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November 4, 2011 10:05:29 PM

Hi i bought a new computer a few months ago expecting to be able to play the latest video games.But have recently noticed that my graphics card is not so good. I have searched for a new one but have no idea what will work and what wont.Please help here is my computer info.

Motherboard
H-I41-uATX (Eton/EtonL)
Figure 1: Motherboard top view

Manufacturer: Foxconn
Form factor: microATX - 24.4 cm (9.6 inches) x 24.4 cm (9.6 inches)
Chipset: Intel G41 Express
Memory sockets: 2 x DDR3
Front side bus speeds: 1333/1066/800 MHz
Processor socket: 775
Expansion Slots:
1 PCI Express x16 slot for graphics card
2 PCI Express x1 slots
1 PCI slot
1 PCI Express x1 minicard slot
For more details, see Eton/EtonL motherboard specifications .
Processor
Intel Pentium E5800
Figure 2: Intel Pentium Dual-Core logo

Operating speed: Up to 3.2 GHz
Number of cores: 2
Socket: 775
Bus speed: 800 MHz
Processor upgrade information
Memory
4 GB
Amount: 4 GB
Speed: PC3-10600 MB/sec
Type: DDR3-1333
Memory upgrade information
Supports DDR3 DIMMs only
Dual channel memory architecture
Two DDR3 DIMM (240-pin) sockets
DIMM types:
PC3-10600 (DDR3-1333)
PC3-8500 (DDR3-1066)
PC3-6400 (DDR3-800)
Non-ECC memory only, unbuffered
Supports 2 GB DDR3 DIMMs
Supports up to 4 GB on 64-bit PCs
Maximum memory only if using 2GB DDR3 DIMM modules

NOTE:32-bit PCs cannot address a full 4.0 GB of memoryThis motherboard is not planned for use with a 32-bit OS
Video graphics
Integrated graphics using Intel GMA x4500
*Integrated video is not available if a graphics card is installed.
Integrated graphics using Intel GMA x4500
Also supports PCI Express x16 graphics cards*

NOTE:*Either integrated graphics or the PCI Express x16 slot are usable at one time; they are not usable concurrently.
Sound/Audio
Integrated Realtek ALC662 Audio
Networking
LAN: 10-Base-T
Hard drive
1 TB
CD/DVD disc drive
SuperMulti DVD Burner drive
Memory Card Reader
6-in-1 multimedia card reader
Computer Case
Mid-size ATX
Height: 38.40 cm (15.12 inches)
Width: 16.58 cm (6.53 inches)
Length: 42.9 cm (16.89 inches)
Bay size Total Bays*
13.33 cm (5.25 inch) 2
8.89 cm (3.5 inch) 1
* Bays may be occupied by existing hardware.
Power Supply
300W (100V-240V)
Total wattage: 300W

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November 4, 2011 11:15:54 PM

would this card definitly work on my computer though.I dont want to risk buying it and it doesn't :D .And could anyone recommended anything else ?.
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November 4, 2011 11:22:22 PM

I think that depends on how good your PSU is. Got a brand?
November 5, 2011 12:18:04 AM

I have no idea what the brand is of my psu.Would i have to open my computer to check that out?.
a c 1315 U Graphics card
November 5, 2011 12:19:57 AM

Looks like you have an HP or Dell!
November 5, 2011 12:22:30 AM

Yeh my computer is hp So i am guessing it is that.
a b U Graphics card
November 5, 2011 12:25:00 AM

No - just get the 5670 - it draws only 65w max - it also runs on 250w PSUs. Though it's really only good for smaller resolutions and up to high settings in games...

OR buy a 500w PSU and replace yours (way easier than it sounds) - then get whatever video card will fit in your case. This option will work much better for the latest games.

I've got a Dell and decided to upgrade mine to play games too - I used an HD 5670 for the last year on Dell's 300w PSU, then a friend gave me an HD 4890 so I swapped out the PSU. Like I said, this is way easier than it sounds. Just pay attention to what connectors go to which slots.

A 500w+ PSU and an HD 6870 will play everything well up to 1080p, and it will only set you back about $230
a c 376 U Graphics card
November 5, 2011 1:15:26 AM

On a 300w PSU you should avoid cards that need an external power connector. Not sure why the HD5670 is being recommend as the HD6670 is better and should also work on your PSU. It will do well at low resolutions buy struggle on high ones. Be sure to get a DDR5 version like this one;
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
a b U Graphics card
November 5, 2011 1:45:05 AM

rolli59 said:
Looks like you have an HP or Dell!

Dell optiplex by the looks of it

Op whats your native resolution
a c 1315 U Graphics card
November 5, 2011 2:34:35 AM

jyjjy said:
On a 300w PSU you should avoid cards that need an external power connector. Not sure why the HD5670 is being recommend as the HD6670 is better and should also work on your PSU. It will do well at low resolutions buy struggle on high ones. Be sure to get a DDR5 version like this one;
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Because of being PCIe version 2.0 card versus version 2.1 not knowing the version slot on the motherboard!
a b U Graphics card
November 5, 2011 2:40:40 AM

The optiplex comes with a 280w psu normally. The quads are supplied with 300 psus. Two power connectors for the hdd and one in the mobo. Thats it concerning connectors on it.

