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Old 02-25-2008, 10:07 PM   #1
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My mom has a HP Pavilion desktop with an E2140 dual core, 2 gigs of ram, and a 320gb hard drive. Once in a while, I will use my Logitech G25 Racing wheel on her computer since my desk doesn't allow the clamps to fit (-_-).

Anyway, the computer itself doesn't have its own video card. My mom will never really need one, but I wouldn't mind sticking something in there that could at least handle Live for Speed and some other games fairly well. I'm not looking for PERFECT graphics at high resolutions, but I want something strong yet cheap. Best bang for the buck I guess..

Two things worth mentioning...

1. I tried putting in my old Radeon X700 from my Sony (RIP) but its an AGP card, and my mom's tower only has a PCI-Ex16 slot available if I remember correctly. The card has to be PCI-E.

2. The PSU is only about 250 watts. Is this going to be a problem? As I said, I don't want a crazy card, just something that will show a good improvement over on-board graphics.

I'd like to see what you guys think. I'm surfing NewEgg right now, too.

Cheers,

Chris
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Old 02-25-2008, 10:08 PM   #2
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Maybe an nVidia 7 series? I think 6 wouldn't work as it's AGP is it not?
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Old 02-25-2008, 10:11 PM   #3
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I think so. Do you think a 7 will be fine? I was looking at this:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814130085

But I'd gladly consider a 7 series if it will have good performance.
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Well, here's my argument: I think a 8600GT is a bit too much if you're gonna game on it every now and then. I mean, if you have the money go for it, but I'd say a 7 series would be just fine. I mean they're not horrible.
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Old 02-25-2008, 10:25 PM   #5
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Something like this?

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814130075
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Get a 9600gt
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Get a 9600gt
Not the price range i'm really looking for, plus I figure a lower-end card = less voltage requirements. The one I linked in my 2nd post looks okay.... hm. I just don't want to buy it, install it, and load up Live for Speed (a really simple racing game) and then go "Awwwww SH*T".
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OK spend your money on a new desk or a new wheel then!
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IMO I still think a 7 series would suit your needs. The one you linked is good. But does it need to be 256mb? Maybe a 128 could do the trick. I'm not sure if there is one at 128 though.
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The power supply in that HP Pavilion doesn't supply enough power for an 8600GT. They require at least a 350W PSU with 22A on the 12V rail. Even a 7600GT needs 350W w/18A.

You could use a GIGABYTE GV-RX24P256H Radeon HD 2400PRO. It's only $42.99 and should handle the games you want to play.
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