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Help with my 9500GS - planning on doing an update

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January 23, 2012 1:23:16 PM

Hello, all!

I'd like some help to choose a new graphics card to replace my old Nvidia GeForce 9500GS. I was thinking about buying a ATI HD6570, any comments?

I have a HP Pavillon a6542 with these specs:
Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 3.0 GHz
Asus IPBL-LB Benicia (Micro-ATX) w/ Intel G33
3GB DDR2
NVIDIA GeForce 9500 GS (PCI Express x16)
500 GB SATA
PSU 300W


I realize my power supply is a bit too low to run some of these high-end video cards available nowadays. However, is there any good graphics card I can use? Otherwise I will plan on buying a PSU.

Oh and this is a mid-size ATX case (H: 38.7 cm (15.23 inches); W: 17.5 cm (6.89 inches); L: 41.4 cm (16.29 inches)). I'm not really sure if this is relevant.

Thank you very much.

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a c 84 U Graphics card
January 23, 2012 1:29:43 PM

if u can afford then get an hd 6770 you should wait and collect some more money and get an hd 6770 so that u cannot have to upgrade ur gpu in the shorter period if u go with an hd 6570 it will not do that much that the hd 6770 can do and u have to upgrade again under 2 years to run most newer games at med or max settings.:) 
a b U Graphics card
January 23, 2012 1:38:18 PM

You will absolutely need a bigger PSU for your system. I am relatively surprised that you can run the 9500 on 300W as the 8000/9000 series was quite power hungry.
Going AMD (they are no longer ATI) for a mid-range GPU is a good call as they have the best !/$ in that range.
Keep in mind that even moving up to a 9800GT would be a massive upgrade to your current GPU. We would need to know what resolution and what applications you intend to use to give you any more specific advice.
January 23, 2012 1:47:31 PM

CaedenV said:
You will absolutely need a bigger PSU for your system. I am relatively surprised that you can run the 9500 on 300W as the 8000/9000 series was quite power hungry.
Going AMD (they are no longer ATI) for a mid-range GPU is a good call as they have the best !/$ in that range.
Keep in mind that even moving up to a 9800GT would be a massive upgrade to your current GPU. We would need to know what resolution and what applications you intend to use to give you any more specific advice.



Yeah, I though I really needed an PSU upgrade.
For now I'm going to stick with 1280x1024, I'm using a 17" monitor.
And I use it for casual gaming (mostly MMORPGs and FPS), work, photo editing and all the basic internet stuff.
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