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January 2, 2010 8:03:23 PM

I just purchased a Lenovo K210. (link) It has a 280w power supply. What is the best graphics card, preferably not exceeding $50, that I could get for it. I'd be doing some very very casual gaming, as well as streaming HD video (Flash 10 Hardware Acceleration?), and possibly watching blurays.
Thanks,
Tim

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January 2, 2010 8:07:52 PM

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/geforce-310-5970,24...

Here's the "winners" from THG's latest (December) GFX Roundup
Best Graphics Cards For The Money: December '09

$50 - HD 4650
$65 - HD 4670 / 9600 GSO
$85 - 9600 GT
$95 - 9600 GT / HD 4830
$110 - GTS 250 512 MB
$120 - GTS 250 1 GB
$155 - HD 5770 / GTX 260
$200 - HD 4890
$240 - 2 x GTS 250
$310 - No winner (HD 5850 Honorable Mention)
$330 - 2 x GTX 260 / 2 x HD 5770
$400 - 2 x HD 4890
$410 - No winner (HD 5870 Honorable Mention)
$465 - No winner (GTX 295 Honorable Mention)
$625 - No winner (HD 5970 Honorable Mention)
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January 2, 2010 9:22:05 PM

Thanks for trying to help, but that's not exactly the information that I am looking for. Read the first post.
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January 2, 2010 9:29:17 PM

Ugh... so what's the reason for wanting to upgrade the video card?
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January 2, 2010 9:33:30 PM

I edited the OP.
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January 2, 2010 9:38:08 PM

That PSU is gonna eliminate pretty much every card out there.
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January 2, 2010 9:40:05 PM

Are you positive? I've heard about people running 4650s on 250w power supplies before. Is that not possible?
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January 2, 2010 9:55:21 PM

Isn't that a bit overkill for my needs? Just wondering?
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January 2, 2010 10:03:59 PM

Uhh... kill the gaming part. By casual, I mean casual. I'm talking popcap style. (Bejeweled)
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January 2, 2010 10:21:41 PM

Thanks. I need to save up some more money, but after that, I'll be purchasing those. Thanks again.
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January 2, 2010 10:25:51 PM

The Thermaltake has a mail in rebate that brought the price down to $30.
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January 2, 2010 10:29:00 PM

Thanks again for your help. I can afford $150 total. :) 
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January 2, 2010 10:38:17 PM

Hold on a minute! All you're playing is games like bejeweled? You DO NOT need a GTS250 or anything near that if you do not plan to play games more demanding than Bejeweled. Keep your PSU and look at the GT220 or even the GT210. I play Popcap games myself. They're no more demanding than flash games. These will be sufficient for your blu-ray and HD vids and they do not even draw more than 100 watts for the ENTIRE system.
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January 3, 2010 12:14:17 AM

You can used get a 4350.
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January 3, 2010 12:43:54 AM

@skolpo - If that's true, then thanks for saving me $120
@BDDazza - I told you about the type of game I play. Go back a few posts. I still need a HDCP-ready card for blu-ray, though.

I have a question : In my budget of exactly $56, I can get a 4350, 4550, 4650, 4670, G210, 9400GT, or 9500GT. What is the best card out of those that I can use without having to upgrade my power supply. Thanks.


Edit: I forgot, there is one game in my closet I'd like to play, but can't because of my suckish integrated graphics, Viva Pinata. (Don't laugh at me :p ) It is quite a bit more demanding than the games that I normally play.
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January 3, 2010 12:55:32 AM

And if it doesn't work.. what will happen. Will it fry the card or.... what?
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January 3, 2010 1:06:18 AM

That sounds like the way to go then. Are you sure that the psu link I gave you earlier isn't very reliable. The one from the post that says"How's this"? It has a lifetime warranty, and Ultra seems to be a pretty big brand.
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January 3, 2010 2:15:27 AM

Get the OCZ one, it's cheaper but still plenty.
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January 3, 2010 3:26:30 AM

I think your computer will be find as is... The 210 is very sufficient for your needs. The Viva Pinata game does not look demanding whatsoever and if you're watching HD vids that are 720p, the G210 will handle it fine. You shouldn't drop money on a PSU unless you need to.
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January 3, 2010 4:07:05 AM

techtim said:
I just purchased a Lenovo K210. (link) It has a 280w power supply. What is the best graphics card, preferably not exceeding $50, that I could get for it. I'd be doing some very very casual gaming, as well as streaming HD video (Flash 10 Hardware Acceleration?), and possibly watching blurays.
Thanks,
Tim



Hi Tim,

Personally, I think you would be safe with the Nvidia GT 210/220 or ATI 4350. Both are very low power cards--and come on stock systems like yours.

(Be careful of the other "toms effect"--where all us hardware nerds try to convince you buy better hardware than you actually need for everyday use)

If you decide to get a new PSU--The best PSU you can buy under $50 is the Corsair 400CX. ($39.99 after MIR) It is easily capable of running any graphic card under $150 or so. I own it-- its 80+ efficient, silent, blows cool air out of my case, and has a good warranty. When PSU shopping you should look for Corsair or Antec--they are the highest quality brands in this price range. The Antec 380w Green would be a good choice too. (EDIT: The OCZ choice above is pretty decent too)

Also-- Read this earlier post, its very similar.
http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/275606-33-edit-280w-w...
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January 3, 2010 5:15:32 AM

I dunno what's going on in this thread but you definitely do not need a new PSU and you also likely do not need a new video card. Is your current setup actually giving you problems for the tasks you are talking about? Most onboard graphics can handle the things you are talking about and if not something cheap like the HD4350 can easily handle it. The card uses next to no power(15ish watts) and shouldn't be an issue at all for your psu. For something better an HD4650 is also very low power and should be fine. With that card you can even play most current games at low resolutions with modest settings.
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January 3, 2010 2:20:23 PM

jyjjy said:
I dunno what's going on in this thread but you definitely do not need a new PSU and you also likely do not need a new video card. Is your current setup actually giving you problems for the tasks you are talking about? Most onboard graphics can handle the things you are talking about and if not something cheap like the HD4350 can easily handle it. The card uses next to no power(15ish watts) and shouldn't be an issue at all for your psu. For something better an HD4650 is also very low power and should be fine. With that card you can even play most current games at low resolutions with modest settings.



Hey Tim,

+1 to jyjjy's post here. A 4350 or a 4550 would give you plenty of power for HD video and low-end gaming without stressing your PSU. The 4550 you listed seems like a great choice--and cheap too.
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January 3, 2010 2:28:09 PM

Thanks for your response. I'm going with the 4550.
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January 3, 2010 2:47:05 PM

Yeah, the HD4550 will be fine. The HD4650 will help more with Viva Pinata or other real 3D games.
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