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Video card upgrade

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by rzrpack, Jan 18, 2010.

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  1. rzrpack

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    I have a Radeon X1650 512 MB video card as it is, which gets the job done for most of my games. But some of them I have to run on lower settings and when I check game requirements it is usually the video card that is falling short. So I'm looking to upgrade. I'd prefer something I can get online for less than $100 but I could maybe go a little higher than that. I'd obviously want it to be a significant upgrade.
     
  2. jack-o-bytes

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    Do you know if you have an AGP slot or a PCI-E slot?
     
  3. rzrpack

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    I have PCI-E
     
  4. jack-o-bytes

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    Do you know what wattage and make PSU you have in your computer? Could you find out by looking at the PSU in the case?
     
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    I'll take a look and see if I can find that info.
     
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    Do you know what PSU you have on in the computer?
     
  7. rzrpack

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    I'm looking at the PSU label, see a bunch of numbers. What info on there are you interested in?
     
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    Not unless there's a way to find that out
     
  9. rzrpack

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    I believe I have a ATX Switching Power Supply 450w
     
  10. jack-o-bytes

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    Does it say what brand it is in big writing any where? Such as OCZ, Win Power, Corsair. That sort of thing?
     
  11. rzrpack

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    Nope just a logo that looks like a backwards R and U connected, FCC, CE and CB markings. No name anywhere.
     
  12. jack-o-bytes

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    Do you think you will have enough money to upgrade to a better PSU to power the new graphics card?
     
  13. rzrpack

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    Could possibly but I'd prefer to not have to do that.

    You sure I'd have to upgrade the PSU?
     
  14. jack-o-bytes

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    Well many of the better graphics card require you to have a better psu of usually at least 500w and with a good quality make to be sure you are getting the full 500w not a lower quality PSU.
     
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    So how much would a good 500w power supply cost?
     
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