Discussion in 'PC hardware help' started by dk92, Aug 18, 2007.
Yea, I was considering that. It'll probably be on my computer by the end of the day.
these are the specs on my computer. i know pretty much the basics of computers, but i was wondering if i could get any input on ways i could improve this one
after reading a few pages of this thread i realize the graphics card needs a tune up. anything else i could change to enhance this thing at a relatively lower end budget?
heezay, that link you posted is for this thread you are in now. what is the make & model# of your computer or motherboard?
maybe this is a better page for specs, SORRY, i really don't know what else i can give you.
You can get a new PSU and a new video card. Apart from that there isn't much.
product specs link
might have to replace the power supply to a more powerful one tho that depends on the wattage output of your current one.
alright, so how would i go about installing a new video card in my computer? i'm pretty n00b here guys..is it harder to remove an integrated card..or?
You will not remove your integrated card, it's built right in. All you need to do is put in the video card.
Before you do that though, your PSU will need an upgrade.
Indeed, and that's VERY important.
hmm, OK. which would be good for my computer, i'd be upgrading to at least a 256 mb video card, maybe a 512 if i can afford it
a) I recommend the Corsair VX or HX series for most, they're relatively well priced, excellently made and very quiet.
b) There's more to graphics cards than just the memory, it's best to state your budget and then we'll find the best one for you.
thanks, my budget for the video card is about $150-$200
Does this include the power supply?
You can get a Radeon HD3850 for that money which is a very powerful video card, but will definitely need another PSU, and for a decent one I recommend at least $80 on that. If the budget has to include the PSU too you're looking at more like an HD2600XT.
DO NOT SKIMP ON THE POWER SUPPLY.
no, that budget is only for the video card
i can afford to spend over $100 dollars on a power supply as well.
for the video card, i was reading that it over heats really easily and i'd need to tune the fans..is this still an issue with it?
Not really, unless you try and overclock it (which for video cards is a little pointless) the fan speeds are perfectly sufficient, as long as you actually have a decent case. That's also important.
I have the NVidia GeForce 6150SE and it really sucks I know. The rest of my computer is pretty solid though. http://support.gateway.com/s/pc/R/1009452/1009452nv.shtml
I dont game a ton but i would still like a better graphics card that isnt super expensive.
My question is are there any good graphics cards that come with tv tuners?
Secondly would my new card be able to run together with the incorporated graphics chip?
Not really, I don't consider hybrid SLi worthwhile - to be fair, decent graphics card are so much faster than integrated graphics - even if it was helping out you probably wouldn't notice the difference.
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