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Windows 7: Anyone suggest a graphics card?

12 May 2013   #11
AddRAM

Windows 7 Professional x64 Service Pack 1
 
 

That`s a shame, it`s a good looking case, but maybe you should get a full sized atx case before you start upgrading that one.

You should be able to move the MB over with no problems, you may just have to modify the front panel power connectors.

Just a suggestion.


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15 May 2013   #12
Faladu

Windows 7 Ultimate Retail Box (64-bit installed) + Service Pack 1
 
 

OP, latest games with GOOD FPS and detail quailty?

A completely new system is my recommendation, rather than throwing away good $ on old hardware that WILL fail on you, sooner rather than later.

The good news is, if you build or have someone help you build one from scratch, now, you don't have to spend a ton for a decent gaming rig, to run Diablo III, your current rig will not, without spending a lot, that would be better spent replacing it entirely. (case|PSU|mobo|CPU+heatsink/fan|video card|RAM|)

The number of times I have had to replace my PC in 21.25 years of PC gaming, is quite quite sickening.... I feel ya pain!
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15 May 2013   #13
kbrady1979

Windows 7 Professional 64bit SP1
 
 

Some good information here..........although to recommend a modern PSU without a PCI Express connector is a bit odd. Here is what I found: I had an HP similar to yours.....not quite as narrow.....but a Mini-ATX form factor and I slapped a new PSU and graphics card in it. Everything was great for awhile, but the case wasn't designed to handle the heat from a dedicated graphics card and I soon ran into trouble. I later upgraded my case but kept everything else and it was lovely. That said.......if you decide to get new parts, don't cheap out or cut corners. Get parts that you can reuse if you decide to build a PC in the future. In your situation, I would get a new case, PSU and graphics card.........you'll thank yourself for it in the end.
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15 May 2013   #14
TwoCables

 

Not every video card requires a PCI-E connector.
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15 May 2013   #15
kbrady1979

Windows 7 Professional 64bit SP1
 
 

It's a waste of money because it has virtually no scalability, and I'd never recommend a graphics card that didn't require auxiliary power for someone wanting to play games.
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16 May 2013   #16
TwoCables

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by kbrady1979 View Post
It's a waste of money because it has virtually no scalability, and I'd never recommend a graphics card that didn't require auxiliary power for someone wanting to play games.
It's not like I would, but sometimes you have to. Besides, he would need a better CPU because it will bottleneck a decent modern video card. Not only that, but he only has 3 GB of memory.
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16 May 2013   #17
kbrady1979

Windows 7 Professional 64bit SP1
 
 

Yeah, I've had to recommend or install a passively cooled card that didn't require auxiliary power in a few special circumstances myself....sometimes that's the only option. But it's never been for any type of gaming, which is what the OP wants. I also know there is a form factor issue with the PSU for his PC, that's one of the reasons I recommended getting a new case......I think he'll have fewer issues and will ultimately be happier with it.
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16 May 2013   #18
Solarstarshines

Windows 10 Home Premium 64bit sp1
 
 

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I've never seen any PSU expert trust any PSU made by Athena.
I wasn't aware of that, I went off this guys feedback

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95% of the reviews said it was a fail PSU and would do random shutdowns maybe a handful said it actually worked to me that means S**** PSU sorry but reviews don't lie
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16 May 2013   #19
Dude

Windows 10 Pro X64
 
 

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I've never seen any PSU expert trust any PSU made by Athena.
I wasn't aware of that, I went off this guys feedback

Attachment 267753
95% of the reviews said it was a fail PSU and would do random shutdowns maybe a handful said it actually worked to me that means S**** PSU sorry but reviews don't lie
I promise to never recommend that psu again!!
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17 May 2013   #20
TwoCables

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Solarstarshines View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Dude View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by TwoCables View Post
I've never seen any PSU expert trust any PSU made by Athena.
I wasn't aware of that, I went off this guys feedback

Attachment 267753
95% of the reviews said it was a fail PSU and would do random shutdowns maybe a handful said it actually worked to me that means S**** PSU sorry but reviews don't lie
I'm not surprised because there isn't a PSU I know of made by Athena that's any good.
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