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Need Low Power Video Card - psu only 250 Watts

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December 6, 2009 11:08:19 PM

My mom only does internet and youtube at most on her computer. Needs to be able to do 1680 x 1050 res, DVI.

The integrated graphics were fine for what she does, however the monitor blinks Black every 5 to 10 minutes, for a couple seconds and then is fine, pretty annoying... so to alleviate the problem just want to get a cheap PCI Express 1.0 card, 2.0 is fine because backwards compatible.... Problem is this is a cheap E-machines computer, psu sucks, not interested in upgrading that at all.

In no particular order, was considering these cards...$30-$50 MAX!!. Want ~$35 hopefuly.

Having HDMI is nice if she ever decides to hook it up to the HDTV in the next room... but not a requirement... Are there any others to consider? Which is the best and will work on this power supply?

Short list in no particular order...
Radeon HD 4650
Radeon HD 4550
Radeon HD 3650
GeForce GT 220
GeForce 210
http://www.xbitlabs.com/articles/video/display/ati-rade... - Power draw of a few of the cards...



Power supply is as follows...
Delta Electronice, Inc. Model DPS-250AB-22 E

Output Max 250 Watt
3.3V = 20 Amps
5V = 16 Amps
12V = 15 Amps so what is that 225 Watts, maybe half gone used by mobo and other crap leaving what seems to be maybe 100 watts Max, 50 Watts continous???? what do you think can handle?

3.3 + 5 = can't exceed 110 Watt
3.3 + 5 + 12 = can't exceed 245 Watts


I put a spare 2 GB of ram in it for 5GB total, for the heck of it... I will take usless 56K modem out of it to save a little power draw from the pci slot although that is the 5volt line, i guess every little bit of power to save is good.

Emachines ET1161-07

CPU : AMD Athlon™ X2 dual-core processor 4050e (Operates at 2.1GHz, 1024KB L2 cache)
Chipset : NVIDIA® GeForce® 6150SE
Memory : 3072MB DDR2 dual-channel capable (3 × 1024MB) Expandable to 8GB
4 DDR2 slots (total), 1 DDR2 slot (available)
Hard Drive : 320GB SATA II (7200rpm, 8MB cache)1
Optical Drive : 18x DVD±RW SuperMulti dual-layer w/ Labelflash™2
Media Reader : 15-in-1 high-speed digital media card reader
Video : NVIDIA® GeForce® 6150SE integrated graphics
PCI-Express® slot available for upgrade
Communications : 56K ITU v.92-ready fax/modem (RJ-11 port)



Thanks for the help!!!
a b U Graphics card
December 6, 2009 11:43:46 PM

1. Are you sure the problem is not the LCD/monitor itself?

2. Out of those options, I'd go with the 3650 or 4550 (can be had for ~$25-30 on sale).
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December 6, 2009 11:47:04 PM

Shadow703793 said:
1. Are you sure the problem is not the LCD/monitor itself?

2. Out of those options, I'd go with the 3650 or 4550 (can be had for ~$25-30 on sale).



Yea I am sure, she has another computer on a KVM that works absolutely fine with same monitor. it only happened when I got this computer for her, a refurb off Woot.com... i assume it was the original reason it was refurbished, but of course they didn't fix it.

So you are recommending those, based on cheapness and you are pretty confident they won't use too much power right? I figure since she only has the one harddrive and one optical drive, really not too much power draw, the processor is a low power processor as well....
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December 6, 2009 11:49:05 PM

O yea, and it doesn't have to be
2. Out of those options said:
2. Out of those options
, those were just some of the low power ones I had found, any others? also it does NOT have to be low-profile... but def low power and def no external power connector, if that was not already obvious...

thanks again.
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a c 376 U Graphics card
December 6, 2009 11:56:46 PM

I believe the HD3650 actually uses a decent amount of power so you may want to avoid that one. The others should be fine I think
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December 6, 2009 11:59:47 PM

jyjjy said:
I believe the HD3650 actually uses a decent amount of power so you may want to avoid that one. The others should be fine I think


Is it reasonable to assume if you think the HD 3650 uses too much power for my setup, then both Radeon HD 4650 and Radeon HD 4550 would as well?

Leaving which as the winner???

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a c 376 U Graphics card
December 7, 2009 12:22:25 AM

No, they are different architectures. Their relative power usage is not comparable. Like I said the others would likely all be fine. If you want to be safe the HD4350, HD4550 and 210 max out at under 20 watts.
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