I'm on a budget, I can't play the games I like, and I've been looking to upgrade to a graphics card from integrated graphics. I think I've found a card I like: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... but I have no idea what kind of power I need. I just can't find it. Feel free to let me know if you think I'm making a mistake on the card, by the way.
My question is: How do I determine whether or not my computer's power supply can handle a certain graphics card? I jotted down some notes I saw pasted inside my computer about DC output and AV input, but I have no idea what to make of them. I have a Gateway SX2840-01.
@panwala Just for future reference, how did you determine that so quickly, and without knowing my PSU's output?
@BigMack It lists a lot of things on the inside, right on top of the cage that contains my power source. I tried taking a picture but my camera can't focus on it. I can look again and give more details, I think I took notes on the wrong stuff.
Apparently I have a 220W PSU. Also, I really need a GFX card that is about half-height, since my tower is so compact. Honestly, any upgrade is probably going to be an improvement over my integrated graphics, right?
EDIT: Seems we're all replying at the same time. Glad to get so much help. Well, to be honest changing my power supply is going to cost a lot more than $50 because I don't know how to change it myself. Everything past the plug is caged on the inside of my tower. I have no idea how to take it out.