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August 26, 2009 1:02:48 AM

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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a b U Graphics card
August 26, 2009 1:14:28 AM

The 4850 will be a good card for you but what are the specs of your power supply?
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a b U Graphics card
August 26, 2009 1:20:48 AM

I agree, the 4850, but as mentioned, you need a decent power supply to run it.
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a b U Graphics card
August 26, 2009 1:23:44 AM

If he has a weak power supply the 4770 might be better as it draws less power.
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August 26, 2009 1:36:39 AM

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?
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a b U Graphics card
August 26, 2009 1:43:56 AM

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.
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a b U Graphics card
August 26, 2009 2:09:35 AM

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.
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a b U Graphics card
August 26, 2009 3:01:55 AM

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.
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a b U Graphics card
August 26, 2009 3:32:56 AM

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.
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August 26, 2009 3:55:38 AM

Thanks so much for all the help!

4770 seems to be the conclusion, anyone else have anything else to input?
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