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Old 02-23-2015, 07:52 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Need Video Card

My machine runs an Intel(R) G33/G31 video card. I also only have a 300 watt power supply. Upgrading the power supply is not an option. Any suggestion would help.
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Old 02-23-2015, 07:58 PM   #2 (permalink)
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My machine runs an Intel(R) G33/G31 video card. I also only have a 300 watt power supply. Upgrading the power supply is not an option. Any suggestion would help.
Why's that?

Problem is you aren't going to able to get anything good without a better PSU. I wouldn't run a video card on a crap 300 watt psu.

I assume this either a mini tower or brand name where a bigger psu won't fit. Buy a new case.
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Old 02-23-2015, 08:02 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Re: Need Video Card

Buy an external.
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Old 02-23-2015, 08:10 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Re: Need Video Card

I am not trying to play Crysis or Assasin's Creed. I'm trying to get something that will play Oblivion. I'm not trying to get the best. Just something workable.
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Old 02-23-2015, 11:11 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Re: Need Video Card

My PSU is 375W max.

The CPU is a Core 2 Duo, 65W.
The GPU is a Nvidia Geforce GT 640, 65W.

No problems here.

Oblivion is pretty old, probably any nvidia card series that is less than the "40" line will suffice.

The 640 isn't bad.
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Re: Need Video Card

Need more info, What type of expansion slots do you have? AGP, PCIe, or PCI(if it's old)

If you have a slim tower you will need a slim card too otherwise a normal one likely will not fit.
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Re: Need Video Card

Basically, any new GPU that is out now doesn't support anything lower than 300w and any gpu out now will run oblivion. For a while i ran a 500w card on a 500w max psu and it worked just fine, so, who knows
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Re: Need Video Card

Would an AMD R7 240 work for me?
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Would an AMD R7 240 work for me?
Would be fine. You're looking at about 60-120 watts (idle/load). Also, Assuming it a) fits in your case and b) you have a decent psu to provide it clean power. Not that a shit psu wouldn't feed it. I have seen too many shit psu's crap out on decent cards. ymmv
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Re: Need Video Card

That card with your psu will probably give you a blue screen of death in the middle of a game.

If upgrading the power supply isn't an option then I think this is a complete list of all your options.

Radeon HD8570
Radeon R5 220
Radeon HD4550
Radeon HD4350
Radeon HD3450
GeForce 9600 GT 600Mhz
GeForce 9400 GT
GeForce 8400 GS
GeForce 8300 GS
GeForce GTX 730 GDDR5
GeForce GTX 730 DDR3 128bits
GeForce GTX 730 DDR3 64bits
GeForce GTX 720
GeForce GT 620
GeForce GT 610
GeForce 605
GeForce GT 520
GeForce 510
GeForce GT 420
GeForce 405
GeForce GT 320
GeForce 315
GeForce 310
GeForce GT 220
GeForce 210
GeForce 205
GeForce 100

If it was me I'd put them all in a spread sheet.
Look up the rank for each one here PassMark Software - Video Card (GPU) Benchmark Charts - Video Card Model List
Then look up the price for each one at ebay.
And pick the cheapest one with a high rank.

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A minimum 350 watt PSU is recommended for AMD R7 240.
All the cards I listed recommend 300 watt min.
There isn't anything for less than 300 watts.

The AMD R7 240 might run but you are going to be cutting it real close. If you can try it for free, I would. But I wouldn't buy it because the odds aren't great.
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Re: Need Video Card

Well, I got me a 600w psu put into my machine for less than a $100. Its a Sentey BXP600. Any suggestion on getting a video card for under a $100?
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