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I need a new Graphics card for my computer and the one I ordered I have to send back, itís not compatible with my PC. I never thought to check to see what kind of Power supply I have in my PC. This Radeon 4870 needs a 450 watt power supply and the one in my computer looks like it tops out at about 300 watts.

So here is what I have in my computer right now:
I have a HP Pavilion a1530n
Intel Pentium D 820 (2.80 GHz)
RAM (I just upgraded this) 2GB DDR2 PC2-6400
The 300 watt power supply
Graphics (and here is the problem) Intel 82945G Express Chipset with 224Mbytes

The good news is I do have a PCI ExpressX16 expansion slot.
Someone please suggest a graphics card that I can use for STO that will work with this computer.

Thanks,
Terry
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# 2
01-29-2010, 09:42 PM
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Originally Posted by redheadguy
I need a new Graphics card for my computer and the one I ordered I have to send back, itís not compatible with my PC. I never thought to check to see what kind of Power supply I have in my PC. This Radeon 4870 needs a 450 watt power supply and the one in my computer looks like it tops out at about 300 watts.

So here is what I have in my computer right now:
I have a HP Pavilion a1530n
Intel Pentium D 820 (2.80 GHz)
RAM (I just upgraded this) 2GB DDR2 PC2-6400
The 300 watt power supply
Graphics (and here is the problem) Intel 82945G Express Chipset with 224Mbytes

The good news is I do have a PCI ExpressX16 expansion slot.
Someone please suggest a graphics card that I can use for STO that will work with this computer.

Thanks,
Terry
I have been always a Nvidia person. For your system I would recommend a 9400/9600 gt. should only need a 300 watt power supply and gives you direct x 10. Should let you run STO with good graphics quality without need to upgrade your power supply.
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# 3
01-29-2010, 09:47 PM
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I have been always a Nvidia person. For your system I would recommend a 9400/9600 gt. should only need a 300 watt power supply and gives you direct x 10. Should let you run STO with good graphics quality without need to upgrade your power supply.
I have 9400. It's below sys reqs but the game plays fine. The borg cubes look pretty bad, but otherwise it's nice. I have no idea about the power supply stuff though.
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# 4
01-29-2010, 09:49 PM
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I have 9400. It's below sys reqs but the game plays fine. The borg cubes look pretty bad, but otherwise it's nice. I have no idea about the power supply stuff though.
9400 is 2 generations above the min which is 7960
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# 5
01-29-2010, 09:49 PM
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9400 is 2 generations above the min which is 7960
Strange, I thought they recommended the 9600.
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# 6
01-29-2010, 09:53 PM
If it helps, this is a pretty good PSU for $30. It'd run that machine with a 4870 or equivalent without a sweat.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817171028
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# 7
01-29-2010, 09:53 PM
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Strange, I thought they recommended the 9600.
Minimum System Specifications

* OS: Windows XP SP2/ Windows Vista/Windows 7 (32 or 64-bit)
* CPU: Intel dual-core 1.8 GHz or AMD Athlon X2 + 3800
* Memory: 1GB RAM or Better
* Video:ATI Radeon X1800 or NVIDIA GeForce 7950 or better
* Sound: DirectX 9.0c Compatible Soundcard
* DirectX: Version 9.0c or Higher
* HDD: 5GB Free Disk Space
* Network: Broadband Required
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# 8
01-29-2010, 09:57 PM
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Originally Posted by Kirkfat View Post
Strange, I thought they recommended the 9600.
But a 7960 is a much higher family of card than the 9600. Just two revisions older.


As for catd? Most decent cards will need one or two PCi power supply points.

You could get a 9600 that should not need power but it's a low-mid-range card now. should have stuck with what you bought. You can pick up an 850 watt PSU with all the correct pci power plugs for around $40.

I would not put less than a 500 watt in any machine these days.

If you want a decent card, change the PSU.
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# 9
01-29-2010, 10:04 PM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814125253

this card is a good card. run on low watts, it has mainstream power. I even have it running in a back up machine, and it runs the game great at max screen res, and setting on med high.
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# 10
01-29-2010, 10:06 PM
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Originally Posted by Zodi-emish
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814125253

this card is a good card. run on low watts, it has mainstream power. I even have it running in a back up machine, and it runs the game great at max screen res, and setting on med high.
I think it'd be better to spend $30 on a new PSU and buy the high-end card, personally.
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