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A question regarding the purchase of a video card.

Hello,

I am about to purchase a XFX ATI Radeon HD5450 1GB DDR2 VG/DVI/HDMI Low-Profile PCI-Express Video Card - HD545XZHH2.

My system has a few slots for PCI Express x16.

The video card requires PCI Express 2.1 x16.

I think they are different size, or is it the same?

Please advise.

Thank you.
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  1. its the same........
  2. what do you intend to do with that card, if its just watching movies then its fine :) but for gaming its not even worth spending money on

    and yeah they are the same size :)
  3. teaser said:
    its the same........


    Ok. Cool. Thank you.
  4. mouse24 said:
    what do you intend to do with that card, if its just watching movies then its fine :) but for gaming its not even worth spending money on

    and yeah they are the same size :)


    Hi Mouse,

    Thanks for the response. Yes, it is intended for gaming. I am a definite noob relating to Graphic Cards. Do you have any suggestions for a good card that my system can handle?

    This is my current system:

    800 watt Power supply

    Operating System - MS Windows 7 Prof. 64-bit SP1
    CPU - AMD Phenom II X4 940 40 °C / Deneb 45nm Technology
    RAM - 8.00 GB Dual-Channel DDR2 @ 401MHz (5-5-5-18)
    Motherboard - Gigabyte Technology Co., Ltd. GA-MA790X-UD4P (Socket M2) 37 °C
    Graphics - L1975NW (1440x900@60Hz)
    - 512MB GeForce GTS 250 (EVGA) 46 °C
    Hard Drives - 488GB Hitachi Hitachi HDP725050GLA360 ATA Device (SATA) 27 °C
    Optical Drives - HL-DT-ST DVDRAM GH22NS40 ATA Device
    - OTQP 0P6B8PM3WTYV SCSI CdRom Device
    Audio - High Definition Audio Device

    I have these slots available:
    PCI Data
    Slot PCI
    Slot Type PCI
    Slot Usage Available
    Bus Width 32 bit
    Slot Designation PCI
    Slot Number 0
    Slot PCI
    Slot Type PCI
    Slot Usage Available
    Bus Width 32 bit
    Slot Designation PCI
    Slot Number 1
    Slot PCI
    Slot Type PCI
    Slot Usage Unknown
    Bus Width Unknown
    Slot Designation PCI Express x16
    Slot Number 2
    Slot PCI
    Slot Type PCI
    Slot Usage Unknown
    Bus Width Unknown
    Slot Designation PCI Express x16
    Slot Number 3
    Slot PCI
    Slot Type PCI
    Slot Usage Unknown
    Bus Width Unknown
    Slot Designation PCI Express x1
    Slot Number 4
    Slot PCI
    Slot Type PCI
    Slot Usage Unknown
    Bus Width Unknown
    Slot Designation PCI Express x1
    Slot Number 5
    Slot PCI
    Slot Type PCI
    Slot Usage Unknown
    Bus Width Unknown
    Slot Designation PCI Express x1
    Slot Number 6

    Any suggestions?

    Thank you...
  5. What is your budget? The 5450 clearly NOT for gaming.
  6. acerace said:
    What is your budget? The 5450 clearly NOT for gaming.


    Thank you for your response.

    $100-$200.
  7. Best answer
    for that budget i would grab either the 6950 or the 6870/6850 (whatever fits your budget)
  8. Ok. Cool. I will look into those.

    Thank you very much.
  9. With those specs and that budget I would go with either a Nvidia GTX560 or a Radeon 6870. The Radeon 5450 is more intended for business people who like to run dual monitors for productivity or make pretty PowerPoints. With either the 6870 or the GTX560 (not the Ti, those will most likely be over budget) you will be able to run most modern games taking into account the rest of your system.

    What games do you plan to play on the system?
    Also, why on Earth would you go from having a GTS 250 to a Radeon 5450?
  10. Hiya Deemo13-

    Thank you for your response. I will also look into your suggestions.

    This system was originally used for business. So you are correct in your deduction above.

    I enjoy playing MMORPG games. I am currently trying to get my system updated as best as I can for the up and coming games, specifically Star Wars: The Old Republic. I am certain I could play it with my current system, however I would like a smoother game play.

    GTS 250 to a Radeon 5450? LOL I did not know any better. The extra on board memory and DirectX11 got my attention.

    :) Once again, thank you for your advice.
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