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Upgrading to a New Graphics Card

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by ianko66, May 2, 2011.

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  1. ianko66

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    Your Motherboard has one PCI-E slot so the card will fit in there. However, I personally wouldn't recommend installing the card before checking what PSU you have. OEM systems generally use lower quality PSU's, so replacing it would be a good move anyway.
     
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    @captainron276: FYI, Ultra are not a good quality brand as outlined by their prices and the 1 year warranty and I've seen them fail sooner than expected. Just something to keep in mind.
     
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    As with what Mark said, looking at what I could find about my psu, it's a cheap generic unit that only puts out 300W. I guess I'll be shopping for a new psu now as well.

    What kind of system requirements stand for those?
     
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    What do you mean system requirements? What type of system requirements you need to be able to run the psu or graphics card? Cause if you mean about the PSU, than you really don't need anything specific to be able to run a PSU.
     
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    The graphics card has minimum system requirements, I wasn't sure if a psu did as well.


    Not getting off track, with a new psu, I should have no problem running this, right?
     
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    If you get a good quality PSU you'll be fine. I think you can get by with 450W but I personally would want 550W to be on the safe side. Good quality PSU's would be Corsair-XFX and SeaSonic. Other decent brands are OCZ and PC Power and Cooling(also owned by OCZ)
     
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    Markgg88,
    I'm not sure where you are getting your information; but my PSU has a Lifetime warranty. And since when did buying something on sale make it no good? Corsair and OCZ have sales too. Best to read all information before condemning a brand.
     
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    I've got a NVIDIA GeForce 8400 GS PCI-E 512 MB video card in a Compaq Presario SR5450F desktop with a 250-watt power supply, and it works fine.

    Unless you're planning to do gaming or something else that's going to put a load on the video card and power supply, you may be okay with that 300-watt power supply.

    All you can do is try.

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    My mistake, I remember seeing somewhere that they offer 1 year warranty, I maybe thinking of another brand. However I still stand by my statement that they are not a good quality brand.
     
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    I am planning to do some heavy gaming. I also was thinking of picking up 2 more sticks of ram as well because I compose music on this computer and its starting to lag quite a bit.

    I think it will be beneficial for me to get a new power supply, especially if the card is free.
     
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