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post #1 of 18
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So, I received a new computer to replace my old Mac that broke down, and while it's overall a large improvement over the previous computer, there's one big thing holding it back: They didn't include a graphics card.

I've never bought computer components myself, so I have no idea what the price range for these things are. But, can anyone give me some advice on what I could use?

Here are my computer specs(if you need other specs, just say so):
Intel(R) Core(TM) i5 CPU 650 @ 3.20GHz 3.19GHz
8GB RAM
Windows 7 Professional 64-bit

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budget?and uses
    
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AMD 955BE MSI 870-C43 Sapphire 6850 4GB Kingston HyperX DDR3 SDRAM 1600 
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500GB WD Caviar Blue WD5000AAKX Pioneer DVR-219CHV 24X24 Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit Samsung Syncmaster P2770 27' + Acer G205H 20' 
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something Coolermaster GX 650w Coolermaster Elite 430 something 
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500GB WD Caviar Blue WD5000AAKX Pioneer DVR-219CHV 24X24 Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit Samsung Syncmaster P2770 27' + Acer G205H 20' 
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something Coolermaster GX 650w Coolermaster Elite 430 something 
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post #3 of 18
I'm a noob here, but I'm pretty sure that is entirely dependent on what you are using the rig for, and what your budget is. Add that info and I'm sure the OCN folks will steer you in the right direction.

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Crucial RealSSD 64GB, WD Caviar Black 1TB LG Black 10X Blu-ray Burner Windows 7 64 bit Samsung 36 inch HDTV 
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Crucial RealSSD 64GB, WD Caviar Black 1TB LG Black 10X Blu-ray Burner Windows 7 64 bit Samsung 36 inch HDTV 
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post #4 of 18
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Like I said, I don't know how much these go for, so I don't know what my budget really is (though I only have a few hundred dollars saved up).

As for uses, I do a lot of graphic design and 3D modeling, on top of just general gaming.
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Windows XP Professional/Mac OSX 
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post #5 of 18
What is your PSU?
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post #6 of 18
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by cloudbyday View Post
What is your PSU?
Not sure. How do I determine this?
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Windows XP Professional/Mac OSX 
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post #7 of 18
Your going to have to open the side panel of the computer... Its going to be in the back of the case. Its the box that has a bunch of wires poking out of it. I just need to know the wattage.
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Intel Core 2 Duo P7350 MSI MS-1674 ATI Radeon HD Mobility 4670 4GB 
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post #8 of 18
Is this computer pre-built?
When you look at the motherboard, does it have a PCI-E slot for the graphics card?

Look at your power supply inside the computer. What company is it and how many watts? If you can see, what model is it?
First Build!
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AMD Phenom II X2 550 BE [Unlocked @3.6Ghz] Gigabyte GA-MA770T-UD3P Zotac 9600GT G.SKILL 4GB DDR3 1333 
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AMD Phenom II X2 550 BE [Unlocked @3.6Ghz] Gigabyte GA-MA770T-UD3P Zotac 9600GT G.SKILL 4GB DDR3 1333 
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Western Digital Caviar Blue Windows 7 64Bit Corsair 650W Cooler Master Storm Scout 
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post #9 of 18
Thread Starter 
It was custom built, though not by my own exact specifications (if that makes sense).

The motherboard has a long white slot, and above that is a slightly longer blue slot with a lever on the side. Are either of those PCI-E?

For the power supply, the model number is: IP-S350CQ2-0. The company is Power Man, I think? There's multiple wattage numbers throughout the label though.
My System
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CPUGraphicsRAMHard Drive
2x Xeon Quad-Core GeForce 8800 GT 4GB DDR2 466GB 
OS
Windows XP Professional/Mac OSX 
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CPUGraphicsRAMHard Drive
2x Xeon Quad-Core GeForce 8800 GT 4GB DDR2 466GB 
OS
Windows XP Professional/Mac OSX 
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post #10 of 18
Without going through the problems that Everyone is trying to go through, go for an 8600GT, It will do you good.
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