Which graphics card should i buy?

i want to buy a good graphics card for my pc mainly for gaming purpose. Details of my computer are:

Model: COMPAQ PRESARIO SG3350IL
Processor: INTEL INSIDE CORE 2 DUO E4600 (2.46 GHz)
Ram: 1Gb
GPU: i945G
Graphics card installed: Intel(R) 82945G Express chipset family.
Bios version: 1295 PC 14.12 02/17/2006 17:49:39

i dont know about technical things much....please suggest me some good graphics card so that i can play most games.
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  1. bikash8146 said:
    i want to buy a good graphics card for my pc mainly for gaming purpose. Details of my computer are:

    Model: COMPAQ PRESARIO SG3350IL

    Processor: INTEL INSIDE CORE 2 DUO E4600 (2.46 GHz)
    Operating speed: Up to 2.4 GHz
    Number of cores: 2
    Socket: 775
    Bus speed: 800 MHz

    Ram: 1Gb

    GPU: i945G

    Graphics card installed: Intel(R) 82945G Express chipset family.

    Bios version: 1295 PC 14.12 02/17/2006 17:49:39

    motherboard info:
    motherboard: 945GCT_HM (Livermore 8)
    Manufacturer: ECS
    Form factor: microATX - 24.4 cm (9.6 inches) x 24.4 cm (9.6 inches)
    Chipset: Intel 945GC
    Memory sockets: 2 x DDR2
    Front side bus speeds: 800/533 MHz
    Processor socket: 775
    Expansion Slots:

    1 PCI Express x16 slot for graphics card
    1 PCI Express x1 slots
    2 PCI slot

    i dont know about technical things much....please suggest me some good graphics card so that i can play most games.
  2. Your processor and RAM are not really much for gaming. If you buy a GPU that matches them well, you still won't have a very powerful machine at all. 5770 will be a good card for this configuration, I think. But if you want something that's good for games, I suggest an entire new build.
  3. 5770 or 6770 is good card, but before that what PSU u are using, do it have 6-pin PCI-Ex Power cable? (5770/6770 will need one)
  4. rdc85 said:
    5770 or 6770 is good card, but before that what PSU u are using, do it have 6-pin PCI-Ex Power cable? (5770/6770 will need one)



    He'll be bottlenecked. Quite severely so. I say build/buy a new computer. That core2duo and 1GB of ram isn't going to cut it. I don't know about how OEMs make computers, but his has a micro-atx motherboard, will that be indicative of a small case? Will a ATI card be able to fit inside? Sorry OP for hijacking, trying to learn more too. :)
  5. i no power cable and OP only has budget for a card then the 7750 will do just fine, gaming with 1gb of ram isnt what i would call gaming.
  6. FlintIronStagg said:
    i no power cable and OP only has budget for a card then the 7750 will do just fine, gaming with 1gb of ram isnt what i would call gaming.


    He wants to play most games, which frankly isn't quite going to happen. His machine is quite ancient, most graphics cards nowadays has more VRAM than his RAM.
  7. xii4obear said:
    He wants to play most games, which frankly isn't quite going to happen. His machine is quite ancient, most graphics cards nowadays has more VRAM than his RAM.

    He would need to get 2x2GB of ram, and a 7750 or 7770.

    As for playing most games, depending on his monitor resolution and if he's ok with playing at very low quality, you'd be surprised... I've gotten SCII and skyrim (uber low quality) to run on my 10 year old Pentium 4 :pt1cable:

    Though my gaming rig has an i5 2500k and 7970, but that's a different story
  8. your ram and cpu will bottleneck even a 7750. its time for an upgrade.

    get this

    4gb of ram
    i3 2120
    h61 board
    gtx 460 1 gb if ou can find one
    400w power supply
  9. vmem said:
    He would need to get 2x2GB of ram, and a 7750 or 7770.

    As for playing most games, depending on his monitor resolution and if he's ok with playing at very low quality, you'd be surprised... I've gotten SCII and skyrim (uber low quality) to run on my 10 year old Pentium 4 :pt1cable:

    Though my gaming rig has an i5 2500k and 7970, but that's a different story

    2gb of system ram will be alright as long as OP doesnt expect anything spectacular. Maybe building a new rig isnt in the budget if so then 2gb of ram and a lower end card would suffice for some gaming on low/med settings in most games.
    I have a friend that has an old C2D 2gb of ram and a 8800gt and he can still run things to his liking; just has to turn down the settings a bit.
  10. rdc85 said:
    5770 or 6770 is good card, but before that what PSU u are using, do it have 6-pin PCI-Ex Power cable? (5770/6770 will need one)

    I knw it has PCI-Express slot but i dnt knw abt 6 pin pci ex power cable. Pls tell me hw to check it? Thanks
  11. your power supply needs a 6 pin. i doubt if it is the one that came with your tower if it even has one, if you do, it will be there connected to your power supply. if not you will want to look for an alternative such as the 7750 or even 6670 that dont require an external plug for power or get a better power supply that can support the higher end card.
  12. bikash8146 said:
    I knw it has PCI-Express slot but i dnt knw abt 6 pin pci ex power cable. Pls tell me hw to check it? Thanks


    Open up your case, check the wire coming out of the PSU.
    See if it has any that match the 6-pin PCI-Express picture from here

    http://www.playtool.com/pages/psuconnectors/connectors.html
  13. Do you have an upgrade budget? Your machine is ancient. Rather than getting a cheap card that has little future value why don't you get a new computer. Ignore the card for the moment... And leave it to the onboard. Would recco an i5 2500 based unit.

    Get a card 5 6 months down the line once u have saved up
  14. go grab a sapphire hd 6670for like 54bucks on newegg then buy yourself a corsair cx430 that should sufficeit's at 30-40bucks on neweeg
    overall both of those should be below 100bucks, and if you got the extra money go grab some 2x2gb (4gb) 1333 ram or something that should help
  15. Op wont ned a new psu if his is 300w wi th a 6670
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