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Upgrade from a NVIDIA GeForce 6200

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November 26, 2011 11:56:54 PM

I have an open PCIe x16 slot on my PC and would like to upgrade from the PCI slot Graphics Card NVIDIA GeForce 6200. I only have a 250 watt power supply so any suggestions besides a new power supply.
November 27, 2011 12:52:00 AM

Hi there...

We will need to know your full config, if your cpu is as old as your graphics card than it will probably bottleneck even some entry level graphic cards.
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November 27, 2011 4:15:49 AM

SiSoftware Sandra

Computer
Model : HP Pavilion AY627AA-ABA a4313w
Workgroup : WORKGROUP
Host Name : Jeffery-PC
User : Jeffery

Processor
Model : AMD Sempron(tm) Processor LE-1250
Speed : 2.21GHz
L1D (1st Level) Data Cache : 64kB, Synchronous, Write-Back, 2-way, Exclusive, 64 byte line size
L2 (2nd Level) Cache : 512kB, ECC, Synchronous, Write-Back, 16-way, Exclusive, 64 byte line size

Computer
Mainboard : Pegatron NARRA5
BIOS : Phoenix Technologies, LTD 5.55 12/08/2009
Bus(es) : X-Bus PCI PCIe IMB USB i2c/SMBus
Multi-Processor (MP) Support : No
Multi-Processor Advanced PIC (APIC) : Yes
Total Memory : 3GB DIMM DDR2

Chipset
Model : HP MCP61 Memory Controller
Front Side Bus Speed : 2x 804MHz (1.61GHz)

Chipset
Model : AMD Athlon 64/Opteron HT Hub
Front Side Bus Speed : 2x 804MHz (1.61GHz)
Total Memory : 3GB DIMM DDR2
Channels : 1
Memory Bus Speed : 2x 368MHz (736MHz)

Memory Module(s)
Memory Module : Hynix (Hyundai) HMP112U6EFR8C-S6 1GB DIMM DDR2 PC2-6400U DDR2-800 (5-6-6-18 3-24-6-3)
Memory Module : Hynix (Hyundai) HYMP125U64CP8-S6 2GB DIMM DDR2 PC2-6400U DDR2-800 (5-6-6-18 3-24-6-3)

Video System
Video Adapter : NVIDIA GeForce 6200 (8 PS3.0, 3 VS3.0 301MHz, 512MB DDR3 530MHz 128-bit, PCI)

Graphics Processor

Storage Devices
WDC WD3200AAJS-65M0A0 (320.1GB, SATA300, 3.5", 7200rpm, 8MB Cache) : 298GB (C:)  (D:) 
Canon MG5200 series (USB2) : N/A (F:) 
hp DDVDW TS-H653R (3GB, SATA150, DVD+-RW, CD-RW, 2MB Cache) : 3GB (E:) 

Logical Storage Devices
SYSTEM : 100MB (NTFS)
HP (C:)  : 287GB (NTFS) @ WDC WD3200AAJS-65M0A0 (320.1GB, SATA300, 3.5", 7200rpm, 8MB Cache)
FACTORY_IMAGE (D:)  : 11GB (NTFS) @ WDC WD3200AAJS-65M0A0 (320.1GB, SATA300, 3.5", 7200rpm, 8MB Cache)
Removable Drive (F:)  : N/A @ Canon MG5200 series (USB2)
BUILD (E:)  : 3GB (UDF) @ hp DDVDW TS-H653R (3GB, SATA150, DVD+-RW, CD-RW, 2MB Cache)

Peripherals
LPC Hub Controller 1 : HP MCP61 LPC Bridge
LPC Legacy Controller 1 : Asus F8000
Audio Device : HP MCP61 High Definition Audio
Audio Codec : Realtek Semi 888 High Definition Audio
Serial Port(s) : 1
Disk Controller : HP MCP61 Memory Controller
Disk Controller : HP MCP61 Memory Controller
Disk Controller : HP MCP61 SATA Controller
Disk Controller : HP MCP61 SATA Controller
USB Controller 1 : HP MCP61 USB Controller
USB Controller 2 : HP MCP61 USB Controller
SMBus/i2c Controller 1 : nVidia MCP5 SMBus 1
SMBus/i2c Controller 2 : nVidia MCP5 SMBus 2

Printers and Faxes
Printer : Send To Microsoft OneNote 2010 Driver (1200x1200, Colour)
Printer : Microsoft XPS Document Writer (600x600, Colour)
Printer : HP Deskjet D1500 series (1200x1200, USB, Colour)
Fax : Microsoft Shared Fax Driver (200x200)
Printer : Canon MG5200 series Printer (USB, Colour)

Scanners and Cameras
Scanner : WIA Canon MG5200 ser (Scanner, USB)

Peripherals

Network Services
Network Adapter : NVIDIA nForce 10/100 Mbps Ethernet (Ethernet, 100Mbps)

Operating System
Windows System : Microsoft Windows 7 Home 6.01.7601 (Service Pack 1)
Platform Compliance : x64

Windows Experience Index
Current System : 2.6

Performance Enhancing Tips
Warning 100 : Large memory sizes should be made of Registered/Buffered memory.
Tip 2546 : Large memory modules should be ECC/Parity.
Tip 2 : Double-click tip or press Enter while a tip is selected for more information about the tip.
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November 27, 2011 5:10:02 AM

Unfortunately your CPU is going to bottleneck even some entry level cards, it is a single core with 2.2Ghz, i wouldn't go for anything better than a 6770, even there it will probably bottleneck it.

The better choice in my opinion is to start saving some money, you don't need a lot, 350$ and you can jump to a better socket.

Anyway... how much are you willing to spend?
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November 27, 2011 5:23:11 AM

What do you mean jump to a better slot? The best slot I have is PCIe x16
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November 27, 2011 6:34:02 AM

he means to get a whole new platform which would use a totally different generation of cpu's. The system you have now is very old and getting a new video card would not help you as your cpu is not powerful enough to handle one, your power supply is also too low to handle pretty much any modern dedicated graphics card.
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November 27, 2011 7:46:46 PM

He didn't say jump to another slot, he said another socket. The socket is the place where you put in the CPU (Processor) in the motherboard. There are different socket types, and certain CPUs can fit into them.

You need to upgrade your processor (CPU). Your Sparta CPU runs on an AM2 socket. They don't make AM2 CPUs anymore. So you'll need to get a new motherboard. The new motherboards mostly use DDR3 memory (RAM), which means you'll need to upgrade from your old DDR2.

As you can see, anytime you need to upgrade the motherboard from 1 generation to another, you pretty much have to upgrade the CPU and RAM. That's what the previous poster meant when they said you need a new platform.

If you're looking for inexpensive options here's a small list.
Processor (CPU) - Athlon II X3 $75
Motherboard (Mobo) - Gigabyte AM3+ MicroATX - $65
Memory (RAM) - 8GB DDR3 1333mhz - $28

That's $170 to upgrade the platform. You've got a 250W PSU, you'll need better.
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