Run si Sandra and post the specs it shows you here just to make sure
a c 376 U Graphics card
November 5, 2011 9:35:11 AM

rolli59 said:
Because of being PCIe version 2.0 card versus version 2.1 not knowing the version slot on the motherboard!

Can't imagine them making a motherboard that takes DDR3 but still uses a 1.x PCI-E slot.
a c 376 U Graphics card
November 5, 2011 9:39:45 AM

gnomio said:
The optiplex comes with a 280w psu normally. The quads are supplied with 300 psus. Two power connectors for the hdd and one in the mobo. Thats it concerning connectors on it.

Run si Sandra and post the specs it shows you here just to make sure

He already said it was an HP.
November 5, 2011 1:52:50 PM

Manufacturer's motherboard name: Foxconn H-I41-uATX
HP/Compaq name: Eton
Form Factor
Micro-ATX: 24.5 cm (9.6 inches) x 24.5 cm (9.6 inches)
Chipset
Intel G41 Express
Front-side bus speed
1333/1066/800 MHz
Processor upgrade information
TDP: Varies by processor
Motherboard supports the following processor upgrades:
Core 2 Quad Q8xx0/Q9xx0 (Yorkfield core) (95W)
Core 2 Duo E8xx0 (Wolfdale core) (65W)
Core 2 Duo E7xx0 (Wolfdale core) (65W)
Pentium Dual Core E5xx0 (Wolfdale core) (65W)
Celeron Dual Core E1xx0 (Conroe core) (65W)
Celeron 4xx series (Conroe core) (35W)
Memory upgrade information
Supports DDR3 DIMMs only
Dual channel memory architecture
Two DDR3 DIMM (240-pin) sockets
DIMM types:
PC3-10600 (DDR3-1333)
PC3-8500 (DDR3-1066)
PC3-6400 (DDR3-800)
Non-ECC memory only, unbuffered
Supports 2 GB DDR3 DIMMs
Supports up to 4 GB on 64-bit PCs
Maximum memory only if using 2GB DDR3 DIMM modules

NOTE:32-bit PCs cannot address a full 4.0 GB of memoryThis motherboard is not planned for use with a 32-bit OS
Video
Integrated graphics using Intel GMA x4500
*Integrated video is not available if a graphics card is installed.
Integrated graphics using Intel GMA x4500
Also supports PCI Express x16 graphics cards*

NOTE:*Either integrated graphics or the PCI Express x16 slot are usable at one time; they are not usable concurrently.
Audio
Integrated Realtek ALC662 Audio
*Integrated audio may not be available if a sound card is installed.
Number of channels: 6
Audio CODEC: ALC662
Maximum bit depth: up to 24-bit
Maximum sample rate: up to 96,000 Hz
Supports SPDIF digital
Network
LAN: 10-Base-T
Technology: Realtek RTL8103EL
Data transfer speeds: up to 10/100 Mb/s
Transmission standards:10-Base-T Ethernet
Expansion Slots
One PCI Express x16
Two PCI Express x1
One PCI
One PCI Express x1 minicard socket
I/O Ports
Internal Connectors
One 24-pin ATX power connector
One 4-pin ATX power connector
Four SATA connectors
Two 12V fans for CPU fan and PC fan
One 9-pin header for power button, reset button, power LED, and HDD LED
One 9-pin audio header for headphone-out and microphone-in (yellow, requires matching front audio jack module)
One SPDIF out header
Two USB headers supporting 4 USB ports or devices
November 5, 2011 1:54:12 PM

This is about the most info i can get without opening my computer.Its made my hp
a c 1315 U Graphics card
November 5, 2011 2:51:37 PM

jyjjy said:
Can't imagine them making a motherboard that takes DDR3 but still uses a 1.x PCI-E slot.

Seen this before with the G41 chip set, version 1.x PCIe X16 slot regardless of ram support http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/document?cc=us&lc=en...
OP stick with version 2.0 card to be on the safe side.
a c 376 U Graphics card
November 5, 2011 6:29:20 PM

Just because it doesn't list the version does not necessarily mean it is 1.x. I think it is a poor assumption myself. Even if it did have a 1.x slot the possible issue with those slots and 2.1 cards can be fixed with a current BIOS and LGA775 boards with DDR3 only came about after 2.1 cards were introduced... The odds of his computer not being able to handle a 2.1 card is microscopic IMO.
November 7, 2011 1:26:19 AM

I got absolutely the same HP computer as listed above, but the only difference is that my computer has 250W power supply. Which graphic card could you recommend to buy for new games? Thank you fro your help!
a c 376 U Graphics card
November 8, 2011 12:56:16 AM

With a 250w PSU an HD5570 is about the best you should consider.
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