New Graphics Card $75-$150?

Hello,


The current computer I have is this store bought HP Pavillion p6210y.

http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/document?docname=c01859864&cc=us&lc=en&dlc=en&product=4006020

http://reviews.cnet.com/desktops/hp-pavilion-p6210y/4507-3118_7-33777301.html?tag=mncol;subnav


I'm having problems with the graphics and display when playing games. I want to replace the graphics card for a better one but I'm not sure what is compatible. What are some decent graphics card for the price range between $75 - $150 that will work with my current computer? What PSU should I purchase as well for the extra wattage?


I had these graphics card in mind...

1) Galaxy - GeForce GT 520 1GB DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 Graphics Card

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Galaxy+-+GeForce+GT+520+1GB+DDR3+PCI+Express+2.0+Graphics+Card/2344226.p?id=1218322060851&skuId=2344226


2)PNY - GeForce GT 240 512MB GDDR5 PCI Express Graphics Card


http://www.bestbuy.com/site/PNY+-+GeForce+GT+240+512MB+GDDR5+PCI+Express+Graphics+Card/9636231.p?id=1218135451546&skuId=9636231


3)XFX - ATI Radeon HD 5570 1GB DDR3 PCI Express Graphics Card


http://www.bestbuy.com/site/XFX+-+ATI+Radeon+HD+5570+1GB+DDR3+PCI+Express+Graphics+Card/9849596.p?id=1218184702088&skuId=9849596

4)PNY - NVIDIA GeForce GT 520 1GB GDDR3 PCI Express Graphics Card


http://www.bestbuy.com/site/PNY+-+NVIDIA+GeForce+GT+520+1GB+GDDR3+PCI+Express+Graphics+Card/2869502.p?id=1218361287065&skuId=2869502


Which one would be the best fit?

Any help will be appreciated. Thank you!
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  1. That's a tough call. First, I would recommend using Newegg (http://www.newegg.com) for purchasing the card as you'll save money unless you intend on using a service like "In-store Pickup" which is why you picked BB.

    Trouble is, that power supply just isn't substantial enough for cards above the $80 or so range.

    So, with that in mind, here is my recommendation:
    COOLER MASTER GX 450W 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817171060

    It's a solid power supply with enough oomph to power higher end graphics cards. It also is 80 Plus Bronze Certified and sports Active PFC, both of which indicate quality components and heightened efficiency.

    Couple that with this:
    HIS Radeon HD 6750 1GB DDR3
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161395

    Definitely a solid card. For $15 more you can purchase one with GDDR5 instead of DDR3 which might be a worthwhile upgrade. Otherwise, in the price bracket of $75-$110 you should be looking at:
    Radeon 4850, 4870, 5750, 5770, 6750, 6770
    or
    GeForce GTS 250, GTX 260, GTS 450, GTS 550
  2. The best card you'll get for $75-$100 is the $82 GTX 460 768MB: http://slickdeals.net/forums/showthread.php?t=3583262
    You'll need to go into a local Best Buy--Google should be able to show where it's in stock. You should've bought the $120 Radeon HD 5850 that was on sale earlier this week. If you're willing to spend more than $82, follow the graphics card hierarchy chart: http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/best-graphics-card-gaming-performance,3042-7.html
    A GTX 460 768MB will triple the performance of a GT 240.

    Your power supply won't handle it, so get a Corsair CX430 V2 for $20: http://slickdeals.net/forums/showthread.php?t=3495470
    It's not that price RIGHT NOW, but it will be within a week or two. If you decide to get any other PSU, only get an Antec, Corsair, Seasonic, XFX, or Silverstone.

    And btw, GDDR5 makes all the difference in the world over DDR3. It's worth paying $10-$15 more for it if you're deciding between cards.

    If you're short on cash and want to save yourself the trouble of a PSU upgrade, I suggest finding a Radeon HD 5670 GDDR5 for $50 on ebay.
  3. Here's a good price for a 6870 ($139.99 AR): http://slickdeals.net/forums/showthread.php?t=3591256
  4. What resolution will you be gaming at and is the budget you listed for the card alone for the card + PSU?
  5. Xenturion said:
    So, with that in mind, here is my recommendation:
    COOLER MASTER GX 450W 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817171060

    It's a solid power supply with enough oomph to power higher end graphics cards. It also is 80 Plus Bronze Certified and sports Active PFC, both of which indicate quality components and heightened efficiency.

    Here is a much, much better PSU for $2.50 more;
    http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=59339
  6. OP, it appears you're gone. PM me if you come back.
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