Help me choose GPU

I have HP m8200n
Chipset:NVIDIA GeForce 6150SE nForce 430
Proc:Athlon 64 X2 3.00ghz 6000+ dual core
4gb DDR2 RAM
Also supports PCI Express x16 graphics cards
300WATT Lite-on PSU
Need a gpu to enable me run the latest games though in low resolution (but have a HD 720p 19"LCD)
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  1. With a 300w PSU you are limited in your options. An HD5670 would be a good choice. The PCI-E 2.1 cards sometimes have issues with older 1.0 slots like you have so look for a 2.0 model. You probably can't order from newegg but here are four 2.0 cards you can look for at retails you can buy from;
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&N=100007709%20600007320%20600007609%20600007855&IsNodeId=1&name=PCI%20Express%202.0%20x16
    Alternately a 9800GT would be a good choice. You would want one of the newer lower power models that don't have a 6-pin PCI-E connector.
    Some other options that are weaker than the above but will still do alright at 720p would be the GT 240(look for one with DDR5 ram) or perhaps an HD4670.
  2. jyjjy said:
    With a 300w PSU you are limited in your options. An HD5670 would be a good choice. The PCI-E 2.1 cards sometimes have issues with older 1.0 slots like you have so look for a 2.0 model. You probably can't order from newegg but here are four 2.0 cards you can look for at retails you can buy from;
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&N=100007709%20600007320%20600007609%20600007855&IsNodeId=1&name=PCI%20Express%202.0%20x16
    Alternately a 9800GT would be a good choice. You would want one of the newer lower power models that don't have a 6-pin PCI-E connector.
    Some other options that are weaker than the above but will still do alright at 720p would be the GT 240(look for one with DDR5 ram) or perhaps an HD4670.


    tell me one more thing!
    should i go for a DDR5 or DDR3?
    one of my friend told me that DDR3 wil preform better on my pc. Is he right?
  3. haseebkahn3 said:
    tell me one more thing!
    should i go for a DDR5 or DDR3?
    one of my friend told me that DDR3 wil preform better on my pc. Is he right?


    the type of VRAM being used in the graphic card will not going to affect how your pc will perform. if you're looking for 5670 get the one with GDDR5
  4. renz496 said:
    the type of VRAM being used in the graphic card will not going to affect how your pc will perform. if you're looking for 5670 get the one with GDDR5


    THX.
    one more thing, as HD5670 is recommended on a 400watt psu, will it work fine on my 300watt and without harming my other components???
  5. it should be fine. 5670 doesn't need a lot of power to operate. the best card that you can get is 6670 but AFAIK all 6k series from AMD using PCI-E 2.1 as a standard which most likely to have problem with your mobo. any higher than 6670 will require you to replace your current PSU
  6. Yeah, for an HD5670 definitely get one with DDR5 ram. It should be ok with your current PSU.
  7. jyjjy said:
    With a 300w PSU you are limited in your options. An HD5670 would be a good choice. The PCI-E 2.1 cards sometimes have issues with older 1.0 slots like you have so look for a 2.0 model. You probably can't order from newegg but here are four 2.0 cards you can look for at retails you can buy from;
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&N=100007709%20600007320%20600007609%20600007855&IsNodeId=1&name=PCI%20Express%202.0%20x16
    Alternately a 9800GT would be a good choice. You would want one of the newer lower power models that don't have a 6-pin PCI-E connector.
    Some other options that are weaker than the above but will still do alright at 720p would be the GT 240(look for one with DDR5 ram) or perhaps an HD4670.


    The NEWEGG link you have mentioned shows 3 brands namely Sapphire, visiontek ang biostar. Which one is best? I just want to plug the card in my pc for playing games. no additional purposes.
    Kindly suggest.
  8. Sapphire is the best of those brands.
  9. jyjjy said:
    With a 300w PSU you are limited in your options. An HD5670 would be a good choice. The PCI-E 2.1 cards sometimes have issues with older 1.0 slots like you have so look for a 2.0 model. You probably can't order from newegg but here are four 2.0 cards you can look for at retails you can buy from;
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&N=100007709%20600007320%20600007609%20600007855&IsNodeId=1&name=PCI%20Express%202.0%20x16
    Alternately a 9800GT would be a good choice. You would want one of the newer lower power models that don't have a 6-pin PCI-E connector.
    Some other options that are weaker than the above but will still do alright at 720p would be the GT 240(look for one with DDR5 ram) or perhaps an HD4670.


    I ma unable to find a 2.0 version in my country.
    Should i go for 2.1 version?
  10. You can try it. It is really hit or miss. It may work fine or it may not work at all or just have weird problems. So only do it if you are able to and ok with being able to return the card if necessary. If not then look into the other cards I mentioned.
  11. jyjjy said:
    You can try it. It is really hit or miss. It may work fine or it may not work at all or just have weird problems. So only do it if you are able to and ok with being able to return the card if necessary. If not then look into the other cards I mentioned.


    Can my psu (300watt) support 9800GT?
    Is it equivalent to HD 5670?
  12. anyone plz!!!
  13. There are two different versions of the 9800GT. One of them has a 6-pin power connector and the other doesn't. For a 300w PSU you would want to stick with a card that doesn't have an external power connector. And yes the 9800GT is roughly equivalent to the HD560 in performance. It is DX10 instead of DX11 but that isn't a big deal on cards of this caliber.
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