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October 4, 2011 11:38:56 PM

Hello,
Im trying to find a decent GPU card to run some games on low or med setting. I have a dual core CPU @ 2.5Ghz and 2gigs of ddr2 800mhz ram. my PSU is stock and i just want a GPU with NO power connecters required. So far i found a GT 440, is that good enough to run games like Dirt 2 or any 2010 games on low or med settings?
a b U Graphics card
October 4, 2011 11:45:05 PM

What CPU is it actually, and what is your PSUs wattage? Assuming your motherboard has a PCI-E slot, we can help you after that.
October 5, 2011 12:25:54 AM

HostileDonut said:
What CPU is it actually, and what is your PSUs wattage? Assuming your motherboard has a PCI-E slot, we can help you after that.


Oh im sry its 2.6Ghz, Intel Pentium E5300 Wolfdale 2.6GHz.
I looked around the PSU and i found 250watts
yes it does have a PCI-E slot x16

you think a GT440 would run good on this or do i need something lower? or i can get something better?

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a b U Graphics card
October 5, 2011 12:51:34 AM

your going to run into PSU problems very early on.

have you considered transplanting your PC into a standard case so you can use a normal PSU? Then you would have the choice of any GPU on the market.
October 5, 2011 1:11:25 AM

HugoStiglitz said:
your going to run into PSU problems very early on.

have you considered transplanting your PC into a standard case so you can use a normal PSU? Then you would have the choice of any GPU on the market.


Is 250watts not notmal for a standard PC?
How many watts do i need to run GT 440 or can i get something that uses less power im at a 100$ budget.
a b U Graphics card
October 5, 2011 2:54:53 PM

250w is enough for a CPU, MB, RAM, HDD, optical drive, case fans, and that is about it. For a GPU, you should look into 400w.
a b U Graphics card
October 5, 2011 3:01:48 PM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... This would have about 100 - 70w to spare (maybe more), So no need to buy a 500w. He wants a low profile GPU. I would suggest a GTS 450 max. Maybe a GT 440 like he thought. The GT 440 is not much of a gaming card at all though. Although, it may be hard to find a low profile GTS 450. I think there is a low profile single slot hd5770 by XFX.
a b U Graphics card
October 5, 2011 3:07:30 PM

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Well with a bit of an overclock that cpu will handle this setup fine.

First, I bet his system is OEM, won't hold the card, and no, it is an old pentium. His system will NOT handle it. He also only has 2gb RAM. Advise something he can actually use..... :pfff: 
a b U Graphics card
October 5, 2011 3:08:54 PM

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However DDr2 is not cheap anymore and i do recommend you getting 4Gb of ram as a MINIMUM.

Well, if he is playing old games (should be with a CPU and low profile GPU) he doesn't need more than 2gb.
October 5, 2011 3:49:36 PM

Thank you everyone for replying and helping me =D

ok so i was looking into the power consumption of this card and said 65W.
I dont know how much the system total power consumption but i guess 300watts is minimum for the GT 440

http://www.geeks3d.com/20110209/asus-geforce-gt-440-rev...

"With a TDP of 65W (for the reference board), NVIDIA reference board or ASUS GT 440 do not have a power connector on the PCB since the PCI-Express slot can provide enough power (up to 75W)"

so ill be looking for something like a 300W+ PSU since 250W is not enough.

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October 5, 2011 3:53:39 PM
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lola213 said:
Thank you everyone for replying and helping me =D

ok so i was looking into the power consumption of this card and said 65W.
I dont know how much the system total power consumption but i guess 300watts is minimum for the GT 440

http://www.geeks3d.com/20110209/asus-geforce-gt-440-rev...

"With a TDP of 65W (for the reference board), NVIDIA reference board or ASUS GT 440 do not have a power connector on the PCB since the PCI-Express slot can provide enough power (up to 75W)"

so ill be looking for something like a 300W+ PSU since 250W is not enough.

Well, you might just be able to slip through, but if I were you, I wouldn't risk it. Grab one of these. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... and a GT 440. What games are you going to play? because I am not sure that will even play new games on low setting with your RAM, CPU, and only a GT 440. If you want a gaming rig, look into a new system. But, for games like COD:BO, MW2, HL2, etc. low demanding games, you could play on low - med.
October 5, 2011 4:29:33 PM

HostileDonut said:
Well, you might just be able to slip through, but if I were you, I wouldn't risk it. Grab one of these. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... and a GT 440. What games are you going to play? because I am not sure that will even play new games on low setting with your RAM, CPU, and only a GT 440. If you want a gaming rig, look into a new system. But, for games like COD:BO, MW2, HL2, etc. low demanding games, you could play on low - med.


Oh I see x.x, well im not much of a PC builder, I just want to play good 2010 or older games smoothly.
um, I was looking at videos of GT 440 gameplay and found a person with similar computer set up

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0rT9DJnkxmU

says hes playing at max settings with a slower CPU from mines.
a b U Graphics card
October 5, 2011 4:36:42 PM

Yeah, that is a fairly low demanding game, and if that is what you plan to play, GREAT! :D  Also, his CPU is a core 2 duo @ 2.4Ghz which would still be slightly faster than a dual Pentium at 2.5Ghz. Actually, more than slightly. A good amount. But your CPU can handle it anyway.
October 19, 2011 8:08:50 PM

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