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January 22, 2012 11:37:26 PM

Hi all, just a quick query as to what you think would be the best gfx card available for my PC. I have a budget of £80 and play games like World of Warcraft, MW2 & The Sims.

Any info is very much appreciated. I was thinking about buying the Nvidia GT440 1GB.

Thanks
Liam

PC Specs;-

Operating System: Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
System Manufacturer: HP-Pavilion
System Model: WE157AA-ABU p6310uk
Processor: AMD Athlon(tm) II X4 630 Processor (4 CPUs), ~2.8GHz
Memory: 4096MB RAM
DirectX Version: DirectX 11
Card name: NVIDIA GeForce G210

PSU is 300 Watt. :hello: 

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January 22, 2012 11:52:42 PM

Resolution is 1600x900 too if that helps.
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a b U Graphics card
January 23, 2012 10:34:14 AM

Unless you upgrade your PSU, the best you can do is an HD 6670 with GDDR5. Or maybe an HD 6750. The GDDR3 version comes without a 6-pin plug.
a b U Graphics card
January 23, 2012 10:40:53 AM

Sorry I missed the PSU bit
a b U Graphics card
January 23, 2012 10:41:45 AM

If you can afford to buy a new PSU then the best GPU at the moment is the Radeon HD 6770. If no plan for a new PSU then the radeon HD6670 is the way to go......... :hello: 
January 23, 2012 11:27:19 AM

Official website says the 6670 needs 400W PSU, Would i be able to use this or not? Thanks all for the replies if im able to use it will get the 6670!
a b U Graphics card
January 23, 2012 12:05:24 PM

According to this the 6670 needs 45W more power than your current card. I would hope HP put enough power to cope with 45W extra but there is no guarantee. I suggest you look on the label and check how many amps it rates the 12V rail at. If you have 17A+ then you should be fine, if its 15-16A then it should work but slightly risky, 14A or less then I suggest a new PSU before the upgrade as there are not really any lower power upgrade options.
a b U Graphics card
January 23, 2012 1:25:52 PM

For the games you're playing (and those you'll want to play when you see what real PC gaming is like) the HD 6670 is great. You will not have to upgrade your PSU - AMD recommends a 400w PSU so that no one will ever be able to overload it using that card, and hold them liable. AMD has to assume a worst-case scenario, like using the card with a 140w CPU, 8 HDDs, 8 sticks of RAM, 6 case fans... You get the picture.

HP uses decent PSUs, and yours will be fine with an HD 6670 and your 95w CPU.
January 23, 2012 1:48:52 PM

Thanks very much for info. I think thats the 1 i'll go for then!
a c 175 U Graphics card
January 23, 2012 3:43:54 PM

I think the HP has regular amps of 19A as I got on my HP computer, it is rated 300W.
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