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Questions on upgrading my computer's graphics

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January 13, 2009 6:52:24 AM

i recently bought a computer with integrated graphics chip. My question is if i can still put an external graphics card in it? if it's posible, is it going to be a difficult process?

i'm thinking about using my computer for some graphics intensive apps in the future, like adobe flash, so i was just wondering what model of card i should get. i'm limited to about $150-200 budget

the model of my computer is Compaq Presario SR5610F and the integrated chip is NVIDIA GeForce 6150 SE

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January 13, 2009 7:07:13 AM

Your system has a PCIex16 socket and most likely a 250 watt power supply. A good graphic card for your use that would not require you to upgrade your power supply is a HD4650. Of the ones for sale at Newegg i'd get this Biostar one with DDR3 memory for $70. There are other ones available for $50 after rebate with DDR2 memory thaat would run a bit slower.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

To go with a more powerful graphic card would probably require you to upgrade your power supply to a more powerful unit and i'm not sure if that's what you want to do.
It's an easy matter to plug in the card into the PCIex16 socket and install the drivers for it.

http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/document?docname=c01...
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