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TerrellP

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First, I understand buying a computer now and upgrading graphics card later will cost more, all I can do though, don't have enough cash to buy computer with good card, don't have time to build, and need computer quick.

Anyway, my question is....

I have about $600-$650, found computers with good processors and plenty of RAM, but integrated graphics. What do I need to look for to make adding graphics card later easier. Any certain expansion slots I have to make sure are available, etc.

Any help would be greatly appreciated. I've never installed a graphics card before.

Thnx
 

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You have to make sure that the system has a good power supply, PCI-Express x16 slot are standard now. If you buying a brand name pre-built system then when you choose to upgrade the graphics cad also budget for a new quality power supply. There are few if any computers in your price range from the big manufacturer's that will have a decent power supply.

Or you could simply build your own or have a local shop build you a custom system and get the system you want, maybe even with the graphics card, for $650 or close to that and avoid the pre-built junk from the start. Without a graphics cards its easy to get a decent system for $600-$650. With a graphics cards a little harder depending on what performance level you want to be at, and if you want a monitor in that price then its very hard but what you'll get from a quality custom system is QUALITY.

If you want parts priced let us know, and let us know what the general specs or requirements are.
 

TerrellP

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Thanks for the quick response, I appreciate the help. I'll see what a local shop can do before I buy.
 
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