilion p6-2120ea Desktop PC and was wondering the best graphics card I can put in it thats cheap? Budget is £200



With a stock PSU of 300w, I'd recommend a GeForce GTX 750 Ti... £93.63
http://www.newegg.com/global/uk/Product/Product.aspx?It...
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July 14, 2014 2:39:50 PM

Thank you very much guys, I will look into the 750 ri!
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July 14, 2014 2:41:38 PM

drkatz42 said:
danguar01 said:
I have a HP Pavilion p6-2120ea Desktop PC and was wondering the best graphics card I can put in it thats cheap? Budget is £200



With a stock PSU of 300w, I'd recommend a GeForce GTX 750 Ti... £93.63
http://www.newegg.com/global/uk/Product/Product.aspx?It...


Not newegg. He has to have enough power though. 300w can mean nothing. It could have 50 percent efficiency as far as we know.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Video Card: Sapphire Radeon R7 265 2GB Video Card (£89.99 @ Amazon UK)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 500W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply (£45.36 @ Amazon UK)
Total: £135.35
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available

This would get a better FPS than the 750 ti and you could later upgrade the MOBO and CPU thanks to the new PSU.
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July 14, 2014 2:43:17 PM

Would the radeon r7 work without me upgrading the power supply?
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July 14, 2014 2:46:12 PM

danguar01 said:
Would the radeon r7 work without me upgrading the power supply?


Sadly unlikely. Either way, it's better to get a branded PSU rather than one from OEM's. They are better quality and the specs are more transparent. It's not a guarantee that the 750ti will work on the 300 watt psu either.
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July 14, 2014 2:48:42 PM

Ok thanks :)  Just asking, but do you guys know of any that would definitely work? E.g. would the radeon 250 work?
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July 14, 2014 2:53:20 PM

danguar01 said:
Ok thanks :)  Just asking, but do you guys know of any that would definitely work? E.g. would the radeon 250 work?


http://www.computershopper.com/components/reviews/amd-r...

Needs more power than the 750ti apparantly.I would just upgrade the PSU. It would be worth it. If you go down with the power usage any more, the price to performance will be plain awful.
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July 14, 2014 2:54:18 PM

Ah ok cheers, would you most recommend the power supply you posted? (Thanks for all the help by the way)
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July 14, 2014 2:56:07 PM

Also, will that graphics card definitely fit?
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July 14, 2014 3:02:33 PM

danguar01 said:
Ah ok cheers, would you most recommend the power supply you posted? (Thanks for all the health by the way)


It should be good yeah. Ill look at your mobo, see if the CX has all the needed cables to power your CPU. I would also recomend that you upgrade your CPU/MOBO/RAM. You can do that at a later date.

- Should be fine. The only thing that I am unsure of would be the 4 pin ATX. If by that they mean peripheral connector then it should be fine.
http://www.corsair.com/en-gb/cx-series-cx500m-modular-a...
http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/document?cc=us&lc=en...

BTW that should be your motherboard.

Ask for a second opinion if I were you. It's better to be safe than sorry.
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July 14, 2014 3:05:15 PM

danguar01 said:
Also, will that graphics card definitely fit?


Your mobo should have 1 Gen 2 PCI-E X16 Slot so any modern graphics cards should fit in. As for the case it's hard to tell. You will have to measure the inside to be sure. From the picture of your mobo, the PCI-E X16 is horizontal VS the vertical ram.
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July 14, 2014 3:05:58 PM

Yes, that is my motherboard and is that power supply easy to put in? That sounds stupid but I have no clue about PC's xD
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July 14, 2014 3:09:02 PM

danguar01 said:
Yes, that is my motherboard and is that power supply easy to put in? That sounds stupid but I have no clue about PC's xD


It should be. To be fair I am not too familiar with PC's from HP and Dell and stuff. They have weird form factors. Also, you need to do me a favour. Check how many brackets there are at the back of your pc. It needs to be aligned to the PCI-E slot
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July 14, 2014 3:11:34 PM

danguar01 said:
Yes, that is my motherboard and is that power supply easy to put in? That sounds stupid but I have no clue about PC's xD


http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/forum/360648-33-upgrading...

