Want to Upgrade my Graphics Card

Emachines / T5254
August 5, 2010 at 16:27:55
Specs: Windows Vista
I want to Upgrade my Grapics card. Does anyone have suggestions? My PC info is below:

-AMD Athlon™ BE-2350, 64-bit dual core processor
-FoxxConn M61PMV MOBO
-NVIDIA® GeForce 6150SE + nForce 430
-PSU = 300Watt
-2GB RAM - Will upgrade to 4GB in the future.
-2.1GHz
-Windows Vista 32 Bit.

Am new to upgrading. I appreciate the help. Thanks


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#1
August 5, 2010 at 17:43:23
What do you want to do with a video card upgrade? Gaming / graphics programs etc. You power supply is the limiting factor for now. You can use a pci-e card, but 300 watts won't cut it depending on what you want to do. You could use the Radeon 4650 or 4670 which don't need an extra power connector, but they require a 400 watt psu. If you upgrade the psu, look for one that has a single 12 volt rail like corsair has.

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#2
August 5, 2010 at 18:01:28
You might be able to get away with the 300W PSU but if it's a Bestec, you'd be better off replacing it with a 400W Corsair.

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

If you're looking for a gaming video card, check this article:

Best Graphics Cards For The Money: July 2010

"2GB RAM - Will upgrade to 4GB in the future"

You *probably* have 2 x 1GB now, so to upgrade, you'll have to pull the RAM you have & replace it with 2 x 2GB (preferably DDR2-800)...that will cost you about $75. But if you're going to stick with Vista 32-bit, there's not much point in getting 4GB.


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#3
August 5, 2010 at 18:36:32
If you don't need a gaming card & just want to get away from the weak onboard video, here's a GeForce 8400GS for just $14 after rebate:

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

If you get this card, you won't have to worry about upgrading the power supply because it's power requirements are very low. It's passively cooled so it's silent...that makes it a good choice for a home theather system. But it's not much good for gaming.


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#4
August 6, 2010 at 05:45:30
Thanks for the input. I am not the BIG gamer type. I just want something better then the integrated. I play some games, and it takes a bit for the graphics to load up and all that, but that is about it. I figured if I wanted to upgrade my Memory, I would have to go with 64-bit. No big deal. Thanks again all

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#5
August 6, 2010 at 09:23:04
You can upgrade to an Nvidia 240 GT. It has performance between the 9500GT and 9600GT and will work on systems with a power supply rated at 300 watts. Sells retail for $65.00 atm.

PowerMac 9600(1 ghz G4)
512mb RAM
50gb SCSI
ATi 9200 PCI


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