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Need a cheap graphics card that supports pixel shading 3.0!

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March 1, 2012 6:44:34 PM

I want to play League of Legends on my computer but I get an error message because I only have an Intel 82845g integrated graphics controller. I have very little money, and want to buy the cheapest possible graphics card that will support pixel shading 3.0. But I don't know what will be compatible with my computer. This is my system information:

Operating System: Windows XP Professional (5.1, Build 2600) Service Pack 3 (2600.xpsp_sp3_gdr.101209-1647)
Language: English (Regional Setting: English)
System Manufacturer: IBM
System Model: 830342U
BIOS: PhoenixBIOS 4.0 Release 6.0 for IBM NetVista.
Processor: Intel(R) Pentium(R) 4 CPU 2.40GHz
Memory: 1534MB RAM
DirectX Version: DirectX 9.0c (4.09.0000.0904)

Can someone please give me some advice! Also, I don't know how to check what power supply I have.

Your patience would be very much appreciated!

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March 1, 2012 6:55:11 PM

If memory serves the 6600GT has 3.0 on it. That's the first one i ever got, but id look for a 210GT/420 or 510.
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March 1, 2012 6:56:40 PM

Looking at your specs you may need a AGP graphics card hence the 6600GT would be the one you should look for. Don't pay no more then 20-30 bucks for it though.
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a b U Graphics card
March 1, 2012 6:58:48 PM

Hi there, welcome to the forums.

First thing I need to know is does your motherboard have a PCI-E slot? Or is your machine strictly AGP? Your computer is quite old and finding a cheap AGP card could be difficult.
Is this your motherboard? http://surplusandparts.com/index.php?main_page=product_...

If you have a PCI-E slot, I'd suggest something quite low powered, like a 5450. It's dirt cheap and will be more than enough for LoL.
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March 1, 2012 8:33:39 PM

I'm sorry, I don't know how to determine if I have a PCI-E slot, or only an AGP. How do I do that?

I've never done this before!
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a b U Graphics card
March 1, 2012 8:40:47 PM

Easiest way would be to find your motherboard number or some identifier and let us do the research.

Otherwise, this picture might make things more clear:
If it's about the size of the PCI slots, not longer, it's AGP. If it's longer for sure, it's PCI-express. There's other ways to tell of course, that's just one of the simplest.
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March 1, 2012 9:27:44 PM

Okay, it appears as though I only have an AGP slot! With that in mind, if you guys could reccomend some appropriate graphic cards, as well as some sites where I can buy one online, I'd be very happy!
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a b U Graphics card
March 1, 2012 9:32:55 PM

Will do. We'll need the PSU information though.
What you need to do is pull of the side panel of your case and either read off the PSU label or just take a picture or it. The power supply is easy to identify, it's the big box with wires coming out of it =p The label will be on the side, should look like this:

Let us know what it says, or just take a picture and upload it to imgur.com or something.
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March 1, 2012 10:01:36 PM

I don't have a camera, but this is everything on the label:

HIPRO

Model: HP-L1607FP3 Rev: 04

AC Input (47-63Hz): 120-127V~/4A

DC Output: +5V=/13A , +12V=/8.75A
+3.3V=/10A , -12V=/0.2A
+5V Aux=2/A

+5V & +3.3V SHALL NOT EXCEED 87W
+5V +3/3V
MAXIMUM POWER SHALL NOT EXCEED 160W


A google search on that Hipro model seems to say that the power supply is 160W, which is what you need to know if I'm correct?

Thank you!
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a b U Graphics card
March 1, 2012 10:12:25 PM

Oh wow, that's very low wattage. I don't think you'll be able to do much at all with that.

Do you have any PC's you can cannibalize for their PSU? You can't do much with that at all, especially factoring capacitor wear.
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March 1, 2012 10:19:42 PM

Does that mean I won't be able to install a graphics card? :( 

There is another old PC here that isn't working, but I opened it up and the maximum power supply on the label is 250W. Is it simple enough to swap them?
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a b U Graphics card
March 1, 2012 10:21:34 PM

Yes. It'll require a bit of work on your end but 250w will be more than enough to throw a decent card in. Basically unplug every wire you can (Don't force anything too much. use common sense) then switch the two, plug them back in.
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a c 93 U Graphics card
March 1, 2012 10:39:19 PM

that computer is really old, its probably not worth it to get a gpu. your cpu is barely above the minimal system requirements and below the recommended requirement.

The best gpu you can get would be the 4670 AGP which is over priced since its old tech. You might be able to buy something cheap second handed. Just make sure it works on an AGP slot.

edit: your power supply is too low to support anything worth while so you are better off buying a new computer.
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March 3, 2012 2:44:06 PM

Okay, it turns out I can't switch the power supply because the other one I have is a different shape and won't even fit. :( 

Does that mean there's nothing I can do?
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March 3, 2012 10:41:20 PM

kinda looks like your SOL with your rig. I know you said cash was short, but if you can use your old Hardrive, Monitor, KeyBoard, mouse, etc you could buy a new rig for about 300 bucks that will feel like a beast compared with the P4 you are using now.

Breakdown would look like

50-75 for decent Mobo
50-120 CPU would vary alot, I would suggest an I3 sandy bridge, but you can go alot cheaper and still get a quality PROC,
40 for a solid case
25 for 4 gb of ram (with XP I dont think you can go over 4, could be mistaken)
25 for a 300 to 400 watt PSU
50 for a GFX card that will handle most games currently out (at least on low settings).

So there you go you could get a modern rig for as low 240 and for about 350 or so you could a good PC.

Key thing is you save over 200 by using your old HDD w/ you OS on it. Issue is I am guessing it wont be easy finding a MOBO with the type of connection your old HDD would have likely PATA (ribbon cables)

I however understand if even 250-350 is too much, but you would get another 4-5 years of moderate gaming, and everyday computing out of it.

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