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Old 03-13-2010, 05:11 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hey,
I need some advice on which combination of power supply and graphics card I should get for my computer. I haven't upgraded my computer since I bought it.

Here are my computer specs currently:
Operating System: Windows Vista™ Home Premium Service Pack 2
Processor: AMD Phenom(tm) 9550 Quad-Core Processor (4 CPUs), ~2.2GHz
Memory: 5GB RAM
Card name: NVIDIA GeForce 9300 GE
Power Supply: 300W (?)

My budget is $150-250, including taxes and shipping and handling. Looking for the best deal for price and performance. If you need additional details, then please ask. Thanks for the help!
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Newegg.com - Rosewill RV2-500 500 W ATX12V v2.2 / EPS12V SLI Ready Power Supply - Power Supplies
$40 + $6 shipping + tax

Newegg.com - SAPPHIRE 100284L Radeon HD 5750 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card - Desktop Graphics / Video Cards
$145 + free shipping + tax

That ought to set you up good.
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Old 03-13-2010, 11:59 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Looks pretty good .
Quick question: I noticed that the Radeon HD 5750 uses a PCI Express 2.0 x16 interface. Is that essentially compatible with my PCI Express x16 slot? I ask this because I'm not all that familiar with the advances in computer technology . Thanks again for the help!
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Yes. 2.0 is fully compatible with 1.0. I'm running a 2.0 card in a 1,0 slot right now myself.
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I'll be buying these parts soon... So thanks. Now hopefully they will be able to fit in my case... (It's a pre-built PC...)
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just to be safe, can you provide the model number of your pc?

just to make sure it's not like an ultra-slim pc or something with a very small form factor like that.
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Sure, it's an HP m8530f Sorry about not replying earlier - I was having logging in issues...
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yea, you shouldn't have a problem fitting those parts inside. it's not like a 5750 is a big card anyway so you should be good.
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get this card instead:

Newegg.com - POWERCOLOR AX5770 1GBD5-H Radeon HD 5770 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 CrossFireX Support Video Card - Desktop Graphics / Video Cards
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