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Can somoene please help me find a good graphics card

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July 27, 2010 10:36:07 PM

I have no clue, I want to play some games like

http://www.bluesnews.com/s/103486/star-wars-the-force-u...

I don't know what my psu will handle, do I need PCI, PCI Express?

Right now I have a NVidea GeForce 8300 GS, whatever that is. Is that PCI Express?

Here's my system

http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/document?docname=c01...

I'd like to find a decent one for around a hundred bucks

Will someone help me decide which one to get from here.... http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/Category/guided...

Thank you very much!

Beau
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July 27, 2010 11:02:13 PM

So it looks like you have a PCI-E slot. there's a v1.0 and a v2.0. I have no idea which one this is. SInce you're running a 8300GS, I think it's a v2.0.

For $100, if you want to buy new, I've seen GTS250s around that price. Toms has a best gaming GPU for the money guide, you should check that. I don't know if there are any better cards used at $100- maybe 4870?

The other thing is that you'll probably need a power supply with a 6 pin PCI-E connector. If your PSU already has one and is rated at least 400W, you're probably set. 350W would be cutting it close, and 300W is probably a non-starter.

EDIT: looks like your system comes with a 300W PSU, you probably will need to buy a new one with more power. at least 400W if you're going to buy one.
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July 27, 2010 11:34:15 PM

Bliq, it doesn't really matter if its PCI-e 1.0 or 2.0. That changes nothing. He can get a 2.0 card and be fine. 2.1 matters, but he can always get a 2.0 version of the same card to be safe.

For 100 dollars and the 300W PSU, you're going to have to go with the 5670, its the best card for that low of power consumption and its in your price range.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/NewProduct.aspx?Item=N82E...
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July 27, 2010 11:48:32 PM

Okay I just took the thing apart and it's a 330W PSU, I don't think it has that PCI-E connector thingy but the card I'm using now doesn't use one does it? and Helltech the card you reccomended will work fine the way my system is now and will run that game I mentioned?
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July 27, 2010 11:50:31 PM

and now I have to learn what crossfireX is I suppose lol
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July 28, 2010 2:24:09 AM

Helltech said:
Bliq, it doesn't really matter if its PCI-e 1.0 or 2.0. That changes nothing. He can get a 2.0 card and be fine. 2.1 matters, but he can always get a 2.0 version of the same card to be safe.

For 100 dollars and the 300W PSU, you're going to have to go with the 5670, its the best card for that low of power consumption and its in your price range.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/NewProduct.aspx?Item=N82E...


Okay so what if I get this PSU will it work in my machice?

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

Then what graphics card should I get?
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July 28, 2010 2:26:30 AM

Just got with the 5670 I mentioned earlier. It will work in your computer and will not require you to upgrade your PSU.

And no the GTS 250 require more power then what you have. It may work but you would be pushing it hard, it eats 248W at full load, that only leaves 82W to power the REST of your system.eat
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July 28, 2010 2:29:08 AM

Helltech said:
Just got with the 5670 I mentioned earlier. It will work in your computer and will not require you to upgrade your PSU.



Awesome Helltech, thank you very much! I'm going to go ahead and purchase it now then.
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July 28, 2010 3:00:07 AM

Best answer selected by beauknowsdiddly.
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