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Jul 15, 08 at 4:51pm
My specs are very similar to yours:
AMD Athalon 64X2 4000+ (2.1GHZ) 3.0GB RAM 32 Bit Vista
And I chose NVIDIA GeForce 8400 GS, which has a maximum power draw of 71W and has performed flawlessly on all the games I have played. It's also a very cheap card, @ $50-$55. The card suits your specs quite well, IMO.
I say you best bet would be to get a HD3870 or 8800GT and swap the PSU's you really can't get anything half decent that uses less than 300watts honestly. You can get a step from what you have (isn't really hard) but nothing really all that great either.
Jul 05, 08 at 9:38pm
I'm not completely new to building computers but my last build was over 2 years ago, so I'm completely rusty and looking for a little bit of advice.
My current PC is an old HP Pavilion with an added ATI x1300 video card. The card is a few years old now and some of the games I want to play are getting very slow FPS, obviously they would. So now I'm looking to upgrade my video card. I finally talked it over with the better half and she said I could get one, but couldn't spend more then 200 dollars after shipping. I was looking on newegg and that didn't look like it would be much of a problem.
I watched a review on Tigerdirect and it started to bring back some old memories. The awesome XFX GeForce 9800 GTX seemed to be perfect for what I was looking for, but the guy mentioned that it used 300 watts of power. That's when I started thinking, oh damn.
My power supply has a max output power of 300 watts, so I'm pretty sure that gets rid of a lot of possibilities for me. I don't want to have to upgrade my power supply so i was hoping you guys could give me some advice on a good video card with those specs.
other specs that you might need to know. AMDx2 2.0 processor 2 gigs of ram 32 bit vista OS.
( a little side note. The computer I built a few years ago is still in the house, but it's a roommates now so I really don't want to 'have' to swap the power supplies from mine to hers but I could if I have too. Hers is a 420 watt power supply so that may be better. That supply doesn't have anything hooked up to it other then they typical stuff, even uses a integrated video card. She will be getting my old video card but I'm sure she won't have any problem with a lower watt power supply.
Thanks for any help guys. Smile
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