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Last response: in Graphics & Displays
November 19, 2012 11:13:09 PM

Ok so my neighbor has been having a problem with her pc. Its specs:



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As you can see its a hp pavillion A6700y with an amd phenom x4 9150E

This computer belongs to an older lady so no need for an upgrade really so much as a replacement. Problem seems to be her monitor keeps reading no dvi. I took it apart cleaned it and looked it over. It seems that the plugin for the monitor on the tower is loose on the motherboard. You can easily wiggle it. When i pointed it out to her she said her dogs use to bump her cord a lot that went to the monitor and she has a young grand daughter that could also be the culprit lol. So i was thinking it be best for her to get a cheap graphics card (she does not game and does mainly web surfing and playing board game style games like majong) so she could use it to use her computer bypassing the faulty motherboard dvi that seems damaged.

Problem is she needs to do this as cheaply as possible. Fixed income and such. I know its best to upgrade the psu with the graphics card but seeing how the biggest strain she will put on it is web surfing i'm hoping her 300 watt will suffice for her to save her as much money as possible. So looking for a cheap low power card for her. Its clearly just the dvi causing the problem with the no dvi. So i'm hoping this will fix her problem and get her back up and running. Any suggestions on a cheap low power required graphics card that could fit the bill? Looking to buy off either newegg or amazon. No pc stores near by so can not get it locally. So any help would be greatly appreciated. I'm far from being even an amateur when it comes to graphics cards so i'm not very knowledgeable about them. I can install it and install her updates but when it comes to picking them out i'm lost. :sleep: 
a b U Graphics card
a b V Motherboard
November 20, 2012 1:10:33 AM


For some low profile graphics cards amd has some nice budget options:
These should be fine for web surfing, and watching videos, without drawing too much power. AMD recommends a 400 watt psu for the hd6450, but it should run fine on a 300 watt as it only uses 25watts under load.

Hope this helps!