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Q: Solved: Can an entry level graphics card would do just fine?

I use a Compaq Presario AY655AA ACJ CQ3220IX with the following configuration:
Processor: Pentium(R) Dual-Core CPU E5400 @ 2.70GHz
HDD Model: WDC WD3200AAJS-60M0A1
Drive Capacity: 305,245 MBytes (320 GB)
Total Memory Size: 3 GB DDR3
Video Chipset: Intel GMA 4500(M)(HD)
Video Card: Intel G41 Chipset - Integrated Graphics 0 [A3] [Hewlett-Packard]
CD Drive Model: hp DVD A DH16AAL
Monitor: 18.5 inch TFT Compaq W185q
Motherboard Model: FOXCONN ETON
Motherboard Chipset: Intel G41 (Eaglelake) + ICH7
USB Version Supported: v2.0
Audio Adapter: Intel 82801GB ICH7 - High Definition Audio [A1]

I want to play latest games like NFS The Run, Max payne 3 etc. I'm willing to play them with 1024 X 768 resolution and all the graphics set to medium level. My desktop can run games like Racedriver Grid and Tom Clancy Hawx just fine with these settings. Can an entry level graphics card fulfill my needs?
Thanks for your help.

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my config,
c2d [email protected],
4gig ram,
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for my budget i can only afford these 1g cards..
1.hd 5450
2.geforce 210
3.hd 6450
3.geforce 520

of the above which can play the modern games at "ok" settings....

or any other at above cost..

A:better entry level graphics card..?

A little more cash can get you - SAPPHIRE 100323L Radeon HD 6570 1GB DDR3 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card

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I'm building my own for PC for the first time, and I've been making some progress. I learned as much as I could about RAM, and putting together PCs.

So far, I've decided to get a ASUS P4P800SE Intel mobo, a P4 3.0E Prescott 800MHz processor, and Kingston 1GB (2 x 512MB) 184-Pin DDR SDRAM DDR 400 (PC 3200) for the RAM.

First I need some opinions on these choices. I'm 95% sure they're all compatible. isn't showing otherwise.

Second, now I need to figure out what video card to get. I won't be using this PC for gaming, just web browsing/Photoshop/watching avi's... I need a cheap, entry level video card that's reliable.

Third, with this mobo/ram/proc, will I need special cooling, or will a regular case and fan do the job?

Thanks in advance

A:Entry Level Video Card

From what I can see, thats an AGP motherboard, so i'd recommend, if your not gaming, a ATI Radeon 9250SE will suite you fine. However, if you do feel like dabbling in gaming, it won't get you far, it's not powerful enough for modern games, old ones will be fine, But if you do decide to become a gamer, something more powerful will be needed.
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A:Entry Level Video Card

You're good with compatability, personally, I think if you're doing graphics, i'd work with AMD, but to each his own. I understand that you're doing graphics, you may not want to slide with a low-end Vid Card. High end is right out... try mid range. What's your spending cap? As far as cooling, if you're not overclocking, and you're not a gaming freak, a nice Thermaltake cooling fan and maybe a case fan or two would work.
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A:Graphics card doesn't post any graphics to my monitor, computer boots up fine

Its usually just the graphics cards, they do fail especially if they overheat - then video card fan not speeding up might have been the problem - most are dynamic and should actually speed up under load. Depending on the manufacturer of your 8800GTX you might be able to get it replaced under warranty if they have a 3 year or greater warranty.
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A:Graphics card not working - worked fine before

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if you're building a system from scratch and low on $, go with an Athlon 3200+ XP.

bear in mind it is NOT a 64bit chip, however the ATHLON 64s a much better and more expensive. Another thread is arguing the case for 64s. There is not a whole lot of software support for Athlon 64s let alone driver support for 64s.

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A:Entry-level gaming build

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A:Kernel-Processor-Power Event ID 37 (Warning Level entry)

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Problem signature:
Problem Event Name: BlueScreen
OS Version: 6.1.7601.
Locale ID: 1061

Additional information about the problem:
BCCode: 116
BCP4: 0000000000000004
OS Version: 6_1_7601
Service Pack: 1_0
Product: 256_1

A:BSOD while playing games with medium-level graphics

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A:Random restarts with AMD graphics card but not Nvidia graphics card

Quote: Originally Posted by cannotdisplay64

so i think ive narrowed it down to a driver error with amd and another driver with my new board, a damaged AMD card, a second dodgy power supply or something else that i haven't thought about or discovered yet.

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Ok what I want to do card Solved: help... Graphics is to replace my Intel G Express Chipset Family graphics card with my old Nvidia Geforce but I want to do it in a way that I can easily switch back to the Express Chipset card just as it was before keep in mind I don t have the installations cd and such for the Intel one the reason being I m not sure my Nvidia card is in working order I was thinking it d be great Solved: Graphics card help... if I didn t have to do anything with the Intel Express Chipset graphics and could just install the Nvidia card and if it works great but if it doesn t I could just uninstall to go back to the way it was Solved: Graphics card help... before Would I be able to do that or do I have to uninstall the Intel Express chipset and it s drivers My basic specs are Processor Intel Pentium Dual CPU GHz GHz Memory RAM GB System type -bit Operating System Windows edition Windows Vista Let me know if you need more info or something Also would I run into any problems installing the Nvidia card nbsp

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HP Pavilion p6774y
amd phenom 2 x4 840 t
8 gb ram
250 w psu
100-127V ~6A
200-240V ~3A

have a PCI Express x16 slot for the card. thanks in advance.

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Is it worth getting the card, or could anyone recommend a better one, for roughly the same price?

(One thing to bear in mind is I have a 350w PSU, and having a dell PC dont want to have to change the PSU.)


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Which of these 2 cards is the better to keep ? ... I suspect it's the ATI ... but thought it best to ask.

A:Solved: Which Graphics card do I keep

The x1300 was the faster performer over the 7300(LE?), but the Geforce 7300 has continuing driver support while the driver support for the X1300 has be disconituned since 2010, but it still has drivers available for XP to Windows 7 as of that date.
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I mainly play COH/ COV and want to try Crysis.

Any thoughts if this is a good card to get?

Also, one review stated I need a P/S with 6 pin ESI adaptor. Can someone shed light on what this is for me? And perhaps I already have it?

Thanks much - I'm going to repost this on Games forum, too.

A:Solved: New Graphics Card

It is a good card to get. It's Ati equivalent to the Nvidia 8800 which is more I read a while back siad the 8800 had more speed but the graphics are better on the 3870.
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What is a recommended replacement to be able to play Fallout 3?

I think the HD4670 is probably going to work best here.

I looked at using the PSU calculator at: and compared the complete computer set-up between using X600 and 4670 and there is only a few Watts different at around 333 Watts total.

The +12V1 and +12V2 Amps are 15A and 14A respectively with a combined max power of 300 Watts for these - stated on the side of the PSU. PSU is a 350 Watt Delta Electronics DPS-350AB -4A Rev 00

Any comments before I buy a 4670?

This one looks OK:

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Heres a simple one to solve

Just bought new computer from (ill post link in a sec) and I need a good graphics card preferably under $150

I want to run newer games like BioShock, the Orange Box(which I can already but still) Cod4, and others...

Post links if you can and thanks for the help

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- Hopu u guys can help otherwise im on the ****!

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