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June 28, 2010 4:56:54 PM

I have Compaq pressario Desk top(Model # SG3530IL). with boston mother board. So i wante to know which suits the best for me.

My mother board details:
Intel pentium Dual-core processor E2180
1024 MB DDR2
250GB 3d hard drive
Intel GMA 3100 Graphics
a c 158 U Graphics card
a b V Motherboard
June 28, 2010 5:06:47 PM

According to the specs, you have a full x16 PCI Express card.

Head over to the main Tom's page and check the "Best graphics card for the money" article, pick something from there that suits what you want to pay. Don't do anything high end though as I'm betting your power supply won't handle anything much over a $100 card.
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June 28, 2010 5:14:45 PM

According to your specs here, it looks like you have a 180w PSU, which is amazingly weak. Now you MAY be able to run one of the midrange cards if it doesn't require a direct connection to the PSU, but even then that PSU needs a major upgrade. Just google the card you want and check the power requirements. It should tell you the recommended wattage for the PSU, which I garantee will be over 180w with even most midrange cards.
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June 28, 2010 5:37:03 PM

thphaca said:
According to your specs here, it looks like you have a 180w PSU, which is amazingly weak. Now you MAY be able to run one of the midrange cards if it doesn't require a direct connection to the PSU, but even then that PSU needs a major upgrade. Just google the card you want and check the power requirements. It should tell you the recommended wattage for the PSU, which I garantee will be over 180w with even most midrange cards.


This 180 watt PSU is very weak, don't get anything over the $60-$70 range of cards or you risk tons of crashes. I would not even go to midrange cards in this case, stick to the lowest recomended gaming card on this site.
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June 29, 2010 1:41:40 AM

The OP:
Don't you want to upgrade PSU as well? 180W is very low, i wouldn't dare to suggest any card(even low end) for your system...
Get a cheap 300W PSU(better not cheap if you can) and get HD4670, you'll se a BIG performance boost from your integrated INTEL GMA. :) 
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June 29, 2010 2:01:40 AM

Well, the new 5xxx series e.g. 5770 only uses 15W
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a c 189 U Graphics card
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June 29, 2010 2:13:49 AM

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What? HD5770 only uses 15W?

Well, HD5770 use 2 source, PCIE slot and 6pin power connector from PSU.
pcie slot=75 W
6pin=75 W
So this card uses max 150 W and not 15 W.

Maybe a typo?
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June 29, 2010 2:00:23 PM

leyshadow said:
Well, the new 5xxx series e.g. 5770 only uses 15W


That may be idle power, when it's not doing anything.
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