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What is the best $100 graphics card that will work with a Intel G33?

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December 2, 2009 11:21:08 PM

Hi All,

Long time reader, first time poster here!

I'm tired of gaming with my laptop, an looking to purchase an entry-level gaming PC. No 60fps Crysis here, but high setting Counter Strike Source or games like Torchlight.

Anyways, I've settled in on a PC that is within my budget (since I am not going to build from the ground up), it's a Lenovo dual core:

Lenovo IdeaCentre K230(5359-3AU) Core 2 Duo E7400(2.80GHz)

And, I have about $100 left for the graphics card... which I think I'd like to use this one:

HIS H483FN512P Radeon HD 4830 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16

My question is "Is the graphics card I picked out compatible with the PC?"

And... "Could I get a better graphics card for $100 that is compatible with this PC?"


Any and all feedback is appreciated. Thanks!
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December 2, 2009 11:46:17 PM

The only concern is the size of the power supply. The HD4830 needs a bigger power supply than usually ships with prebuilt systems. Other than that it will fit. Here is another card that will work on that system if the PSU is 300 to 350 watts like most HP/Dell prebuilds. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... The HD4670 is not far of in performance from the HD4830.
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December 3, 2009 12:27:58 AM

Thanks Rolli59 -- when I read the comments in Newegg...

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"p.s. i had to buy separate Power Supply Unit...since the one that comes with this Lenovo is only 280watt...but newegg had a good 530 watt for 39.99 and install was a breez!!!...
i found this a cheaper root instead of buying all separate pieces for a gaming pc."


How can I know for sure what the power supply output is before I buy anything?
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December 3, 2009 12:29:42 AM

Yeah, the PSU in that thing is terrible. The HD4670 is the best you can get away with without a new PSU.
I highly recommend you build the system yourself however. You can build a much better system for the same money. The actual putting together of the computer is really pretty simple. It's picking out the parts that can be tricky but that's why there are message boards like this.
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December 3, 2009 12:35:15 AM

I support jyjjy´s suggestion of building yourself. There are plenty of folks here to help out selecting parts and the end result is that you will be happier with your rig and have more upgrade-ability than with prebuilt.
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December 3, 2009 12:36:47 AM

Can I at least bundle some parts together? I don't feel comfortable snapping together motherboards, CPUs and CPU fans...
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December 3, 2009 1:35:11 AM

Putting in the cpu is incredibly simple to do. Attaching the fan/heatsink used to be a bitch but on recent AMD cpus they've made it very easy as well. I really wouldn't worry about that. Almost every cable and card cannot physically be put in incorrectly unless you try really hard. Basically if you can use a screwdriver you can put together a computer.
I'd recommend something like this;
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

That's a little under $500 after rebates because I erred on the side of quality rather than going cheap(a few days ago with all the black friday/cyber monday deals would've been a better time to do this.) The only thing left out is a video card and that depends on what you want to spend/your resolution now that the PSU isn't a problem.
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December 3, 2009 1:55:30 AM

I guess it goes back to my original question what is the best $100 graphics card that will work with this PC?


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