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What graphics card can I put in my computer?

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October 20, 2010 12:38:06 AM

Hey,
I am interested in upgrading my existing graphics card, or atleast switch to an Nvidia, but I am not sure what my computer can handle.
I was looking at getting a Zotac GeForce GTS 250 675MHZ 1GB 2.2GHZ GDDR3 PCI-E DVI VGA HDMI Video Card.
Please post back telling me what you need to know, and how I can get it for you.
Many thanks!
a b U Graphics card
October 20, 2010 12:44:40 AM

Tell us what you have first of all.

The gts 250 is a pretty decent card, but you might have something that is almost identical to it without knowing.
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October 20, 2010 12:49:21 AM

I currently have an ATI Radeon X1950 Pro
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October 20, 2010 1:08:17 AM

The 250 is a good bit faster than the x1950 pro then.

If you really want an Nvidia card for some reason, go ahead. The Radeon 5750 is faster than the 250 and might be cheaper so check that out if you change your mind.
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October 20, 2010 1:26:56 AM

eyefinity said:
The 250 is a good bit faster than the x1950 pro then.

If you really want an Nvidia card for some reason, go ahead. The Radeon 5750 is faster than the 250 and might be cheaper so check that out if you change your mind.


Ok, well, would I be able to put either of those in my computer? How can I tell, and what do I need to check?
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October 20, 2010 1:30:05 AM

As mywifehas36dd says, you are probably better off looking at the 450 gts instead of the 250 gts (assuming the prices are the same).

You should be able to use any of the cards mentioned. The only problem I can see is, the 250 gts you are looking at might need dual pci-e connectors (some of them do, some don't).

If you are just looking to upgrade for around $100, the 5770, gts 450 and 5750 are all pretty much on the same level and a big increase over your 1950pro.
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a b U Graphics card
October 20, 2010 1:31:12 AM

As far as changing the card goes, you would just need to take out the x1950 pro and plug in the one you buy. It's pretty simple stuff.
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October 20, 2010 1:42:33 AM

eyefinity said:
As far as changing the card goes, you would just need to take out the x1950 pro and plug in the one you buy. It's pretty simple stuff.


Thanks,
I understand that much, and the only thing I was concerned about in the first place was possibly a compatibility issue with the motherboard, PSU etc. So could you give me some advice on whether or not I need to worry about this.
Thanks!
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a b U Graphics card
October 20, 2010 1:53:20 AM

Nah it should be fine, so long as you can plug a 6-pin connector into the card.
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October 20, 2010 2:04:51 AM

eyefinity said:
Nah it should be fine, so long as you can plug a 6-pin connector into the card.


Sorry if this is a dumb question, but is a 6-pin connector one that comes from the power supply, or iis it one I buy seperately and plug into the motherboard, and then into the video card?
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October 20, 2010 2:43:52 AM

Never mind, I dd some research and figured it out. Thank you all for you help, much appreciated!
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October 20, 2010 3:22:25 AM

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October 20, 2010 3:15:35 PM

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