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Compatibility and Advice on Graphics Card for HP Desktop

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February 13, 2012 12:02:11 PM


I'm looking to get a graphics card for my desktop. There is a game I play that doesn't like the intergrated graphics my computer has. If possible could someone tell me which of the listed cards below will work with my desktop and be priced under $200?

My Computer :

The specs for the game I want to upgrade for have these listed as possible graphics cards:

NVIDIA Graphics cards
9000 Series: 9600, 9800
200 Series: 275 GTX, 295 GTX

ATI Graphics Cards
4000 Series: 4850, 4870, 4890
5000 Series: 5850, 5870, 5970
February 13, 2012 12:14:42 PM

The cheapest that will work on that is the 6870, but it will bottleneck, so I'd get a 6670.
February 13, 2012 12:18:19 PM

6670? is that ATI or Nvidia? The game is pretty picky, so I'm going by the cards they list. I guess I should have asked out of the cards listed which is the best, under $200, and compatible with my pc.
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February 13, 2012 12:22:50 PM

The 6670 is compatible.
February 13, 2012 12:30:23 PM

From the "Best Graphics Cards" post on this site for Feb. 2012, am I understanding the 6670 is Radeon HD? The reason I ask and also the reason I said the game I play is 'picky' is they have this in the fine print on the System Requirements page:

The following cards are NOT compatible with Second Life:
•NVIDIA cards that report as a RIVA TNT or TNT2
•ATI cards that report as RAGE, RAGE PRO, or RADEON 320M, 340M, 345M, or similar model numbers
•Intel chipsets less than a 945 including Intel Extreme
•Cards with the following branding: 3DFX, RIVA, TNT, SiS, S3, S3TC, Savage, Twister, Rage, Kyro, MILENNIA, MATROX

The following cards have not been tested with Second Life, and compatibility is not certain:
•NVIDIA cards that report as Quadro
•ATI cards that report as RADEON IGP or RADEON XPRESS
•ATI cards that report as FireGL
•ATI cards that report as FireMV
a c 84 U Graphics card
February 13, 2012 12:38:59 PM

yes the 6670 is hd radeon whats your budget for gpu
February 13, 2012 12:41:08 PM

what is the gpu? I'm sorry, I don't know much tech talk
a c 84 U Graphics card
February 13, 2012 12:43:38 PM

gpu means graphic processing unit which means an graphic card.:) 
February 13, 2012 12:45:17 PM

Thank you, hopefully less than $200 as I just bought the pc THEN found out the graphics on it suck :) 
a c 84 U Graphics card
February 13, 2012 12:46:37 PM

from which site u wanna buy graphics card?
February 13, 2012 12:49:16 PM

I don't have a preference when it comes to that, I just want to make sure it will work on my pc and fits the system requirements (listed earlier) of the game I practically live on when I'm not working.
February 13, 2012 1:05:52 PM

The 6670 is none of those.
February 13, 2012 1:12:00 PM

thank you both, going to look at it now
a b U Graphics card
February 13, 2012 1:16:28 PM

What's the game?
February 13, 2012 1:19:47 PM

Second Life Jessterman.. (also Forsaken World, but I have no problems with graphics on that one)

and I just realized y'all were talking about two different cards lol the 6670 and the 6850.. I'm guessing the higher the numbers the better the graphics? The 6670 is more to my liking price wise, but if the 6850 is better it's still under my price limit.
February 13, 2012 1:50:25 PM

Thanks so much y'all, I think I'll go with the 6670 as suggested. I don't need superman graphics lol just enough to enjoy my games. Thanks again! :D