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Old 03-26-2009, 03:37 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hey, so i recently decided it was time to upgrade my graphics card and throw some more ram into my computer,problem is im not really looking to spend over 250 for the whole setup, was trying to get 4gb of ram and a decent graphics card. I found a card that im considering buying ( Radeon HD 3870 512MB) but when i looked into the system requirements it's calling for a 450 Watt or greater power supply ): i only have a 250 watt psu atm.

So with the 250 watt power supply would it be completely out of the question to run the card through it anyway ? if that's not a possibility does anyone have any recommendations for a good setup for FX card or card/supply?? was trying to spend about 50 on the ram and 200 on the card/psu (if i need the psu)

The main use of the comp is gaming, and im looking to be able to play new games on high settings my current setup can hang with most stuff but just wont cut it when you go to crank the settings up . Anyway any help would be appreciated thanks!

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2gb ram
pentium 3.2 GHz (Dual Core)
Geforce 7300 le
Vista 32 bit
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Old 03-26-2009, 04:15 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Were you wanting 4gb more for a total of 6gb or just end up at 4gb so you would be getting 2gb? Also in case you don't know 32bit won't be able to use all of the 4gb. In any case I wouldn't keep that psu if you plan to get any decent card but $250 should be plenty to get some decent stuff. You have a PCI-E slot right?

Actually theres a bunch of combos you could do but heres some suggestions.

Newegg.com - OCZ StealthXStream OCZ500SXS 500W ATX12V / EPS12V Active PFC Power Supply - Power Supplies $60-$25mir
or
Newegg.com - OCZ StealthXStream OCZ600SXS 600W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready Active PFC Power Supply - Power Supplies $70-20mir


Newegg.com - OCZ Platinum 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Desktop Memory $27
or
Newegg.com - OCZ 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Desktop Memory $46-$25mir
or get some g.skill or other something.


Newegg.com - HIS Hightech H487FN1GP Radeon HD 4870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Desktop Graphics / Video Cards $190-$20mir (you could end up around $250 after rebates)
or
Newegg.com - ASUS EAH4870 DK TOP/HTDI/512MD5 Radeon HD 4870 512MB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Desktop Graphics / Video Cards $165-$30mir
or
Newegg.com - XFX GX260NADFF GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 896MB 448-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Desktop Graphics / Video Cards $200-$30mir (again after rebates budget could still work)
or
get lower end cards like 4830 which are really fast and cheap
Newegg.com - MSI R4830-T2D512 Radeon HD 4830 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card - Desktop Graphics / Video Cards $100-$15


Edit: When you say Pentium 3.2ghz (dual core) do you mean pentium D 3.2ghz? I assume you do which may slow you down a bit.
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Old 03-26-2009, 09:05 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Default Re: Power supply/Graphics card question

This comes to about $235 without mail in rebate.

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4850 would be a lot better than the 3870.

Newegg.com - CORSAIR CMPSU-450VX 450W ATX12V V2.2 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply - Power Supplies

Newegg.com - OCZ Gold 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Desktop Memory

Or you could get a whole new 4Gb kit
Newegg.com - G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Desktop Memory

With the 4Gb kit instead, it would come to around $250.
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thanks for the great info guys....i was looking to end up at 4 GB of ram (i only have 2 slots for ram) but it looks like ill be adding the power supply to the list thanks again for the links and help

Edit... Should i be concerned with upgrading to the 64 bit OS running with 4gb and a decent/good FX card?
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