Solved Don't know what video card is compatible to my PC

June 24, 2013 at 13:56:49
Specs: Windows Vista 32bit, AMD Athlon 3Gb
Online gaming I only get 15-25 frames per second and it stutters alot. I have an HP Pavilion a6450z with AMD athlon 64x2 dual core processor 5000+ 2.66GHz, Windows Vista 32 bit, HP Compaq Narra 3 MB, 3GB ram and 1 TB Hd. The GPU clocks at 425MHz, 128mb.
I have been told to increase ram, but also told that won't help because of the 32bit OS.
I ran a sys performance test and all at 5 or better, except video card which got a 3.3.
So I'm not sure what video card to get or whats compatible.
Thank you for your time,

PS You have a really good website, new here but wowsers.

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#1
June 24, 2013 at 14:26:11
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Sounds like you are using the GeForce 6150SE video that is on the motherboard. If not, you need to look at what is plugged into the pci-e slot (if anything) and tell us whatever model information is found.

425Mhz/128Mb is the give away that you're using onboard graphics.

You need a better graphics card to play BSGO with any success...something like the AMD HD-5570 or 6670 will greatly improve your 3.3 score. A HD5570 should cost you around 40 bucks...maybe even less if you shop around.

One caveat I've read about is the Hp BIOS doesn't always support a 5XXX series video card but the one I installed worked just fine.

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#2
June 24, 2013 at 15:06:46
Your right! Thought I had put that on there. It's the Nvidia GeForce 6150se nForce 430.
Will I need to purchase some kind of cable to plug into or ?
I was thinking of these 3:Refurbished: EVGA 512-P1-N402-RX GeForce 6200 512MB 64-bit DDR2 PCI 2.1 Video Card or EVGA 512-A8-N403-LR GeForce 6200 512MB 64-bit GDDR2 AGP 8X Video Card and
PNY VCG84512D3SXPB GeForce 8400 GS 512MB 64-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card

I am hoping to do some upgrades in the future and was hoping to get the maximum that will work.

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#3
June 24, 2013 at 16:10:26
You have a pretty weak power supply in that thing. A cheapo 300 watt if I'm correct and that will limit your video card choices to one of the low power cards like I suggested.

Forget about a pci card. They're expensive for little improvement over your onboard video. Likewise, forget about an AGP card...you don't have a slot to install it. The 6200's are about the same as you already have. The 8400GS is not much better.

The last two 5570's I bought were 29.99 each from Geeks. Took a quick look today and didn't find any deals like that but, they come and go.

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#4
June 24, 2013 at 19:12:14
Ok, I looked further about and a couple that look pretty much like what you suggested.

My first choice: EVGA GeForce 8400 GS 1 GB DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 DVI/HDMI/VGA Graphics Card, 01G-P3-1302-LR
by EVGA

Second choice: EVGA GeForce 8400 GS 512 MB DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 DVI/HDMI/VGA Graphics Card, 512-P3-1300-LR

For some reason I haven't been able to find any 5570's. I'm probably looking in the wrong place, but I'm learning.

I'm also not sure what type of memory or interface should be GDDR 2. 3 or 5.

thx Corgon


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#5
June 24, 2013 at 20:20:08
All the cards you selected are low end & fairly outdated, probably chosen based on price, not on performance. Granted, they're better than the 6150SE, but only marginally. I suggest you consider something better or you're going to be disappointed. From what I know of Skip, he'll definitely help you get the most bang for your buck. He mentioned Geeks.com, I buy from them occasionally myself. They sell a mix of old & new items & tend to specialize in older (but not necessarily outdated) hardware that other sites no longer carry.

When choosing a video card, pay attention to the specs. The amount of memory isn't as important as the type of memory & the memory buswidth (aka interface). For memory type, GDDR5 is best, followed by GDDR3, then GDDR2. Some cards use cheaper DDR3 or DDR2 which isn't as good as the "G" (graphics) versions. The memory buswidths vary, 64-bit is low end/low performance, better for normal everyday use or home theater systems. 128-bit seems to be the sweet spot with decent performance at a reasonable price. Getting into 192-bit, 256-bit, or higher will bring much better gaming performance but at much higher cost & with higher power requirements.

Processing Units or Stream Processors are another spec to look at. Unfortunately, AMD/ATI & NVIDIA do things differently so it's tough to make a direct comparison. But for a rough comparison, NVIDIA processors x 5 = AMD processors, or on the filpside, AMD processors / 5 = NVIDIA processors.

This chart should help: http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews...

If you don't want to upgrade the power supply, you'll have to choose a card that won't overload your 300W PSU. I found this Radeon HD 6570 at newegg for $40 after rebate, it's gotten some really good customer reviews:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...


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#6
June 24, 2013 at 20:38:54
The card riider found in #5 looks to be the deal of the week. I'd jump at it.

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#7
June 24, 2013 at 21:09:11
Hey thanks, looks like a great deal. I put it in my shopping cart.

Have a question, what about the 400w power requirement? My system is only 300w supply. Will that effect it, could it burn it out?

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#8
June 24, 2013 at 21:21:22
I've put that class of card into several 250w-350w systems and they performed fine with the crappy OEM power supplies. It doesn't draw much amperage.

If you find you need a psu, this is a good way to go...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...

They are often offered with an additional discount, a rebate, and free shipping. The extra I bought last month came to a total of $21.11 after rebate and promotion discount.

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#9
June 24, 2013 at 22:11:49
Thanks alot you've a great help. Corgon

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#10
June 26, 2013 at 15:44:04
CX430 is available for a good price again...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...

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