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Video Card recommendations - don't know which one to choose


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SoCalCyclist

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Want to upgrade my son's stock hp a1612n computer.

Monitor: HP w19e at 1440 X 900 resolution

Processor: Athlon 64 X2 (W) 4200+ 2.2 GHz
(2000 MT/s, Socket AM2)

Chipset: NVIDIA GeForce 6150 LE

Motherboard: Asus A8M2N-LA

Ram: 2 x 512mb

Windows XP Professional 5.1

As far as games played I know the last one bought was Command & Conquer Red Alert 3. It will lag a little and occasionally lock up on the stock computer setup - hoping vid card and more ram will solve problems and allow new graphic intense games to be played.

Currently looking at buying the following:

POWERCOLOR AX4850 512MD3-DH Radeon HD 4850 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16814131125

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EVGA 01G-P3-N870-AR GeForce 9600 GT 1GB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16814130363

CORSAIR ValueSelect 1GB 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 533 (PC2 4200) Desktop Memory
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16820145525

CORSAIR CMPSU-550VX 550W ATX12V V2.2 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16817139004


Looking at a $300 to $350 budget. I'd appreciate any recommendations on specific hardware (PS, Vid Card, and ram) that will work in his specific computer with no issues. I'm trying to avoid RMA's and headaches.









Current mobo and links to hp computer:
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Now because your memory is DDR2, you will want to pick up 2 sticks of the 1GB memory that you picked out because DDR2 memory works best in pairs.

The graphics cards you picked out are very good, but my most recommended graphics card is this one
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16814130380 it will play everything out there right now, so its a great choice.

The powersupply you picked out is a great one and will support everything that you will be running. Corsair is a great computer supplier and its very reliable.
Good luck with the build!!

Cheers :)
ROIDO

Edited by =OSS*ROID=, 14 December 2008 - 06:29 PM.

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Thanks for reply.

Yes, was going to buy two sticks of 1GB ram.

One of my main concerns is size of video card and the tight fit in the small hp box. As you can see in the pic above the PCI express slot is very close to the bottom of the ram slots. I just hope the video card doesn't hit the ram slots.
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Well the card is 9" long so you can measure to see if it will fit. The dimensions of the motherboard, from the picture you provided, it looks like you will have .6" to spare when you install this graphics card, so it should fit.

Cheers :)
ROIDO

Edited by =OSS*ROID=, 14 December 2008 - 07:01 PM.

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