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October 4, 2011 6:16:48 PM

Hello,

I have a
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...
and I am looking for a new graphics card as I cannot run good games on this computer. Could anyone help me find a website that would show me graphics cards that are compatible with my computer?

Also,
Any reccomendations on what to get? I play Starcraft 2 and Heroes of Newerth.

Thanks for any help.

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October 4, 2011 9:26:56 PM

Please help. I just dont know how to tell what Graphics cards would be compatible with my computer. I am looking to spend 150$.
a c 104 U Graphics card
October 4, 2011 9:39:27 PM

Been looking a bit but can't find anything about your psu or if the mobo has an pcie slot. ( i think so tho )
So what psu do you have and at what resoltion you wanne use the gpu ? Where do you buy from, England, USA, etc. ?
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October 4, 2011 9:40:55 PM

your best move is for an AMD Radeon card that a 99% chance will be compatible with your system (newegg has a really nice return policy if it does not work)

i can reccomend this for $100

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... and a free DiRT 3 coupon

that should do well for you with your system or if you want to go hardcore or future-proof I would take this for a little more

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... and a free DiRT 3 coupon $135 after rebate

if you need any help with installation or advice on anything you are open to ask..


you will however need to get a molex 4-pin to a 6-pin pci-e power adatpor (included with the two models above)
October 4, 2011 9:42:42 PM

GreenDutchAlien said:
Been looking a bit but can't find anything about your psu or if the mobo has an pcie slot. ( i think so tho )
So what psu do you have and at what resoltion you wanne use the gpu ? Where do you buy from, England, USA, etc. ?


emachines might be using a proprietary psu... who knows
October 5, 2011 1:41:45 AM

If I took a picture of the inside would that help?

Ive installed RAM and Harddrives before but nothing else. I think I could figure it out. Ill look at that new egee stuff since they take returns. Thanks, I use tiger direct usually. Is newegg better?
October 5, 2011 10:29:48 AM

yes it would, open the side panel and take a picture of the case/mobo

thanks
October 5, 2011 12:17:14 PM

Will do later today. Thanks for the help.
a c 104 U Graphics card
October 6, 2011 8:47:45 AM

Ok, there is a pcie slot.
Only i can't see the psu, so we still need to know how powerfull it is.
October 6, 2011 11:44:17 AM

How do I find that? What does it look like?
October 6, 2011 11:46:15 AM

Ill take more pictures later and see if maybe it will help.
October 6, 2011 12:18:18 PM

I found this in another thread on my computer. So I believe this is my PSU.

"Earthwatts 80+ 550w"

Does that sound correct?
a c 104 U Graphics card
October 6, 2011 1:25:22 PM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Still not sure about the pci-e type. I think it's 2.0 but if it's a 1.0 the amd radeons could give problems. They might work, but they also may not.

Also ; check your psu to be safe, it should state somewhere the total watts. Got this from a review from your link. I think it's nonsense but you never know ;
"Decent case with access to multiple card reader, usb port and audio port on the front. What could be better: A vibration can sometime be heard on mine. It's probably the
HD causing the case to shake a little. I've read that the power supply is only 150W. It's ok if you don't upgrade."

If your psu is the Antec Earthwatts 550 you're fine.
October 6, 2011 2:27:20 PM

With these will I still be need to get a molex 4 pin connecter to 6 pin?

Does that come with most cards?
October 6, 2011 7:57:11 PM

I looked and the power supply says 300w. What does this limit me to?

Should I upgrade? Any reccomendations?
October 6, 2011 8:03:53 PM

nfg22 said:
I found this in another thread on my computer. So I believe this is my PSU.

