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I recently bought a HP Pavilion p6180t customizable Desktop PC

* • Genuine Windows Vista Home Premium with Service Pack 1 (64-bit)
* • Intel(R) Core(TM) 2 Quad processor Q8300 [2.5GHz, 4MB L2, 1333MHz FSB]
* • SAVE $30! 8GB DDR3-1066MHz SDRAM [4 DIMMs]
* • FREE UPGRADE! 640GB 7200 rpm SATA 3Gb/s hard drive from 500GB
* • Integrated graphics - Intel(R) Graphics Media Accelerator X4500 [VGA]

Also got the 23" HD monitor! :bounce:

My question, to all you more computer saavy people, is that, if I wanted to use this as a gaming rig, what video card should I get? As you can see I ordered it with the integrated card.

I was browsing some on newegg. My price range is $75-$100, although I'm willing to venture a little out of that if it means a significant upgrade for the price.

Here are some I was looking at:

SAPPHIRE 100265HDMI Radeon HD 4830 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported

MSI R4670-2D512 Radeon HD 4670 512MB 128-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card

or

SAPPHIRE 100245HDMI Radeon HD 4850 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card

basically the top selling cards on newegg for my price range.

Any suggestions? Like I said I am a complete noob at this stuff. I want a good card that will compliment my new machine and 23 inch monitor. I plan to use it for gaming, internet, and media.

Thanks,

Kent.
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  1. The 4850 will be a good card for you but what are the specs of your power supply?
  2. I agree, the 4850, but as mentioned, you need a decent power supply to run it.
  3. If he has a weak power supply the 4770 might be better as it draws less power.
  4. I cannot find the specs for the psu.

    Here is the complete receipt:

    HP Pavilion p6180t customizable Desktop PC

    * • Genuine Windows Vista Home Premium with Service Pack 1 (64-bit)
    * • Intel(R) Core(TM) 2 Quad processor Q8300 [2.5GHz, 4MB L2, 1333MHz FSB]
    * • SAVE $30! 8GB DDR3-1066MHz SDRAM [4 DIMMs]
    * • FREE UPGRADE! 640GB 7200 rpm SATA 3Gb/s hard drive from 500GB
    * • Integrated graphics - Intel(R) Graphics Media Accelerator X4500 [VGA]
    * • LightScribe 16X max. DVD+/-R/RW SuperMulti drive
    * • Integrated 10/100/1000 (Gigabit) Ethernet, No wireless LAN
    * • 15-in-1 memory card reader, 2 USB, audio
    * • No TV Tuner w/remote control
    * • Integrated 7.1 channel sound with front audio ports
    * • No speakers
    * • HP multimedia keyboard and HP optical mouse
    * • Microsoft(R) Works 9.0

    Do all HP p6180ts come with a standard PSU?
  5. I have no idea and can't find anything online about it. If you open the case there maybe be a label on your power supply that has some info on it. See what it says if there is one.
  6. It has a 300watt power supply.
    http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/prodinfoCategory?lc=en&dlc=en&cc=us&product=4010451&lang=en

    Without changing your power supply a HD4670 would be a very good option.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161287

    Other options would be a low powered 9600GT, low powered 9800GT or a HD4770, but these use a bit more power then the HD4670.
  7. Actually I think the 4770 uses less power 4670 but I am not sure. Either way I think you can run a 4770 on that power supply. Everything else in the rig is fairly low powered so shouldn't be to hard.
  8. Best answer
    The 4670 uses about 60 watts, the 4770 about 80 watts and integrated graphics on the G43 use about 13 watts. The 4770 needs a 6 pin PCIe plug from the power supply, the 4670 doesn't need one. Most 4770s come with an adapter.
  9. ah I wasn't sure. Thanks for the clear up. Well I am fairly sure that if the power supply can take 60 then 80 isn't breaking the bank.

    But I would say it is between the 2 of those cards.
  10. Thanks so much for all the help!

    4770 seems to be the conclusion, anyone else have anything else to input?
  11. I just saw this card on Newegg with free shipping and a $10 rebate.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161287

    Would this be a better deal than the 4770? How much power am I losing by downgrading to this?
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