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What is a suitable graphics card for a 250w psu

Last response: in Graphics & Displays
February 20, 2010 3:16:18 PM

I have a packard bell ixtreme x5620uk pc, with the following spec:

win 7 home premium 64
intel core 2 quad q8300 2.5ghz
640gb hdd
4gb ddr2 ram
nvidia 7100 integrated graphics

Basically, i don't want to buy a new psu, and would like to get a suitable graphics card for my pc. I am not a serious gamer, so i was thinking of something like a 256mb or 512mb card - pci express.

Any suggestions(i am in uk)
February 20, 2010 5:37:07 PM

the 5570 has pretty good performance for the power consumption, and is probably your safest option, but it's overpriced at the moment and you can find better performing cards at the same price if your willing to risk their higher power consumption.

you should take a look at this article, which compares what i think are some of your best options.
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February 20, 2010 5:50:00 PM

ATI Radeon™ HD 5570 System Requirements
Suggested ATI Radeon™ HD 5570 512MB DDR3 System Requirements

* PCI Express® based PC is required with one X16 lane graphics slot available on the motherboard
* 400 Watt or greater power supply recommended
* Certified power supplies are recommended. Refer to for a list of Certified products
* Minimum 1GB of system memory
* Installation software requires CD-ROM drive
* DVD playback requires DVD drive
* Blu-ray™ playback requires Blu-ray drive

AMD's gonna be a bit concervartive given the number of crappy PSU's out there. I'd put my system through this calculator and let it "do the math" for you: