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November 10, 2011 2:13:35 PM

I am looking to get a new graphics card for my computer. It is a Dell p6300uk. It has an AthlonII X2 215 ® 2.7 GHz (65W) and runs off onboard graphics. I would like to get a graphics card for it where I can smoothly run portal, minecraft, Deus Ex :Human Revolutions, and maybe guild wars 2 when it comes out at low settings. I was thinking of getting a 5670, and upgrading my PSU but I'm unsure of wether this would be worth it. My budget for a new graphics card and psu it £70 (pounds). Thanks in advance for any advice

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a b U Graphics card
November 10, 2011 2:31:36 PM

can you make a build by your own, its easy, if you can, please tell your whole budget.
it will cost lower than the dell one.
an athlon ii x2 is not a gaming cpu, games nowadays are taking adwantage of more than three cores.

November 10, 2011 2:41:19 PM

lol I just built a pc this is actually for a mate who doesn't have enough to build a pc. He's perfectly happy to play on lowest settings, just wants a playable fps
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a c 104 U Graphics card
November 10, 2011 2:57:55 PM

What power has the psu ?
a c 104 U Graphics card
November 10, 2011 3:05:42 PM

Can't find your pc, you have a link ?
a b U Graphics card
November 10, 2011 5:04:58 PM

If it's the 300W PSU there's no need for a PSU upgrade for the HD 5670, I recommend you get this HD 6670 1GB GDDR5 w/ free delivery for £71 and be happy.

It's decently faster than the HD 5670 and will run happily run on the Dell 305W PSU.
November 10, 2011 6:48:14 PM

Yes 6670 is more than enough for low end gaming.
A couple of months back even I suggested one of my friend to use a ATI 5670 instead of onboard graphics for some moderate gaming.
I would suggest you should go with AMD 6670 1GB.
November 10, 2011 7:32:30 PM

You guys completely sure a 6670 would run off a dell 300W. I'm not an expert but it seems unlikely
a c 104 U Graphics card
November 10, 2011 7:46:51 PM

Yes, Dell psu's are good and a bit "underrated".
a c 104 U Graphics card
November 10, 2011 7:58:07 PM

Forgot the uk thing, now i found more reviews :whistle: 

You know btw if the mobo has a 1.0 or a 2.0 pcie slot version. I think it's 2.0 but can't find it in the specs. Only says pciex16 . . .
November 10, 2011 8:31:45 PM

I can't actually seem to find out wether its a 1.0 or 2.0 slot, I'll have to do more searching
a c 376 U Graphics card
November 10, 2011 9:01:31 PM

The is p6300uk actually an HP Pavilion. Here is a thread with someone using an HD5570 in a system with the same motherboard;
http://h30434.www3.hp.com/t5/Desktop-Hardware/Supported...
All HD5570 where 2.1 I believe so 2.1 cards like the HD6670 should be fine. If you do get an HD6670 make sure it is a DDR5 model like the one Yummerz linked.
a c 104 U Graphics card
November 10, 2011 10:16:59 PM

@ jyjjy : Always hope when i'm not sure about the pcie version, you get in and almost always seem to have the answer. :D 

Could you do me a favor and have a look at this thread ; http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/forum/forum2.php?config=t...

I thought i gave a safe advice for a 6950 but now it don't seem to work. Feel bad about it and it's really doing me head in. :( 
a c 376 U Graphics card
November 11, 2011 12:28:47 AM

GreenDutchAlien said:
@ jyjjy : Always hope when i'm not sure about the pcie version, you get in and almost always seem to have the answer. :D 

Could you do me a favor and have a look at this thread ; http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/forum/forum2.php?config=t...

I thought i gave a safe advice for a 6950 but now it don't seem to work. Feel bad about it and it's really doing me head in. :( 

As you point out in the thread his board is 2.0 so compatibility shouldn't be an issue. If I had to guess he simply got a bad card. It happens.
a b U Graphics card
November 11, 2011 1:05:49 AM

If what you linked to is his machine then that is a PCI-E 1.0 slot the chipset is an Nvidia Nforce 4 series chipset (Nforce 430 /w 6150 GPU) that came out in the early PCI-E days so it is 1.0. This will be a huge upgrade for him.

If you have a problem finding out what is on the board seach for information on the chipset instead as that will likely tell you what the motherboard has on it. With the exception of addon chips.
a c 104 U Graphics card
November 11, 2011 4:54:33 AM

jyjjy said:
As you point out in the thread his board is 2.0 so compatibility shouldn't be an issue. If I had to guess he simply got a bad card. It happens.



Thanks for confirming that. Began to think i made some mistake and got this guy a non compatible gpu.


@caqde ; I think it says 2.0 ; http://www.asus.com/Motherboards/Intel_Socket_775/P5Q/

Expansion Slots
1 x PCI Express 2.0 x16 slot
2 x PCI Express x1 slots
3 x PCI slots

Anyway, i'm stealing the thread here a bit, sorry for that.
November 11, 2011 5:10:30 AM

Ok thanks for the advice guys i'll get on with ordering a 6670 =D
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