Graphic card for 250 watt

Hey I'm just looking for a graphic card that can run wow on ultra settings (I heArd it don't take a really good card o do that), can run starcraft2 and diablo 3 on decent (like medium IF that) settings. Plz help and no I'm not upgrading my 250 watt to somthing higher. I got a budget of about 100$

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  1. Troll. 100 dollars = new PSU.
  2. i dont think theres a gpu out that runs with that little wattage, for that price and can run those games at those settings. i would invest in something like this http://www.cputopia.com/fsp-group-booster-x5.html
    because you dont need to buy a new psu because that power feeds right into your gfx cards. atm theres a msi 7770 on sale at tiger direct for 95 bucks, but i think it needs like 250w to run.

    theres no way to do it in my knowledge with that psu
  3. What are you talking about? I have a 250w psu
  4. Your SOL. You could post your full system specs but their is really no point as all the GPU's that could perform as good as you want you would put you inn the 350-400 watt area. Sorry but no love.
  5. System specs.

    Some systems use less power and get get away with a good 250 watt psu(has to have enough 12 volt current) and low/med end card, others can not.

    For instance, a HD 7750 draws under 50 watts even under max load and idles under 10, so depending on the rest of the system, thats a great card for low power systems. The problem is it is JUST out of your budget for a card.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102969

    A 6670 falls into your budget but takes a bit more power.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&DEPA=0&Order=BESTMATCH&N=100006662&isNodeId=1&Description=6670&x=0&y=0

    You can see how the cards compare here.

    http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/ASUS/HD_7750/19.html
  6. Is there any way how to find out how much power I'm taking up as of now soni can look at the one you posted?
  7. list your specs and we can get a good idea.

    Other then that, you can get a power meter, but since you are not sure if your 250 watt psu is 144(12A) watts @ 12volts and the rest 5 and 3.3 or if it is 204 watts(17A) @ 12 volts and the rest on the 3.3 and 5 volt rails, it is hard to help.

    Sometimes you come across older and cheap power supplies that are 500 watt units with less 12 volt power then a good 350 watt unit. Power supplies have to be picked with care.

    Meters look like this, but are only of use if we know the power supply you have. the efficiency will change the readings too(but not the DC output).
    http://www.p3international.com/products/special/p4400/p4400-ce.html
    or this
    http://www.upm-marketing.com/products/em100.html
  8. hey, I just found this card http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127586

    Do you think it would work?
  9. Ya not sure wht u mean, Im looking at the power supply right now don't see anything about 124 or 204
  10. Without full specs, I can not say for sure.
  11. Ok well I'm my getting Internet until thursday so i can't post my dxdiag till than..
  12. I think we're getting trolled.
  13. all you linked was a page to a motherboards specifications
  14. Sorry didn't know if what the guy wanted to see is on there.
  15. That is just a motherboard, we need SYSTEM specs, Power supply, CPU, ram, etc.
  16. Ok I probably sound very dumb. I'll just wait and post a dxdiag thursday, hopefully that will answer all of that.
  17. without knowing anything about your computer it is hard to help

    you could upgrades your psu with something like this for 25 dollars(it really cheap so i cannot attest to quality)


    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817339019

    and then get a video card like this which is about 75 dollars that comes with a small rebate that will put you under the 100 dollar budge

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150576
  18. is this perhaps a custom built computer a friend gave you or a computer from a store? if it is a computer from a store you try just looking at the case and see if there is a sticker that tells us what the model is
  19. Emachines ET1831-07 is the model thing.
  20. A Radeon 7750 (55W TDP) should get pretty close to playing WoW, D3 and SC2 at 1920x1200 with most stuff set to high/ultra and would likely squeeze under 200W total system power easily.

    If the OP's 250W PSU is a real 250W PSU, it should work. If it is a so-so 250W PSU, it might blow up sooner rather than later.
  21. at invaliderror i considered that card as well but one i bet it is a crappy psu in there therefore it probably wont work and that card is out of his budget
  22. this 100 dollar budget is really making this hard, perhaps you could squeeze a bit more money in there? or save for a bit and buy a better computer?
  23. Yes looks just like it and specs look same
  24. Your best bet is to(with this budget)

    1. upgrade your psu(something cheap like the psu i posted earlier keep in mind i cannot attest to its build quality)

    2. buy that video card i posted earlier something in that price range

    this should dramatically improve your graphic capability while staying in budget.

    its not pretty by any means but.... i guess it will get the job done....
  25. Well yah I actually want to get the 699 http://www.dell.com/us/p/alienware-x51/pd?oc=dpcwxn1&model_id=alienware-x51#TechSpec

    One but I would like a decent card until I could save up enough for it....
  26. dane332 said:
    at invaliderror i considered that card as well but one i bet it is a crappy psu in there therefore it probably wont work and that card is out of his budget

    At only ~55W, the 7750 would not use considerably more power than whatever came with the OP's PC unless it was IGP.

