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Windows 7: Isn't 300W too little??

19 Jul 2011   #11
Ivan the SoSo

windows 10 pro 64 bit
 
 

The 230 would probably would be the better one.....sad to say....


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19 Jul 2011   #12
LiquidSnak

W7 Professional x64
 
 

What are you planning on doing with the machine?
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20 Jul 2011   #13
vaidas3

Windows 7 pro 64bit. (SP1)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by biggles1000 View Post
Yeah, I had a feeling that that card wasn't too great, as yeah, they tried to hide it's real specs behind the large vRAM label
I've got an Nvidia 8400GS with 512MB vRAM knocking around in a cupboard, would that be better than the GT230? (or should I just buy a better graphics card straightaway )

GT230 is faster than 8400GS because its same class cards but 8400GS is old.
if you plan to play games (not simple ones but more demanding)
i recommend to buy at least geforce GTX560ti or so.. it would be many times faster than GT230. ofcourse you will need psu around 500W good quality
even if you plan to game a little i recommend upgrading to something like GTS450 1GB (and good 400W psu) I think this card is around twice or more fast than GT230.
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20 Jul 2011   #14
biggles1000

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

thank you vaidas3 for throwing some recommendatios 'onto the table', as the vast selection available often makes me confused where to look or even start, so thanks
I intend on using the computer as mostly just a computer to do everyday tasks, plus run VMs and play some games such as the sims 3, GTA4, mass effect 2, mafia 2, test drive unlimited 2, red faction guerilla and other similar games. I don't anticipae running them on the highest settings, just bearable ones, but I feel a better GPU would probably be a good idea (unfortunately the mobo only has one PCI-e x16 slot)
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20 Jul 2011   #15
Thornton

windows 7 Professional
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by biggles1000 View Post
I will be getting this PC soon:
HP Pavilion p6565uk Desktop PC Product Specifications HP
And while waiting for it to arrive, I have been looking over the specs sheet over and over. When I first read through it, it struck me as odd that the PSU was only 300W. For a computer with 6GB DDR3, 6 cores, a blu ray reader and a 1.5GB GPU, surely this is too little? The instruction manual with my Nvidia 8400GS, it said have a 300W minimum PSU (and that card only had 512MB vRAM). Yes, I know that the RAM isn't a main factor, but still, isn't 300W too little??

(Yes, I did want to build another rig, to re-strengthen my faith in my capabilities of doing so (some of you may remember that the motherboard on my last rig shorted by itself), but this PC was cheaper than it would cost to build one with worse specs (or so Custom PC magazine showed http://images.bit-tech.net/issues/20...ustompc-95.jpg ). Looks like I'll just have to wait a bit longer to build my dream rig. I will probably also be wanting to mod this a bit, e.g. get it up to the 16GB RAM max, add some more HDDs, so I do hope that despite it being a microATX board that the case will still fit normal size PSUs (as my last case didn't. Well, it did if I could go without an optical drive, which I couldn't).
listen man, hp will low ball u on power every time, i had to upgrade, the gave me a 350, my graphix card alone needed a minimum of 400 and was recommended 450... all i can say is, hp has ok parts, cheep ass service and there ""experts"" are for shit!
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20 Jul 2011   #16
LiquidSnak

W7 Professional x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by biggles1000 View Post
thank you vaidas3 for throwing some recommendatios 'onto the table', as the vast selection available often makes me confused where to look or even start, so thanks
I intend on using the computer as mostly just a computer to do everyday tasks, plus run VMs and play some games such as the sims 3, GTA4, mass effect 2, mafia 2, test drive unlimited 2, red faction guerilla and other similar games. I don't anticipae running them on the highest settings, just bearable ones, but I feel a better GPU would probably be a good idea (unfortunately the mobo only has one PCI-e x16 slot)
You should be OK with the 230. If you are really worried about it, what's your budget for a new card?
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20 Jul 2011   #17
biggles1000

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Thornton View Post
listen man, hp will low ball u on power every time, i had to upgrade, the gave me a 350, my graphix card alone needed a minimum of 400 and was recommended 450... all i can say is, hp has ok parts, cheep ass service and there ""experts"" are for shit!
Yeah, I've had a long history of HP products and they have fantastic support resources for documents and drivers, but the actual people are rather useless and their 'community' of users is generally inactive and absent Thanks for the heads up on their 'shady' parts selection

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by LiquidSnak View Post
You should be OK with the 230. If you are really worried about it, what's your budget for a new card?
Unfortunately I don't exactly have a huge budget at the moment. Some more money may be coming my way soon, but I'm busy pouring most of my money into my development of a company :/ A new PSU should be well within budget, but graphics cards generally cost a lot lot more if you want a good one I guess 50 would be the current budget, which I doubt would get me a massively better card (as vaidas3's recommendations of cards were around 80 and 140, which are very respectable prices, but probably just a tad out of budget at the moment )
On the specific topic of graphics cards, does the 230 support pixel shader 3.0? (I would assume so, but most graphics card specs lists are rather vast and hide the most end user 'important' parts amongst the rather more exceedingly technical) (and if the 230 doesn't, does my 8400GS?)
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20 Jul 2011   #18
Ivan the SoSo

windows 10 pro 64 bit
 
 

It would be better to wait....the 7xxx series should be out soon, that should push the 6xxx series prices down......For GTA4 the faster the card the better......
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21 Jul 2011   #19
vaidas3

Windows 7 pro 64bit. (SP1)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by biggles1000 View Post
thank you vaidas3 for throwing some recommendatios 'onto the table', as the vast selection available often makes me confused where to look or even start, so thanks
I intend on using the computer as mostly just a computer to do everyday tasks, plus run VMs and play some games such as the sims 3, GTA4, mass effect 2, mafia 2, test drive unlimited 2, red faction guerilla and other similar games. I don't anticipae running them on the highest settings, just bearable ones, but I feel a better GPU would probably be a good idea (unfortunately the mobo only has one PCI-e x16 slot)

one PCI-e x16 slot is more than enough for your needs single card is ok. sli/crossfire is expensive and only for enthusiast gamers and because of two graphics cards PSU requirements increase too.


GT230 support shader model 4
same as 8400GS.. but shadder model support does not mean that you can get decent FPS on games that require it.
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21 Jul 2011   #20
biggles1000

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Ivan the SoSo View Post
It would be better to wait....the 7xxx series should be out soon, that should push the 6xxx series prices down......For GTA4 the faster the card the better......
okay, thanks for the tip
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by vaidas3 View Post
one PCI-e x16 slot is more than enough for your needs single card is ok. sli/crossfire is expensive and only for enthusiast gamers and because of two graphics cards PSU requirements increase too.

GT230 support shader model 4
same as 8400GS.. but shadder model support does not mean that you can get decent FPS on games that require it.
thanks for the info about the sort of card that would suit my needs, and thanks for finding out the shader support level
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