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Windows 7: Anyone suggest a graphics card?

12 May 2013   #1
MichaelMarr

Windows 7
 
 
Anyone suggest a graphics card?

Hi guys,

I am currently looking for a new graphics card for my PC, I recently bought Diablo III, and I cannot play the game due to my graphics card not being supported. I can play a few other games but they are usually on very low/low detail I'm not looking for something insanely expensive just something that will allow me to play the latest games with good FPS and detail quality.

Here are the specs of my PC now:

HP Pavillion: S5306UK ---> Here

Processor: Pentium(R) Dual-Core CPU E5300@ 2.60GHz 2.60GHz

RAM: 3.00GB

HDD: 583 GB

OS: Windows 7 Home Premium x64

Currently my graphics cards is the Intel express chipset G41 --> Here

If theres anything else I've missed out let me know and I'll find out, thanks


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12 May 2013   #2
paulpicks21

Windows 7 Professional 64 bit
 
 

Hello Michael,

There are 2 main issues regarding upgrading to a new graphics card for you.

1. You have a slimline case so you would need to look for low profile graphics cards.

2. Your PSU, it's only 220 watts. Even the really low end graphics cards such as the Nvidia G210 require at least a 300 watt PSU.

The next question you might ask is can you just change the PSU as well, and again this will be an issue due to the fact you have a slimline case.

In short it won't be easy for you to upgrade your graphics, but it certainly is possible with a bit of effort.


Paul.
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12 May 2013   #3
MichaelMarr

Windows 7
 
 

Hi Paul,

Thanks for the reply,

That's a shame to hear, never knew about those complications but thanks for pointing them out to me.

I am willing to spend additionally for a new PSU if required so it is something I am interested in pursuing if the end result does end up with me having a better graphics card.

I don't mind spending a little extra as I didn't really have a budget in mind I just hope this isn't excessive.
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12 May 2013   #4
paulpicks21

Windows 7 Professional 64 bit
 
 

That's ok.

The main issue with replacing the PSU is the size. 99% of PSU's are a standard width, you will need to find a smaller one that will fit your case and also be at least 300 Watts. This will not be an easy task. I believe a few people have managed to find some but you will need to do some research on it first.

Paul.
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12 May 2013   #5
Dude

Windows 10 Pro X64
 
 

MichaelMarr, look here HP SlimLine

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12 May 2013   #6
TwoCables

 

Here are two that I think I can safely recommend:
  1. 300W SeaSonic SS-300M1U
  2. 350W SeaSonic SS-350M1U

The 300W unit has a total +12V capacity of 300W which means that it has the same +12V capacity of some peak-rated PSUs in the 400 range. So this means that if a PSU recommendation for a video card is 400W, then this 300W PSU is enough.

The 350W unit has a total +12V capacity if 348W which is more than many 450W peak-rated PSUs, but less than many 500W peak-rated PSUs. So if a PSU recommendation for a video card is 450W, then this 350W PSU is enough.

My only concern is that I don't see any PCI-E power cables in the product photos, so if the video card requires one then I don't know how you'd power it. You might be able to use Molex to PCI-E adapters, but I'm also not seeing enough molex connectors in the product photos. So you need to find the most powerful video card that does not require a PCI-E power cable.
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12 May 2013   #7
Dude

Windows 10 Pro X64
 
 

Take a look at this one too

Athena
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12 May 2013   #8
TwoCables

 

I've never seen any PSU expert trust any PSU made by Athena.
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12 May 2013   #9
Dude

Windows 10 Pro X64
 
 

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

-athena-feedback.png


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12 May 2013   #10
TwoCables

 

Wow. Its +12V capacity is 312W which is less than the 350W SeaSonic unit (it has 348W), yet it has 2 x 6-pin PCI-E connectors while the SeaSonic doesn't have any at all.
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