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Babeman

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#61 9 years ago
Bs|Archaon;4947694It depends on the model (I can't be arsed to check tbh) but with a 'slimline' model like that chances are the mobo wouldn't fit in a standard case anyway, so even if you go down the route of getting a new case and PSU you're still screwed.

We've already determined that his motherboard will fit inside a normal case (ones that say will fit a 'MicroATX' board).

Go with the 4550 card, if worst comes to worst you can always return it. But i'm almost positive that it will power it and you'll be fine. Computernerd, no manufacturer would list their minimum wattage on their card, they only list their maximum consumption wattage to be safe. Even a GTX295 just tips over the use of 300w

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#62 9 years ago

If you do end up getting a case, look for one used - they are usually dirt-cheap. If not, you may want to get a nice one that will have enough expandability and airflow to last a lifetime.




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#63 9 years ago

Babeman;4947701We've already determined that his motherboard will fit inside a normal case (ones that say will fit a 'MicroATX' board).

Go with the 4550 card, if worst comes to worst you can always return it. But i'm almost positive that it will power it and you'll be fine. Computernerd, no manufacturer would list their minimum wattage on their card, they only list their maximum consumption wattage to be safe. Even a GTX295 just tips over the use of 300w

(Sapphire Radeon HD 4870 Video Card 100243L | Radeon 4870,Sapphire 100243L,RV770,Radeon 4850 CrossFireX,Sapphire 100243L Radeon HD 4870 GDDR5 Video Card Performance Test Comparison Product Review | Benchmark Reviews Performance Tests)

Uhm, read the disclaimer.

Below is a chart with the isolated video card power consumption (not system total) displayed in Watts for each specified test product:

Which means that the graphics card alone can use up to 300 watts of power. Not counting the 100-300 watts for the rest of the system.

A "Sapphire Radeon HD 4670" looks promising though, with only 70 watts of power consumption.




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#64 9 years ago

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Is there no 250w vid card that's at least as good as the Intel GMA 3100? I just need anything that can play Guild Wars decently and display all the missing effects/textures/etc.

I'm really tempted to just order one of those Radeon 300w cards...




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#65 9 years ago

Babeman;4947701they only list their maximum consumption wattage to be safe.[/quote]

Most of the cards I found didn't even include that.

[QUOTE=Babeman;4947701]Even a GTX295 just tips over the use of 300w.

Just? Both the 295 and the 4870 X2 get a good bit over 300w when at load.


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#66 9 years ago

Morbid_Murder;4948381=/

Is there no 250w vid card that's at least as good as the Intel GMA 3100? I just need anything that can play Guild Wars decently and display all the missing effects/textures/etc.

Intel GMA 3100! Yikes.

I would probably recommend that you try to stick with the Geforce 7xxx, or 8xxx series cards, or Radeon X, or X1 series cards. Preferably something with 256mb of RAM. Meanwhile avoiding any Radeon HD series, or Geforce 9xxx, or Gxxx series. Also, avoid anything with a GT at the end.

A Geforce 8600 256mb card, or Radeon X1600 card should do nicely.




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#67 9 years ago

Ok I'm not sure if this helps or not, but here's the PC I bought before this one (refunded because the cpu wasn't fast enough): Acer - Desktop with AMD Sempron™ X2 2300 Dual-Core Processor - AX1200-U1711A It uses an onboard Nividia 8200 and worked great when I had it. I looked around and some sites say that the pc has a 220w psu. When it comes to power usage, are vid cards and onboard chipsets comparable if their performance is similar? Do you guys know if there's any 250w cards that's almost as good as an onboard 8200?




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#68 9 years ago
Morbid_Murder;4950214Ok I'm not sure if this helps or not, but here's the PC I bought before this one (refunded because the cpu wasn't fast enough): Acer - Desktop with AMD Sempron™ X2 2300 Dual-Core Processor - AX1200-U1711A It uses an onboard Nividia 8200 and worked great when I had it. I looked around and some sites say that the pc has a 220w psu. When it comes to power usage, are vid cards and onboard chipsets comparable if their performance is similar? Do you guys know if there's any 250w cards that's almost as good as an onboard 8200?

Well the thing is, ntegrated GPUs don't have their own dedicated memory like cards do, they feed off the system RAM. Integrated GPUs probably require less power since it's just a chip located on the lower right section of the motherboard.


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#69 9 years ago

Integrated graphics solutions will almost always be inferior to dedicated GPUs, unless you're comparing a modern IGP with a dedicated card that's more than a few generations old. If you're looking for a low-profile GPU then I'd go for something like a GeForce 8400, which would be powerful enough to handle something like Guild Wars with no major issues, but still not draw a lot of power or use up valuable case real estate. Also, you want to bear in mind what interface you're using - these days it's usually PCI-Express, but there are a lot of OEMs out there that are still trudging along with AGP, especially on their budget, low-end systems. I'm not sure if there are many AGP cards based on the nVidia 8 series available, and I'm almost certain that none exist for the 9 series, so if in doubt you might want to stick with a low-end 7 series card instead, such as a 7300 - or an ATi equivelant, if you prefer, perhaps an X1300.

Oh, btw computernerd, you're thinking of the Southbridge chip, which handles "non-essential" subsystems such as disk I/O, networking and sound. IGPs are usually integrated into the Northbridge chip, which sits just below the CPU and RAM in order to reduce latency. You're correct in that it requires a /lot/ less power than a dedicated card, however a low-profile model such as the 8400 I suggested really isn't going to put much of a strain on the PSU, for that to become a concern you'd have to be looking at MUCH higher-end cards.




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#70 9 years ago

Ok so I finally called Dell.

The guy told me that if you add a video card to a 530s/537s while customizing it, it also gets ugpraded with a 300w psu. We talked for abit then he sent me this link:

Dell - Search - All Dell.com

He says the first 3 actually would fit into this slimcase. Is he right on that?