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I'm a real newb when it comes to video cards and I have been tinkering with my somewhat old HP system with some inexpensive upgrades. The video card is the remaining major upgrade for my system and I need help! Here are the specs:

Motherboard: MCP61PM-HM (Nettle3) Detailed spec: http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/d...t=3747354#N509

CPU: I've upgraded my CPU to AMD Phenom X4 9750 2.4 ghz quad core processor.
I know it's an old processor now but it was sufficient upgrade for me.

PSU: 500 W Coolermaster

Case: It says it is a mid size ATX
Height: 38.7 cm (15.23 inches)
Width: 17.5 cm (6.89 inches)
Length: 41.4 cm (16.29 inches)

The motherboard form factor is micro-ATX.

Slots: 1 PCI Express x16 slot for graphics card
2 PCI Express x1 slots
1 PCI slot

RAM: 4GB

Here's the HP spec sheet except for the changes mentioned here: http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/d...ct=3747354#N68


I actually did my own research and have Zotac GT240 1GB DDR-5 PCI-E Video Card being delivered to me currently. However, I found out that the CPU can bottleneck some of the video cards. I want to get a video card that fits optimally with the system that I have without bottlenecking it. So I need help! Any recommendations would be greatly appreciated.
Will the card I ordered fit efficiently?
Also, I read that since I have an AMD CPU, that I should get a Radeon HD video cards. I was looking at 4850 or even 5770. Help please~
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post #2 of 14
Get a gt240 or a 4850 they will do nicely without bottlenecking
post #3 of 14
that board doesn't support dual gpu cards very well so stay away from those......i recommed a GTS450 which will NOT be bottlenecked.......now as far as fitting and clearance goes a GX2 WILL fit, or something as big IF you decide to upgrade you PSU later





the sata connectors however will have clearance issues with encased cards like this

    
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post #4 of 14
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the reply.

Is the video card in the screenshot the GTS450? Also, is the GT240 that I ordered a dual video card? How do I tell the difference between single and dual GPU cards?
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post #5 of 14
Quote:
Originally Posted by rugox View Post
Thanks for the reply.

Is the video card in the screenshot the GTS450? Also, is the GT240 that I ordered a dual video card? How do I tell the difference between single and dual GPU cards?
no.....that is the 9800GX2......it's basically 2 512MB 128SP G92 8800GTS video cards in one unit......this is the GTS450.....no the GT240 is not a dual gpu card......how do you tell the difference?......all the dual GPU cards that matter are the 3870X2, 9800GX2, 4850X2, 4870X2, GTX295, 5970 and the upcoming GTX590 and the 6990
Edited by Vlasov_581 - 2/28/11 at 7:35pm
    
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post #6 of 14
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Looks like a good card, especially if it's not going to be bottlenecked by my CPU. What about the 5770? Do you know if there's any advantage of having an ATI graphics card paired with AMD CPU?"
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post #7 of 14
Quote:
Originally Posted by rugox View Post
Looks like a good card, especially if it's not going to be bottlenecked by my CPU. What about the 5770? Do you know if there's any advantage of having an ATI graphics card paired with AMD CPU?"
no advantage.......an HD5770 is a good card, faster than a GTS450
    
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I would get 5770 or GTS 450 but they seemed to be at about $150 level. I want something that is around $100. How does the GT240 fare? I see it ranked at 52nd in the graphics card ranking sticky.
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You forgot to mention the single biggest thing that determines what kind of card you should be looking out for - monitor resolution...what is it?
 
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Holy crap that was my first mobo! I thought they destroyed all of them. God did that mobo suck.

OP: Go with something that is a single slot only if you have a decent airflow going into and out of that case. There are many decent HD5770s that should do nicely with the limited space. I wouldn't recommend going higher than that.
     
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