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Graphic card help please...

by satorifound / December 12, 2012 6:58 AM PST

My son wants a better graphics card. Currently the computer has an integrated card- ATI Radeon 4200 (says it accepts PCI Express X16 graphics cards). He plays Runescape and World of Warcraft. He says one of them has horrible graphics on his computer. I would like to upgrade. I am looking for an inexpensive, decent card, nothing too expensive if possible. Here are the specs on his puter...

It is an HP Pavillion p7-1003w

AMD Athlon II X4 650
8GB memory with room for more
1 TB harddrive
Internal 250W (100-240V) power supply

Any suggestions on which way to go? Also, if I upgrade the video card will I need a new power supply and if so what would be a good inexpensive option.

Thank you for your time,

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Yes, you might need a new PSU.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / December 12, 2012 7:59 AM PST
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another question
by satorifound / December 12, 2012 8:36 AM PST

The PSU is power supply unit? If I get one of the more powerful graphic cards do you have a suggestion on power supply?

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I'd need to know a lot more to suggest a PSU.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / December 12, 2012 9:57 AM PST
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by satorifound / December 17, 2012 3:26 AM PST

The computer is basic from the store. Just the one harddrive and I would only be putting one graphics card in.

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Then pick the video card, find a review with the WATTS
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / December 17, 2012 4:47 AM PST
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Now add that number of Watts to your current PSU and go get that or larger with a "Single Rail +12V" feature.

It is really that simple. I like to run my power supplies at 50% rating under full load. So my last desktop which would top out at 300 Watts using a P3 Watt Meter (see google) had a 650 Watt PSU.

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