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Newbie Needs Vid Card And Psu Advise

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#1 challenger


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Posted 22 September 2008 - 10:49 AM

I have the following computer and am in need of an upgrade.
We currently use the computer for dvd/photo editing, internet and gaming.
Well, my son has some games that don't run that well. Zoo Tycoon3, Rollercoaster Tycoon3 etc.

I was hoping to get away with just upgrading to save $$, rather than getting a hole new computer.
Gateway GT5426E
Manufacturer: Gateway
Model: GT5426E
Processor Brand: AMD
Processor Class: Athlon 64 X2 5200+ (Dual Core)
Processor Speed: 2.6 GHZ
Memory: 2048 MB DDR2
Hard Drive: 320 GB 7200 RPM SATA II
Optical Drive: DVD+/-RW
Media Reader: 15-in-1 digital media reader
Sound: 8-Channel (7.1) High Definition Audio
Video: NVIDIA GeForce 6150SE integrated graphics
Network: Integrated 10/100 Mbps Ethernet LAN
USB Ports: 6
Operating System: Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium
Additonal Features: PCI Express x16 Expansion Slot

It has a 300W power supply. Any suggestions on a new Vid card? What happens if you add new vid card without upgrading PSU?
I really appreciate any input/advice.

Edited by challenger, 22 September 2008 - 11:04 AM.

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#2 smurfgod


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Posted 22 September 2008 - 12:58 PM

300W won't cut it once you slap in a real video card. You want bare minimum 450W, Make sure it has the right plug for the card that you pick too, most PCIe video cards need their own power connection, and come in many forms.

any of these will do you just fine, and better for the games you are playing. Play with the list, find your price range and go for it :thumbsup: http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList....lue=679%3A32704

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Posted 22 September 2008 - 01:43 PM

Thanks for your insight.
What happens if I put a new graphics card in without upgrading PSU? Can you damage the system or will it just not start?

Any suggestions on PSU for this Gateway?

Edited by challenger, 22 September 2008 - 01:44 PM.

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Posted 22 September 2008 - 01:46 PM

There could be problems, the PC would be trying to use more power than is available to it.

Edited by DJBPace07, 22 September 2008 - 02:23 PM.



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Posted 22 September 2008 - 01:49 PM

It would probably start. You might not burn anything out, but it might do funny things that you just can't put your finger on.The video card's specs. will usually recommend what size PS. Be sure to check the size of the card and whether or not you have the extra space for it to fit

Edited by garmanma, 22 September 2008 - 01:52 PM.

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