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may upgrade the rendering power slightly on mah bro's comp for bday present

he doesn't need much, mostly plays minecraft, orcs must die, maybeee lfd2 on low, some killing floor

he can barely play any of these games on the absolute lowest settings and resolutions, nothing over thirty fps on the current built with nvidia 6150se

what's the best card we can upgrade to? (obviously the power supply is holding us back some) if there is no card that can run safely on a 300 watt psu, upgrade options on psu? otherwise i would only like to upgrade the video card if possible.

ati/nvidia doesn't matter.

here is the pc: http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/product?cc=us&lc=en&dlc=en&product=3856266
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This PC would love a GT 240 smile.gif They are cheap, efficient and play most games on med-hi on sub-HD res wink.gif
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post #3 of 17
i agree a gt240 would work swell i use one for the longest time, just sold it this morning, i could play dirt 3 on ultra at a modest 26 fps. for a low end card this one certainly holds its weight. although if you wanted to go even cheaper. you can pick up a gt520 for like 30 brand new in the box from fry's
Edited by nhudson1493 - 3/12/12 at 6:24am
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yeah illd say a 240.. or something around that cheap and work quite well smile.gif
    
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I bought my step dad a HD 5450 and it plays Far Cry 2 on Medium settings at around 35FPS, which is great for a $50.00 card. And it is very gentle on the Power Supply only using a maximum of 20w. It is quiet, fast, efficient, and a great choice for those on a budget, so it's what i recommend. smile.gif
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post #6 of 17
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thanks for the replies guys

i had thought about 5450 before and since i could get it for around 35 usd it'd be a great card but i was unsure since i thought it had to have a 400 or more psu?

considering the gt 240 as well...

+rep for all

thinking about this one: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102882

that okay?
Edited by Geronimo25 - 3/12/12 at 3:20pm
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post #7 of 17
HD 5670 ddr5 at least
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Originally Posted by PontiacGTX View Post

HD 5670 ddr5 at least

That card would be bottlenecked by the 1.8Ghz Phenom 1. IMO smile.gif
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post #9 of 17
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That card would be bottlenecked by the 1.8Ghz Phenom 1. IMO smile.gif

yeah, gotta watch dat bottleneck. besides, 5670 is a little pricey. im lookin to spend 30-50 usd.
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post #10 of 17
Quote:
Originally Posted by ronnin426850 View Post

That card would be bottlenecked by the 1.8Ghz Phenom 1. IMO smile.gif

one of my friedns of xfire has A phenom 99xx with 8800GT with no bottleneck
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