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Best graphics card for a 300w Power Supply?

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January 8, 2012 1:30:04 PM

I have a Gateway desktop / Intel® Core™ i3 3.3GHz Processor / 6GB Memory and i wanted to upgrade from the intel integrated graphics that it came with, however it only has a 300w power supply. I really don't need to play on the highest setting, i just don't want the games i play to lag (FPS). Any recommendations would be greatly appreciated, thank you.
Im running 7 Home Premium 64 bit
also i looked and it has one available pci slot
January 8, 2012 1:42:28 PM

a HD 5670 would be your best option, i would recommend a HD 6670 but HD 5670 is better bang for your buck. Make sure to get the GGDR5. Is it a PCI-E slot or just PCI?
If it's PCI you can't use the aforementioned cards. If it's just PCI get one of these GT 520s http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... less performance than a HD 5670 though
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January 8, 2012 2:02:58 PM

If you were to upgrade the power supply then that would open up the options of avalable video cards , it would not be to play at the highest settings , it would be so that you can get a better video card to have a nice smoothe gameplay in whatever game you decide to play. You don't want to be stuck with too low of a budget video card and not be able to play a game at all because your card is below the minimum requirements.
What is the model nimber of the computer or if you can look at the power supply and give the model off of that so I can see what is available for an upgrade.
January 8, 2012 2:05:28 PM

inzone said:
If you were to upgrade the power supply then that would open up the options of avalable video cards , it would not be to play at the highest settings , it would be so that you can get a better video card to have a nice smoothe gameplay in whatever game you decide to play. You don't want to be stuck with too low of a budget video card and not be able to play a game at all because your card is below the minimum requirements.
What is the model nimber of the computer or if you can look at the power supply and give the model off of that so I can see what is available for an upgrade.



http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Gateway+-+Desktop+/+Intel%2...

DX4860-UB32P

I really dont want to replace the power sup.
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January 8, 2012 2:27:12 PM

I recommend the Radeon HD 6670. It use the same amount of power as the Radeon HD 5670 (or a little less), and it is on average 10% more powerful.
January 8, 2012 2:36:56 PM

inzone said:
Ok.




Is there any other options for a card with that power sup.? Again im not looking to play on ultra high setting, i just dont want it to lag. thank you
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January 8, 2012 2:53:46 PM

I think that you will need to post the games that you play and the games that you would like to play and what type of games , First Person Shooter , role playing , stradigy. The reason being is that there are some games that have a high minimum requirement for a graphics card and some even have two requirements , one for recomended and one that will just play the game. Like you said you don't want to have lag so you want to have a little above the minimum requirement.
January 8, 2012 3:00:44 PM

inzone said:
I think that you will need to post the games that you play and the games that you would like to play and what type of games , First Person Shooter , role playing , stradigy. The reason being is that there are some games that have a high minimum requirement for a graphics card and some even have two requirements , one for recomended and one that will just play the game. Like you said you don't want to have lag so you want to have a little above the minimum requirement.


star wars the old republic.....haha
January 8, 2012 3:01:43 PM

how is the GT 520 for my Power Sup.?
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January 8, 2012 3:09:27 PM

That card requires a 300w power supply to be in the computer and don't forget when they say minimum requirement on the power supply it means it will work with a 300w but that is the lowest that you can have so you'll be on the very edge of the requirement with no extra room.
So that will be up to you whether or not to go with it , but according to the cards spec's it should work.
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January 8, 2012 3:10:12 PM

The computer that you have is ok for playing games except for the HD2000 intergrated graphics chip which is just not able to play any games. By adding a seperate graphics card that will greatly increase the perfomance of the computer for gaming. The next step will be to play the games on a med to med-high settings so that you have good smooth gameplay with no lag. The challange comes with the arious games that are out there and some games require a really good video card and an average cpu and others require a really good cpu and an average video card and still others want good cpu and gpu. So choosing the right video card is a challanging task , because you want a good card or at least the best you can afford.
January 8, 2012 3:11:05 PM

inzone said:
That card requires a 300w power supply to be in the computer and don't forget when they say minimum requirement on the power supply it means it will work with a 300w but that is the lowest that you can have so you'll be on the very edge of the requirement with no extra room.
So that will be up to you whether or not to go with it , but according to the cards spec's it should work.


Do you recommend that card for my power sup.?

and if not what do you recommend?

and again thanks for all the help
January 8, 2012 3:14:27 PM

inzone said:
You will have to look at the requirements of the game to see what the video card requirements are and here is a chart to compare cards in the order of best to worse.

