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post #1 of 10
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Hi.

I have a problem, I currently got an old nVidia GeForce 7300LE and I want to change It with a GTS 250. The problem is, my PC uses a 300w Power Supply and I must have at least 450w.

My PC is COMPAQ Presario SR1849ES;
my question:

Should I buy a GT430 that uses 300w power supply or should I buy GTS250 and buy another 600w power supply?

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post #2 of 10
Well don't bother with the GTS 250, Try the GTS 450, it is the DirectX 11 Fermi replacement of the GTS450 and Requires less power. You should get a GST 450 and a 450Watt Power Supply and you will be good
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Sure but I'm not an habitual game player, It's only because I've got a few games and I can't play them with HD settings.

And I got LG 22" monitor, so I want to use It.
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Get whichever is cheaper between the GTS250/GTS 450(450 is better in every way) and get a good 400w PSU.

Best bet is the Antec Neo Eco 400w.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817371029
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People, please learn to read the whole post before you reply suggesting a GTS450
He is comparing GTS 250+PSU or GT 430. Not GTS 450

Hi sepiroth,

Dont listen to the people suggesting a GTS450 because your compaq presario's Pentium D 3.0ghz processor bottleneck it. The GTS450 would not perform well with an old CPU

The GT 430 is cheap but quite powerful for a low-profile card. Its good enough to run COD black ops at 1280x1024. Whereas your 7300LE will lag even at the lowest settings.
I also suggest the HD4670 or GT240 which are mainstream cards that dont require you to buy a new PSU.
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I suggest you get a good PSU if the rest of your system is still good. that way you will be futureproof in case you want to upgrade further. if your system is mediocre then get a GPU that wouldn't require you switching anything, and hold on until you can replace the whole system.
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GT 430 isn't that good, at least not compared to other GPU's in the same price range. The reason to go for it is mostly if using in an HTPC - it's the cheapest card than can do both HD audio bitstreaming and 3D.

The GT 240 or the HD 5670 are both better choices and would not require you to switch out the power supply. You can pretty much ignore the recommended minimum PSU for the GT 240 and HD 5670. Both use less than 75W even at full load (that's the maximum power that can be supplied via PCIe slot).

GTS 250 is actually slightly faster than the GTS 450 in some games so if his processor already bottlenecks the GTS 450, it will probably bottleneck the GTS 250, too.
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post #8 of 10
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Originally Posted by WAH Sephiroth View Post
Hi.

I have a problem, I currently got an old nVidia GeForce 7300LE and I want to change It with a GTS 250. The problem is, my PC uses a 300w Power Supply and I must have at least 450w.

My PC is COMPAQ Presario SR1849ES;
my question:

Should I buy a GT430 that uses 300w power supply or should I buy GTS250 and buy another 600w power supply?

Answer.
GT430 would be a step down. Don't even bother.
Get at least a GTS450.
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post #9 of 10
As long as it is a quality 300w psu, the gts250 should work fine. In theory...
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Gigabyte's GT 430 OC edition will be a good choice~
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