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New to upgrading, Need card for my 250W supply....

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July 16, 2007 7:18:19 PM

I am sooooo new to any upgrading. I searched your threads and am still a bit overwhelmed at the responses. I have an HP Pavilion a6157c desktop .

SPECS:
Windows home premium
250W power supply
2GB memory
320HArd drive
Intel integrated accelerator 950 "card" (chip onboard)
Intel E4400, 2.0GHz processor.

I want o upgrade to a dedicated card. My needs are gaming, but no high-end games like Oblivion. Mostly your average low-end to mid-end games. I love HD videos, and need a card to do that well too.

What are my options w/ my low power supply? Can I get away with NOT upgrading the power????
Just tell me ANY cards that'll work, w/o regards to price at this point.
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July 16, 2007 7:54:43 PM

Hmmm, that's a PCI Express. A 7600GT doesn't need an auxilliary power connector, but I'm still not sure that PSU has enough juice for it. I dug around, and that PSU may only have 13A on its +12V rail.
July 16, 2007 8:28:32 PM

250watts doesn't give you much wiggle room.I say 500 watt PSU from antec,thermaltake,enermax or the like.60 to 100$ price range probably.The rest of your specs are decent so any 1950 series ATI card,esp PRO or XT(149$ after mir at newegg)is the best price/perfomance.I imagine some will recommend 2600 ATI card or 8600 Nvidia card but to be honest I haven't seen too much to impress me when a DX9 card can whip them handily for less money.8800 series would be my other choice.
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July 16, 2007 11:12:37 PM

At 55 bucks might as well kick in a couple more bucks and get a regular PSU.But it would work.
July 16, 2007 11:27:30 PM

I think his system probably uses one of those short mATX PSUs and a better replacement would be hard to find. If a regular PSU would fit then yes, that would be a better option.
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