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Cheap 300 Watt PSU Graphics Card?

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July 16, 2012 6:57:31 AM

Looking for the best graphics card under $40 to work on this build

Intel Core i3-2120 Dual-core (2 Core) 3.30 GHz
6 Gb DDR3
1 TB Serial ATA/300

Only have to beat the built in Intel HD 2000 Graphics. Not interested in spending a lot or upgrading the power supply.
July 16, 2012 7:31:45 AM

On the Newegg page its says a minimum of 400 watts is needed for the card.
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July 16, 2012 7:38:49 AM

amd overestimates psu requirement to make room for generic, low end psus which do not deliver enough power efficiently. it depends on your psu. what is your psu model? especially, amps rated on the +12v rail(s).
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July 16, 2012 8:13:28 AM

the detailed psu specs would be printed on the psu itself. if the pc isn't under warranty, try checking inside the case. however, if you put in a discreet card, you will have to open up the case anyway, possibly voiding warranty.
afaik, there aren't any new card that use as little power as the 6450. it should run on the 300w psu. my suggestion to upgrade the psu still stands.
oems use psus that support the components in the pc, not upgrades. they usually cut as many corners as possible, especially on entry level pcs. psu is usually where they cheap out the most.
July 16, 2012 8:20:37 AM

de5_Roy said:
how about this
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
imo 300w generic psu is not safe in the long run. even an antec earthwatts 380w http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
or corsair cx 430 v2 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
would open up a lot of possibilities for better gfx cards. just saying.


I just spent a great deal of time looking at inexpensive power supplies in the 400-500 watt range, including reading (and rereading) what I think was just about every word of every review for such at NewEgg. It is my conclusion that the best power supply for the money (and it is actually just a bit less expensive than those you suggested) is the Antec vp-450:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Very positive review here:

http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/article/Antec-VP450-Powe...

Its relatively low rating at NewEgg is due to a couple DOAs and some bonehead dinging it for having cables of normal length.
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July 16, 2012 8:24:26 AM

yeah, vp 450 is a good psu. i skipped it because it doesn't have active pfc. that's all.
July 16, 2012 8:43:29 AM

minicoop456 said:
Looking for the best graphics card under $40 to work on this build

Intel Core i3-2120 Dual-core (2 Core) 3.30 GHz
6 Gb DDR3
1 TB Serial ATA/300

Only have to beat the built in Intel HD 2000 Graphics. Not interested in spending a lot or upgrading the power supply.


I recently mulled the same question for a client I am building a computer for. Same processor. Have yet to select board and memory.

For $17 more than what you've budgeted, this is about the only thing I could see spending money on before you get into Tom's best gaming gpu list:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

No real powerhouse, but everything else just seemed no better than the onboard graphics. It was intended, fundamentally, as backup for a graphics failure (the client does not game), but still ...

Where are the $50 9600gt's?
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