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What PCIe 2.0 x16 graphics card?

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a b U Graphics card
March 25, 2012 1:36:09 AM

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APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE:

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2005


BUDGET RANGE:

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$100 However, the price of graphics cards should not affect your recommendation. For simplicity, just consider $100 to be my optimistic maximum.


USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT:

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Gaming. I want it to play The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim! And, if at all possible, Star Wars: The Old Republic


CURRENT GPU AND POWER SUPPLY:



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PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS:

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ANY


COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

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USA


PARTS PREFERENCES:

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If I understand correctly, the card must only meet the PCIe 2.0 x 16 requirement.


OVERCLOCKING:

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Only in the rare circumstance that an overclocked card is what best meets my needs.


SLI OR CROSSFIRE:

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If the graphics card you recommend has SLI or CrossFire support, great! Perhaps I'll take advantage of it when I choose my next motherboard. Otherwise I don't give a damn about either. :D 


MONITOR RESOLUTION:

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1024x768 Minimum


ADDITIONAL COMMENTS:

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The card MUST run The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim sufficiently to be viable at all. Although I require no specific settings, the game must maintain a decent frame rate. A bonus, VERY BIG BONUS, would be the ability to, decently, run Star Wars: The Old Republic, however, again, no specific settings required.

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a c 358 U Graphics card
March 25, 2012 3:09:32 AM

Approximate Purchase Date = 2005?

A bit late aren't we?

Your PC only has a 220w PSU which severely limits your choice of video card to the most basic models. Additionally, your PC is a "slimline" model case which limits you to a low-profile graphics card instead of a normal full height card. I'm guessing it uses a mini ITX power supply which means probably the highest output model you can buy is 400w.

Since you only have a 220w PSU, the best graphics card that you can install is the Radeon HD 6450. That is not exactly a "gaming card". See following for benchmarks:

http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/AMD/HD_6450/5.html

Skyrim is pretty much dependent on both the CPU and graphics card. I assume you only have some type of dual core Athlon X2 CPU. Couple that with a Radeon HD 6450 and you are probably limited to 1024x768 resolution and low graphic settings to get decent frame rates in Skyrim.

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Anonymous
a b U Graphics card
March 25, 2012 3:27:19 AM

jaguarskx said:
Nah, I definitely would not recommend the Radeon HD 7750 for a 220w PSU.


Yeah your right.
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Anonymous
a b U Graphics card
March 25, 2012 4:49:56 AM

Would moving all my parts to another case and getting a new power supply help the situation?
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Anonymous
a b U Graphics card
March 25, 2012 4:55:06 AM

I also noticed that the Radeon HD 6450 is PCI Express 2.1 x16 slot. Is that going to work in the PCI Express 2.0 x16 slot?
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a b U Graphics card
March 25, 2012 4:59:48 AM

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I also noticed that the Radeon HD 6450 is PCI Express 2.1 x16 slot. Is that going to work in the PCI Express 2.0 x16 slot?


pci express 2.1 and 2.0 are the same thing, it's a marketing term that just confuses decent folk. Getting a new case and psu would help, depends on your budget.
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a b U Graphics card
March 25, 2012 5:11:12 AM

Best answer selected by marcustheadore.
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