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I need help choosing a video card compatible with my motherboard.

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July 11, 2012 7:34:15 AM

*sorry if this is in the wrong category, I'm new here*

Well, I'm trying to find a video card. The problem is, I have NO idea what is compatible with my motherboard. It's not a custom built PC, it's an HP Pavilion p6-2143w and it's motherboard is foreign to me. The computer itself comes with a graphics card but can't run the games I want it to run. I want to run games such as Battlefield 3, Skyrim, Team Fortress 2, Left 4 Dead, Max Payne, etc... running at least on medium or high for them all.

Here is a link to the motherboard's info. (http://tinyurl.com/8yov7wq) I've personally never heard of this particular brand of motherboards, which is why I'm a bit worried.
I don't have a giant budget as of right now, which is why I've chosen this particular computer. What I really want is a gaming laptop under $1000, but can still run BF3 and Skyrim and the rest that I stated above. I've found a few, but they're all "out of stock" and I can't seem to find them anywhere online. I'm in desperate need of help.

Thanks. :) 

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July 11, 2012 7:37:17 AM

What is the budget you are willing to spend for the GPU?

Your mobo will handle a PCI-Express card fine, as long as you Power Source Unit can handle the larger cards.

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July 11, 2012 7:44:11 AM

El Tigre said:
What is the budget you are willing to spend for the GPU?

Your mobo will handle a PCI-Express card fine, as long as you Power Source Unit can handle the larger cards.


I was looking around $100-$200. The only ones I can find that are 1GB are way too expensive though. The ones that aren't so expensive seem to have negative reviews. :/ 
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July 11, 2012 7:57:53 AM

El Tigre said:
You computer has only a 300W PSU and will severely limit you on the GPU you want, you will need to upgrade your PSU, otherwise, this card would be the best and it still needs a 350W PSU to play Skyrim on medium to high settings.

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


http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/geforce-gt-640-revi...


I had a feeling a 300W PSU would limit me to a lot of things.

Would I need to buy a specific type of PSU, or can it be any type (for desktops) as long as it's over 300W?
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July 11, 2012 8:03:19 AM

What is your buget you are willing to spend for both a PSU and GPU, I assume it's $200.

If indeed you are spending $200, I would go for these and you should play games on high settings

This seems like a good bundle to get your computer up to snuff and would play all modern games on high settings easily and if you learn to OC the GPU, you can even max out a few games if you are gaming on a 1920x1080 resolution monitor. ;) 

it's $188 after rebate and the PSU has good ratings overall

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
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July 11, 2012 8:05:50 AM

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July 11, 2012 8:06:24 AM

El Tigre said:
What is your buget you are willing to spend for both a PSU and GPU, I assume it's $200.

If indeed you are spending $200, I would go for these and you should play games on high settings

This seems like a good bundle to get your computer up to snuff and would play all modern games on high settings easily and if you learn to OC the GPU, you can even max out a few games if you are gaming on a 1920x1080 resolution monitor. ;) 

it's $188 after rebate and the PSU has good ratings overall

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...


Yeah, that's about what I'd be willing to spend. I'll go ahead and look into it.


Thanks. :D 
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July 11, 2012 8:13:11 AM

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