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Whats a good gaming graphics card for an old computer?

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January 28, 2013 10:15:09 PM

Hello,
im looking to replace my geforce PNY 9400 GT DDR2 1GB PCI-E. I have an old computer its an IBM not sure what model it was windows vista, now im on win 7 home premium. its has Intel pentium 4. RAM 2.25 GB. 32-bit and a 300 watt psu. IM a hardcore gamer and im looking for something of equal or greater performance. thx all and im looking forward for your imput.

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January 28, 2013 11:28:54 PM
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I'd say go for HD7750 or HD7770 or GTX 640 as you haven't specified the exact model of the processor, it is better you get a low end card. Since your processor is very old and slow it will bottleneck the high end cards.
January 28, 2013 11:33:56 PM

do you know if the performance would match the 9400?
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January 28, 2013 11:44:43 PM

Either would be WAAAAY better. Get the 7750, low price, low power consumption, and probably still over powered for a P4.
January 28, 2013 11:49:56 PM

okay thx guys those seem to be good choices i like the radeon so far
January 29, 2013 12:00:59 AM

Anth0ny21 said:
Hello,
im looking to replace my geforce PNY 9400 GT DDR2 1GB PCI-E. I have an old computer its an IBM not sure what model it was windows vista, now im on win 7 home premium. its has Intel pentium 4. RAM 2.25 GB. 32-bit and a 300 watt psu. IM a hardcore gamer and im looking for something of equal or greater performance. thx all and im looking forward for your imput.

If your motherboard's processor socket is 775, then I suggest you buy atleast an Intel Core 2 Duo or Quad if you have more money. If you have a good GPU but a bad CPU then your graphics will be bottleneck'd. You should also upgrade your PSU to atleast a 650watts, 80 plus certified.
January 29, 2013 12:44:18 AM

CoCIDLC said:
If your motherboard's processor socket is 775, then I suggest you buy atleast an Intel Core 2 Duo or Quad if you have more money. If you have a good GPU but a bad CPU then your graphics will be bottleneck'd. You should also upgrade your PSU to atleast a 650watts, 80 plus certified.



NAHHHHHH 500Watts even 400 would work fine for a rig like that.. Don't make him buy anything that isn't necessary.
January 29, 2013 2:27:17 AM

HD 6770, HD 7770 or GT 640 would be ok.. I think
a b U Graphics card
January 29, 2013 2:34:52 AM

Anth0ny21 said:
do you know if the performance would match the 9400?

It can outposts your 9400 easily. It is mainly due to advanced architecture that will let you place more transistors, cores, etc. this has enabled to have better performance at the cost of even lower power.
January 29, 2013 10:48:44 PM

so im going with the AMD radeon HD 7750
a c 109 U Graphics card
January 29, 2013 11:14:48 PM

CoCIDLC said:
If your motherboard's processor socket is 775, then I suggest you buy atleast an Intel Core 2 Duo or Quad if you have more money. If you have a good GPU but a bad CPU then your graphics will be bottleneck'd. You should also upgrade your PSU to atleast a 650watts, 80 plus certified.


agree with everything you suggest - except 650w PSU, absolutely no need
for the xtra cost that would entail. A 7750 requires only a 350w unit and that's
with headroom, if he wants to go with a 7770 then it's 430w with headroom.
January 30, 2013 12:34:59 AM

okay guys so the power color amd 7750 1 gb gddr 3 requires a psu of 400 watts i can only do 300 watts. i can only spend less then a hundred would the 7750 still work in my pc?
a b U Graphics card
January 30, 2013 12:41:56 AM

In reality the 7750 requires the least amount of power of any card on the market. The power requirements are a high estimate to be safe and account for poor quality PSU's. I would bet the 7750 takes less power than your current card.
a c 109 U Graphics card
January 30, 2013 12:43:53 AM

Anth0ny21 said:
okay guys so the power color amd 7750 1 gb gddr 3 requires a psu of 400 watts i can only do 300 watts. i can only spend less then a hundred would the 7750 still work in my pc?


Hi - assuming your 300w(you didn't specify make/model of psu) actually delivers 300w,
then you can run the 7750. realhardtech suggests 350w & usually those
figures allow for headroom (50w or so)

Tom
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January 30, 2013 12:59:07 AM

toyftw said:
agree with everything you suggest - except 650w PSU, absolutely no need
for the xtra cost that would entail. A 7750 requires only a 350w unit and that's
with headroom, if he wants to go with a 7770 then it's 430w with headroom.

some people reported that they even used the card with a 220watts PSU
January 30, 2013 1:12:51 AM

okay so the powercolor AMD 7750 HD 1gb gddr 3 would be okay even if i only have a 300 watt power supply?
i just want to make sure cause im about to buy it.

btw thank u all for your imput it definently is helping i was in the dark till now so thx all! :D 
January 30, 2013 1:36:20 AM

btw most sites say minimum psu of 400watts
January 30, 2013 2:26:07 AM

okay so. i got my psu model.
Hipro model-Hp-a3108f3p
i have the specs for it btu i dont want to write them down atm.
a b U Graphics card
January 30, 2013 4:20:22 AM

Anth0ny21 said:
okay so the powercolor AMD 7750 HD 1gb gddr 3 would be okay even if i only have a 300 watt power supply?
i just want to make sure cause im about to buy it.

btw thank u all for your imput it definently is helping i was in the dark till now so thx all! :D 

Yes your PSU can handle the graphics card.
January 30, 2013 6:50:47 AM

I wouldn't run a 7770 on a 300 watt PSU. Especially not an OEM one, they are garbage.

There isn't any decent gaming card that will run on that PSU.

a b U Graphics card
January 30, 2013 7:52:46 AM

Normally I'd advise against using any card with that PSU, but since you've been using the 9400 for awhile, and HD7750 takes about 1-2 watts LESS power, you should be ok.

As a "hardcore gamer" I'm sure you will be looking to replace your entire system soon. Just say when.
a b U Graphics card
January 30, 2013 10:15:19 AM

am pretty sure your pentium 4 will heavily bottleneck games and the graphic card as well. at the very least upgrade your cpu to a core 2 duo which would be much better than a pentium 4.
i seriousy see no incentive for you to get a new card as long as you have a single core cpu . get a new cpu and a 7750 and if possible a new psu as well, more ram and 64 bit OS.
in short entire system upgrade is recommended if you are a hardcore gamer
January 30, 2013 3:42:04 PM

well thats the weird thing i played border lands 2 on high setting never even had a problem and a high resolution. the reason i need a new graphics card is because my old one died. now id go with the same card but no one has one any more. so im going to buy PowerColor AMD Radeon HD 7750 1GB GDDR3 HDMI PCI-E Video Card AX7750 1GBK3-H.
January 30, 2013 4:46:03 PM

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