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Graphics card for 300 Watt psu

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November 13, 2012 4:47:03 AM

My desktop has no graphics card and i wanted to get one mainly for improved browsing and video. It has to be <=300 Watt and PCIe x16 with preferably a VGA out. I am looking for something cheap and will be happy with 5 year old tech. Can someone please recommend what fits the bill?

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a c 291 U Graphics card
November 13, 2012 4:52:24 AM

I suppose you will not be playing computer games? Then I suggest getting something like this to ensure compatibility:

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

It will work on your power supply without any problems.
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a c 123 U Graphics card
November 13, 2012 5:07:05 AM

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November 13, 2012 5:33:20 AM

His build may be old, but there would still be a PCI-Gen2 16x slot on a 5yr old machine.
I know there were issues between Gen2 cards and 1.1 slots.

The motherboard your using would help OP, just so we know whether this is even a possible issue.
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November 13, 2012 1:45:50 PM

My desktop is Gateway GT5238e, specs are http://support.gateway.com/s/PC/R/1009189/1009189sp2.sh.... The specs only say PCI Express ×16. I added a 2TB caviar green HD and 4GB RAM to this.
Also i was looking to buy something around $15 on ebay, would ATI Radeon X300 or X600 work.
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