Have a quick read. Should give you more detail. BTW are you going to game on it?
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July 14, 2014 3:16:57 PM

Yes I am looking to game and I'm currently out on my mobile just now but when I get home, I will let you know
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July 14, 2014 3:20:29 PM

danguar01 said:
Yes I am looking to game and I'm currently out on my mobile just now but when I get home, I will let you know


I live in England, Ill probably be sleeping. Apparently it should fit well. You could watch a few youtube videos.
Good channels include LinusTechTips and NCIX derivatives.
The PSU I showed you is semi modular so there shouldn't be too many cables lying around.
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July 14, 2014 4:02:14 PM

danguar01 said:
Instead of getting all this stuff, what do you think about this PC for gaming? https://probuiltsystems.com/Store/ProductID/2376


Meh. I cannot advocate a pre-built. They tend to go cheap on the PSU.
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($109.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Asus M5A78L-M LX PLUS Micro ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($49.89 @ Amazon)
Memory: A-Data XPG V1.0 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($72.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($52.92 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Zotac GeForce GTX 750 Ti 2GB Video Card ($133.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: Silverstone PS08B (Black) MicroATX Mid Tower Case ($34.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($49.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $504.75
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available


Looks scary but it really isn't. It's a bit like a puzzle. Once you do the corners, you should be fine.
A better APU build would be:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: AMD A10-7850K 3.7GHz Quad-Core Processor ($169.96 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: ASRock FM2A88X Extreme6+ ATX FM2+ Motherboard ($104.99 @ Micro Center)
Memory: G.Skill Trident X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-2400 Memory ($78.30 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: NZXT Source 210 Elite (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($44.99 @ Mwave)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 400W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($48.98 @ Newegg)
Total: $502.21
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hc72CvqS54o

Have a look at the vid. You might actually be interested :) 
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July 14, 2014 4:14:00 PM

Ok thanks but I was wondering? Could someone find me a graphics card that would work perfectly on my system without me having to change the PSU or anything like that so I could see the difference?
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July 14, 2014 4:15:40 PM

danguar01 said:
Ok thanks but I was wondering? Could someone find me a graphics card that would work perfectly on my system without me having to change the PSU or anything like that so I could see the difference?


According to the thread I sent you previously, someone said that they ran their PC which is similar to yours with a 7750.
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July 14, 2014 4:17:43 PM

However, the Processor is better than mine, do you think it would work?
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July 15, 2014 4:52:09 AM

CraniumZ said:
sora said:
danguar01 said:
Would this graphics card work without any changes being made to my machine?

http://www.amazon.co.uk/EVGA-610-DDR3-Graphics-Card/dp/...


The GTX 610 should definitely work.


Its ddr3... very weak.


Basically, would that graphics card let me play Skyrim on my system?
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July 15, 2014 5:30:42 AM

danguar01 said:
CraniumZ said:
sora said:
danguar01 said:
Would this graphics card work without any changes being made to my machine?

http://www.amazon.co.uk/EVGA-610-DDR3-Graphics-Card/dp/...


The GTX 610 should definitely work.


Its ddr3... very weak.


Basically, would that graphics card let me play Skyrim on my system?


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gzpYwiqGMnk

Go on the PSU forum and askk whether a 750 ti will get enough power from your PSU. If it does, Skyrim should run no problem.
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July 15, 2014 5:33:29 AM

my psu is 300w isn't it? Sorry for being an idiot about this but I really know nothing about computers
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July 15, 2014 6:18:17 AM

danguar01 said:
my psu is 300w isn't it? Sorry for being an idiot about this but I really know nothing about computers


it has to do with the rails and their ratings. I am not too sure myself. I might read on it later. Just make a new thread and ask people who actually have a clue.
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July 15, 2014 9:37:25 AM

danguar01 said:
sora said:
danguar01 said:
Would this graphics card work without any changes being made to my machine?

http://www.amazon.co.uk/EVGA-610-DDR3-Graphics-Card/dp/...


The GTX 610 should definitely work.


So you are telling me that this: http://www.amazon.co.uk/GeForce-Graphics-Express-Direct...