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-graphics-car...



yeah but that doesnt mention anything about power req.
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January 8, 2012 3:17:55 PM

http://www.zotacusa.com/synergy-geforce-gt-520-zt-50603...

You can look at the spec's of the card and you will see that it requires a minimum 300w psu so it is your call if you want to go with that card and since you would rather not upgrade the psu the video card upgrade is going to be challanging to find a card to work with the 300w's and still give you good gameplay without lag.
January 8, 2012 3:19:12 PM

inzone said:
http://www.zotacusa.com/synergy-geforce-gt-520-zt-50603...

You can look at the spec's of the card and you will see that it requires a minimum 300w psu so it is your call if you want to go with that card and since you would rather not upgrade the psu the video card upgrade is going to be challanging to find a card to work with the 300w's and still give you good gameplay without lag.


ok thank you
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January 8, 2012 3:20:39 PM

loedge said:
yeah but that doesnt mention anything about power req.



Right because for the power requirements you have to look at each individual card and see what the power requirements are. The chart just lists the cards in orderof high to low.
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January 8, 2012 3:21:20 PM

what is your budget
January 8, 2012 3:22:50 PM

truegenius said:
what is your budget



the cheaper the better but i would go up to about 100 bucks
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January 8, 2012 3:29:36 PM

ZOTAC ZT-40604-10L GeForce GT 430 (Fermi) 1GB 128-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card
$79.99 and a $20 rebate makes it $59.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

This card requires a 300w psu and would be a better card than the 520.
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January 8, 2012 3:33:48 PM

ZOTAC ZT-40701-10L GeForce GT 440 (Fermi) 512MB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card
$79.99 and a $20 rebate makes it $59.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

This card will also work but it only has 512 vram and the other one has 1gb.
January 8, 2012 3:38:30 PM

thanks for your help
January 8, 2012 3:45:50 PM

Get the GT 440 with 512MB, the extra 512MB on the gt 430 won't be used, in a review i saw that even a HD 5670 the 512MB performed the same as the 1GB VRAM version and that's a much better card.
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January 8, 2012 4:13:00 PM

to get good fps at this budget, you will need to play at low settings

you can get the hd6670 it requires 75w power only
look at your psu for amphere rating at 12v rail, you need minimum 15A rating at 12v to use hd6670
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January 8, 2012 4:17:58 PM

On low-end cards like any of those, 512GB is sufficient. GDDR5 vs. DDR3 is a bigger deal, with GDDR5 typically showing a 1-tier improvement in performance. Where you may be on the edge of smooth playability, or lowering settings, that one tier can make a visible difference.
While a HD6670 will run on a good 300W PSU, I'm not sure the one Gateway uses would qualify. A HD6570 should be safe, and will be stronger than the other cards you've listed. You may have to give up on GDDR5, but it will still be stronger than a GT430 or GT440. Since you're looking for a card to play games, the GT520 should not be considered, even though it is stronger than any Intel IGP; going from 5FPS to 10FPS doesn't make a game "playable," which is all you'd likely be getting.
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January 8, 2012 4:33:11 PM

Do you just want the 520 and are not interested in the 430 or 440? The 520 is a lower rated card and as for price you can get the 430 for a good price and I would try to go with one of those over the 520. However if the 520 is the card you want then it is your computer and you certianly can go with it since it will work with the 300w psu , you just want to make sure that you will be able to play games with it.
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January 8, 2012 10:37:09 PM

Quote:
Hello, I'm also looking for a graphics card that works with a 300w power supply...
Can you guys help me figure out what is graphics cards are compatible with my computer?

Please do not hijack. I am sure that when you start your own thread, you will have plenty of helpful suggestions.
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January 8, 2012 11:42:54 PM

Quote:
Hello, I'm also looking for a graphics card that works with a 300w power supply. I would like a graphics card that can keep a high frame rate, like 60+ FPS. Graphics aren't important, but I would like to keep the resolution set to my monitors native 1600 x 900. I'll be playing games like Street fighter 4, Star Craft 2, and League of Legends. $100 is my budget.

This is my computer ASUS CM5570-AP002 http://www.asus.com/Desktop/Entertainment/Essentio_CM55...
or http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

This is my motherboard http://www.asus.com/Motherboards/Intel_Socket_775/P5QLV...

Can you guys help me figure out what is graphics cards are compatible with my computer?



Since you also have a 300w psu then you can look at this thread and see what cards were recomended and choose from them because the situation would be the same a 300w psu.
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January 8, 2012 11:44:50 PM

As inzone said. Your answer will be the same.
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