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Windows 7: Best cheap upgrade from "Intel G33/G31 Express Chipset Family?


14 Jan 2012   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate (build 7600) 32-bit
 
 
Best cheap upgrade from "Intel G33/G31 Express Chipset Family?

As stated, just want a worthwhile, but cheap upgrade. Nothing too fancy that will run 1080, just casual low spec gaming like the sims 2, C&C etc, and something that will smoth out the edges, and make it a little more visually appealing.

I have a dual core E6500, 2gb ram (ddr2), and currently windows 7 32-bit ultimate.

Thanks in advance


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14 Jan 2012   #2

Windows 7 Pro X64 SP1
 
 

I'm not sure what you're asking.

Are you looking for an inexpensive graphics card to upgrade your onboard graphics?

If so, please list your system specs, particularly your specific motherboard model, and what sort of power supply you have.
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14 Jan 2012   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate (build 7600) 32-bit
 
 

Yes, those are my current onboard graphics, and I would like a card, to upgrade things slightly, what would you recommend? How do I find out mobo and psu, will I have to open tower?
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14 Jan 2012   #4

Windows 7 Pro X64 SP1
 
 

You can use software to identify the motherboard. (Belarc Advisor is popular.)

For the PSU, the simplest way is to open the case. There should be a sticker with its name and specs. If that prospect doesn't appeal to you, you may be able to get its specs online if it's a commercial PC (HP, Dell, etc.).

Many manufacturers require a 400W PSU, even for a relatively low-powered card.
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15 Jan 2012   #5

windows 7 ultimate 64 bit
 
 

The three questions....budget .....power supply, wattage and brand name....motherboard slot available....

On the bottom of any of your posts/ where the My System Specs is...click on that there is a link to fill in your system specs
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15 Jan 2012   #6

Windows 7 Ultimate (build 7600) 32-bit
 
 

Ok, thanks for that heads-up, I've now updated the "my system specs" area, but to save you time, and answer your question,

I have a CWT Brand, PUFP305P PSU (305W) (Low, I know),

And mobo is: ASUSTeK Computer INC. P5KPL-AM IN/GB X.0x (Obtained from belarc)

Slots available (when looked inside) were, 2 White slots perfectly adjacent to each other, and the further up, slightly to the right, was a single blue slot. I hope this is enough information.

And finally, the budget was around 35, as It will preferably be a second hand Graphics Card I will be looking for, was just seeking advice for best bang for my buck I could get for that price.
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15 Jan 2012   #7

windows 7 ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Newegg.com - ASUS EAH6450 Silent/DI/1GD3(LP) Radeon HD 6450 1GB 64-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready Low Profile Ready Video Card Should even work with your existing power supply You should be able to get that card within your budget....Much more and you will need a power supply too
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15 Jan 2012   #8

Windows 7 Ultimate (build 7600) 32-bit
 
 

Thank you so much, I'll definitely look out on ebay for one. Any other similar varieties, just in case I don't find that particular one?

So will this noticeably improve graphics from integrated current ones?
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15 Jan 2012   #9

Windows 7 Ultimate (build 7600) 32-bit
 
 

Also the card you mentioned is DDR3, but my RAM is DDR2, does that matter?
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15 Jan 2012   #10
Microsoft MVP

Win 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Not at all.
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