I have a Gateway dx4200-09. I want to upgrade the graphics card for 3d gaming. I realize I'll have to upgrade the power supply also.
What is the best card I can put in for the $?
Here are my system specs:
Genuine Windows Vista Home Premium (64-bit) with SP1
• 640GB 7200rpm Serial ATA II/300 hard drive with 16MB Cache
• AMD Phenom X4 9100e 64-bit Quad-Core Processor (1.80GHz, 2MB L2 Cache) with AMD64 Technology
• Integrated ATI Radeon HD 3200 Hybrid Graphics with up to 256MB of Shared Video Memory
• 4096MB 800MHz Dual Channel DDR2 SDRAM (2-2048MB modules), expandable up to 8GB
• AMD 780G Chipset
• 1 – PCI-E x16, 1 – PCI-Ex1 and 1 – PCI Available Expansion Slots
• 18X DVD+/-R/RW SuperMulti Drive featuring Labelflash Technology
• Gateway 15-in-1 media card reader with copy button
• 6 USB 2.0 ports (2 Front, 4 Rear)
• 2 IEEE 1394a Ports(1 Front, 1 Rear)
• 1 HDMI and 1 VGA video port
• 2 PS2 Ports
• 56k ITU v.92 Ready Fax/Modem (RJ-11 port)
• 10/100/1000 Gigabit Ethernet LAN (RJ-45 port)
• Premium Multimedia Keyboard
• 2-Button USB Optical Wheel Mouse
• Amplified USB Powered Stereo Speakers
• 8-Channel (7.1) High Definition Audio
• Dimensions (H x W x D): 16.34” x 7.09” x 17.32” (415mm x 180mm x 440mm)
• 300W Power Supply
The computer's not a spring chicken anymore, so not too much, possibly $150 to $160 including a 450 watt power supply. My 16yr old son got GTA IV and I noticed we need hardware acceleration for the game to work.
It looks like the PSU in your Gateway was made by FSP, which means it isn't crap. You should be able to run a HD5670 or HD6670 without upgrading it. If you want to run something stronger (even if it would be bottlenecked some by your current CPU), get an Antec EA380D: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... for $40. You can then fit a HD5770 or HD6770 into your budget.
No! That's a chokemax PSU-shaped object. A quality modern PSU has full range active PFC (no little voltage switch) and some level of 80+ certification for efficiency. Seasonic, Antec, Corsair, XFX, and Enermax/LEPA are among the better brands.
Edit: Please do not be too disappointed if GTA IV still doesn't play very well. I do not have it myself, but I have read more than once that it is a somewhat poorly-coded game that is very CPU-dependent; your CPU is weak, so that game may never run well. Many other titles, however, should be playable, and they will look decent with your new GPU.