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Should I buy this card or is it a waste?

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April 4, 2010 9:17:10 PM

my computers specs.

HP a6200n

Athlon 64 X2 (B) 5000+ 2.6 GHz (65W)
2000 MT/s (mega transfers/second)
Socket AM2

Chipset
GeForce 6150SE nForce 430

Motherboard
Manufacturer: ECS
Motherboard Name: MCP61PM-HM
HP/Compaq motherboard name: Nettle2-GL8E

Memory
2 GB-PC2-5300 MB/sec

Harddrive
360 GB SATA 3G (3.0 Gb/sec) 7200RPM

OS- Windows XP Home SP3



The problem I am having is my motherboard spec says my pci-e slot is x16 or from what I Have learned 1.0 x16

Will the card I am thinking about buying run correctly with my older pci-e slot?? And is my computer fast enough to take advantage of what this card has to offer?? I like the 256bit and 1gig of memory on the card but with my current specs should i get this or just aim for something lower? here is a link to the card. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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April 4, 2010 9:37:07 PM
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not a problem should work great
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April 4, 2010 9:43:36 PM

The newer PCIe std is backwards compatible with the older so no problems there. The HD4850 might be a little to much for your PSU though. What is the total Watts on your PSU?
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April 4, 2010 9:47:53 PM

thank you for the fast replys this solves my problem I am just going to buy it. and for the PSU I found a 500w for a good price should do the trick thanks for the help :) 
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April 4, 2010 9:48:46 PM

Enjoy!
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April 4, 2010 9:52:38 PM

I agree it should work in your system, but it may not be an ideal match with existing components.

What resolution is your monitor? Getting the full potential out of a 1GB card such as that 4850 would require 1680x1050 or better resolution. Lower resolutions tend to only need 512MB cards. Also, at lower resolutions, the CPU is often the limiting factor in overall performance, but that limitation becomes more and more dependent on the GPU as resolution increases.

Also, does your power supply have sufficient 12V Amperage to power this card? Can you post it's specs or make/model?

Edit: LOL @ typing a comment the same time as everyone else...
April 5, 2010 7:07:11 PM

Best answer selected by blakerab.
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