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Old 11-04-2007, 12:33 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I recently got a new hp pavilion a6110n and didnt pay enough attention to the graphics card so im stuck wiht a low end NVIDIA 6 series, more info on system should be in my signature, im looking at the 8600gt and up but i dont want to spend more than $150 although i might be able to push it up to $200, one thing that has been worrying me is power supply strenght and quality of a new one and in fine print on the box my comp came in it says "Up to 256MB of main system memory may be allocated to support video graphics"




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Old 11-04-2007, 12:36 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Sounds like integrated graphics to me. When you don't have a dedicated video card, you use system memory as a graphics card instead.

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After looking at your signature, the NVIDIA GeForce 6150 SE is indeed an integrated card. Your computer does not have an actual video card. Your best bet would be to check if it has a PCI Express x16 or an AGP slot. Some computers with integrated graphics also come with a video card slot for future upgrades. Though, right now, it's looking grim.

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Alright, after looking up your model of computer, you should have an available PCI Express x16 slot. So no need to worry about that any more. Now as to your question about your power supply. From your signature, you have a 250W Power Supply. That isn't much to upgrade on... Maybe someone with more experience in that field can help you, but I don't think it is enough to get too big of a card. One thing is for sure though, your integrated 6150 SE is junk.
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something like this will suit you better:
Newegg.com - Foxconn FV-N76TM2DT-R3 GeForce 7600GT 256MB 128-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 SLI Supported Video Card - Retail

cheaper and same performance 8600GTS

but if you really want DX10 support then get a 8600GT.

As for power supply you shouldn't need anything bigger than you already have. These low end video cards don't need much power.
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Generally for 7600GTs, it's 350w minimum with the +12 at 18 amps

the 250w you have obviously won't be enough
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Old 11-04-2007, 02:10 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I'd recommend this 7900GS..

Newegg.com - Foxconn FV-N79SM2D2-OC GeForce 7900GS 256MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 SLI Supported Video Card - Retail

Only 99$ after rebate and I recommend this power supply...It has dual 12v on it and its 500w

Newegg.com - XCLIO STABLEPOWER 500W ATX 500W Power Supply 100 - 240 V UL, CUL, TUV, CB, VDE, FIMKO, DEMKO, NEMKO, SEMKO - Retail

Only 70$.

So after shipping and stuff you should be around 200$ for that.
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:happy: Thanks for the advice, going to prob go with the *8600 becasue im looking at crysis XFX GeForce 8600 GT XXX Video Card - FREE Company of Heroes PC Game, 256MB DDR3, SLI Ready, PCI Express, (Dual Link) Dual DVI, HDTV, Video Card PVT84JUDD3 at TigerDirect.com that, this BFG GeForce 8600 GT OC2 ThermoIntelligence Video Card - 256MB GDDR3, PCI Express, SLI Ready, (Dual Link) Dual DVI, HDTV, Video Card BFGE86256GTOC2FE at TigerDirect.com or this NVIDIA GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2 SLI Ready PCI Express DVI VGA HDTV Video Card 86GFE8HDFEXX at TigerDirect.com

should order the parts in anywere from a week to a month.






*the diff between a 8600gt and 8600gtxx isn't that big right?
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Pay attention to efficiency.

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You don't want the 8600...the only decent 8600 is the 8600GTS...and I still wouldn't recommend that. I recommend looking for a used 8800GTS ...or a used x1950xt
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