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How do I tell if a graphics card would be compatible with my motherboard?

kind a noob question but everyone has to learn sooner or later right?

i have a built in card and i can only run games at extremely low settings its a older computer ddr2 so do i have to get a card that uses ddr2?
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graphics cards have there own memory, for example the fastest ram you can get now is ddr3 but graphics cards use ddr5 which is much faster. You will be able to get any card as long as your motherboard has a pci-e x16 slot which it does if this is yours http://www.algogo.com/store/products...therboard.html

edit: and what is you power supply? as graphics cards are usually the most power hungry component in a computer
Edited by Dom-inator - 5/25/11 at 10:45pm
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Well, you'll also have to factor in how big of a card your power supply can handle.
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No you do not need a DDR2 card. I believe my graphics card uses DDR5 and my motherboard uses DDR3.

You basically just need to make sure you have the right style of slot.

Is this your motherboard?

http://www.algogo.com/store/products...therboard.html

If so you just need a PCIe card. This is the most common type.]

How much are you willing to spend? That's all it really comes down to with graphics card. Want more power? Spend more... I chose the HD6870 because it has a great price/performance ratio. You can find it for just over $200 now. It can play essentially any game out there right now at high settings.

The HD5770 is a good choice if you want to save some $ but still get a decent card.

EDIT: and as the guy above me said, you need to consider how powerful your power supply is. But considering you only have a dual core CPU I don't think you will need a monster card that will consume a ton of power. If you have a halfway decent power supply you should be fine with an average "gaming" graphics card like a HD5770.

If you were to get a expensive high power graphics card like a GTX 580 your CPU would just hold it back...

Other choices I suggest checking out include the GTX 450, GTX 460, GTX 550, GTX 560, HD 6850 etc.

Those are all mid range cards with decent performance that will run games at a healthy resolution and frame rate.
Edited by Epitope - 5/25/11 at 10:52pm
    
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No, you can get any card that uses ddr5 memory since you have a x16 pci-e slot. What's your budget?
    
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around 1-300 i just want to have somthing to hold me off untill i get some cash for a barebones and maybe be able to use it in my new pc

i was also looking into power supplies
http://www.compusa.com/applications/...901&CatId=1483

i like how you can choose to only use what you need keep the case clean and orderly w/o a bunch of extra wires

or maybe
http://www.compusa.com/applications/...gybfwBCjCECjCE

a little bit cheaper and it looks cool but the only downside is it prolly wouldnt be wise to use it for a new computer not enough power
Edited by bobwarhammer - 5/25/11 at 11:15pm
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500w is probably adequate for your needs, but i am a little concerned about the brands i havent heard of them before and i dont know if they are good. It's important that you invest properly into a psu. and try to look for something with an 80 plus certificate

looking at those 2 power supplies i would definitely go for the ultra, not because of the higher wattage, but it seems like it is higher in quality.
Edited by Dom-inator - 5/25/11 at 11:36pm
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alright i think i found psu
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicati...2168&body=MAIN

cheap and a reliable brand

and i think i decided on
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicati...295&CatId=3669

unless it won't work which it should bcuz its pci express right?

edit:the min psu req says 500watt should i maybe get the 600 just to be on the safe side or should i not worry about it?
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Originally Posted by bobwarhammer View Post
alright i think i found psu
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicati...2168&body=MAIN

cheap and a reliable brand

and i think i decided on
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicati...295&CatId=3669

unless it won't work which it should bcuz its pci express right?

edit:the min psu req says 500watt should i maybe get the 600 just to be on the safe side or should i not worry about it?
$170 for a 6870 is a great deal. 500w should be fine. Corsair is a solid brand although they do not make their own power supplies. All Corsair PSUs are actually other brands simply rebadged. I don't think a corsair product is ever a "bad" choice though.

I'd say the most trusted PSU brand around here is Seasonic. Most of the more expensive Corsair PSUs are really seasonics. The one you have listed is not. That doesn't mean it is bad.
Edited by Epitope - 5/26/11 at 12:49am
    
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post #10 of 10
yep 500w should be good and its a god brand too. with graphics card psu req they usually go a bit higher anyway
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