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May 6, 2010 7:36:44 PM

Hey. My specs are as follows:

OS: Windows XP Home Edition with SP3
Processor: AMD Athlon 2650e
Nividia GeForce 6150SE Integrated
160GB HDD
1GB DDR2 memory

Monitor is an emachine that came with it, a plug and play. Power Supply appears to be a 220 but i'd like to upgrade it if at all possible also. I'm looking to upgrade my video card for games like Chronicles of Spellborn and stuff, any recommendations? Budget doesn't matter, I'll find the money if its worth it.

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May 6, 2010 7:58:45 PM

The main limitations in your system will be the CPU and the PSU. You have already addressed the PSU issue, but your CPU will limit how powerful of a card you can actually utilize.

For that system, I would suggest nothing over an ATI 5670, though with using XP, the extra cost of a DX11 card (5xxx ATI cards, 4xx nvidia cards) would be wasted.

400w Corsair PSU: Free shipping for $50, $35 after mail in rebate.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ATi 5670 (DX11): $90 + $6 shipping:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ATi 4670 (DX10): $70 + $7 shipping, + $10 Mail in rebate:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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May 6, 2010 8:16:29 PM

A 4850e bottlenecks a HD4670; your CPU is slower, so anything more than that is certain to be a waste. If you play the rebate game and win, the 400W Corsair that JofaMang linked is a great deal, as is going to 2GB of RAM.
May 6, 2010 8:19:04 PM

My bad, I misread his CPU as meaning something stronger than it is. jtt283 is right, a 4650 or 5570 might be better choices.
a b Î Nvidia
May 6, 2010 8:25:50 PM

A 1.6GHz Dual Core Athlon X2? Ouch! :o 

I'm guessing you have a slim line computer. In that case you need a low profile card and the best you can do is a Radeon 5570 which is about as fast as a 4670 and should work with that PSU. I also agree that you should upgrade the RAM, but you may as well just go for a 4GB kit (2x2GB) of some good DDR2-800.
May 7, 2010 7:42:18 AM

Yeah its a slim line which is making it real difficult to find a power supply slim enough to get in there. Ive looked into a bare bones kit to rebuild from scratch but all the ones that I've found are Intel processors and I've found Athlon to be better for gaming and I recently had surgery so i don't have the time or energy to go through and repart the whole system into a new framework and build from scratch. Having enough trouble with my TV that's killing me. I've a Sharp LC-32LE700UN Television that is no longer recieving a signal from my computer tower so I was told I needed to update the framework on my tv but I can't find the site for the update files needed to load it onto a jump drive and plug into my tv. grrrrf. Alright, thanks for the advice. I'll definately be upgrading the RAM and try to update the graphics card also. I run alot of high end gaming as well as watch alot of DVD/Bluray off my computer so graphics is a necessity. Ill open it up and upload a pic from my cell to show exactly how skinny im working with.
June 1, 2010 8:37:01 PM

kragox said:
Hey. My specs are as follows:

OS: Windows XP Home Edition with SP3
Processor: AMD Athlon 2650e
Nividia GeForce 6150SE Integrated
160GB HDD
1GB DDR2 memory

Monitor is an emachine that came with it, a plug and play. Power Supply appears to be a 220 but i'd like to upgrade it if at all possible also. I'm looking to upgrade my video card for games like Chronicles of Spellborn and stuff, any recommendations? Budget doesn't matter, I'll find the money if its worth it.


could u tell me the idle and full load tdp of your 2650e+Nividia GeForce 6150SE Integrated+160GB HDD+1GB DDR2 memory system please?
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