I have had my pc for a few months using the intel integrated graphics and would like to upgrade a little to play some light games, nothing crazy. I have the following specs and would like everyone's professional opinion! I really don't know how to upgrade my power supply, so I prefer leave my machine as is and get something that will work for it with the current psu.
I need a low profile card, pci-e
Which of the cards above, Radeon 4550, 5450, or 5570 would be best for me? Can I run any of them or should I stick with the Intel HD graphics?
Processor Intel® Core™ i3-540 (3.06GHz, 4MB L2, 1333Mhz FSB)
Operating System Genuine Windows 7 Home Premium 64 - English
Total Memory 4GB (2 X 2GB) PC3-8500 DDR3 1067MHz SDRAM SODIMM Memory
Hard Drive 1TB, 7200RPM Serial ATA 3.5" Hard Drive
Graphics Intel® Graphics Media Accelerator HD
FSP Groupp Inc.
Output Power: 180w(+3.3v &5.08V=80W Max)(+3.3V & +5.08V & +12V=170W Max)(-12V & =5.08Vsb=13.66W Max)
DC Output: +12V==14A(yellow) -12V==0.3A(blue) +5.08V==10A(red) +3.3V==16A(orange)
Stadby Output: +5.08Vsb==2.0A(purple)
That's all the info I have, thanks for your help!!
I have a 21.5 inch 1080p monitor. I don't mind changing the psu if i can and it isn't too hard. Do you think i could run a 5570 now? I just want to play wow lotro or some older games. Nothing crazy and it doesn't have to be high res just decent fps.
agreed. a 5570 should be ok as the rest of your system is fairly power conservative. The power supply brand FSP is generally good quality too. Is it a low profile pc? if so the best gfx card you can put in it is a 5750 (hard to come by but there is a low profile version of this card. this article will be of great help to you http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/home-theater-pc-hal...
Thanks for the help! I will probably go with the 5570, because it seems to have a little bit of graphic power and should not fry my system, haha. Thanks again to everyone for the advice, this is cool place!!
as per my link 150w is about his expected max useage from the wall. assume 80% efficiency and your down to much less than his psu is capable of producing. Should be ok. But yeah, make sure you have at least 1 exhaust fan to prevent heat buildup.