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Would like to know the best card for my PC

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April 26, 2012 7:24:43 PM

Hey there, I was told the Radeon HD 6450 was the absolute best I could do with my computer. However, after some reasearch, I found that I MAY not be able to use that card due to wattage.

If I can use it, I will happily buy the card. Better safe than sorry though, aye?

Computer- Acer Aspire X3950-UR30P

Card- Radeon HD 6450

Says recommended 400 watt, I have 220 watt.

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April 26, 2012 7:25:47 PM

I kind of doubt you're gonna be able to put any new card on a 220W power supply... that would be the first thing I would upgrade. Decent 400-500W models are only like $50 or $60.
April 26, 2012 7:28:11 PM

Unfortunately, I'm on a compact desktop. As it stands I have to go with low profile cards for that exact reason. Is there another sort of card I should look at at 200watts? Basically from what I understood, I would basically have to gut my computer and move the parts to a larger frame, new motherboard, ect.

I'd rather just buy a new computer then go through all that hassle, but I would like to have a card to hold me over for now.
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April 26, 2012 7:33:44 PM
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Hmmm, the 6450 only uses up to 31 watts under full load. I think you're pretty safe with the 6450 and you can probably even go for the 5570 from what I can tell.
April 26, 2012 7:44:57 PM

Thats fairly helpful, I'll do some research into that. You say the 6450 only uses 31 watts, how many does the 5570 use under load?
April 26, 2012 7:59:05 PM

No more than 45 watts under full load. If you need the low profile version it uses even less power.
April 26, 2012 8:10:04 PM

Thats extremely helpful mate, thanks a lot!
April 26, 2012 8:31:01 PM

You're welcome, let me know how that goes in the end!
April 26, 2012 8:39:42 PM

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