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Old 10-19-2009, 10:10 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Ok. I know very little about computers and I was hoping to find some help here. I am looking for a new graphics Card for my computer. Right now i have a Nvidia GeForce 6150 SE. The highest end games i am trying to run are Empire: Total War and America's Army 3.

My Computer Specs:
Compaq CQ5110Y
Processor: AMD Athlon X2 7550 Dual-Core 2.5 Ghz
Operating System: Windows Vista Home Premium 32 bit
RAM: 3 GB
Hard Drive 320 GB

I am looking for the best possible i could buy as is without having to modify anything on the PC.
Thanks for reading and in advance for helping!

(If I did not include enough information on my system please let me know)
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First off, we'd need to know your PSU wattage. And your budget. Chances are you're going to have to replace your PSU, as well.
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Compaq.com says 300 watts. Budget is no more than 500$ but preferably <400$
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With a 300W, you could drop in a 4550 as-is. The 4550 is only a few notches down from my 3850, and I play games just fine.

Newegg.com - SAPPHIRE 100252HDMI Radeon HD 4550 512MB 64-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Low Profile Ready Video Card - Desktop Graphics / Video Cards

If you want to go with more, toss in this PSU and card:
Newegg.com - BFG Tech GS-550 550W ATX12V V2.2 &#47; EPS12V V2.8 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Power Supply - Power Supplies

Newegg.com - XFX HD-577A-ZNFC Radeon HD 5770 &#40;Juniper XT&#41; 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Desktop Graphics / Video Cards

Total $225.

For another $99 you could drop in a quad core:
Newegg.com - AMD Athlon II X4 620 Propus 2.6GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache Socket AM3 95W Quad-Core Processor - Processors - Desktops
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^ i second the HD 5770 and quad core upgrades. you will see a nice improvement with that stuff.
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^ Thirded You will see a very large increase in performance. I have a friend who has about the same computer you do. In fact, it's exactly the same except for the HDD.
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Thanks a lot, much more help than i expected. Im probably going to go with the quad core + HD5770 + PSU. Thanks again!
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