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Old 10-02-2011, 04:08 PM   #1 (permalink)
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So my dad purchased a Gateway GT5676 PC a few years ago and we've decided to upgrade it and get a good video card for games since the integrated video card that comes with it seems crappy.

And also another problem is that I'm not sure if any of the good video cards out there are compatible with my current motherboard..


Current Spec of this comp:

Gateway GT5676

CPU: AMD Phenom 9600 Quad-core 2.30 GHz

RAM: 4.00 GB

Integrated Video Card: ATI Radeon HD 3200

OS: Windows Vista Home Premium 64-bit

Motherboard?(according to Belarc Advisor)
Board: Gateway
Bus clock: 200 megahertz
BIOS: American Megatrends Inc. 7B3G1P04 02/18/2008

Power Supply: 300 watt(replacing)

More infos that might help:
Gateway Support - Specifications
Gateway GT 5676 Specs (Phenom X4 9600 2.3 GHz) - Desktops - CNET Reviews

I just want a good fps for games like Aion, Rift, etc.

Video Card Budget: $450
Power Supply Budget: $60-$100(or cheaper if possible :P)

Please make sure it's compatible with my current motherboard before providing me which video card to get(I really don't know much about computers sorry >_>)
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Old 10-03-2011, 05:40 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Well apparently my motherboard has these slots:
1.0 (total) / 2.0 (free) x PCI Express x1 - Socket AM2+,
1.0 (total) / 1.0 (free) x PCI Express x16 - DIMM 240-pin,
4.0 (total) / 0.0 (free) x Memory,
1.0 (total) / 1.0 (free) x PCI,
1.0 (total) / 1.0 (free) x Processor

Anyone help a newb out please :/
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Old 10-03-2011, 07:37 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Your cpu really isn't powerful enough to handle a $450 video card.

I would look at something like this

Newegg.com - XFX HD-685X-ZNBC Radeon HD 6850 Black Edition 1GB 256-bit DDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card

and maybe one of these.

Newegg.com - CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX650 V2 650W ATX12V v2.31/ EPS12V v2.92 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC High Performance Power Supply
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Old 10-03-2011, 08:23 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Thanks for the suggestions!
and yeah like I've said I don't know much about computers :/
but yeah I just want the best graphics card I can get that my comp can handle with the budget of up to $450, more suggestions from you or anyone, would help

Thanks again.
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Please close this thread, I've decided to build a new comp instead lol(making a new thread soon)
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