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Hi everybody and thank you for reading my post rolleyes.gif

I'm a student and my budget is kind a low mad.gif so I need to come up with other options. This are my specs and I pust some info about my motherboard in there too, because that's my worry (I will explain it later):

Pentium(R) Dual-Core CPU E5300 @ 2.60GHz
ATI Radeon HD 3400 Series
4GB ram
Motherboard: it's an ETON (????) with integrated graphics G41 (intel) and PCI-express (Link width x16 and max supported x16)

Now I wanna change my GPU because it's kind of bad. First I just had integrated graphics (even worse) but then I could get this card from a friend his old computer. My budget is around €70 and every improvement is welcome. I play a wide genre of games, I don't expect fantastic grapihcs but just been able to play a game smooth would be nice. My question is what card en how can I know my GPU is compatible with my GPU (does it work with that GPU can I plug it in my motherboard without other components sitting in the way...) I hope you guys can help me out biggrin.gif

Thx and greetz
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Since u have a pci express slit any new gpu will work. Best bang for ur buck will be a 6850. Can get them for around $130
 
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We would have to know the PSU's wattage in order to decide what video card your PC can use. This is so that we know that your computer can power said GPU, also if it has the available 6pin/8pin power connectors and enough amps on the 12v rail.

Since you have a 3400 Series it would be an assumption that you have at least a 550watt psu:

Thus a: 6850, 5770, 5850, 560Ti

Will work, but you may want to opt for a lower series. You don't want to get into too quality of a GPU because your CPU will end up bottlenecking it. You may want to choose something just to get your feet wet, don't dump too much funds into that computer. Maybe something like an 8800, 9800, 260, 520, 6570 etc to just get started. But the options for the higher end still remain.
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The best cards for your system would either be HD6670 or HD6770.
If they are too expensive, you can choose an HD6570 or HD5670.

I will not advice you to buy geforce cards because they are a bit overpriced.
a Geforce GT430 is slow but goes for the same price as an HD5670.
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Thx all for the quick and good replies! biggrin.gif
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