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Windows 7: Installing a new graphics card

19 Jun 2010   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate x32
Installing a new graphics card


I'm looking to buy a new graphics card for my desktop, as my current one doesn't really compatible with new games. My graphics card is Intel(R) 82945G Express Chipset Family. However I have no knowledge when it comes to things like this and it would be great if someone recommended me a good graphics card.

Also does it have to be a certain type or can I buy and use any graphics card?


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19 Jun 2010   #2

Windows 7 Pro 64bit

Hey, Welcome to the forums! What kind of games do you wish to play? I see you only have 1GB of RAM, this will hold you back, you should try to get 2+. Also check and see what kind of PCIe slots you have. - PNY VCGGTS2501XPB GeForce GTS 250 1GB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

is the card I have and I play Bad Company 2, Mass Effect 2, ect.
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19 Jun 2010   #3

Windows 7 Pro X64 SP1

According to HP:

Motherboard Specifications, P5LP-LE (Leonite) - HP Customer Care (United States - English)

your motherboard has a PCI-E (PCI Express) X16 graphics slot. It's probably PCI-E 1.0. Newer cards are 2.0 or 2.1, but they're supposed to be backwards compatible.

The main limitation may be your power supply. The board is a microATX one, so it is probably matched with a fairly low capacity supply. It may also lack the auxiliary PCI-E power connectors that higher-end graphics cards require. (The GTS 250 suggested by another poster has a 6 pin PCI-E auxilary connector, for example, and a 450W PSU with a 24A rating at +12V.) As you don't list your HP model, it's hard to guess. Even cards that don't need auxiliary power ( - SAPPHIRE 100253HDMI Radeon HD 4650 512MB 128-bit GDDR2 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Low Profile Ready Video Card) still may want fairly hefty PSUs (400W, SAPPHIRE- HOME).

My favorite reference for graphics cards is the "power search" page at It's a good place to look, even if you're outside their market (USA and Canada). - Computer Parts, PC Components, Laptop Computers, LED LCD TV, Digital Cameras and more!

I'd guess that the best price/performance at the moment may be cards that use the ATI Radeon 4850 chipset. They can be had for around $100US. They are the low end of the Radeon 48xx series (DX 10.1 cards), which was ATI's best prior to the 58xx (DX 11) series. I'm not sure that such a card would fit in most microATX systems, and it needs a 450W+ PSU, with a 6 pin PCI-E power connector.

(I don't want to give the impression that I'm an ATI fan. I've used both ATI and nVidia. I'm using an nVidia card at the moment.)
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20 Jun 2010   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate x32

Alright then thanks for the information guys!

@tea: I was thinking of doing that before, but the thing is I don't really know how how to install new RAM. All i know is that I have 4 slots, one of them already filled in with 1GB, so Would I have to buy another 1GB RAM to fill the other slot?
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20 Jun 2010   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate x32

Actually it doesn't matter, I've found the RAM I need to buy.

So bobkn, is it best if I get a new graphics card with PCI Express 2.0 or higher?
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20 Jun 2010   #6

7 Ultimate x64

You have a 64-bit OS. Get yourself 4GB's of RAM, not 2. You'll be a much happier camper with 4, as will your machine. While 64-bit 7 will run with 1 or 2GB's of RAM, it doesn't run nearly as well as it does with at least 4.

What games do you want to play and at what resolution will you be playing them at; and, more importantly, how much can you spend in total: card, ram and psu?
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20 Jun 2010   #7

Windows 7 Ultimate x32

Yeah I realised that, thanks for the tip. I'm looking to spend 60 (max) for each, nothing too expensive

& I'm normally into FPS or RPG and what you mean resolution? As in screen resolution?
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20 Jun 2010   #8

7 Ultimate x64

Yes, your screen's resolution.
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20 Jun 2010   #9

Windows 7 Ultimate x32

The one im currently using is 1440x900
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20 Jun 2010   #10

7 Ultimate x64

Do you know the model number of your HP?
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