Solved What kind of graphics card do I need?

May 29, 2013 at 12:15:32
Specs: Windows 7
I have a lenovo ideacentre k3 series computer. I know I need a PCI Express, but not sure if it needs to be a 2.0 or a 3.0. It has a core I3

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you


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May 30, 2013 at 06:40:24
The 280W PSU will limit your choices. A decent low cost card that won't overload the PSU would be a Radeon HD 6670. The Radeon HD 7750 is even better & not all that much more expensive. The GDDR5 versions are best. You can save a few bucks & get one with GDDR3 memory but it won't perform as well.

Radeon HD 6670 & HD 7750 at Newegg

If that's not to your liking, have a look at this article: Best Graphics Cards For The Money: May 2013



#1
May 29, 2013 at 13:14:59
It would help to know which K3 you're asking about.

Any of the cards (PCIe 2.0, 2.1, or 3.0) will work. Your main concern(s) should be the weak 280W PSU & the primary purpose of the upgrade (general use, home theater, gaming, etc). If it's for gaming, the PSU will most likely have to be upgraded. If that's not an option, make sure to choose a video card that won't overload the PSU.


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May 29, 2013 at 15:54:41
Thank you, Its an IdeaCentre K330B. If I were to upgrade the PSU for gaming, is there anything in particular I should look for? I'm not looking for a huge boost in the graphics, just a little bit of a jump to reduce the lag I have in this particular game.

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#3
May 29, 2013 at 18:15:39
You should find a Type Number on a label...something like 7747XXX. That number might help us recommend a card.

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May 29, 2013 at 19:09:45
Model #77471CU
I really appreciate all the help so far, thanks a lot. If you could point me in the right direction as to what kind of card I should get, that would be great

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May 30, 2013 at 06:40:24
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The 280W PSU will limit your choices. A decent low cost card that won't overload the PSU would be a Radeon HD 6670. The Radeon HD 7750 is even better & not all that much more expensive. The GDDR5 versions are best. You can save a few bucks & get one with GDDR3 memory but it won't perform as well.

Radeon HD 6670 & HD 7750 at Newegg

If that's not to your liking, have a look at this article: Best Graphics Cards For The Money: May 2013


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