Graphics Card Replacement Help

Hello i would like to update my graphics card for my computer of two years old. I currently have trouble running some games such as Starcraft2, which my computer can only handle the lowest settings. Specs included below.


Operating System
MS Windows Vista Home Premium 64-bit SP2

CPU
Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 @ 2.40GHz 63 °C
Kentsfield 65nm Technology

RAM
6.0GB Dual-Channel DDR2 @ 399MHz (6-6-6-18)

Motherboard
PEGATRON CORPORATION Benicia (CPU 1)

Graphics
HP w2007 @ 1680x1050
Intel(R) G33/G31 Express Chipset Family

Hard Drives
625GB Western Digital WDC WD6400AAKS-65A7B0 (SCSI) 41 °C

Optical Drives
TSSTcorp CDDVDW TS-H653Q

Audio
Realtek High Definition Audio

This is my pc. : Not purchased from here.


I was recommended this graphics card, as well as this one and i need a new power supply and fan as well? I'm really not sure about all this. Any advice is appreciated! Thank you for your time.

Edit: My budget is under $300.
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  1. yes you need to upgrade your power supply.
    get this at least (550w psu):
    http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817341022&cm_re=ocz-_-17-341-022-_-Product

    a 4850 is old (but still packs a punch), i'd rather recommend these:
    GTS 450:
    http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125344&cm_re=gts_450-_-14-125-344-_-Product]

    GTX 460:
    http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127534&cm_re=gtx_460-_-14-127-534-_-Product]

    AMD 6850:
    http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150516&cm_re=6850-_-14-150-516-_-Product]
    OR
    http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125353&cm_re=6850-_-14-125-353-_-Product]

    you can go up to GTX 470, 570, HD 6870, 6950, 6970, depends on your budget of course. the PSU i recommended is perfect for the cards that I posted with links (you should go higher when you plan to SLI or xFire).
  2. I will definately look through and consider them.

    I was told that the graphics card might not fit into my computer? The manufacturer width is 7 inches.
    Also, would you recommend a new fan? Thank you for your time!
  3. all of the cards that i picked (with links) should fit any standard micro ATX case. that should be no problem. but please do double check. AMD 5850 (and above), gtx 470/570, gtx 480/580 should be longer than those cards so if you're going to pick one of them, i suggest you tripple check.

    are you going to punch holes for the new fan?
    or are you going to replace the exhaust fan?
    anyway here's a really strong one:
    http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835150007&cm_re=80mm_fan-_-35-150-007-_-Product

    or if you want to look a bit cooler than that:
    http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835119033&cm_re=80mm_fan-_-35-119-033-_-Product
  4. You have not provided a budget. If you'd like to spend as little money as possible, get a HD5670. You will not need to replace your PSU to run that card, and since your resolution is not particularly high, you will likely be able to play with decent settings; not all maxed, but compared to the early Intel Graphics Media Decelerator you have now, you'll think you're in heaven.
    With a higher budget, consider your resolution. If you have no plans to upgrade your monitor, a 380W Antec Earthwatts and a HD5750 or HD5770 will be sufficient. If you plan to upgrade to 1920x1080 (or higher), you'll probably want a HD6850 or GTX460, for which a 500W-550W PSU would be a safer choice.
    HD5670: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102870 for $80 or $65 if you play the rebate game and win.
    HD5750: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161352 for $120; this is the HD5750 I'd choose, as the HIS models have an effective, quiet cooler.
    HD5770: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161338 for $130, or $100 if you play the rebate game and win.
    HD6850: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161348 for $180.
    GTX460: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125333 for $190, or $170 if you win the rebate game.
    Antec EA-380D: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371033 for $45, or $30 if you win the rebate game.
    Antec Neo Eco 520W: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371030 for $60.

    Edit: Note that those two Antec PSUs do not include the power cord. That's ok since you should be able to re-use the one you have.
  5. carlhenry said:
    all of the cards that i picked (with links) should fit any standard micro ATX case. that should be no problem. but please do double check. AMD 5850 (and above), gtx 470/570, gtx 480/580 should be longer than those cards so if you're going to pick one of them, i suggest you tripple check.

    are you going to punch holes for the new fan?
    or are you going to replace the exhaust fan?
    anyway here's a really strong one:
    http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835150007&cm_re=80mm_fan-_-35-150-007-_-Product

    or if you want to look a bit cooler than that:
    http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835119033&cm_re=80mm_fan-_-35-119-033-_-Product



    I'm going to replace my fan.
    How should i double check to know if the card and/or fan will fit into my case?
    Edit: It seems that i have a PSU exause fan and a rear exaust fan.. which do i replace?
  6. Why replace either one? Is one of them dead, noisy, or do you have a heat problem? The little voltage switch on that PSU suggests it is crappy. I wouldn't put anything meatier than a HD5670 on it, but I think you will be quite pleased by the improvement, without spending a lot of money.
  7. Onus said:
    Why replace either one? Is one of them dead, noisy, or do you have a heat problem? The little voltage switch on that PSU suggests it is crappy. I wouldn't put anything meatier than a HD5670 on it, but I think you will be quite pleased by the improvement, without spending a lot of money.


    Noise isn't a problem, though i wouldn't mind a quieter fan. It seems that my pc is warmer than usual. It occasionally goes over 60 c.
    How should i check if the card will fit?

    Edit: I'm running Vista which only supports DirectX 10? So shouldn't the card i get support the 10 as well instead of 11?
  8. If it is warmer, make sure the fans and heatsinks are unobstructed by dust buildup. At only 80mm, you'll find it difficult to find a rear fan that will move a lot of air without sounding like a hair dryer. Choose a video card that exhausts as much of its heat as possible, like a HIS model with an IceQ cooler.
    Replacing your PSU with something efficient like that 380W Antec Earthwatts will also reduce heat, possibly a lot depending on how inefficient it is.
  9. StarlightSoul said:
    Hello i would like to update my graphics card for my computer of two years old. I currently have trouble running some games such as Starcraft2, which my computer can only handle the lowest settings. Specs included below.


    Operating System
    MS Windows Vista Home Premium 64-bit SP2

    CPU
    Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 @ 2.40GHz 63 °C
    Kentsfield 65nm Technology

    RAM
    6.0GB Dual-Channel DDR2 @ 399MHz (6-6-6-18)

    Motherboard
    PEGATRON CORPORATION Benicia (CPU 1)

    Graphics
    HP w2007 @ 1680x1050
    Intel(R) G33/G31 Express Chipset Family

    Hard Drives
    625GB Western Digital WDC WD6400AAKS-65A7B0 (SCSI) 41 °C

    Optical Drives
    TSSTcorp CDDVDW TS-H653Q

    Audio
    Realtek High Definition Audio

    This is my pc. : Not purchased from here.


    I was recommended this graphics card, as well as this one and i need a new power supply and fan as well? I'm really not sure about all this. Any advice is appreciated! Thank you for your time.

    Edit: My budget is under $300.


    StarlightSoul said:
    I will definately look through and consider them.

    I was told that the graphics card might not fit into my computer? The manufacturer width is 7 inches.
    Also, would you recommend a new fan? Thank you for your time!


    Hi, I have the same motherboard and a similar configuration, I'm going to upgrade my pc and I waant to ask you if you have upgraded the videocard and if you have found some problems or not. I know I need a better psu, but I'm not sure if the gpu works correctly with our motherboard. Thanks in advance
  10. Hello i just ordered this 4850 card and 500W power supply. I haven't received it yet, but i can update if you would like to know how it worked.

    4850: http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125236
    500W: http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817341016
  11. Those should work pretty well.
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