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May 1, 2010 5:31:15 PM

Basically, I need to update my graphics card. I'm not able to upgrade my power supply, and I'm not sure what my normal power consumption is for the computer, nor do I have any way of checking. Anyway, my set-up:

Windows XP SP3
Compaq Presario SR1180UK
1GB RAM (upgrading to 2/3 shortly)
300W PSU
250GB Hard Disk
2 CD drives
ATi x600 PRO
VGA Monitor

I'm looking to get a card that will be able to run games for the next few years, as I can't afford to keep upgrading. Thanks for your help.

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May 1, 2010 5:38:03 PM

Well, that power supply is very low, and I beleive the x600 Pro is AGP am I correct ? Or is it PCI-E ? Anyways, how much are you willing to spend, and have you considered a whole new system ? You could obliterate that computer with a 400-500$ build, I mean absolutely destroy it.
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a c 165 ) Power supply
May 1, 2010 5:42:51 PM

the compaq presario has a PCI-E x16 slot

the best card you can upgrade to is the ATI 5670, also see if you can add an extra 1GB of RAM to your PC. Don't spend a ton of cash because your PC is coming to the end of its ability to be relevant for current gaming.
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May 2, 2010 11:15:36 AM

So, in summary, my parents have decided that the computer could do with a power supply upgrade, so that barrier has been lifted. Cheers for your advice, ct1915, up until a few hours ago we were going to buy that card, until we found a £40 720W power supply at PC World.
a c 236 U Graphics card
a c 165 ) Power supply
May 2, 2010 1:21:28 PM

what is your monitors native resolution?
what is your current budget for a video card?
don't forget to upgrade your RAM, and purchase a DVD drive if the drives listed are purely CD-Rom
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a c 221 U Graphics card
May 2, 2010 2:51:14 PM

A cheap PSU is still just a cheap POS it doesnt matter what the wattage rating is. What 720W unit are you looking at? If its that cheap i doubt its too much better than your 300W unit.
May 2, 2010 3:09:13 PM

The new power supply is an ATRIX 720W. Already have DVD drives, budget is about £150 and the monitor's native resolution is 1024x768 pixels. Bought another 2GB of RAM, about to install that and power supply shortly.
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a c 165 ) Power supply
May 2, 2010 3:19:47 PM

your monitor does not need a demanding card, the 5670 is more then enough to run games at very good performance levels. You really didn't need to upgrade your PSU for it.
May 2, 2010 5:01:44 PM

The thinking behind the purchasing of a Sapphire 5770 as well as the new power supply is that it will mean that the PC will be more "future-proof", so when the time comes to upgrade other parts, these will still support them.