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post #11 of 16
A GT430 would work well in this scenario. its within pricerange and is far more efficient than a silly old fart 8800.
Edited by Xinoxide - 1/30/11 at 8:01pm
post #12 of 16
A 9800 or 8800 seems overkill. Look for one of the newer, small, AMD cards. Some of them are pretty cheap, and don't use much power. They're not for really intensive gaming, but thankfully SC2 is fairly well optimized for low-power GPUs.

penguin is right though. If he doesn't have PCI-express slots, which seem to be the setback of many cheap Dell computers, he could be in a tough spot.
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post #13 of 16
A graphics card that runs only off of PCI-E power is all I can recommend for a budget like that. A 5670 should serve him well with decent graphics levels; it'll fit his price range, and not risk messing with the POS PSUs OEM's (holy mother of acronyms...) put in retail computers.

EDIT: Looking at that spec sheet, the computer has a PCI-E slot available.
post #14 of 16
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I'm thinking this card mainly because of the PCI slot. Luckily he can get a really cheap psu from best buy since someone in his family gets employee discounts.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814187083
post #15 of 16
Listen.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-121-_-Product

the long black one is pciE x16. this is the motherboard in his machine.

post #16 of 16
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Originally Posted by EfemaN View Post
A graphics card that runs only off of PCI-E power is all I can recommend for a budget like that. A 5670 should serve him well with decent graphics levels; it'll fit his price range, and not risk messing with the POS PSUs OEM's (holy mother of acronyms...) put in retail computers.

EDIT: Looking at that spec sheet, the computer has a PCI-E slot available.
Make sure he measures his PSU first if he is going to replace it. Some oem computers have proprietary internals that aren't compatible with enthusiast parts.

It probably won't be necessary to upgrade the psu if you go with a newer lower end card tho.
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