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planningto buy a new vid card


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#1 blade1

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Posted 04 August 2012 - 07:16 PM

card name = Asus - NVIDIA GeForce GTX 550 Ti 1GB GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 Graphics Card

I'm planing to get this video card under the suggestion of a friend my computer is old, I mean I got it about the same time WIndows XP stopped being sold in stores, currently I have a 3TB hard drive that's the only upgrade I have made, other then a new Vid card wich is about to die, and 2 gigs more ram making a total of 4 gigs).... my question folow my desktop's stats/GW2's stats (I can look up more if needed, but you would need to tell me where to look in simple English)

my computer specs = power source (big silver box at the top/back of my pc w/ all the wires that connect to my HD and other hardware is the power source right?) its a Lite-on Model number = PS-5301-08ha output = 100-127V 5v 25a Max, HD is a Seagate Beracua 3tb, as for the motherboard/sound card I have no clew, the sound card it build into the mother board (so was the original Vid card, but its disabled because I updated it w/ the one that's dieing atm) and I have 4 or 5 gigs DDR2

the guildwars 2 system req (as posted by the guildwars2pc website)
Minimum System Requirements*

Update Minimum System Requirements Announced

- Windows® XP Service Pack 2 or better
- Intel® Core™ 2 Duo 2.0 GHz, Core i3, AMD Athlon™ 64 X2 or better
- NVIDIA GeForce 7800, ATI Radeon X1800, Intel HD 3000 or better (257MB of video RAM and shader model 3.0 or better)
- 25 GB available HDD space
- Broadband Internet connection
- Keyboard and mouse

my questions are*

1) will my comp be able to handle it without frying itself?
2) if I use this card, will I be able to run Guildwars 2, Fraps (full version) and Teamspeak without problem? (willing to run team speak on my laptop if it would make the difrence)
3) is the price reasonable? $129
4) are vid cards easy to install? I mean only thing I ever installed to a Desktop myself is a Hard drive lol
5) what is the approximate life of this vid card?


and sorry bout dual topics, but no one responded to my last one

Edited by blade1, 04 August 2012 - 07:18 PM.


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Posted 04 August 2012 - 11:02 PM

Hello Blade

Can you please post a speccy report to get more information about your computer: http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/topic323892.html. This program scans your hardware and give us a better picture of your system via report.

I have the same exact card as you are requesting information on. It appears that this card would be able to play whatever game you throw at it However the information you provided does provide some concerns.

From your information you have a 300W powersupply from the model number provided. The graphics card would need to be 500W or Greater but PSU are cheap I will recommend you a power supply after I answer your questions.

1. We need to more information about your PSU and Motherboard PCI Express slot to better assit you I have a power supply recommendation if you dont meet the wattage requirements (look at tte sticker on the PSU and can you please tell me the Max wattage) If you have the wrong wattage more than likely you fry components.

I am recommending a Consair TX 650 for that card http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139020

2. Yes you can run any game on this card. This is consider a mid range video card. Depending on your RAM that in your system you can multitask. I run two montiors, two hard drives, and multitask on this system. We will see this in the report. I have 8GB of system ram

3. Yes for a video card

4. Yes they are. Depending on your motherboard specs looks like (PCI express 2.0) and the power supply wattage. This is a Dual Slotted Card.

5. Depending on how you setup your system (cooling system) This card will be average around 3-5 years or based upon good maintenance practices. This card is big and has the potential to overheat.

This card is very good. I recommended you go with EVGA manufacture because they have a good warrenty service but its your decision on that.

Graphic Card: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130625

Graphic Card Information and Power http://www.geforce.com/hardware/desktop-gpus/geforce-gtx-550ti/specifications

Thermal and Power Specs:
100 CMaximum GPU Temperature (in C)
116 WMaximum Graphics Card Power (W)
400WMinimum System Power Requirement (W)4
One 6-pinSupplementary Power Connectors5

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Posted 05 August 2012 - 09:05 AM

ok... here is hat it says ( since i have no clew how o attach files)

CPU: AMDAthlon 64 X2 4200+

RAM 2.00 GB Dual-channel DDR2 @ 316Mz (5-5-5-15)

Mother ASUSTek Computer INC. NARRA (socket AM2)

Graphics SyncMaster (1280x1024@60Hz) 512MB Geforce 9400 GT (PNY)

Hard Drive 2795GB Seagate ST3000DM 001-9yn166 SCSI Disk Device ATA

optical devices (not gunnu bother filling here in.. head spinning cuz using 2 moniters 1 for typeing 1 for data)

AUdio High Defenition Audio device <--- yes thats what it says, cheap bastard didn't even bother to give a number lol XD

oh and yes I did find a 300W on my Power source case so T.T

Edited by blade1, 05 August 2012 - 09:06 AM.


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Posted 05 August 2012 - 12:55 PM

*sigh* ok..... I bee doing research on my own (a friend was helping me) here is what I found...

power = http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Thermaltake+-+650W+TR2+RX+Power+Supply/9827277.p?id=1218179698119&skuId=9827277

vid = http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Asus+-+NVIDIA+GeForce+GTX+550+Ti+1GB+GDDR5+PCI+Express+2.0+Graphics+Card/3195088.p;jsessionid=9B4F3446B09BE02276D3863D4F151C0A.bbolsp-app06-28?id=1218384138850&skuId=3195088&st=nvidia%20550&cp=1&lp=2


Ram = http://www.frys.com/product/6279180?site=sr:SEARCH:MAIN_RSLT_PG


is worth it? or should I just buy one of the PCs from frys (they range in price from $400 to 2k)and be done with it?

and my friend told me my motherboard is still being sold in stores :o its number (printed on it) is M2N68-LA

Edited by blade1, 05 August 2012 - 12:57 PM.


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Posted 05 August 2012 - 01:23 PM

Hello Blade1,

you can publish a snapshot using that program. It would throw out a unique url located below the Now, in the menu bar at the top left, click File > Publish Snapshot in that link but I found your motherboard information.

Your requesting a PCI express 2.0 x16 card but your motherboard only have Once PCI express 1.0 x16 slot however they are backward compatible with one. So if you put a 2.0 card in the slot It will only run at 1.0 speeds (which is the bus speed)

http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/document?docname=c01357135&tmp_task=prodinfoCategory&cc=us&dlc=en&lc=en&product=3710788#N31

I was afraid of this in order to run most of the mid-range video cards your going to have to get a bigger PSU unit. The one I recommend should be more than enough to run any of the mid-range card.

Personal preference. Your motherboard can support up to 8GB of memory on a 64 bit O.S.

Any of the two PCI Express x1 slots filled with components.

Here is a picture of my card http://i171.photobucket.com/albums/u313/coxchris_photos/291353_2972866780953_1598814161_o.jpg

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Posted 07 August 2012 - 02:59 PM

*sigh* thnx for the help... I endedp buing a hole ew PC, because they wanted to chage me $500, and I could get a new PC for $700 with everything new, 12gigd DDR3, and a newer Motherboard.... only thing Im not happy about is it uses an ATI video card :(

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Posted 08 August 2012 - 01:07 AM

There isn't anything wrong about using ATI graphics card.

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Posted 08 August 2012 - 01:08 AM

Its ok, I understand. :)

The ram upgrade that I mention was just a performance boost it didn't have any effect on your system it was only a thought

Yes I dislike ATI video cards because they have a bloated video drivers. I actually have an AMD system with Geforce card as seen by my picture.

If you have any question about your new computer were happy to help.

Edited by coxchris, 08 August 2012 - 09:47 AM.

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