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Worthwhile GPU upgrade?

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October 19, 2011 3:24:14 AM

Hello
I'm trying to help one of my friends out. His son has recently got into pc gaming. He's mostly looking to play TF2 CSS and some Minecraft. Their current family pc is a little underpowered for these games. I'm thinking it is mostly due to the fact that the chipset provides all of the graphics power. The specs of the pc can be found from the HP website here:

http://bizsupport1.austin.hp.com/bizsupport/TechSupport...

I'm thinking adding a graphics card in to his pc will be sufficient to satisfy his needs. Mostly low details and low resolutions. I'm just looking for some feedback with regards to a suitable gpu selection.

Here are some of the ones I'm thinking off:

http://www.memoryexpress.com/Products/PID-MX33261(ME).aspx

or

http://www.memoryexpress.com/Products/PID-MX35629(ME).aspx

Or I'm open for other suggestions. He would like to keep the price down around 50 or less.

Thank you for you input.

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October 19, 2011 3:41:09 AM

You don't have a big enough power supply for either of those cards , one requires a 450w and the other a 400w. So to add either of those cards you have to upgrade the psu as well.
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October 19, 2011 3:50:00 AM

ZOTAC ZT-40604-10L GeForce GT 430 (Fermi) 1GB 128-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card $59.99 and a $30 rebate to be $29.99

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

EVGA 01G-P3-1523-KR GeForce GT 520 (Fermi) 1GB 64-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready Low Profile Ready Video Card $59.99 and a $10 rebate to be $49.99

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

These cards require a 300w power supply.
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October 19, 2011 4:04:27 AM

yes. it's worthwhile to add a video card to that computer.
as inzone said, it's only 300W. you may need to upgrade it as well.

after checking that website, would you consider that 6770? $54
http://www.memoryexpress.com/Products/PID-MX35343(ME).aspx

this one is really recommended and you'll see significant improvements.
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