"Earthwatts 80+ 550w"

Does that sound correct?


not to be mean but most likely it is not rather an aftermarket install
October 6, 2011 8:06:11 PM

YES, you will NEED to upgrade your psu

i would like to help but do you prefer a "green" psu or a regular psu

green meaning 80% or better effeciency
October 6, 2011 8:08:11 PM

Cheap and good is all I care. I'm not a green person.
October 6, 2011 8:23:47 PM

ok .... i'll look right now
October 6, 2011 8:30:30 PM

That's cheap. Don't I need a 500w? How hard are these to install? I'm pretty smart.
October 6, 2011 8:32:17 PM

these should be fine with your goals in mind

installation however, can be a bit tricky
October 6, 2011 8:33:18 PM

take a few more pics and i could guide you through an install of the video card and the psu
October 6, 2011 8:39:31 PM

Thanks. I'll order today. I usually use tiger direct . Is newegg better?
October 6, 2011 8:42:16 PM

nfg22 said:
Thanks. I'll order today. I usually use tiger direct . Is newegg better?


what did you decide on (gpu/psu) to do a run through to make sure because some psu/gpu use different connectors

i personally like newegg-your call
a c 104 U Graphics card
October 6, 2011 8:50:37 PM

I really advice against those psu's. Never, ever, go cheap on the psu. This is one of the most important parts of your system ; it has to deliver all the right currents to all parts of your system in a stable way.
Good psu's are Antec, Corsair, Seasonic, XFX.
Really, pay just 20 bucks more and get a good one.
October 6, 2011 9:09:17 PM

I don't know lol. Which would go the best? I play video games and want to connect to my hd tv.

If you had to pick a psu and gpu for 250 or under. What would be the choice?
October 6, 2011 9:11:18 PM

nfg22 said:
I don't know lol. Which would go the best? I play video games and want to connect to my hd tv.

If you had to pick a psu and gpu for 250 or under. What would be the choice?


will you be using more than 1 monitor at a time?
October 6, 2011 9:31:46 PM

technoviceguy said:
will you be using more than 1 monitor at a time?


Only sometimes and its not neccesaarry at all. The only time I will is when I'm streaming movies to my hd tv and want to browse the internet on my computer monitor.
October 6, 2011 9:42:13 PM

ok...i'll look for some stuff for you be back in a day or so
October 6, 2011 9:44:09 PM

Thanks a lot

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October 7, 2011 12:30:20 AM
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This is what I came up with,

Newegg

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

total of $215 - $20 mail-in rebate (GPU)

Tiger Direct

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

$240 - $40 mail-in rebate (1 for the GPU and 1 for the PSU)

Hope this helps.

p.s. you may want a dvi-to-vga adaptor if you wish so
October 7, 2011 12:52:39 AM

Thanks for all your help. Do you have a paypal? I would like to compensate you for the help. Also if i have trouble with install I will ask you. again.
October 7, 2011 12:56:02 AM

Thank you again. That's what I meant at the end. Also thanks to rob jordy.
October 7, 2011 12:56:46 AM

Best answer selected by nfg22.
October 7, 2011 1:15:21 AM

i have a paypal account but i am totally happy without any compensation
October 7, 2011 1:20:22 AM

I would rather compensate. Also, is it for sure this power supply will have all the connections I need?
October 7, 2011 1:26:57 AM

nfg22 said:
I would rather compensate. Also, is it for sure this power supply will have all the connections I need?


correct me if i am wrong,

1 cd/dvd drive

1 sata hdd

20+4 main power

+4 12v cpu power

2x 6-pin pci-e connectors (for the new gpu)
October 7, 2011 4:51:23 AM

Yes. That is mainly right. I have 2 cd/dvd drives but I only use one. Also, being that my old card is integrated, will I need to turn that off?
October 7, 2011 10:32:30 AM

nfg22 said:
Yes. That is mainly right. I have 2 cd/dvd drives but I only use one. Also, being that my old card is integrated, will I need to turn that off?


you will be fine if you choose to hook up both of the cd drives

as for the integrated graphics, if it boots with a signal through the gpu on the first try then you do not

if it does not, you will have to change some settings in the bios

October 12, 2011 8:10:27 PM

I have everything installed. All seems to be working well but when I try to play a game it says I need drivers. How do I install the drivers for this graphics card? and where do I install them?
October 12, 2011 10:51:45 PM

Nevermind I figured it out. Everything works great except my CD drives dont work. Pretty sure I didnt plug the power into them cause I couldnt find it. But oh well I never use them anyways.

Thanks so much. I can run everything on highest settings, Stream video on my 60" tv and play Starcraft on highest settings on the monitor at same time with no lag. So awesome.
October 12, 2011 11:20:18 PM

Thanks. I figured it out. Appreciate it
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