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Hi all,

I'm looking to upgrade my PC's graphics capabilities. I'm currently using integrated Geforce 6150 - running at 128MB on Vista and 256MB on XP.
I want to move away from integration by purchasing a PCI-e card - about 256MB minimum, but one that will complement my existing setup:

AMD Athlon 64 +3500 running at 2.21GHz
1GB DDR2 PC2-5300 RAM
Dual boot system - Windows Vista Home edition and Windows XP pro SP2

If anyone can help me choose a good card for my system that will be much appreciated.
There's just too many cards out there to decide what's best, which is why I turn to the experts on here!!

ps: I don't have any extra connections for extra power for topend cards
pps: I am VERY familiar with nVidia GPU's and find them easy to tweak (I'm unfamiliar with other makes)

THANKS!!
 
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moozer said:
ps: I don't have any extra connections for extra power for topend cards
pps: I am VERY familiar with nVidia GPU's and find them easy to tweak (I'm unfamiliar with other makes)

Well you basically have 2 to choose from, nvidia and ati.

You've got a fairly decent mobo with a pci-e x 16 slot which is good. I would recommend going for at least a mid range video card, but preferrably a higher end, even an older one like the x1950 series (ati). They are good performers and relatively cheap because new cards have come out. They require about a 450 watt power supply.
 

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jackdw said:
I'm surprised Vista works on a built in graphics chip.
The NVidia Geforce 6100/6150 integrated graphics should have no problem with Vista or the Aero interface, it is a decent Directx 9.0c GPU and can use 128 or 256MB of memory. Now for gaming its not very good and a PCI-Express Geforce 7xxx or 8xxx series card will be better.
 

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Frankjohn:
As cheap as possible - lol. Something around £40GBP which at present looks to be around $100USD
Power supply is (I think) 400W

Jackdw:
You're obviously not used to computers!!! j/k
The Vista runs sweetly - the integrated gfx runs with an nvidia chipset built into the mobo - so it's highly reliable - as stated in a post further down from yours.

Triple 6:

Quite right - I do struggle with more intense games like Doom 3 and Quake 4, so to play those game in particular I need a separate card - the gfx chip does seen to get a wee bit hot!!!

I have looked at the geforce 7300 GTS(?) and a few Geforce 8xxx series - I think I may be pushing it (PSU wise) with a series 8 though!
 

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The 7300GTS is a low end card, not intended for the games you mention. I'd be looking at a Geforce 7600 and higher, or a Geforce 8600 and higher.
 
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Mooser, yes I am wrong. I forgot my laptop has Vista... Hmmm, must have been half asleep when I made that post.

But for games you will need a proper card.
 
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