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Windows 7: A graphics card good enough to game with a 300W psu to run it?


12 Jun 2013   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, Windows 8.1 Pro x64 (on laptop)
 
 
A graphics card good enough to game with a 300W psu to run it?

hello everyone! i currently have THIS PC and its good enough specs to game! well all but the graphics, it will run games now such as black ops 2 easily but i need dedicated graphics for some games. My problem is, I would like to put a graphics card inside but it's a very VERY low power psu (300W) so is there a affordable graphics card that would let me run other games ? such as blacklight retribution?

Thank you


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12 Jun 2013   #2

Windows 8.1 Professional x64
 
 

I don't think there's much you can get really. On the Nvidia side there's cards like the GT430 and GT630 that require a 300w PSU. They should be able to handle Black Ops 2 and Blacklight Retribution. Not sure what there is that AMD offer. Above the GT430 and GT630 you ideally need a 400w or 500w PSU.
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12 Jun 2013   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, Windows 8.1 Pro x64 (on laptop)
 
 

So you think THIS one would work?
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12 Jun 2013   #4

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

Get a new PSU 500w+ and never look back, you don't want that tier of card for gaming, limitation.

.....and no, you can't run that, according to specs on Newegg.com, that requires a 400 watt PSU.

GIGABYTE GV-N630-2GI GeForce GT 630 2GB 128-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card - Newegg.com

Click on DETAILS and it's listed there.

Minimalist gaming card with reasonable performance now: Radeon HD 7790 or Nvidia 650 or better is where I would start.

This inquiry is common on here, and answer is the same for ya'll, gotta pay to play.

Use this site for comparing performance to something close to that APU one:

hwcompare.com

You might even want to consider going with a A10 CPU if that motherboard allows it, with I think a Radeon HD 7660D on board instead.

http://www.amd.com/us/products/deskt...omparison.aspx
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12 Jun 2013   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, Windows 8.1 Pro x64 (on laptop)
 
 

How hard is it to fit a power supply?
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12 Jun 2013   #6

Windows 8.1 Professional x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by cryptoncore View Post
How hard is it to fit a power supply?
Not very hard. You just disconnect every cable from its component that you see, unscrew the power supply from the back of the case and remove it. Slot in the new PSU and screw it in, then connect everything back up. Take a note of what connector plugs in where.

There's a good guide here
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13 Jun 2013   #7

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

PSU wise, check out yours and measure it's dimensions, just in case, not all cases are the same as not all power supplies in the same shape, and having to physically modify your case to fit one is not a fun place to be.

It's a cake swap out though for the most part. A 3 on a 1-10 difficulty scale, RAM is a 2, and CMOS battery is a one. muhaha

Picked out this PSU as a very good choice example with room to grow:

Evga Supernova Nex750g Gold 750w Psu | Ebuyer.com

With one of those, you have enough to handle all but the tippy top overkill video cards, np.

This is good place to shop for you:
http://uk.pcpartpicker.com
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13 Jun 2013   #8

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit sp1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Everlong View Post
I don't think there's much you can get really. On the Nvidia side there's cards like the GT430 and GT630 that require a 300w PSU. They should be able to handle Black Ops 2 and Blacklight Retribution. Not sure what there is that AMD offer. Above the GT430 and GT630 you ideally need a 400w or 500w PSU.
Lowest card I recently seen by AMD was a HD4650 no power connections and requires 400w PSU and that pretty much my take I installed one recently on a core duo setup runs like a dream and happens to run smooth
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13 Jun 2013   #9

Windows 8.1 Professional x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Solarstarshines View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Everlong View Post
I don't think there's much you can get really. On the Nvidia side there's cards like the GT430 and GT630 that require a 300w PSU. They should be able to handle Black Ops 2 and Blacklight Retribution. Not sure what there is that AMD offer. Above the GT430 and GT630 you ideally need a 400w or 500w PSU.
Lowest card I recently seen by AMD was a HD4650 no power connections and requires 400w PSU and that pretty much my take I installed one recently on a core duo setup runs like a dream and happens to run smooth
Yea I wouldn't run any graphic card lower than 400w even if the graphic card is rated for 300w. The figures I got were straight off the Nvidia site, but if you look at a manufacturers version they're all 400w.
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13 Jun 2013   #10

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, Windows 8.1 Pro x64 (on laptop)
 
 

Looks like I have two options, upgrade the APU I have from the A6-3670K black edition too the A8 top range black edition for the better performance clock speeds and graphics, orrrr buy a PSU and then a nice graphics card. Time to save up some money :]

Thank you for your suggestions everyone I really appreciate it.
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