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Old 02-24-2013, 03:33 PM   #1
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Default GRAPHIC card advise

hey all, got some quick questions.
looking to upgrade my graphics card but im running into some problems. the problem is i have no idea what im doing. Im looking into getting a NVIDIA Geforce 8800 card but im not sure if my comp is compatible. i believe i have an integrated graphics card so im not sure if that means im able to upgrade it or not. i also understand that my power input has some affect on what i can and cannot do.

here's some specs:
System Information
Time of this report: 2/24/2013, 12:38:40
Machine name: CHRIS-PC
Operating System: Windows Vista™ Home Premium (6.0, Build 6002) Service Pack 2 (6002.vistasp2_gdr.130104-1437)
Language: English (Regional Setting: English)
System Manufacturer: HP-Pavilion
System Model: KT380AA-ABA s3521p
BIOS: Phoenix - AwardBIOS v6.00PG
Processor: AMD Athlon(tm) 64 X2 Dual Core Processor 5200+ (2 CPUs), ~2.7GHz
Memory: 3966MB RAM
Page File: 2104MB used, 6042MB available
Windows Dir: C:\Windows
DirectX Version: DirectX 11
DX Setup Parameters: Not found
DxDiag Version: 7.00.6002.18107 32bit Unicode
Display Devices
Card name: NVIDIA GeForce 6150SE nForce 430
Manufacturer: NVIDIA
Chip type: GeForce 6150SE nForce 430
DAC type: Integrated RAMDAC
Device Key: Enum\PCI\VEN_10DE&DEV_03D0&SUBSYS_2A66103C&REV_A2
Display Memory: 1848 MB
Dedicated Memory: 120 MB
Shared Memory: 1727 MB
Current Mode: 1440 x 900 (32 bit) (60Hz)
Monitor: Generic PnP Monitor
Driver Name: nvd3dum,nvd3dumx.dll
Driver Version: 7.15.0011.6395 (English)
DDI Version: 9Ex
BGRA Supported: Yes
Driver Attributes: Final Retail

any help would be greatly appreciated...............

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Old 02-24-2013, 05:12 PM   #2
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If it has a pcie slot on the Mobo then you can put any pcie graphics card in. This will take over from the on board graphics usually automatically.

As far as power is concerned you need to know first what the output of your current unit is. To do this you need to open the case and look at the stickers on the power supply unit. You might see something like 300w or 450w depending on what you have.

Report this figure back and we can advise from there.
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