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January 28, 2013 12:53:37 AM

Hi.

I just picked up the following computer (got a good deal:

Essentio CM1745 Desktop

http://www.bestbuy.ca//en-CA/product/asus-asus-essentio...

I don't play very demanding games (mainly diablo 3) and want to know the best way to upgrade graphics on this. The power supply is only 300V.

Thanks.

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a c 109 U Graphics card
a b ) Power supply
January 28, 2013 12:57:55 AM

With 300W, the best card for that is the 7750, which doesn't require auxiliary power and has a maximum tdp of 55W.
It will work on your system.
Look for a 7750 with 1GB DDR5.
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January 28, 2013 1:01:15 AM

In your opinion is it worth getting a cheap 500W PS or something like that to get a more demanding video card, or could I 'get-by' with a video card running on 300W?
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a c 109 U Graphics card
a b ) Power supply
January 28, 2013 1:05:34 AM

You can get by with a 7750 with that psu.
If you want a better card and have a budget for psu, then get one, but not a cheap no name brand psu, but a decent one with 450-500W, like brands from corsair,xfx,seasonic,fsp,ocz,antec.
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January 28, 2013 1:36:59 AM

philnov said:
In your opinion is it worth getting a cheap 500W PS or something like that to get a more demanding video card, or could I 'get-by' with a video card running on 300W?



depends on your definition of "cheap"; a $20-40 500W PSU from a crappy brand is something of a risky purchase; at best, it won't produce sufficient power, at worst it destroys your whole PC. you're looking to spend $50-60 at at most for a decent 500w PSU, more if no good deals are abound.

as djangoringo said, the 7750 is about the only good card for a 300w PSU and it performs exceptionally well for the job. trying to go with anything beyond that with your 300w psu is something of a bet, as PSU's from a pre-built tend to be really crappy.
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a b ) Power supply
January 28, 2013 11:42:28 AM

Please tell your +12v ratings on sticker of psu.hd 7750 seems good choice as at peak it consumes just 43w.
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