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Grapics card upgrade help?

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December 28, 2011 6:30:02 AM

Ok my current graphics card is an Intel(R) G33/G31 Express Chipset Family, and alot of the games that have been released in the past year are not supported by it, i have games sitting there collecting dust cause the graphics are bad or non exsistant. So i want to get a new one but have no idea where to start, i gathered a list of the cards supported but worried that my computer may not handle some, i dont want to spend the money and find out my harddrive wont support it.

List of graphics cards:
Nividia Geforce series: FX5900 or higher, G100, GT120, GT130, GTS150, GTS250, GTX260, GTX275, GTX280, GTX285,GTX 295.

ATI Radeon Series: 9500 or higher, X300, X600, X700, X800, X850, X1300, X1600, X1800, X1900, X1950, 2400, 2600,2900, 3450, 3650, 3850, 3870, 4870, 4890.

My System info:

OS Name Microsoft® Windows Vista™ Home Premium
Version 6.0.6002 Service Pack 2 Build 6002
Other OS Description Not Available
OS Manufacturer Microsoft Corporation
System Name LILO-PC
System Manufacturer Compaq-Presario
System Model NS892AA-ABG CQ3030AN
System Type X86-based PC
Processor Pentium(R) Dual-Core CPU E5200 @ 2.50GHz, 2500 Mhz, 2 Core(s), 2 Logical Processor(s)
BIOS Version/Date Phoenix Technologies, LTD 5.24, 19/06/2009
SMBIOS Version 2.5
Windows Directory C:\Windows
System Directory C:\Windows\system32
Boot Device \Device\HarddiskVolume1
Locale Australia
Hardware Abstraction Layer Version = "6.0.6002.18005"
User Name lilo-PC\lilo
Time Zone AUS Eastern Daylight Time
Installed Physical Memory (RAM) 2.00 GB
Total Physical Memory 1.99 GB
Available Physical Memory 871 MB
Total Virtual Memory 4.22 GB
Available Virtual Memory 2.80 GB
Page File Space 2.28 GB
Page File C:\pagefile.sys

I've also got this PSU info but have no idea what it means:

AC Input 100 - 127V ~ 6A
50/60 Hz 200 - 240V ~ 3A

Model - CQ3030AN

Model: ATX- 250 - 12Z Rev.: H5R
Input: 100-127V~6A, 200- 240V ~ 3A 50/60Hz
Output: 250 W Max


Do i need to upgrade psu and which card would you suggest on the list or off it, been trying to figure this out for months so any help would be much appreciated. :sweat: 

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a c 175 U Graphics card
December 28, 2011 6:34:41 AM

How much you will pay?

Yes Of course you need A new PSU. I have a similar system than this, and It can't even play PES 2011...
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a c 175 U Graphics card
December 28, 2011 7:14:48 AM
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wow! what a budjet!?!

The good thing is that I have a similar system. I might help better... :) 
The first thing you are going to do is, Upgrade your Ram to at least 4GB.
Here is a good one: http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i... $50
Then PSU: http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i... $100
Then the GPU: http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i... $255

Hope this helps and also, what monitor are you using?
December 28, 2011 7:39:53 AM

Compaq Q2009 series wide LCD Monitor and thanks for the help
a c 92 U Graphics card
December 28, 2011 7:43:24 AM

$400 is a lot and would do well to take refillable's recommendations. you can even get 8 gb of ram and still stay within budget.
a c 175 U Graphics card
December 28, 2011 9:05:58 AM

Your welcome :) . Good luck of your purchase... And unfortunately MS-7525 only supports DDR2 up to 800mhz and 4GB so that's the best for the motherboard :( . And you have a pretty decent monitor right there (At least it has 1600x900 resolution instead of only 720p). 560 ti will work well.
January 9, 2012 11:01:28 AM

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