    7750s can be had for only ~$110 which is about as cheap as cheap goes if the OP seriously wants to play any of the games he listed with everything at high/ultra and decent frame rates. If he cannot stretch his budget an extra $10, he will either have to give up on cranking everything to max or wait.
  27. InvalidError said:
    At only ~55W, the 7750 would not use considerably more power than whatever came with the OP's PC unless it was IGP.

    7750s can be had for only ~$110 which is about as cheap as cheap goes if the OP seriously wants to play any of the games he listed with everything at high/ultra and decent frame rates. If he cannot stretch his budget an extra $10, he will either have to give up on cranking everything to max or wait.



    i agree with you, although he does have an igp (going from the model number he posted earlier)

    in my opinion he will just have to settle.
  28. So I'm screwed pretty much until I can buy a new comp?
  29. you could follow the plan i outlined the only problem with it is that it depends on the new psu not being a dud.

    i have never brought a cheap psu before.
  30. Please open the computer and get me a pic of the PSU.

    dane332, The reason that power supply is so cheap is because it has only 180 watts @ 12 volts. So is worse then my SFF(Small forum factor media center with a 5770 :) as i say, careful part selection is key) cases 300 watt psu.

    For a cheap(but still low wattage) power supply.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817151086

    288watts(24A) @ 12 volts

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371045
    360watts(30A) @ 12 volts. Better value here.

    EDIT, if that is your system, the cpu is very low on power consumption to be honest(I still NEED to see the label for the power supply or at least what you can copy off of the sticker).

    The newegg pic looks like 15 amps @ 12 volts(180 watts) would be close, but as long as you do not push the system, it should work. This all assumes the power supply will deliver what it says.

    You can not get a more efficient card then the 7750 to be honest.
  31. i agree with nukemaster, a pic of the psu would help ALOT, please include the psu's label that shows specifcations clearly.

    yea i didn't actually look at the watts @ 12 volts , i should have though, i was more focused on staying on budget.
  32. im not sure how many watts the 7770 uses, but http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127664
  33. HD 7750 will work without problems in your PC. So will HD 6670.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125417
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127586

    Choose whichever fits your budget. They will both work on your 250 watt power supply because:

    1. Those cards consume maximum 50 watts.
    2. Your CPU TDP is 65 watts, which means it won't consume more than that.
    3. Hard drive + DVD drive consume around 30 watts together.

    That's about it. 50 + 65 + 30 = 145 watts. Easily below the limit.
  34. illegalrugalah said:
    im not sure how many watts the 7770 uses, but http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127664

    I would call it getting close. More so if the system power supply only has 180 watts @ 12 volts(thats not all that bad for a 250 watt unit to be honest).

    The 7750 is faster and uses less power then the 6670 so it is my bet(all things being equal).

    If you want some numbers to look at, you can compare this(2 years old).

    H55N USB3 board(Low power all the way)
    i5 750 (95 watt TDP, undervolted for power savings)
    5770 (damn close to 2x the power of a 7750)
    1 Hard drive
    2 sticks of memory.
    2 120mm fans(one for the case other for the cpu)
    and a 300 watt power supply.

    This system peaks at about 180 watts from the wall(140 games and about 40 idle), so the DC use is lower(20% or more).

    Gives you an idea of how efficient todays mid end systems can be.

    The difference here, I know the power supply will take it with ease.

    I say your chances are good, just would like the confirmation of the exact power supply specs. 250 watts means little since even that 400+ unit listed earlier(hec HP485D) has LESS usable power then a good 350 watt unit(even less then many 300 watt units).

    Those kinds of power supplies are the reason why AMD requires 450 watts for a 5770 yet I get by with 300 without even getting close the the psu max.
  35. I took a pic of the power supply I'm not sure how to put it on here though?
  36. you can upload it to tinypic.com of similar.

    Then post a link to it here.
  37. Parts list: http://www.partstore.com/Model/Gateway/E-Machines/ET183107.aspx

    Its a FSP ATX-250PA(1PF) and has 180 watts on the 12v rails.
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