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Windows 7: I need help choosing the best graphics card for my system


26 Sep 2010   #11

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Okay, so I have the best graphics card available for my PC? If so, thank you guys for helping me. It's better to find out it won't work before hand rather than buying it and finding out that it's not supported. You all have a good night.

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26 Sep 2010   #12

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, Mint 9
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by McSwaggin View Post
Okay, so I have the best graphics card available for my PC? If so, thank you guys for helping me. It's better to find out it won't work before hand rather than buying it and finding out that it's not supported. You all have a good night.
Looks like it won't.
If you chose to upgrade the case.... Well, at that point you could just buy a new PC.

Sorry it didn't work out.

~Lordbob
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26 Sep 2010   #13
MK2

 
 

As Lordbob75 says, you'll have to buy a normal size case, a heavier power supply and the new video card and rebuild your system inside the new case.
It's how much you want a better video card and how much effort and time you want to spent to do this.
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26 Sep 2010   #14

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, Mint 9
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by MK2 View Post
As Lordbob75 says, you'll have to buy a normal size case, a heavier power supply and the new video card and rebuild your system inside the new case.
It's how much you want a better video card and how much effort and time you want to spent to do this.
Or just buy a real gaming computer.
Er, "real" gaming computer.

~Lordbob
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26 Sep 2010   #15

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

What exactly is the type of PSU that the case uses? mini ITX? micro ATX? Micro PS3?

Newegg has a 300w mini ITX - Newegg.com - Athena Power AP-MFATX30 300W Mini ITX / Micro FLEX ATX / ATX12V 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply - Power Supplies

With that you can power a ATI HD 2400 - Newegg.com - VisionTek 900196 Radeon HD 2400PRO 256MB 64-bit GDDR2 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready Low Profile Video Card

But at those prices, I doubt it'll be worth it.


edit: Tigerdirect has a much better selection of lowpro cards. There are some GeForce 210's and 220's for $25 to $50, those require a 300w PSU. And I think GF 240s minimum is 300w too
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26 Sep 2010   #16

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit sp1
 
 

you can also buy a low profile 5770 alot slimmer and i don't think it needs a power hooked up to it PowerColor HD 5770 Low Profile Edition packs Arctic cooler IT News
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26 Sep 2010   #17

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

The 5770 requires a minium 450w PSU.. the largest mini ITX PSU I could find is 300w
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26 Sep 2010   #18

windows 7 Ultimate x86
 
 

Here is what i want to know: what are the reason due to which an up-gradation not possible on a laptop even if 1 have a motherboard to support a few higher level Graphic card????
Thnx
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26 Sep 2010   #19
MK2

 
 

@ Solarstarshines, Mcswaggin was already looking a the right size videocard (see my post on page 1) the problem is the wattage and size of the powersupply.

@deepakumar, Mcswaggin isn't using a laptop but a desktop and most desktops have extra pci slots but that doesn't mean it will support a higher level graphics card.

I think the mini itx power supply Joshatdot found will fit in the case but the problem might be that the 12 volt line is only 9 ampere.
If you look at the Nvidia GF240 it says it requires a power supply of 300 watt minimal but the 12 volt line must be a minimum of 18 ampere: Newegg.com - SPARKLE SXT2401024S3LNM GeForce GT 240 1GB 128-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready Low Profile Ready Video Card (see details)

If the only option then is to use a Nvidia GF210/220 I don't think it's really worth upgrading if you want better gaming performance then the onboard video card.

MK2
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27 Sep 2010   #20

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 and Home Premium x64
 
 

As most of the people have pointed out already... One thing you have to also consider when you get a computer... Is what are you going to do with it.

Most gaming computers, you should be looking at a Mid-Tower to tower case, not Mini-tower. A Powersupply that is minimum of a 450W range, but generally, most gamers will want 600+W to support a lot of what they desire from their system.

Gamers will either pay higher costs with pre-built systems from some companies, or if you want to go cheap, build it yourself with components you know, but also taking into fact that when you get a power supply unit, you want to be looking at 600W or more.
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