Would work without any changes- AT ALL- to my machine?



Honestly, if you go with this card, you won't be doing much gaming at all. Since you don't seem to want to upgrade nor build a new PC, just save up and get a PS4 or something.
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July 15, 2014 10:32:39 AM

What if I upgraded from a 300w to a 600w psu?
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July 15, 2014 10:44:23 AM

danguar01 said:
What if I upgraded from a 300w to a 600w psu?


You won't need that big of a PSU unless you go with like a 280/280x or 770/780(ti)
You could upgrade to a 500watt 80+ Bronze for future upgrades. What kind of games do you want to play anyways?
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July 15, 2014 10:48:47 AM

Skyrim, Minecraft, Bioshock Infinite, Just Cause 2 and games like that- what PSU and graphics card would you recommend to get the best performance out of those games?
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July 15, 2014 11:36:52 AM

danguar01 said:
Skyrim, Minecraft, Bioshock Infinite and games like that- what PSU and graphics card would you recommend to get the best performance out of those games?


[PCPartPicker part list](http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/8cxRYJ) / [Price breakdown by merchant](http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/8cxRYJ/by_merchant/)

Type|Item|Price
:----|:----|:----
**Video Card** | [Sapphire Radeon R7 265 2GB Video Card](http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/part/sapphire-video-card-112...) | £89.99 @ Amazon UK
**Power Supply** | [XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply](http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/part/xfx-power-supply-p1550s...) | £44.11 @ CCL Computers
| | **Total**
| Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available | £134.10

This maybe. Apparantly XFX makes good PSU's.
The 265 should be good enough for skyrim. Your CPU is a bit weak though. You would want to upgrade that later if you get bottlenecking. Go on another forum and ask around as well. It's good to have a variety of options.
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July 15, 2014 4:28:54 PM

CraniumZ said:
drkatz42 said:
danguar01 said:
I have a HP Pavilion p6-2120ea Desktop PC and was wondering the best graphics card I can put in it thats cheap? Budget is £200



With a stock PSU of 300w, I'd recommend a GeForce GTX 750 Ti... £93.63
http://www.newegg.com/global/uk/Product/Product.aspx?It...


Not newegg. He has to have enough power though. 300w can mean nothing. It could have 50 percent efficiency as far as we know.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Video Card: Sapphire Radeon R7 265 2GB Video Card (£89.99 @ Amazon UK)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 500W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply (£45.36 @ Amazon UK)
Total: £135.35
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available

This would get a better FPS than the 750 ti and you could later upgrade the MOBO and CPU thanks to the new PSU.


Your post caused me to do a little digging. First, I found that even the most generic of psu's are usually no less than 75% efficient. Second, my idea of psu efficiency was way off base. a 300w psu that is 80% efficient will produce 300w's by pulling 375w's from the wall. vs a generic psu with a 75% efficieny pulling 400w to generate the same 300w's. His generic 300w psu will work fine for a 750ti.(variant with no 6pin)
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July 15, 2014 9:24:27 PM

CraniumZ said:
sora said:
danguar01 said:
Would this graphics card work without any changes being made to my machine?

http://www.amazon.co.uk/EVGA-610-DDR3-Graphics-Card/dp/...


The GTX 610 should definitely work.


Its ddr3... very weak.


Of course it is weak. It can still play Skyrim at low settings.
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July 22, 2014 3:50:08 AM

I would definitely go with the R7 265 or even a R7 270(x) if you plan on upgrading the CPU later on too. The power supply upgrade is a good thing either way and if you're not sure how to do it, you could watch some youtube videos, or ask a friend or even a store for you to put it in.
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July 22, 2014 4:38:54 PM

The GTX 750ti is built on the Maxwell architecture and designed to be low power. If your PSU can handle ANY Radeon card, it could also handle the 750ti.
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July 22, 2014 4:56:51 PM

I would definitely recommend the gtx 750 ti not only because of its low wattage but also because it can play all of those games you mentioned on max settings and you probably won't even need a new PSU. One plus with going with Nvidia is you can use the wave simulation in Just Cause 2 and AMD cards can't.
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