im a looking for a graphics card upgrade in my current computer. I am looking for somthing cheap since i plan on doing a new build in a about 2 years with high end hardware so i just need somthing to get me through this time. my current specs are: e7400 wolfdale 2.8ghz, 4 gigs of ddr2, 1 harddrive, 1 cd/dvd writer, and a geforce 9300 which can play crysis and far cry 2 at lowest settings. my biggest setback is my 300 watt power supply(dont plan on upgrading). so i need to know of the cards listed which one would be the better with my current power supply. thank you
To clarify my actual recommendation-- I strongly suggest you consider getting a high quality brand PSU for as little as $40. With a new PSU you could get a card like a 4850 (equal to the 5750 in power) for $99--that would be more powerful than any of these energy efficient options. The good brands are Corsair, Antec, Seasonic, OCZ. (the OCZ 500w is on sale for $39 right now)
If you dont want upgrade your PSU the GT 240 DDR5 is the safest choice, followed by the slightly more powerful 5670 (which would be better, but more of a power supply strain)
The reason I ask about the PSU is if he has the dell 305W PSU then he does have a good PSU. Not only that, but he would have the power to run any 22A card. (9800GT, 4830, etc.) There are a few good ~300 PSUs out there, but I agree that the odds are low that we are dealing with such a machine.
ok my computer is an hp a6750t, the power supply says. bestec model ATX0300D5WC. alot of info on the box not sure what you need but i got this +5v and 3.3v 175 watt max. +5v and +12V 268 watt max. another sextion it also says 300 watt power max. if need more please tell me. thanks for all the great help
I own it--its so quiet and cool sometimes i cant tell when my computer is on without listening carefully. Installing a new power supply is easy--all you have to do is plug all the cables in where you took the old ones out.
ok i have decided to upgrade the psu for now and then upgrade the gpu in about a month. Heres what im going to plan on running: 2.8ghz wolfdale, 4 gigs of ddrr2, possibly two hard drives, but for sure just one right now, and one cd drive, but might put another one in the future and the gpu somthing along the lines of the 4850. What power supplies would you recommend for this setup? 400, 500, or 550 watt. thank you guys once again
Yeah, HP PSU, yuck. If you've got the $150, good deal. I haven't followed the links, so make sure you can install a normal sized PSU. If you have a normal sized tower you should be ok.
Whats the budget you have? The combo deadlocked listed is good, if you can swing the $150. If thats to much, you can break it up as needed, or get a weaker GPU. I'd get the PSU first then the GPU if you have to go down to much on the GPU. A QUALITY 400W will be fine, as will a 450-500W. Just make sure its a good one. Either ask here, or search on jonnyguru for a review.