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#1 general havoc

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Posted 27 November 2011 - 10:58 AM

Greetings to all. This is my first topic and I will attempt to be brief. I own an emachines T2958. I know it is old and outdated but it serves my wife and I well for surfing and paying the bills. We don't play video games on it. I have already maxed out the RAM (2 GB) and I wish to add some video memory. Currently I have only 64 MB integrated shared video memory. The motherboard has 3 PCI slots, and I was thinking about adding a PCI video card.

Questions:

1. Which slot do I use, or does it matter?
2. Do I need to upgrade my power supply?
3. Will the computer automatically recognize the card, or do I need to make some BIOS changes (disable onboard video, etc.)?
4. Please recommend a decent and moderately-priced PCI card.

If you have any questions about my computer (besides why I still have this dinosaur), I will do my best to answer.

Thank you for your help.

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Posted 27 November 2011 - 11:05 AM

This one should do: HIS H545H512P Radeon HD 5450 Silence 512MB 64-bit DDR3 PCI HDCP Ready Low Profile Video Card - 94.99

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Posted 27 November 2011 - 11:14 AM

Really? My computer is 32-bit w/DDR1 SDRAM. Is this compatible?

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Posted 27 November 2011 - 11:15 AM

yes it is compatible what kind of power supply do you have?

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Posted 27 November 2011 - 11:21 AM

300 watts.

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Posted 27 November 2011 - 11:29 AM

You will need upgrade that to as well: CORSAIR Builder Series CX500 V2 500W ATX12V v2.3 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply - 59.99

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Posted 27 November 2011 - 11:49 AM

I just got through reading some reviews on this PSU. Not good. Another recommendation?

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Posted 27 November 2011 - 12:10 PM

You really cannot go by reviews. I would recommend Corsair to anyone.

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Posted 27 November 2011 - 12:18 PM

You might also try Tiger Direct
They have several decent PCI video cards for about 50 bucks although in your case I really dont see a need for it. WIth what you are doing I doubt that you would really notice much of a difference.

THe system will automatically detect the card & ask for the drivers & it sholdnt matter what slot but I would put it in slot 1

Edited by Eyesee, 27 November 2011 - 12:21 PM.

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Posted 27 November 2011 - 12:56 PM

Thanks for all your replies.




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