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June 21, 2012 9:34:54 AM

Here is my PC config:-
HP pavilion a6030in
Windows 7


Intel(R) Pentium(R) D CPU 3.00GHz
3.00GHz
*Current Speed*3.00 GHz
*Size*16.00 kB
*Size*2.00 MB
PSU:300

*Intel(R) 82945G Express Chipset Family**Manufacturer*Intel Corporation
*Video Card Chip Type*Intel(R) 82945G Express Chipset Family
*Video Card Memory*256.00 MB
*Video Card BIOS*Intel Video BIOS

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So now the thing is need a new graphics card so that I can play starcraft 2 on my pc i barely use. I have no clue on what to even consider my price range is considerably low around 100$. Location looking to buy is India. Please Help.

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a b U Graphics card
June 21, 2012 9:40:59 AM

I doubt whether your processor is up to the task. Starcraft II is quite CPU intensive specially when large armies are at play.

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a c 99 U Graphics card
June 21, 2012 9:46:51 AM

You have a couple of options a GT 440, Radeon HD 6670, or Radeon HD 7750 800 MHz.

The 7750 is at the top of your budget.

HIS 7750 ($99.99, $89.99 after mail-in rebate)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

The top performer is the 7750. The second is 6670 and last is the 440. All don't need the power supply connected to the card. And all these cards will run fine on your computer. You just need a PCI-E x16 slot. Which I think your motherboard has



And randomkid is correct, your CPU might not be able to handle Starcraft II.
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a b U Graphics card
June 21, 2012 10:11:38 AM

Your CPU meets both the minimum and recommended system requirements for the game. Assumi ng this is you system specs http://bizsupport1.austin.hp.com/bizsupport/TechSupport... you need to to upgrade to at least 2Gb RAM as well to meet the recommended but 1Gb on XP meets the minimum. Its still fairly week so you will only be looking to play it on low settings so I suggest getting an old cheap used card on Ebay like a Radeon 4850 or 4870 try to pay under $50 something like this http://www.ebay.com/itm/Acer-Aspire-ATI-HD4850-1GB-DDR3...
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a b U Graphics card
June 21, 2012 10:16:46 AM

Sorry just thought your PSU is most likely no up to using a 4850 as AMD recommends a 450 Watt or greater power supply with 75 Watt 6-pin PCI Express® power connector and yours is 300W so maybe a Radeon 6670 is a better option as a PSU would add another $40.
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a b U Graphics card
June 21, 2012 10:36:25 AM

The 6770 will need a new power supply and your CPU will hold back any performance gains from a 6670.
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a b U Graphics card
June 21, 2012 12:06:57 PM

i am just giving a reference point!
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June 21, 2012 1:17:33 PM

What's your monitor's resolution?

You might want to consider a new system, since Starcraft 2 is bound by cpu no less than gpu.

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/starcraft-ii-radeon...

In this link you can see that even at 1280x1024 and medium details the cpu plays a big role. I play Starcraft 2 and actually feel the difference between 3.0ghz and 3.8ghz on my phenom II, which has way better per-clock performance than your Pentium D (meaning even if your cpu is at the same 3.0 or 3.8ghz, the phenom II will perform much better).

If you want to give your cpu a try, upgrade your power supply to something better (like the Corsair CX430 at 35$ or CX500 at 50$ on newegg) and get something like the HD 7750 (about 100$ at newegg). Then, if the cpu isn't satisfying you can upgrade to a new motherboard, cpu and memory later on.
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June 21, 2012 1:27:07 PM

i figured as much. So i guess i ll be going for a whole pc upgrade. Thanks guys
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June 21, 2012 1:37:22 PM

If you would like, we would gladly assist you with a new build on a given budget.
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June 21, 2012 1:54:44 PM

I ll be starting to look for it after i get money form my current internship over the summer, as i am hoping to get around 1000 pounds from it. So thats gonna be like my budget i think
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a b U Graphics card
June 22, 2012 1:43:46 AM

1000 pounds is plenty. :)  & worth waiting for...
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June 22, 2012 2:45:29 AM

Best answer selected by varunvikram1.
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