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Upgrading my graphics card


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#1 gh0999

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Posted 18 May 2009 - 11:11 PM

Hello everyone, i need help looking for a graphics card that will play most of the newest games out there like TF2, Bioshock, Left 4 Dead, etc and that is not too expensive... I'm willing to spend around 50 to 70 bucks maybe more.. what do you think is the best graphics card that fits my computer specs:

AMD Athlon 64 3800+
GeForce 6150 LE graphics card built in
Windows XP PRO
1 GB ram
2.40 GHz
300 watts max power source

it has 3 white pci slots and 1 other black slot above them...
pretty sure it's not agp, think maybe its pci express 8x or 16x? Anyone familiar with this computer?

thanks for any help

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#2 fairjoeblue

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Posted 19 May 2009 - 10:37 AM

We would need to know the brand & model of the computer or motherboard to determine fore a fact that it has a PCI-E video card slot.
From the specs it sounds new enough to have PCI-E , but that can be deceiving.

I took a look at the requirements for the games.
Bioshock has the highest requirements & states,

"Video Card: Direct X 9.0c compliant video card with 128MB RAM (NVIDIA 6600 or better/ATI X1300 or better, excluding ATI X1550)."

When buying a video card to play games look for a card with at least a 128 bit interface & preferably 256.

Avoid 64 bit cards.

I'm not talking about the amount of memory it has but rather the width of the memory bus.

You would be looking for a card with a minimum of 128MB memory & a 128 Bit bus

You will need to upgrade your power supply also.
To run a half way decent video card you'll need at least a 450 Watt power supply.

Edited by fairjoeblue, 19 May 2009 - 10:50 AM.

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Posted 19 May 2009 - 04:41 PM

alright it's a HP Pavilion a1410n

it has one pci-e 16x slot i think..

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Posted 19 May 2009 - 05:42 PM

Get a new power supply, 450 Watt [or stronger], before installing a video card.
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Posted 19 May 2009 - 06:06 PM

Hi, here is your specs http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/documen...product=1841799

I would not got to big on the new card but a nice 8800GT on ebay would be nice.
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Posted 20 May 2009 - 07:29 AM

Hi there,

If you want all the latest games to be enable to play on your system, then prefer buying high memory graphics card for eg G-force 4 512MB or 1 GB video cards, along with it try to increase your ram with 2 to 4 GB RAM. It will not only help you in playing games but also helps in working with other PC work as well.

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