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  1. jules_fc

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    I'm thinking of upgrading my old graphics card but not quite sure which models would be compatible. I have a Gateway PC with a 300W power supply with one PCI-Express x16 slot and I'm running a 64-bit version of Windows 7, any suggestions?
     
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    There are likely to be a number of factors that could hamper / limit your choices.

    1) Being a Gateway machine (or any big brand built machine) you are likely to have limited physical space available. Graphics cards can be pretty big.

    2) Again, being a 'big brand' machine, the Power Supply is going to be a problem. Personally I wouldn't be that happy putting any dedicated card into a machine like that without replacing the power supply aswell. Even a decent 300w PSU is going to limit your options as graphics cards, in general, are quite power hungry.

    3) What do you want to use the machine for, are you a gamer, work with graphic intensive programs etc? The role of the machine can / will affect your choice of GPU.

    What is the exact model of the machine? This will help us get info to better advice as we can (hopefully) identify its limitations.
     
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    Assuming you're not going to do hard-core gaming nor anything else that's graphic-extensive, a fanless 256 - 512 MB PCI-E video card should be okay with that 300W power supply. (y)

    Does that Gateway currently have a video card or integrated graphics?

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    Not really a gamer but I wouldn't mind a better performing graphics card either. The model of the PC is GT5228 with Integrated NVIDIA GeForce 6100 graphics
     
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    Here is the support site for the Gateway GT5228 Media Center desktop.

    It does have a 300W power supply and a PCI Express x16 slot.

    It comes with 2 GB of DDR2 PC2-4200(DDR2-533) RAM, but it supports up to 4 GB of RAM.

    It's running Windows 7(64-bit) and you want to game with it, so increasing the amount of RAM to 4 GB is definitely needed - if you haven't done that already.

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    I don't know for sure if a PCI Express 2.0 x16 video card will work in a PCI Express x16 slot, so someone else will need to answer that.

    It's a 512 MB fanless model with both VGA and HDMI ports, so that's good.

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    I've already increased my RAM to 4 GB
     
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    :) (y)
     
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