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Upgrading video card

I'm trying to improve my Photoshop experience, and I gather a new card would be better than a new monitor. I'm wondering if I can replace a nvidia GeForce FX 5500 with a EVGA e-GeForce 7600GT KO in my Pavilion a650y. Is it the same bus, will it need more power, etc.?

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Unless you are working with 3D models your gains in upgrading your VGA card is minimal as photoshop is knowns to be more dependent on the size of memory, speed of memory installed on your machines as well as the speed of the hard disk. The processing power of the CPU also can be an important factor than the graphic card.

However if you are set on going for a new graphic card, I would advise you that you get a new card such as the 8600GT or the ATI 3850 (Similar in price but faster than the 8600GT and 7600GT and uses the same or less amount of watts!, and also does not need a the 6pin connector for additional power).

Going back to your power issue, you have not stated your power supply's wattage or amperage, or if the power supply is generic or branded all which influence the decision to get a new power supply. However if you have a power supply that provides a true 300W you should be fine to run any of the cards stated above.

With regard to the bus issue, if you have a PCI-Express bus you should be fine in getting any of the new cards, but if you have AGP you will be more limited, though i know there are 7600GT (old stock) which are for the AGP slot, and only AMD (ATI) released there R2600 range for the AGP slot.

Hope the information is useful :)

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