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Hello, how can I know which graphic card is good for my computer?


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#1 Pat(rick)

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Posted 05 June 2011 - 11:26 PM

Hello, how can I know which graphic card (or video card) is good for my computer?

Does having the most recent graphic card on an old computer can hurt it?

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Posted 06 June 2011 - 01:28 AM

It depends on the computer you have. Also how much do you want to spend on the graphics card, what is the wattage of your power supply, what do you intend to use the computer for and do you know the size of your case?


This will get the specs of your computer.
Publish a Snapshot using Speccy

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Posted 06 June 2011 - 12:31 PM

This is the specs of my computer: http://speccy.piriform.com/results/42hARXpeuuL7Ltpm4WArh4B

For the price of the graphics card, I'm not sure. Between $70-$150 (or more. As long as it doesn't "damage" or overheat my computer or my power supply)
I completly forgot the wattage of my power supply and for the computer, I don't want it to be a total gaming computer (I don't want to play 24/7 on it because there are other people who want to use the computer).

Size of my case is around 60cm (long) x 20cm (width) x 50cm (height)

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Posted 06 June 2011 - 04:33 PM

That Speccy isn't telling much, or more properly, what it is telling isn't relevent. The only thing video related it is telling me is that you are using onboard Intel graphics, and the motherboard has a 915 Northbridge and an ICH6 Southbridge. Neither tells if there are any expansion slots available.

Pull the cover off the side of the case and see if you have a slot to use for a videocard. While you are in there, see what the specs on your power supply are.

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Posted 06 June 2011 - 05:14 PM

The case measurements for that case maybe a ATX Mini Tower.

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Posted 06 June 2011 - 06:25 PM

I have a slot for a videocard (It's "empty". No videocard there)

I dont know if this is the right one

DC INPUT: +3.3V +5V +12V1 +12V2 -12V +5VSB
Max.: 18A 29A 14A 22A 0.5A 2A

It's an ATE. Switching Power Supply.

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Posted 06 June 2011 - 06:52 PM

post a picture if you can
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Posted 06 June 2011 - 07:41 PM

Its an old design power supply, the big +3.3 (60 watts) and +5V rail (145 watts) illustrates that. +12V combined is 36 amps/432 watts (in a perfect world, reality is likely less). That's enough for most midrange cards. There should be some sort of "combined" 12V output listed below the amp specs on the PSU.

You have lots of choices as I think that motherboard has a PCI-E 16X slot, so any modern videocard will fit.

Considerations- what do you want to do with the system? Watch movies, play games? Will you want to carry the videocard forward to a new build in the near future?

The CPU will be a limiting factor in many cases (Single core/hyperthreading). On the low end, under $100 ATI 5670/6670 and NVidia GT430/GT440 are the main competition. ATI 5670/6670 are best performers by a fair margin over the NVidia cards in this price range. If I was planning to hold onto the system, and wanted to spend $100 on it, then a 6670 would work, about $70-75, then a 5670. Both are very good cinema cards as well.

Up to $150, ATI 6850s are falling into that price bracket, great cards. Also, the GTX460 is available (the 1GB version) and that is comparable to the 6850, under $150 with rebate. While those cards will work with your system (assuming the power supply pans out), the CPU will be a bottleneck if gaming. If you plan on upgrading the system (new CPU/mobo/memory etc) in a few months, then a higher priced card isn't out of the question. Hard for me to suggest something solid without knowing what you want to accomplish.

EDIT: Ditto for posting a pic, or more complete specs on that power supply.

Edited by dpunisher, 06 June 2011 - 07:46 PM.

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Posted 07 June 2011 - 01:01 AM

The 5670 is a very good card for under $100. I personally own one myself and i use it for gaming, also it does not need a auxiliary power and it runs cool.

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