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Choosing a graphics card upgrade that isn't overkill for my pc

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May 8, 2012 5:00:01 PM

I am trying to upgrade my PC from onboard graphics to a PCIe graphics card to improve 3D graphics capapabilities for running SolidWorks. Machine is a few years old and wasn't high end to begin with but hoping I can improve what I have. SolidWorks runs now but gets bogged down only with complex models so machine can handle it. I will most likely need to upgrade my power supply as well which is fine. I don't see many x16 cards still out there so I will probably have to use a 2.0 card from what I've read but I don't want to overbuy and get a card that has power/features my machine can't use.
Specs:
HP Pavilion a6407c
Windows Vista Ultimate 64-bit
Motherboard: ASUS M2N68-LA(Narra3)
Processor:AMD Athlon 64 X2 4400+ 2.3 GHz
Power supply: 300W ( WILLING TO UPGRADE)
PCIe X16 slot available
Current onboard graphics:NVIDIA GeForce 6100 nForce 430

Thanks,
Kevin

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May 9, 2012 4:19:43 AM

I would get the HD 7750. since this card has low power consumption, you can use it with a 300 Watt power supply. I've gotten several of these cards for 300 watt power supplies and my old systems work great.

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-graphics-car...

here are several options for you to chose from

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=E...

and don't worry about your desktop having a pcie 2.0 slot. the pcie x16 slots are backward and forward compatible with video cards

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May 9, 2012 3:06:15 PM

DM186 said:
Well you could start with the next best thing a 8400GS But you could go for a GTS 450 and a 400w PSU. This way you are not over doing it for what you want to do.

I will link you to the GPU and the PSU. Good luck to you and I hope this helps.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=E...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Thanks for the recommendation. I ended up going with a 600 W power supply and a Gigabyte GTX 560 and everything is running smooth. Now I am just limited by the processor which is what I was shooting for. I also added a little more ram, bringing it up to 8 Gb which is fine for now. Not sure if it means anything but my windows experience index went from 3.0 to 5.0
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May 10, 2012 2:54:12 AM

aliveiride said:
Thanks for the recommendation. I ended up going with a 600 W power supply and a Gigabyte GTX 560 and everything is running smooth. Now I am just limited by the processor which is what I was shooting for. I also added a little more ram, bringing it up to 8 Gb which is fine for now. Not sure if it means anything but my windows experience index went from 3.0 to 5.0


Well that is good to hear. You should be just fine just get a better CPU when you can and maybe a MOBO too. Good luck to you and I am glad you got what you needed.
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