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Graphics Card upgrade, $100 budget

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November 24, 2012 1:15:25 PM

First of all, I am new to Tom's Hardware, so that's there.
On to the main question: What graphics card do I need?
Here's my specs.
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HP Compaq dc5800
Intel Core 2 Duo @ 2.66 GHz
1GB DDR2 6400 Memory
Intel GMA 3000
No HD (broken, needs replaced)
No OS (upgrading to Vista Business) Why? I NEED DirectX 11
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It says something about ADD2, and it has an open PCIe x16 slot.
What do I need?

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November 24, 2012 1:21:21 PM

That is all dependent on what games you intend on playing, and at what resolution. With 1GB of ram, you will be rather limited there as well. There would be no reason to go beyond a Nvidia 640 with that rig, or you will bottle neck other things. Just about ANY video card will work. Don't spend more than about $100 on a graphics card, or it will be overkill for your system.
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November 24, 2012 1:39:47 PM

Question 1: NVIDIA or AMD?
Question 2: What model?
Here are my specs.
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HP Compaq dc5800
Intel Core(TM) 2 Duo @ 2.66GHz
300 watt power supply
1GB DDR2 SYNCH 6400 RAM
No HDD
No OS
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That's as much as I can get on info. Thanks in advance for your help!
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November 24, 2012 1:45:45 PM

Also, I plan on playing TF2, Minecraft, AC3, Blacklight:Retribution, etc.
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November 24, 2012 1:50:31 PM

Bonus question: Is Vista Business OK?
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November 25, 2012 8:37:19 AM

Go for Win7
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November 25, 2012 8:44:29 AM

on pretty much all of those games you would have to play on low settings. also you should probably buy a hard drive, and more ram
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November 25, 2012 10:57:27 AM

If you have a preference please post it. The winning brand gets the PCIe x16 slot in my computer.

=====Live Tally=====
AMD 0
NVIDIA 0
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November 25, 2012 11:07:59 AM

Neither is good for their price.
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November 25, 2012 11:18:50 AM

I read the benchmark and NVIDIA GeForce GTX won only one more benchmark than the AMD did.
=====Live Tally=====
NVIDIA 3
AMD 2
Neutral 1
Note: I use extra tallies from other posts.
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November 25, 2012 11:21:44 AM

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