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Help me pick out new VideoCard - new comp

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I Just recently purchased a budget PC and it is working great, except I need a stronger video card. Now I believe I am somewhat limited in what I can get because I only have a 420w power supply. My budget is $150-$250 and I want to know what cards I can look at. I think a lot of the cards will not fit in my comp or require to much power. I currently have a GeForce gt 220 and it can only run crysis on 1024 768 at gamer settings with no AA. I would like to have the strongest card possible with my limited budget and power supply.

So I am looking for some suggestions on what cards I can purchase. I will include the specs below, any help is greatly appreciated!!

General Spec
Brand CyberpowerPC
Model Gamer Ultra 2040
Type Gaming
Processor AMD Phenom II X4 945(3.0GHz)
Processor Main Features 64 bit Quad-Core Processor
Cache Per Processor 4 x 512KB L2 Cache
Memory 4GB (2x2GB) DDR3 1333
Hard Drive 500GB SATA-II 3.0Gb/s 7200RPM HDD
Optical Drive 1 24X DVD±R/±RW Dual Layer Drive
Graphics NVIDIA GeForce GT 220 1GB PCI Express Video Card
Audio Sound card - Integrated
Ethernet Gigabit LAN
Power Supply 420W
Keyboard Xtreme Gear USB Keyboard
Mouse Xtreme Gear USB Mouse
Operating System Windows 7 Home Premium 64-Bit
Special Features Apevia X-Dreamer 3 Gaming Case
Chipset AMD 780L
CPU Type Phenom II X4
Installed Qty 1
CPU Speed 945(3.0GHz)
L2 Cache Per CPU 4 x 512KB
L3 Cache Per CPU 6MB
CPU Socket Type AM3
CPU Main Features 64 bit Quad-Core Processor
GPU/VPU Type NVIDIA GeForce GT 220
Graphics Interface PCI Express 2.0 x16
Memory Capacity 4GB DDR3
Memory Speed DDR3 1333
Form Factor DIMM 240-pin
Memory Spec 2GB x 2
Memory Slot (Total) 2
Memory Slot (Available) 0
Hard Drive
HDD Capacity 500GB
HDD Interface SATA II
HDD RPM 7200rpm
Optical Drive
Optical Drive Type DVD±RW
Optical Drive Spec 24X DVD±R/±RW Dual Layer Drive
Audio Chipset Integrated
LAN Chipset Integrated
LAN Speed 10/100/1000Mbps
Front Panel Ports
Front USB 2
Back Panel Ports
Rear USB 4
RJ45 1 port
PCI Slots (Available/Total) 1 x PCI Express x16
1 x PCI Express x1
2 x PCI
Mouse Type USB Mouse
Keyboard Type USB Keyboard
Physical Spec
Dimensions 18.90" x 7.32" x 16.46"
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and please, no mean remarks regarding my comp - I dont want any hurt feelings!
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Hi cjspoe :) couple for you consider, only one lists the
minimum psu requirements though which is 400W, it is DirectX 11
but is also DDR2 memory
The second one is DDR3 memory, DirectX 10 but does not list the
minimum psu requirements, on the plus side for this one it gets
good reviews so I hope your psu can handle it;
A word of caution regarding your psu though as you say it is a
budget pc they do not normally have the best brand put in them so
I would check the specs of the psu out first, post back with the
brand name & model No if you would like me to find info for you.
You could always replace your psu with one of these below and still
purchase a good gfx card;
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Hi Philpower,

Thank you for your reply, I can't find more out about my psu side without taking the computer apart I don't think and I am running late to work. However I do know it is 420w and here is a link to the model I bought - http://www.newegg.co...N82E16883229173 -

I will defiantly buy a new psu if it will let me get a better card. Is there any more info I could give you to see my best option with a total budget of $300 for a new card & psu combo or anything else I have to do?

** Doing some research it looks like I may have to purchase a low profile card



Edited by cjspoe, 19 July 2010 - 09:01 AM.

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If you are going to go for either of the two cards in the links the
Sparkle looks the better option, I would stay with the present card
in your computer rather than pay nearly $156 for the Visiontek, check
out the specs & compare them;
Present card http://www.nvidia.co..._gt_220_uk.html
Visiontek http://www.newegg.co...N82E16814129144
Notice all the reviews say the sparkle takes up 2 pci slots and runs
hot, look at getting additional cooling in there if you purchase it.
May I ask why you feel you need a low profile card the GT 220 that is
shown as being fitted is not a low profile!
For the psu option, with the money you will save I would recommend a
quality item that will help with the cooling such as this;
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Well thats a great question, If I don't have to go with a low profile I certainly won't...tech support said I did but then everyone else I talk with says I dont, so I am going with the latter.

With that psu choice, leaves me with about $150 to spend on a videocard, I am open to suggestions. I have been browsing newegg & have found a few good ideas. I am just hoping the psu and card fits in my case.
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Would this run on 420w, cyberpowers psu rates my comp at 450w on their site but where i bought it (newegg) says its 420w. I never installed a psu before and i could get a better card this way.
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If you are going to fit a good gfx card such as the one you are suggesting you want the best possible psu
to power it & I am afraid the present psu is not up to it, here are the power requirements for the card you
are looking to purchase;
System Requirements Minimum 450W or greater system power supply (with a minimum 12V current rating of 24A)
I would recommend this as a minimum http://www.newegg.co...N82E16817341022 but I myself would hold
out and go for the Corsair.
Swapping a psu out is straight forward and I can assist you if you require, have a look at the step by step
guide by Troy here http://www.geekstogo...r-own-computer/ let us know what you decide.
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