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January 14, 2013 2:51:14 PM

I am looking to buy a new graphics card but I am not sure what my computer can handle. My computer is pretty old. Could someone please tell me whats the best gaming card that my computer can run without problems? My computer only has 300W.

My computer:

http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/document?lc=en&dlc=e...

My motherboard: (Not sure if this will help)

http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/document?docname=c01...




Thank you.

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a b U Graphics card
January 14, 2013 3:17:01 PM

Can you open the case and look at the PSU? There should be a sticker on it with some specs listed. Please post how much amperage you have on the +12V rail.
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a b U Graphics card
January 14, 2013 3:17:51 PM

I have no idea why there is a link on "sticker"...
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January 14, 2013 3:43:54 PM

auntarie said:
Can you open the case and look at the PSU? There should be a sticker on it with some specs listed. Please post how much amperage you have on the +12V rail.


It says 19A.
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a b U Graphics card
January 14, 2013 3:49:57 PM

You can get something like the 6570, it will surely run on your PSU and will fit comfortably in your micro-ATX motherboard. The question is, is it worth the upgrade? Your CPU will bottleneck pretty much anything above the 6570 and you will not get good performance at all with that rig if you want to play games. It would be best if you could save up and buy a new rig...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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a b U Graphics card
January 14, 2013 4:00:01 PM

What games and resolution do you plan to play at? And as auntarie has stated, your computer is very outdated and will be hard pressed to run any recent games at any settings.
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a b U Graphics card
January 14, 2013 4:04:16 PM

Better get rid of that Rig coz even if you install a new HD6*** series graphic card you will not be able to enjoy pleasure of gaming.

so better start building yourself a new rig
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a b U Graphics card
January 14, 2013 4:07:54 PM

sanilmahambre said:
Better get rid of that Rig coz even if you install a new HD6*** series graphic card you will not be able to enjoy pleasure of gaming.

so better start building yourself a new rig


Not everyone has the money to buy a new PC just like that, you know... also, what's wrong with 6xxx series? :D 
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a b U Graphics card
January 14, 2013 4:08:17 PM

God damn these random links...
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a b U Graphics card
January 14, 2013 4:53:54 PM

auntarie said:
Not everyone has the money to buy a new PC just like that, you know... also, what's wrong with 6xxx series? :D 


There is nothing wrong with HD 6*** series graphic card and HD 6570 is a good graphic card ( i own it ). The minimum requirement for this card is a 400 w PSU.
Be practical guys :non: 
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a b U Graphics card
January 14, 2013 5:00:21 PM

sanilmahambre said:
There is nothing wrong with HD 6*** series graphic card and HD 6570 is a good graphic card ( i own it ). The minimum requirement for this card is a 400 w PSU.
Be practical guys :non: 


400W for a 6570? Wow. I could have sworn it was more power efficient than that.
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January 14, 2013 5:23:48 PM

I wouldn't bother with an upgrade at this point. And I wouldn't trust putting to much of a card on a 300 watt prebuilt power supply, and while I only scimmed I couldn't find a mention of the psu.

You can always try a low profile card, and maybe hold onto but don't expect miracles out of that machine.
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a b U Graphics card
January 14, 2013 5:29:30 PM

You will kill that computer by adding a graphics card. PSU isn't designed for using more than it has. The case has only enough airflow for the extremely inefficient pentium D. I would just start saving your money. With about $500 you can build a basic gaming computer.
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January 14, 2013 5:30:10 PM

auntarie said:
You can get something like the 6570, it will surely run on your PSU and will fit comfortably in your micro-ATX motherboard. The question is, is it worth the upgrade? Your CPU will bottleneck pretty much anything above the 6570 and you will not get good performance at all with that rig if you want to play games. It would be best if you could save up and buy a new rig...

