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Need help on graphics card upgrade from an old computer


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#1 LemontBigsby

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Posted 03 January 2013 - 02:23 PM

Hi there. So I play league of legends with my friends on a oldddd computer and would like to upgrade my video card from what I believe to be an onboard graphics card. I have two newer laptops that broke down with age so I am not really wanting to buy a new computer. I just want a graphics card cheep and low enough that I can play on a more stable fps above 20 fps.

My computer is a HP Pavilion a730n. Besides upgrading my RAM to 1GB in the past, I have made no new upgrades. I am willing to shell out like $30 on a new one from what I have seen on Newegg and Tigerdirect (from what I heard they are good websites to buy from)

I checked out the website will it run and all my parts besides video card meet recommend requirements. I clicked the link and it directed me to TigerDirect and found a nice looking card for $20. I cant understand what all the numbers mean but would it be a good buy? And would it work on my computer?

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=7373215&Sku=P450-54500

These are my computers specifications according to HP.
http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/document?cc=us&dlc=en&docname=c00233082&lc=en



Much help would be very appreciated.

Oh and I heard from somewhere that my power supply factors into whether a videocard works on my computer? How so?

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Posted 03 January 2013 - 06:47 PM

Your PSU is rated at 300W, the suggested wattage for that graphics card is 400W. You would need to upgrade your PSU in order to use it.

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Posted 03 January 2013 - 07:29 PM

Oh so if I want to find a graphics card, then I need it to match my DC output? Is that the trick?

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Posted 03 January 2013 - 07:33 PM

That or upgrade the PSU.

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Posted 03 January 2013 - 07:39 PM

OK! That makes sense thank you. So a PCI-Express card is what I would be looking for then thats equal to or less than 300W. Is there anything else I should take under consideration? Like most of these say they are Directx11 compatible but does that mean the card will not run on xp? I know I need windows 7 minimum to run DX11.

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Posted 04 January 2013 - 01:20 AM

That XFX 5450 from Tigerdirect will work because it draws very little power and there should a improvement in FPS.

Edited by killerx525, 04 January 2013 - 01:21 AM.

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Posted 04 January 2013 - 10:26 AM

Use this http://www.extreme.outervision.com/PSUEngine it will give you an idea of how much power you need for your system..
And no, it's not DC output, basically it's just the total power you're PSU can supply give or take the years you've used it and the manufacturer that makes the PSU.. If the PSU can provide enough power for your system, then that's good.. With 300W generic PSU, it is safer to assume that it provides less than 300W of power..

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Posted 08 January 2013 - 12:18 AM

OK! That makes sense thank you. So a PCI-Express card is what I would be looking for then thats equal to or less than 300W. Is there anything else I should take under consideration? Like most of these say they are Directx11 compatible but does that mean the card will not run on xp? I know I need windows 7 minimum to run DX11.

Card will run fine on XP you just cant play any DX 11 games




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