upgrade my video card

Emachines T5230 desktop
June 19, 2010 at 23:53:43
Specs: Windows Vista
Hi everyone, I have a Emachine T5230, and I need a graphic card for my PC. The question is I have no idea how to identify a compatible one for my PC. Basically, I need a 512 MB. Can anyone give some advice? Thanks. Here is the reference of my pc:http://www.emachines.com/products/products.html?prod=T5230

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#1
June 19, 2010 at 23:54:42
Also, can anyone give some video cards that I can buy?

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#2
June 20, 2010 at 00:54:52
Thanks for providing a direct link to your computer's spec page. Not enough people do that. :)

e-machines usually installs cheap, nasty power supplies that often blow up and kill the motherboard when pushed too hard.

If you choose not to upgrade the power supply, you'll have to select a video card that doesn't require a 6- or 8-pin power connection to the PS. Currently, the two fastest video cards that don't require auxiliary power are the nVidia GeForce GT240 (with GDDR5 memory) and the AMD Radeon HD 5670:

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

If you need something with a little more 3D muscle, you'll have to install a better power supply. This little Corsair is a favourite around here:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...

And it will easily power the GeForce GTS 250:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...

or Radeon HD 5770:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...

or GeForce GTX 260:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...

But go any higher than the GTX 260 or HD 5770 and you'll run into a bottleneck at the CPU.

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#3
June 20, 2010 at 01:06:27
ok, u got pcie x16 slot in your system. U didn't list the games u are trying to play. Ati radeon hd 4650 or 4670 will be good but if the psu is bestec u need to replace it soon. If u target to play modern titles geforce 240gt gddr5, 9800gt, 250gts 1gb video ram not 512mb.

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#4
June 20, 2010 at 01:44:49
Thanks, jackbomb and Kuwese. I really appreciate your info. However, I am a game guy, I don't play game too much. I just need a graphic memory that can watch video very smoothly and fastly. Also, the price is a factor for me. I need something that under 50. Under 40 would be excellent. I don't really understand what defference it makes if you choose 256M or 512M, can you elaborate on that? I am not a computer guy here. Thanks again.

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#5
June 20, 2010 at 02:16:05
Oh, then all you need is a card with a hardware H.264/VC-1 video decoder.

The Radeon 4650 ($48.99) will easily handle video playback and light-moderate gaming.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...

The Radeon 4350 ($34.99) will also decode video in hardware, but it's useless for gaming beyond Minesweeper.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...

"I don't really understand what defference it makes if you choose 256M or 512M"

For smooth video playback, you don't need more than around 256MB; anything with a full hardware video decoder will let you watch 1080p video. The amount of video memory on a card only matters to gamers and those creepy GPGPU enthusiasts. :P

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#6
June 20, 2010 at 02:37:28
i vote for hd 4650.

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#7
June 20, 2010 at 04:48:32
I have a 4650 and from what you describe your needs as, it will be fine.

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#8
June 24, 2010 at 02:48:08
hd4650 1gb is ok for all games I play like avp gta4 dirt 2 resident
evil 5 on med/high. and cool Directx10 graphics

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#9
June 24, 2010 at 05:18:40
my vote goes to HD 5670 its has Direct X11 low power consumption and can handle all games at good resolutions and high settings its only for 100 dollars and i hear that ATI have decreased its price to 90 dollars or so its ur choice
but i gave you my vote for an ati card
im a nvidia fan soo i would say gt 240 for ur current psu

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