Need Advice on Graphic Cards

Hewlett-packard / Fk575aa-aba a6658f
January 16, 2009 at 19:55:29
Specs: Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium, 2.4 GHz / 6133 MB
I bought this computer a couple of weeks ago and I can't play any games on it! I'm looking for a good Graphics card from $0-$300 so I can play games like COD4 and L4D. I have no clue as to what card to buy and whether or not it will even work with my PC.

Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Quad CPU Q6600 @ 2.4 GHz
Memory (RAM): 6.00GB
Total Physical Memory: 1.99GB Available Physical Memory: 4.44GB
Total Virtual Memory: 12.1GB Available Virtual Memory: 10.4GB

System type: 64-bit Operating System System Model: FK57AA-ABA a6658f
BIOS Version/Date: American Megatrends Inc. 5.30, 05/09/2008
SMBIOS Version: 2.5

I have no clue as to what information is necessary, so please forgive me if I posted useless info.

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January 17, 2009 at 05:07:48
One of the problems with upgrading OEM systems for gaming is that they *usually* have weak a PSU (power supply). The PSU is adequate for the system in it's stock form, but a gaming video card draws a lot of power & many times it's more than the factory PSU can handle. The 1st thing we'd need to know is the PSU specs & the only way to find out is to open the case, find the PSU & get the info off the label. We'd need to know the wattage rating plus the amperage on the +12v rail(s). Once we know that, we can recommend a PSU upgrade that will handle a new gaming card. If you don't wanna go thru that hassle, the Radeon HD 4670 is the best card you can get that the doesn't require an aux power connection:

Here's the motherboard used in your PC:

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January 17, 2009 at 10:34:27
Thank you for your reply jam. I opened up my PC and looked on the label of its PSU and it said this:

INPUT: 100-127V -8A, 200-240V -4A 50/60Hz
OUTPUT 12V /19A, -12V/0.8A
300W MAX. +5V /25A, +5VSB /2A
+ 3.3V /18A
+SV & +3.3V 175W MAX, +5V & +12V 268W MAX

What does that mean?

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January 17, 2009 at 15:06:24
"What does that mean?"

You have a 300W unit with a single +12v rail at 19A. It will work for the HD4670 but if you want something better, you'll most likely have to upgrade the PSU.

This article should help you find a card in your price range:

After reading the above article, let's say you decided on a GeForce 9800GT. Next thing to do would be go to newegg (or a similar site) & see what's available. Look at the specs for several of them, paying special attention to the requirements. For instance:

"Minimum of a 400 Watt power supply.
(Minimum recommended power supply with +12 Volt current rating of 26 Amp Amps.)
An available 6 pin PCI-E power connector (hard drive power dongle to PCI-E 6 pin adapter included with card)"

Obviously your PSU wouldn't be up to the task.

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January 17, 2009 at 15:29:32
Alright, thanks again jam. I think I'll go with the HD4670 for now, since I don't have any more money, haha.

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April 14, 2009 at 23:11:49
thanx jam for everything but if i want to upgrade power supply which one would be compatible and you would recommend as HP advice said a 460 watt or bigger supply may damage ur mother board

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April 14, 2009 at 23:15:23
what are the options of upgrading psu for same spec and same system

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