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Switching graphic cards


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tylerthewalrus

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Hi everybody!

I recently bought a new HP computer, but the graphics card that was included kind of sucks. I was wondering what steps I would need to take so I can replace it with the ATI Radeon X1300 (256mb) card from my previous computer.

http://www.staples.c...ATURED:SC3:CG71
This is the computer.

-Will this run on a 64 bit system?
-Is it compatible with Vista?
-If so can somebody please give me a direct link to the drivers? I lost the CD. :)
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You have an open PCI port on the new computer, so you can use the graphics card with it.
You are planning to run with this card on a Vista 64-bit OS?

Here are the drivers for Vista 64bit: http://support.amd.c...mp;lang=English
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Yes I am planning on running it on a Vista 64-bit OS.
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Then you should be fine.

If you plan on gaming, you might want to pick up a better card. If you wish to do this, what is your budget?
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I do not want to spend over $200.
What cards would you suggest?
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If you spend a little over 200$ then you can get this card which offers very good performance with most modern PC games: http://www.tigerdire...e...&CatId=1558
The thing here is that you will need a better PSU to support this card and ensure stability, you will also need a monitor that connects with a DVI cable or S-Video.

This one also offers almost equal performance, but you will still need a DVI monitor and a better PSU.
http://www.tigerdire...e...&CatId=1558

Even though this card costs less, it has nearly if not equal performance of the others: http://www.tigerdire...e...&CatId=1558
Still would recommend a better PSU.

Right now, I am running a 300W minimum card on a 250W PSU, and the system is really stable.
For you, your computer will have a 300W PSU, and the cards are rated for 450W. They should work, but on high demanding games they might need more power. Right now, unless you want to upgrade your PSU, or buy a better computer, upgrading your card may not be worth it.
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Hey!
This one looks really good: http://www.newegg.co...N82E16814125251
Very inexpensive too, only 25$ after the rebate, and is better than your other card. This is recommended, also you should not have PSU problems (minimum 300W PSU)
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