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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$.
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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)
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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
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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?
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October 5, 2011 10:29:48 AM

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

thanks
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October 5, 2011 12:17:14 PM

Will do later today. Thanks for the help.
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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.
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October 6, 2011 11:44:17 AM

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

Ill take more pictures later and see if maybe it will help.
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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?
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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.
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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?
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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?
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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
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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
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October 6, 2011 8:08:11 PM

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

ok .... i'll look right now
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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.
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October 6, 2011 8:32:17 PM

these should be fine with your goals in mind

installation however, can be a bit tricky
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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
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October 6, 2011 8:39:31 PM

Thanks. I'll order today. I usually use tiger direct . Is newegg better?
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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
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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.
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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?
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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?
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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.
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October 6, 2011 9:42:13 PM

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

Thanks a lot
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October 7, 2011 12:30:20 AM

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
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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.
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October 7, 2011 12:56:02 AM

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

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

i have a paypal account but i am totally happy without any compensation
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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?
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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)
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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?
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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

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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?
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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.
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October 12, 2011 11:20:18 PM

Thanks. I figured it out. Appreciate it
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