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


I'm only looking to play games from 2008 or before with medium to high settings. Thanks for you answer.
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a b U Graphics card
January 14, 2013 5:45:25 PM

buy a new system after the 4th gen intel's and the 700 series NVIDIA's come out (that's when prices on current hardware will drop)
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a b U Graphics card
January 14, 2013 6:29:35 PM

I suggest you download and use GPU-Z to confirm whether or not the PCI-E slot on the mainboard is version 1.x or 2.0. (Look for the "Bus Interface" box on the "Graphics Card" page.) If it's a 1.x slot, it's unlikely that any PCI-E 2.1- or 3.0-based card (AMD HD5000-, 6000-, or 7000-series cards) will even work in that system. Very few older mass-produced systems received a BIOS update to enable the use of 2.1 cards in 1.x-equipped systems, and all AMD cards released since 2009 have been PCI-E 2.1 or 3.0. (HD4000-series or older AMD/ATI cards were 2.0, and all but the newest 600-series nVIDIA cards are 2.0.)

A PCI-E 2.0 card should/might work in that system. If you can find an old HD4650 or 4670, they should work within your power requirements. You can also consider GT-series nVIDIA cards, such as the GT240, 430, or 440, as they're also relatively low-power PCI-E 2.0 cards.
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a b U Graphics card
January 15, 2013 2:22:56 AM

Blu Tech said:
I'm only looking to play games from 2008 or before with medium to high settings. Thanks for you answer.


Games before 2008 are pretty easy to run (except Crysis, of course) so you should be able to get about medium settings on most of them with that rig. But you won't be able to play almost any modern games :( 
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a b U Graphics card
January 15, 2013 3:11:19 AM

Want to turn your system into something better that can run modern games?

First off we gotta fix that CPU which is running on a LGA775 so you can get this Core 2 Quad for $130 and it will run modern games:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Intel-Core-2-Quad-Q9450-2-66-GH...

Then we gotta fix your power supply and get a Thermaltake TR2 500w for $32.99 it will make sure you can get some mid range cards:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Thermaltake-TR-500-TR2-500W-ATX...

Then we get you a HD 7770 for $137.99 which will let you play all modern games on medium settings:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/XFX-Double-D-FX-777A-ZDF4-Radeo...

And then you have a system that is a budge gaming rig for only $300.98

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a b U Graphics card
January 15, 2013 3:46:49 AM

goldsauce said:
Want to turn your system into something better that can run modern games?

First off we gotta fix that CPU which is running on a LGA775 so you can get this Core 2 Quad for $130 and it will run modern games:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Intel-Core-2-Quad-Q9450-2-66-GH...

Then we gotta fix your power supply and get a Thermaltake TR2 500w for $32.99 it will make sure you can get some mid range cards:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Thermaltake-TR-500-TR2-500W-ATX...

Then we get you a HD 7770 for $137.99 which will let you play all modern games on medium settings:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/XFX-Double-D-FX-777A-ZDF4-Radeo...

And then you have a system that is a budge gaming rig for only $300.98


His motherboard maxes out at 2GB of ram. It is never a good idea to start sinking hundreds into an old prebuilt like this one...
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a b U Graphics card
January 15, 2013 4:29:48 AM

Get your self a AMD trinity based processor with motherboard and a Decent 450w psu

- AMD A series Trinity APU has a discrete Radeon HD 7*** series graphic cores
- Both motherboard and the processor will come with a decent price tags
- you will be able to play any game with medium to high settings
- You will have to buy a DDR3 RAM (necessary upgrade)
- 450w PSU will avoid bottle-necking



Now that surely will solve all the problems
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a b U Graphics card
January 15, 2013 4:55:07 AM

iknowhowtofixit said:
His motherboard maxes out at 2GB of ram. It is never a good idea to start sinking hundreds into an old prebuilt like this one...


Indeed he is best off just building a gaming rig instead of upgrading a office computer.
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January 15, 2013 5:53:07 AM

Yea, sorry bud. I would start saving some money for a better build. The one you have is just not going to cut it in today's standards :/ 
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