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Upgrade Video Card

I would like to upgrade my video card and would like to know my choices. With only a 300 watt power supply, I am guessing I would be unable to use any of the high end Nvidia video cards.

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Re: Upgrade Video Card

I would recommend picking up a higher watt power supply just to keep up with the changing demands on computers. They are not to do yourself. If still wondering what cards can go with a 300 watt power: Maybe an ATi Radeon 9250 256mb? It seems that a 350 watt power supply should still be minimum nowadays and they are cheap.

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I have an Aspire S80. I need to upgrade my Graphics Card to Enable Winows 7 Installation. Motherboard is ACER E661 GXM

As far as I have been able to find out, the motherboard has an 8X AGP slot available for a new video card. Companies like TigerDirect and Newegg have several to choose from. There are many other vendors as well; I just do lots of business with those two.

In most basic consumer desktops, the power supply is just barely adequate for the supplied hardware. If you're adding a new video card, you should think about replacing your power supply as well. The new card will need more power than was originally required, and the current supply might not be able to deliver. A new supply in the 500-watt range would be a reasonable choice.

This would also be a good time to add more memory unless you already have. Windows 7 won't be happy with under 1GB, and your motherboard allows for up to 2GB. The board has 2 memory slots for DDR RAM. I think Acer uses PC3200 (400-Mhz) memory.

Good luck with your upgrade, and thanks for using Fixya!

Nov 19, 2010 | Acer Aspire SA80 (ASA80UC4603) PC Desktop

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I want to upgrade video card for my pc(HP Pavillion a1120n) i wanted to know what kind of video card is compitible with my pc. please help thanks. ;)

From what I gather, your computer has a PCIe v1.0 slot for a video card upgrade and comes with intel on-board video. So you will need a PCIe 2.0 video card (v1.0 are no longer available and 2.0 are backwards compatible)

I assume, like most PC's, yours has a 350-450 Watt Power Supply. Check your power supply to be sure, you just can't put any video card, you are limited to the available power from the power supply. If you want a top of the line video card for gaming you will need a more powerful power supply. If all you need is better performance and better video quality (DVI/HDMI) then any sub $100 dollars card will do.

I cannot emphasize enough, check your power supply wattage capacity and the watts required by the new card before buying.

Also, do you have additional power connection from the power supply for the new card? most cards, not all, require a 6-pin PCIe power connector.

For the average user I recommend:

Mar 13, 2010 | HP Pavilion a1120n (PX759AA) PC Desktop

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Video upgrade

it depends upon your mb. some mb can support pci and agp . some of them support pci and pci-ex . so if your mb has agp or pci-ex slot than you have to buy a video card according to that. video cards range from 128mb to 1024 mb. you have to check your motherboard specification which card it can support. also it depends upon the power supply unit. need at least 300 watts for 128 mb - 256 mb card.

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I recently decided to try to upgrade my HP Slimline S3500t, 64 bit vista home computer's video card, but as i was researching it I found out that i needed to not only upgrade the video card but through...

Ok. The Power Supply Unit that comes originally with your pc is intended for 270 watts only. Sorry, with that kind of power output, you can not upgrade ypur graphix card. I would advice, keep the card you already bought. Get something around 500 watts. Of course, it has to be connected outside the case (the one you currently have is a special form factor PSU). You can get one for around 50 dollars from most online merchants. Good luck.

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Video Card upgrade

as i can c you have a power suply of 200 wats in your pc (correct me if im not right) the GeForce 9400GT is proved not to use a lot of power. but the problem is that your pc is small and it would not get enough ventilation unless you buy a separate fan try it out

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Graphics card for D 101 GGC intel mobo/2.66/p-4/ram 512

Good news, you can upgrade the graphics card with almost any current PCIe (PCI Express) video card. Once you install a new graphics card in your system, the ATI Radeon x200 will be disabled automatically, as per the manual.

The one caveat is that the board is not PCIe 2.0 compliant, so any video card that requires PCIe 2.0 compliance will not work. This is not an issue as almost all modern graphics cards work on PCIe 1.0. However, make sure to check the requirements o fthe card before you buy it.

As for the most suitable graphics card for you, its hard to say without knowing what tasks you wish to use this computer for and what is your budget. If you are only using it for office tasks, then the onboard graphics processor is more than enough for your use.

I should mention, that the motherboard processor support constrains you to the P4 series of CPUs. This is fine for moderate tasks, but if your gola is to play a game like Crysis, then even the most powerful, multiGPU graphics card will only make the game playable. You will probably never be able to max out your frames per second.

That said, the board supports up to a 3.4ghz CPU, which is fast enough to play almost every modern game if you upgrade to a powerful graphics card.

If you wish to do 3D graphics design, I would not recomend upgrading the video card for this purpose. Video rendering and processing stil does rely on the CPU. However, if you look into nvidia's CUDA framekwork, it is possible to offload rendering to the GPU. This is probably not worth the effort unless you are relaly short on cash.

Bottom line is, yes you can upgrade no problem. As for the best video card, I do need to know he reason you wish to upgrade the video card.

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Dell Power Supply replacement

You can replace it with a 500 watt if you want to. 300 watt is a good watt. But if I could make a recommendation I would say go to the 450 just incase you ever want to upgrade your video card or anything like that. IF this helped please rate

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I have a gateway model gt5098e and I need to add video card to support two monitors. what kind of video card fits this model

With your 300 watt power supply I wouldn't get a video card thats too beefy. Here are a list of video cards:

If I were you I would upgrade your Power Supply too.

Please rate my response, thank you.

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Will a 512 mb video card work with a 300 watt power supply

It all depends. Does the card require a 6 pin PCI-E power connection? Does your power supply have such a connector? If both answers are yes then it is possible. If the card does not require a power connection then it is also possible. But I would recommend upgrading to at least a 450 watt psu to run it more efficiently. Hope this helps.

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