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Old 02-04-2008, 07:20 PM   #1 (permalink)
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This would be my first time updating a graphics card on my PC. I don't want to go buy anything and it doesn't end up working with my computer and I don't know what it can handle and whatnot. Anyone know a good graphics card I can get that can run games like Bioshock, Crysis at Medium Quality? Suprisingly I was able to play both of these at low detail with my onboard graphics even though Crysis lagged quite a bit. Thanks in advance...

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Not really worried about price but I don't need the most expensive card and I doubt my PC can handle a card like that but any card that would work fine with my PC and can run such games at least in Medium or Medium-High quality would be great.
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Just showing some choices:
Newegg.com - HIS Hightech H387X2F1GNP Radeon HD 3870 X2 1GB (512MB x 2) 512-bit (256-bit x 2) GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail

Probably the best single card at that high price range right now.

http://www.ncixus.com/products/27328...;20Technology/
Newegg.com - MSI NX8800GTS 512M OC GeForce 8800GTS (G92) 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Retail

8800GT and 8800GTS, both great cards. In my opionion 8800GT is enough and at a nice $200. 8800GTS is definitaly faster, but by not much.

your gonna need a new power supply for any of the cards.

Newegg.com - Rosewill RE502-BLK ATX 12V v2.03 500W Aluminum Power Supply 115/ 230 V cUL, FCC, CSA, CB, TUV, CE, NEMCO - Retail
for 8800GT and 8800GTS

Newegg.com - Antec True Power Trio TP3-550 ATX12V 550W Power Supply with Three 12V Rails 100 - 240 V UL, CUL, FCC, TÜV, CE, C-tick, CCC, CB - Retail
for 3870x2
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With any card I get, I'm going to need a new power supply? And, the second power supply you mentioned has a few bad reviews. I'm not looking for the best card but thanks for your advice.
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Your motherboard does not have a PCI-Express X16 slot according to the link so you can not add a graphics card.
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That case is really small so an HD 3870x2 probably won't fit. A smaller card like the 8800gt is probably a better idea.

This psu is one of the best available and is an excellent deal.

Newegg.com - CORSAIR CMPSU-550VX ATX12V V2.2 550W Power Supply 90 - 264 V UL, CUL, CE, CB, FCC Class B, TUV, CCC, C-tick - Retail
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Your motherboard does not have a PCI-Express X16 slot according to the link so you can not add a graphics card.
According to HP it does:
HP and Compaq Desktop PCs -  Motherboard Specifications, MCP61PM-HM (Nettle2) 

Unfortunately HP doesn't list the PSU, but it is probably a 300W. Any high-end card on the market will require more juice than that.

Depending on how much you want to spend and what your demands are, you have some options. The 3850 is a great mid-to-upper card... plenty of horsepower but not top of the line. The 3870 is a more powerful version of the 3850. The 8800s are great top-line cards (they seem to be having a problem with WoW right now, though o.0 ). The 3870 X2 is a sheer beast of a card with two GPUs on a single card.

Check your budget, decide what your demands are, choose your card, and then choose a PSU that will power it. if you are not a huge gamer wanting to push ungodly framerates, and older card would do you fine. I have the X1950XT which is a couple of generations behind, but it chews through the games I play. The 7900s are comparable to it.
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I think I decided to go with the 8800GT. Thanks for the help everyone.

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That case is really small so an HD 3870x2 probably won't fit. A smaller card like the 8800gt is probably a better idea.

This psu is one of the best available and is an excellent deal.

Newegg.com - CORSAIR CMPSU-550VX ATX12V V2.2 550W Power Supply 90 - 264 V UL, CUL, CE, CB, FCC Class B, TUV, CCC, C-tick - Retail
My power supply is 5.5" x 5.9" x 3.4" would the one you reccomended fit and ;eave me with no problems?
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5.9"(W) x 3.4"(H) X 5.5"(L)
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Wtf... No really? maybe its powerd by 1000 hampster on wheels all connected to jumper cables ......
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Wtf... No really? maybe its powerd by 1000 hampster on wheels all connected to jumper cables ......
How cool would that be I want some hamsters to power my computer.
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