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Old 01-03-2011, 04:56 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hello my first time posting!

I have a Gateway GT5228 desktop computer. I plan to upgrade it so I can run the new expansion pack for World of Warcraft. Currently my computer suffers and it hardly runs the game at everything on low settings, reaching top FPS at 8-10 in crowded areas.

My question is I need advice on picking out a good graphics card that is compatible with my computer so it can run the new expansion.

Here is the link to my computer:
Gateway Support - Specifications

And these are the Specs:

Feature Specification
Processor AMD Athlon™ 64 X2 4200+ dual-core processor with AMD64 Technology

* 2.2 GHz
* 2000 MHz system bus
* L2 cache: 512 KB ×2

# Memory Installed: 2048 MB DDR2 533 MHz (PC4200) (two 1024 MB modules)
# Expandable to: 4 GB
Video Integrated NVIDIA® GeForce® 6100 graphics
Up to 128 MB of shared video memory
Audio Integrated 8-Channel (7.l) High Definition Audio
Hard Drive 250 GB 7200 RPM Serial ATA II hard drive with 8 MB cache)
Optical Drive Double layer 16X DVD+/-RW drive

* Write max: 16X DVD-/+R, 6X DVD-RW, 8X DVD+RW, 4X DVD+R DL, 40X CD-R, 24X CD-RW.
* Read max: 16X DVD-ROM, 40X CD-ROM

Media Reader 9-in-1 Digital Media Manager supporting the following:

* CompactFlash Card
* IBM MicroDrive
* Memory Stick
* Memory Stick Pro
* SmartMedia Card
* Secure Digital(SD)/MMC
* Compact Flash
* Multimedia Card
* xD-Picture Card
* USB 2.0 or later

Modem 56K ITU V.92 ready Fax/Modem
Network Integrated 10/100 Ethernet LAN
Power Supply 300 watt
# Interfaces PS/2 keyboard port
# PS/2 mouse port
# Seven USB 2.0 ports (four on rear panel, two on front panel, one in media reader)
# Two IEEE-1394 connectors (both on front-panel)
# One parallel port
# One VGA monitor port
# One RJ-45 LAN port
# Eight audio jacks (six on rear panel, two on front panel)
# Add-In Card Slots One PCI-Express ×16
# One PCI-E ×1
# Two PCI Conventional
# Drive Bays Two external 3.5-inch
# Two external 5.25-inch
# Two internal 3.5-inch
# Input Devices Multimedia keyboard
# USB optical mouse
Speakers Amplified, USB powered stereo speakers
Dimensions (H × W × D) 15.4 × 7.3 × 17.9 inches
Weight 23.5 lbs (computer only, no packaging)

I want to make improvements so it will run decently. I want to make it to where I don't need a new PSU, I only have 100 dollar. I know not much to work with put please try.

Thank you.

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Old 01-03-2011, 05:56 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Default Re: New Graphics card for Gateway GT5228

this just might be what you need. - XFX GT240XZHFC GeForce GT 240 1GB 128-bit DDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card
it has low enough power consumption so it should run on your psu.

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Old 01-03-2011, 06:57 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I would not run any PCI Express card on an OEM Power Supply. If your case is full size and uses a normal size power supply, Get a antec earthwatts or Basiq unit and a card.
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