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HP A6230n Graphics Card Upgrade...Thanks guys!

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January 10, 2012 1:52:30 PM

Thanks guys for the information on graphics cards for my old HP A6230n rig.

I was looking for a Nvidia GTS450 card. There were a couple of good alternatives you gave me.
The Radeon cards 6770, 6790 and the 6870.

I went to a local computer store all they had was the GTS450 for 130.00.
Then checked the two large chain stores in our area.
One store didn't have any of the cards I was looking for...all old gear.
The last store had the GTS450 for 140.00 and the Radeon 6770 for 180.00.
There was an empty spot for the 6790 marked a bit over 200.00 I forget the exact amount.
All were way over priced vs the internet prices....imagine that! lol
Almost went with the local fellas on the GTS450 for 130.00

However....I found a PNY GTX550ti for 140.00. I didn't expect to see that in this price range....There was another GTX550ti in a Nvidia box 2 shelves above it for 199.00. No difference in specs...overclocking etc that I could find so whats the difference? The store employees knew even less than I do about computers ....surprise!
I checked compatability on my phone to see if it will work on my machine...The site I checked said it would work..I made the purchase. They said if it didn't work I could bring it back and get my money back. We will see how it goes when I install it tonight. I think I got a way cool deal!

GTS450 130.00 - 140.00
radeon 6770 180.00
Radeon 6790 200.00 + ?
GTX550ti 140.00 - 199.00

Purchased the GTX550ti for 140.00.

I should probably mention that I have already replaced my power supply with an Antec 620 High Current Gamer. Eventualy I will replace everything and just transfer the power supply and vid card to the new machine. After doing the small amount of research I have done for these 2 items I think I will be building my own PC.
January 10, 2012 1:55:53 PM

Hmmm...why are there hyper links in my artical? I didn't install them.
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a b U Graphics card
January 10, 2012 2:06:27 PM

RockHaven1 said:
Hmmm...why are there hyper links in my artical? I didn't install them.

Ignore that. It happens.

Assuming these are in US dollars?
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January 10, 2012 2:21:32 PM

Yes US Dollars...I should know better than to assume everyone knows this....I forget that this is a board used internationaly which is awesomely cool!
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January 10, 2012 8:25:29 PM

Would it even be remotely worthwhile to overclock my dual core processer?
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January 10, 2012 9:22:21 PM

Another noob question here. How can you tell which version of PCI express you have on your board? I haven't found anything yet that will let me verify this. I bouth the PC in 2009. The board specs listed 2 PCI slots, 1 PCIe x1 slot & one PCIe x16 slot. I believe it's the old PCIe version 1.0 or whatever simply because nothing is mentioned about 2.0 or any other version when I look up specifications. I just can't tell for sure.
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January 11, 2012 9:49:29 AM

Yeah, yours is a an nvidia 430 chipset right?

It's got a PCI-E X 16 1.0 slot.

You can use various third party tools to display your PCI-E version.
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January 11, 2012 1:08:38 PM

Gman450 said:
Yeah, yours is a an nvidia 430 chipset right?

It's got a PCI-E X 16 1.0 slot.

You can use various third party tools to display your PCI-E version.



I thought that was correct...Means I wont get full performance out of my new Vid card but I can tell you that after I installed it last night and did a brief gaming session....wow!!!! What a difference! I like to play MMO type games and I was able to see things I never knew were there...Made the whole experience "new" again.
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a b U Graphics card
January 12, 2012 7:34:49 AM

Good to hear that.
And yeah, there is bandwidth limitation, so your card isn't running at it's fullest potential.
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January 12, 2012 7:40:50 AM

RockHaven1 said:
I thought that was correct...Means I wont get full performance out of my new Vid card but I can tell you that after I installed it last night and did a brief gaming session....wow!!!! What a difference! I like to play MMO type games and I was able to see things I never knew were there...Made the whole experience "new" again.


That's not the truth. GTS 450 won't be saturating whole bandwidth of PCIe 1.0 x16, because it's not THAT powerful. If you bought something like GTX 570 or GTX 580, then you'd have a problem :) .

You're fine, it's working at it's fullest!
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January 12, 2012 10:04:29 AM

I'm not sure if it will be working at it's fullest, but I Agree with you that if he had gone for a much better card, he'd be facing a problem.
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January 12, 2012 1:39:23 PM

I went for a GTX550ti that I found at the same price as the GTS450 card. I don't know if I am getting full performance from it but it sure is nice compred to the old card. 6130n I think it was. Integrated card that came with the PC. Interestingly I didn't have to do anything with the bios or manage system devices. Just plugged it in and downloaded drivers and off we go. Having a problem with speakers though. The headset seems to be dominant over the main speakers. When ingame I can choose speakers and that works. All other times only the headset works. wierd! When I play music or whatever it's headset only. I test the mains and they work. The new headset is a usb connection while the old spekers are old analog connections...maybe that's it.
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January 19, 2012 2:14:01 PM

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