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Graphic Card Recommendation please...

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June 4, 2012 5:35:59 PM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: This week
BUDGET RANGE: (USD $150-250)

USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, movies, photography processing
Microprocessors: Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-2400S CPU @2.50GHz

Power Supply: 300 Watt

Memory: Slot 1: 4GB DIMM 1333 MHz Samsung
Slot 2: 2GB DIMM 1333 MHz Hynix

Graphic Devices: Hp Remote Graphics Driver


CURRENT GPU AND POWER SUPPLY: (e.g., ATI Radeon HD 4850 and Corsair 750TX 750W PSU - without this info, it's really hard to help you)

OTHER RELEVANT SYSTEM SPECS: (e.g., make/model of CPU, MoBo, memory - this can help us determine whether or not a given card is compatible with and makes sense for your system. For high-end cards, knowing your case/cooling setup may also be helpful)

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Tigerdirect.com or Newegg.com
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: USA

PARTS PREFERENCES: My HP Solution Center says that I have to use one of the following options for Graphics Card: Must select one of the following options:

Intel Graphics Media Accelerator HD
GeForce 405 (1 GB)
GeForce GT420 (2 GB)
GeForce GT520 (1 GB)
GeForce GT530 (2 GB)
Radeon HD 6450 (512 MB)
Radeon HD 6450 (1 GB)
Radeon HD 6570 (1 GB) single bracket; DVI, HDMI, & VGA via adapter
Radeon HD 6570 (1 GB) single bracket; DVI, HDMI, DP & VGA via adapter

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe, I need to understand what this is...

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1680x1050

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: None...
a c 1369 U Graphics card
June 4, 2012 6:18:30 PM

With your 300watt PSU the best choices are from the most powerful HD7750, HD6670 and HD6570 all will run on a 300watt modern PSU. With a PSU upgrade you have more options if your case is not a small form factor.
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a c 181 U Graphics card
June 5, 2012 2:51:14 AM

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Some of the brands to look at are Corsair, Antec, Seasonic, XFX, Sliver Stone, and some OCZ's. These are PSU's that are recommended and there are a few more as well.

If you can't find a PSU then ask tom's hardwear to help and before you buy one check with tom's hardwear as well. Good luck to you.
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a b U Graphics card
June 5, 2012 6:54:48 AM

If you are not keen on upgrading your 300W PSU, I recommend the 7750 800Mhz version (not the 900MHz). That should fit well into your 1650x1050 monitor.

But a PSU+GPU is well within your budget anyway. If you want better performance not restricted by your power supply, this is a good combination:
GPU $149.99 with Mail-In-Rebate. $179.99 without MIR.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
PSU: $69.99 with MIR, $89.99 without.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
If you count MIR, it is just $220 in total. If no MIR, $270.
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