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DVious

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Hello! I am completely new to upgrading computer and need as much help as possible! My integrated video chip died a few weeks ago and I have spent the time looking for new video cards. I am looking at the NVIDIA GeForce 8400GS. I have a HP Pavilion a6700y that I am trying to upgrade. I am wondering if I should get a card that is designed for low profile since I donít have much room to work with. Also would a 256 or 512MB be better? I donít do much gaming and the games I have only require a 128MB. I do use my computer a lot for picture and movies. At the same time I am wondering if I should upgrade my power supply since it is 300 watts.

HP Pavilion a6700y
AMD Phenom X4 9150e Quad Core
4GB System Memory
500 GB Hard Drive
NVIDIA GeForce 6150 SE (Dead)
Windows Vista 64 bit
300 watt power supply

Motherboard:
ECS
MCP61PM-HM
Nettle3-GL8E

I appreciate all the help I can get!
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phillpower2

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Hi DVious :)
Two important questions to ask, Are you certain that the MB is not dead, (have you tried an add on gfx card to make sure it will work) & what is your budget?
Here are a couple of links for you to consider, gfx card with a freebie :) http://www.newegg.co...N82E16814102877
PSU http://www.newegg.co...N82E16817171046
$60.77 all in, when upgrading a computer one of the 1st thing to consider is will the psu power it, 300W is minimal and it is best to replace it.
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I do know that my motherboard is not dead. I borrowed a graphics card and low and behold it worked again! It also only showed that there was only one graphics card registering didnt even show that I had a graphics chip. My computer is simple so I don't want to spend too much I was looking at a budget of 100.
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This bundle is more than ample for what you require and for less than half your budget after the rebate;
http://www.newegg.co...st=Combo.469160
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