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    Default Which vid card should I buy?

    I'm essentially completely lacking in computer knowledge, I really don't know much. I can understand the basics and look things up, but beyond that I'm really not sure. I just picked up a new comp, Lenovo IdeaCentre K230, and I'm looking to upgrade the graphics card for gaming. Looking to spend about 200 bucks, give or take, but I really have no idea which to get. Any help would be greatly appreciated, thanks!

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    Default Re: Which vid card should I buy?

    Assuming you are living in the US, you can pick up an HD4870 for around 200$ or maybe less.

    But you gotta remember that brand name PC's will have limited power supplies so you may be limited on wat u can get.

    Post up the specs of ur power supply.
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    1TB Samsung SATA II
    Corsair TX650W PSU

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    Default Re: Which vid card should I buy?

    I just did a quick search and for the life of me couldn't find any info on whether the mobo has 16x pci-e or not. That plays a big role in determining your graphics card selection.
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    Default Re: Which vid card should I buy?

    How can I check the specs of my power supply?


    and how can I check if I have a PCI-E or not? Haha.

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    Default Re: Which vid card should I buy?

    Alright, I have a PCI and a PCI-E connector, and my PSU is 280 Watts Max and at +12 its 18A. I figure I'll need a new PSU and I have a better budget than originally expected so a PSU+Vid Card combo reccomendations for my comp would be very useful. I'm thinking to spend about 300 bucks total.

    If it helps I have 6gbs of DDR2 RAM, and an Intel Pentium E5200 Dual-Core Processor.

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    Default Re: Which vid card should I buy?

    Another thing you need to check for is space. Make sure you have enough room for both. Here's where I do my shopping: Newegg.com - PC Components, Computer Parts, Computer Hardware & PC Accessories On the left you will see a list of all the components they sell. Have a little fun and do a little research. For PSU I wouldn't go below 500W 20A on the 12v rail. Pick a name brand. Read the reviews. Make sure it has more positive than negative reviews. I usually only read a couple 5 star reviews and all the 3 and below. I look for comments like, " died in a week", "only lasted a month". Newegg is great in the way they break down the reviews by % and whatnot. Anyway, go ahead and pick a few items and post them here to get opinions. Good luck!!
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    Default Re: Which vid card should I buy?

    Excellent suggestion, that's exactly how you can search newegg.


    Quote Originally Posted by jcarno View Post
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    Default Re: Which vid card should I buy?

    Quote Originally Posted by jcarno View Post
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    I've used newegg a few times and they've been great.

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    Default Re: Which vid card should I buy?

    It is true however that they have their 8 dead pixel policy on monitors but nonetheless they're alright.

    Quote Originally Posted by snowwhite View Post
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