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03-01-2012 02:36 PM - edited 03-01-2012 02:37 PM
Here is my computer specs:
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03-02-2012 05:27 PM - edited 03-02-2012 05:28 PM
Your PC only has a 250 watt power supply which is insufficient for a gaming grade video card.
Read through this post and if you have questions then please reply.
What expense budget do you have in mind?
What games are you playing or considering to play?
03-02-2012 06:43 PM - edited 03-02-2012 06:43 PM
Hi, and thanks for responding. Im looking to spend around $200 - $300 more or less. Im wanting to play starcraft 2 and WoW mostly.
03-02-2012 09:50 PM
HD3850 can give you pretty good bang for the buck, but as mentioned, you're gonna have to upgrade the PS to at least 350w. Also, my luck with adding vid cards to mobo with onboard video is pretty dismal, whether you try to disable the mobo video in bios or device manager, performance with the addon card seems to really stutter and hesitate..
03-03-2012 08:01 AM
The Corsair CX500 is an excellent choice for a power supply. $50
The ATI HD3850 mentioned above is insufficent to run your games. I know because I have a HD4850 (a faster card) and replaced it with a NVIDIA GTX 460. I have StarCraft 2, BF3 and COD. These games all play very well on the high settings and even some of the Ultra settings.
This Sapphire 6850 is $135.
03-03-2012 12:09 PM
true the 3850 and 4850 are roughly equiv (nice vid card comparison site here http://www.gpureview.com/show_cards.php?card1=546&
but at least 10x the 4200 performance for little outlay.
6850 is a large card, will it fit, cooling constraints in a small case, will the larger power supply fit, and our friend has invested 50% of the cost of the original machine.
Budget machines = budget performance.