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Graphics card updating

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by RainRocks, Jan 16, 2011.

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  1. RainRocks

    RainRocks Thread Starter

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    I need to upgrade my video card, but im not sure which video cards are compatible. :(

    Ive got 140$ to spend on the new graphics card, and i also got a person who can sell me a NVIDIA GeForce GTS 450 / 810MHz / 1GB DDR5 for 100$ which is a little cheaper than the market price here (140$) but i dont know if its compatible or not ...

    So i need some advise on what i can do, my specs are below




    Operating System
    Windows 7 Home Premium (x64) (build 7600)

    System Model
    WC830AA-AB9 CQ5310PT

    Processor
    2,70 gigahertz AMD Athlon II X2 215
    256 kilobyte primary memory cache
    1024 kilobyte secondary memory cache
    64-bit ready
    Multi-core (2 total)
    Not hyper-threaded

    RAM
    4GB DDR3

    Drives
    500,00 Gigabytes Usable Hard Drive Capacity
    290,18 Gigabytes Hard Drive Free Space
    Multi Flash Reader USB Device [Hard drive] -- drive 1
    SAMSUNG HD502HJ SCSI Disk Device (500,11 GB) -- drive 0, s/n S27FJ9GZ204072, SMART

    Memory Modules
    3840 Megabytes Usable Installed Memory

    Slot 'DIMM0' has 2048 MB
    Slot 'DIMM1' has 2048 MB

    Display
    NVIDIA GeForce 6150SE nForce 430 [Display adapter]

    Main Circuit Board
    Bus Clock: 200 megahertz

    Controllers
    NVIDIA nForce Serial ATA Controller (2x)
     
  2. flavallee

    flavallee Trusted Advisor

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    Here is the support site for the Compaq Presario CQ5310PT desktop.

    According to its product specifications section, it has a PCI Express x16 slot for upgrading to a video card, and it has a 300 watt power supply.

    That means you're going to need to get a video card that connects to a PCI Express x16 slot and doesn't require more power than that power supply can handle.

    Unless you plan to upgrade to a higher wattage power supply, my recommendation would be a video card that has no more than 512 MB of dedicated video memory and that has a heat sink instead of a cooling fan.

    If you're planning to do hard-core gaming and need a high-end video card, that power supply likely won't do the job.

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  3. RainRocks

    RainRocks Thread Starter

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    Thanks for the quick reply :)

    I was just searching info about power supplies and i guess mines really outdated, for as much as 18$ there are 500w supply's :D

    How much power supply would be optimal for a 1gb video card?

    Ill get a supply an the vid card, being PCI Express x16 means that i cant install a 2.0 in my sistem?
     
  4. flavallee

    flavallee Trusted Advisor

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    I'm not an expert on power supplies and video cards, so I'll pass to someone else to answer your questions.

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