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November 27, 2011 12:42:41 PM

I have an old GeForce 7600 GS and it's time for me to upgrade to a new video card. The problem is that my PSU is only 300W and most good video cards ask for more. I was wondering what could be the best video card I can get with that power supply. I will use the graphics card for moderate gaming and I need HDMI for a 23" monitor.

Here are my specs:
Asus IPIBL-LB motherboard
Intel Core 2 Quad at 2.4 GHz
640 GB Hard Drive

PSU specs:
Bestec ATX0300
300W max output
+12V = 19A

So what do you guys think is the best video card I can upgrade to?


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a b U Graphics card
November 27, 2011 1:22:06 PM

A HD 5670/HD 6670, or wait a month or two, and get a HD 7670.
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November 27, 2011 1:30:01 PM

To be honest, if you want to play any "new" games (i.e. Battlefield, MW3, Crysis, Skyrim) you will need a much more powerful video card. You already know this. However, with that in mind, your old Bestec 300W will not provide anywhere near the power to handle a higher end video card (Watts nor amps).

If you want to upgrade you can look at something like this,

Power Supply

Video Card: You can't really go anywhere here, but maybe a 560TI would suffice nicely.

In an attempt to stay within your current specifications, I think the following link is really all you could squeak out:

It will not have any amazing gaming ability.
a c 376 U Graphics card
a b ) Power supply
November 27, 2011 1:44:50 PM

Why a GT 520? Much weaker than the HD5670 I linked.
a b U Graphics card
November 27, 2011 4:22:26 PM

jyjjy said:
Why a GT 520? Much weaker than the HD5670 I linked.

November 27, 2011 11:04:58 PM

Best answer selected by GabeSeselgis.
November 27, 2011 11:06:25 PM

Thank you for the help guys! I am gonna do some research on the HD 5670 and HD 6670 and see which one is right for me.