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#1 numb4oneabller

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Posted 07 January 2009 - 12:40 AM

Hello All,

I have recently bought the Panasonic TH-46PZ80U. I currently have a Compaq Presario SR1130NX - http://reviews.cnet.com/desktops/compaq-pr...?tag=mncol;rnav .

I want to buy a new graphics card (cheap) that will have a DVI output that will fit in my PC and will be able to connect to my Plasma. I have been told i have one AGP slot and the rest are PCI.

I took a pic of where i think my new graphics card should go: http://tinypic.com/view.php?pic=2kklt4&s=5

I was wondering, The last slot on the bottom, it also looks like a PCI slot, but i have a VIA Unichrome IGP, which i was told was integrated into my system.



I opened up my PC and I think I found the tag for the PSU watts thing.
I took a pic so here it is: http://tinypic.com/view.php?pic=ifxv6w&s=5

I was also told that this is a very weak PSU and that i should upgrade to at least 500W.


btw, here is some more information if it would be of any help: http://img229.imageshack.us/img229/4747/70161390qf0.jpg

My questions are:

1: What graphics card would be good for my system and needs (Maybe a cheap one and one not that cheap)
2: What PSU would be best?
3. Comparing two cards spec to spec, is AGP a better choice?
4. What is the card in the far bottom slot that is occupied?

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#2 DJBPace07

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Posted 07 January 2009 - 02:51 AM

Ouch, you have a woefully underpowered PSU. It is almost a given that you will need to get a new one to use almost any GPU. Without more information, I have no idea what that card is at the bottom, though I think it could be a sound card. First off, we need to get you a new power supply. You must check to see if your Presario uses a proprietary power supply, many OEM's do. If it does, than you can only get one that is designed specifically for your model. If your Presario uses a standard power supply, there are a number of choices. The CORSAIR CMPSU-550VX 550W gets excellent ratings. As for the GPU, you can go for a PCI card like this: SPARKLE SFPC84GS256U2LP GeForce 8400 GS 256MB. Or, an AGP card, like this: SAPPHIRE 100258L Radeon HD 3650 512MB. Both of these cards are from recent graphics card releases. In order to power a screen of that size, it would be best to use a card with no less than 512MB of memory.

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Posted 07 January 2009 - 02:53 PM

Where would I check to see if my power supply is proprietary? Also how does this card: http://www.geeks.com/details.asp?invtid=SF...2-P&cat=VCD , compare with the one's you showed me above?

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Posted 07 January 2009 - 03:43 PM

The card you selected has only 256MB of video memory, I suggest 512MB or more. I suggest you call or email Compaq to make absolutely sure. If the power supply is proprietary, the the shape of the unit, or the cable connections themselves, might be nonstandard. This could be problematic when you go to connect the power cables and discover that you cannot because the shapes or pin locations are out of order.

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Posted 07 January 2009 - 06:13 PM

Oh sorry, i was confused because the first card you gave me was 256MB. I will get back to you or anyone viewing if the PSU is proprietary. Also, I heard that this card was better than the Radeon HD 3650 but the drivers were hard to find : http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16814131136 .

What do you think about this?

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Posted 07 January 2009 - 07:48 PM

You can get a 256MB card, but you will have a much better experience with a 512MB card. Unless the card is unusual, the drivers you use are all in one package. The card I chose is of a newer release, so it has newer technology inside. The 3xxx cards have also had their dies shrunk, making them more efficient and, often, cooler than the 2xxx series. All drivers should be downloaded from ATI's driver site as they will be newer than the one's found on the disc with the card. However, it should be noted that the download link for the 2600 does have a (PCIe) mark next to it, so I'm not sure if you can use ATI's updated drivers with that card.

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