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Need advice on upgrading gpu with 300w psu

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December 19, 2011 6:17:07 PM

Hello all,
I'm new here so please bear with me if I'm
missing some info I should have listed. I've been looking around online the last couple of days but I've never purchased a video card and don't game so any help,
advice/suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

I'm looking to purchase a new video card for my younger brother's computer. It's a HP pavillion a6752f that's a few years old. It came with an nvidia Geforce 9500 GS, one of those ones with the defective fan but we were unaware of the recall replacement that has long since past. It has been making an extremely loud grinding noise but thankfully has quited down the last 2 days.

I understand the 300W psu limits my options, if I left the psu as is what would be the best video card for my system? I've seen some post saying cards requiring 350w minimum in a 300w system are ok and others advising against it. But if I was to upgrade the power supply first what would you all suggest?
Budget is about $100 for the card, might be able to add another $50 though if getting a power supply.

The only games my brother plays are league of legends, WOW (but he said that it has been lagging quite a bit since the most recent update on WOW and I think was unable to play), and some maple story i think.

I know the card is a couple years old but I saw a post saying the best card for a 300w psu would be a geforce gt240. Is that an upgrade from what we currently have?

System specs:
IPIBL-LB (benicia) board
Intel core 2 quad Q8200 2.33 ghz
4 GB PC2-6400
640 GB hard drive

monitor resolution is at 1680x1050

sticker on the psu says
LITEON model # PS-5301-08HA
300W
+5V/25A max
+3.3V/18A max
+12v/19A max

Thanks in advance

a b U Graphics card
December 19, 2011 7:31:37 PM

Hmm, tough one. I think we can do it though!

For $75 you can get a 6670. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... However I'm not real confident with it running on the same system as a C2Q which are quite power hungry compared to newer CPU's. If you can throw down a bit more grab a 430w PSU http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... for $35 and pair it with a 6770 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... for a total of $152 shipped. This should be able to tackle most modern games for a while.

Cheers!
December 20, 2011 6:51:56 PM

striker410 said:
Hmm, tough one. I think we can do it though!

For $75 you can get a 6670. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... However I'm not real confident with it running on the same system as a C2Q which are quite power hungry compared to newer CPU's. If you can throw down a bit more grab a 430w PSU http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... for $35 and pair it with a 6770 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... for a total of $152 shipped. This should be able to tackle most modern games for a while.

Cheers!


Thanks for the help striker410. I think I will upgrade the psu to the one you suggested since with the 300w we currently have we are going to have to do it eventually. Also I think I'll go with the 6670, it should be able to let my brother play WOW and LOL lag free right?
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a b U Graphics card
December 20, 2011 7:52:56 PM

Yes I believe it should. Maybe not at max settings but It will certainly take medium/high with ease.
December 21, 2011 1:13:20 AM

Ok, Thanks!
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