Buying a Video Graphics Card

Hewlett-packard / PAVILION
February 10, 2009 at 18:13:50
Specs: Windows XP, 384
I want to buy a video card. So, when buying one, should I only worry for getting the one with the right slot? In this case, my motherboard has 1 PCI Express Slot.

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#1
February 10, 2009 at 22:09:47
You should take at look at your budget and decide what price range your want to settle on beforehand.

"The great mass of people ... will more easily fall victim to a big lie than to a small one" A.H


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#2
February 11, 2009 at 05:00:43
Ok, that sounds fair. I just want to spend $100. Is there anything else I should worry about?

This is my motherboard:

http://h20000.www2.hp.com/bizsuppor...


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#3
February 11, 2009 at 05:33:00
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...
Seems decent. Another issue would be making sure your power supply has enough power should the card consume high amounts.

"The great mass of people ... will more easily fall victim to a big lie than to a small one" A.H


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#4
February 11, 2009 at 11:50:16
how do I find that out?

On the link that you gave me on specs it says:

"System Requirements Minimum 350W or greater system power supply (with a minimum 12V current rating of 18A)"

I'm going to go for that video card, but I just want to be sure that I'll be buying the correct one.


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#5
February 11, 2009 at 12:00:20
That's the correct one.

"The great mass of people ... will more easily fall victim to a big lie than to a small one" A.H


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#6
February 11, 2009 at 12:05:43
Well I have this as a power supply: Bestec ATX-300-12Z BD.

So I guess that going for 350 wattz wouldnt be wise. Any thoughts Demo?


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#7
February 11, 2009 at 13:06:17
You're right. Time to go on a search for a card that your psu meets the min requirements OR look for a better PSU.

"The great mass of people ... will more easily fall victim to a big lie than to a small one" A.H


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#8
February 11, 2009 at 14:23:59
350W would NOT be a wise upgrade. But this 400W Corsair that's currently on sale for $40 after rebate w/free shipping would be a good choice:

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

Make sure to make a wise choice for your video card too. The 9500GT is NOT a very good card.

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews...


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#9
February 11, 2009 at 16:35:00
Here is one I think Jam would approve of

http://www.futurepowerpc.com/script...

"The great mass of people ... will more easily fall victim to a big lie than to a small one" A.H


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#10
February 12, 2009 at 11:12:32
The power supply that jam proposed, is it compatible with mine?

Next week I'll buy both things together.


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#11
February 12, 2009 at 13:52:54
Compatable with which card? Or do you mean your motherboard?

"The great mass of people ... will more easily fall victim to a big lie than to a small one" A.H


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#12
February 12, 2009 at 15:00:49
with the motherboard

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#13
February 12, 2009 at 15:53:06
"Here is one I think Jam would approve of"

I sure won't approve of it for $110. Newegg has them for $75.

Hey nelo87,

I've got a much better alternative for you. If you get a Radeon HD4670 (or the even cheaper HD 4650), you won't need to upgrade the power supply. The money you save can be put towards something more useful - memory! 384MB isn't enough for gaming, it's barely enough to run XP decently. Upgrade to 1GB.

MSI Radeon HD4670 512MB 128-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 - $70 (after rebate) + shipping

Apollo Radeon HD4650 256MB 128-bit GDDR4 PCI Express 2.0 - $59 (after rebate)

Check this out:

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews...


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#14
February 12, 2009 at 16:45:38
Hello Jam,

Well thank you for giving me more options. I sure need them. Last week though, I ordered RAM and I just got it today. I have 1.5 GB overall, but 128 MB is being taken by the video graphics card that came with the computer when I bought it.

Also, how do you know that I won't need to upgrade the power supply for the Radeon HD4670? I trust you, but I would like to learn how to look for these things too. I tried looking for a wattage, but I didnt see anything.

thank you for helping me


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#15
February 12, 2009 at 17:24:35
"how do you know that I won't need to upgrade the power supply for the Radeon HD4670"

Did you read the article?

"its main advantage is a low-power requirement—the 4670 doesn’t need an external power cable, which for some upgraders is a really important feature."

"I tried looking for a wattage, but I didnt see anything."

From another Tom's Hardware article about the HD4670:

"With a maximum power draw of only 55 W, the HD 4670 draws less power than many modern CPUs, which explains why no auxiliary power connectors are needed for this device"

"as a way to inject new life and capability into a PC that’s more than a year old, the HD 4670 qualifies as a "best technology buy" for such systems. About the only thing that might do more would be to bump up memory to 2 GB for Windows XP and 4 GB for Vista systems."

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews...


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#16
February 12, 2009 at 17:31:11
I went directly to newegg and clicked on specs.

Ok then, I'm going to get this.

Thanks for the help.


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#17
February 12, 2009 at 18:25:24
I was about to buy the card. But I noticed that my monitor won't plug to it. It's different.

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#18
February 12, 2009 at 19:12:12
"It's different."

An adapter to 15pin dsub is included with the card...buy the damn thing.

Skip


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#19
February 12, 2009 at 19:25:24
Thank you.

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