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Do I need a new CPU for a better graphics card?

By cbass619
Mar 17, 2012
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  1. im planing to get a
    ATI Radeon HD 4350 512MB Graphics Card P002P
    but i just need to know if i need to upgrade anything else to use that graphics card i also have integrated graphics
    getting a 650w psu

    system specs:
    Operating System
    MS Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit SP1
    CPU
    AMD Athlon II X2 250 25 °C
    Regor 45nm Technology
    RAM
    3.00 GB Dual-Channel DDR3 @ 533MHz (7-7-7-20)
    Motherboard
    FOXCONN 2AB7 (CPU 1) 23 °C
    Graphics
    HP S2031 (1600x900@60Hz)
    ATI Radeon 3000 Graphics (HP)
    Hard Drives
    488GB Seagate ST350041 8AS SATA Disk Device (SATA) 27 °C
    Optical Drives
    hp DVD A DH16ABLH SATA CdRom Device
    NUDO LUV0HA7WH SCSI CdRom Device
    DTSOFT Virtual CdRom Device
    Audio
    Realtek High Definition Audio
     
  2. Leeky

    Leeky TS Evangelist Posts: 4,378   +98

    You should be fine with the GPU your ordering. It will bottleneck on faster GPUs though.

    Also, that 650W PSU is proper overkill if your going for a HD4350. A 350-400W model would be plenty powerful enough, AMD suggests 350W for 2x HD4350's, so even at that wattage you have head room. Make sure you get a decent band named PSU though.

    AMD HD4350 power requirements here: http://www.amd.com/uk/products/desk...s/ati-radeon-hd-4300-system-requirements.aspx
     
  3. cbass619

    cbass619 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    one more thing i have integrated graphics i heard its built in the computer
     
  4. Leeky

    Leeky TS Evangelist Posts: 4,378   +98

    Aye, as long as you have the PCI-Express 16x slot on the motherboard, and the space to fit a new GPU you will be fine.

    What's the total wattage of your current power supply? It might be enough to handle it if its not too old.

    EDIT: If this is your motherboard: http://www.findlaptopdriver.com/foxconn-motherboard-2ab7-specs-10272010h35/

    You do not have a PCI-express 16x socket, so you can't upgrade to a dedicated graphics card.
     
  5. cbass619

    cbass619 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    i would have to open my computer to check but i think its 300w or 350
     
  6. Leeky

    Leeky TS Evangelist Posts: 4,378   +98

    You need to open it anyway, I don't think you can even upgrade your GPU. I edited my last post to add more information.
     
  7. cbass619

    cbass619 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    it doesn't really look like that and the only thing right on the mobo specs is the intergrated graphics but if it is ill just buy a new computer
     
  8. Leeky

    Leeky TS Evangelist Posts: 4,378   +98

    Below is a image that shows both the PCI-express 16x slots (in blue) next to the PCI-express 1x slot (white and really short). Your motherboard could also have PCI slots (far right of the picture in white).

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    In order to install the HD 4350 you need to have a PCI-express 16x slot (labelled PCIe 2.0 x16 in that picture)-- check to see if has the tab on the end for the GPU release, and that the slots pin layout matches the versions on your motherboard.

    If your PSU is 300-350W it should handle it, providing its not very old (as in years and years).
     
  9. cbass619

    cbass619 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    ok ill check in the morning cause its 3:00 am where i am thanks for the help
     
  10. Leeky

    Leeky TS Evangelist Posts: 4,378   +98

    No problem. Let us know how you get on once you've checked. If your still not sure, take a picture and add it here, and I'll let you know exactly what you have.
     
  11. Zen

    Zen TechSpot Paladin Posts: 938   +44

    I hate to intrude, but if cbass619 does not have a dedicated PCI-e slot and he only has regular PCI slots, he could always research perhaps a decent old school PCI slot video card, it's just a thought! Even PCI slot video cards in some aspects have to be better than a simple low MB's mother board video adapter. I took the liberty in researching a couple PCI slot only video cards, maybe if there's a couple options to choose from, it will help things here! :)

    EVGA GeForce 6200
    http://www.amazon.com/EVGA-GeForce-S-Video-Graphics-512-P1-N402-LR/dp/B001V9LQC0

    Visiontek Radeon X1300
    http://www.buy.com/prod/visiontek-r...d-256mb-visiontek-radeon-x1300/204721601.html

    Diamond Stealth 9250
    http://www.staples.com/Diamond-Stea...e:Technology:Pc_Components:607520:S9250PCI256

    Radeon 7500
    http://www.provantage.com/diablotek-v7500-p64~7DIAB00E.htm

    There I think that's enough options, I hope that gives cbass619 at least a little something to think about. Plus when I was running an old Dell Dimension 3000 it only had basic PCI slots, no PCI-e at all. I ran with an older Nvidia GeFroce 6200 for a while, not bad, not to good, kind of a decent low end card, it did the job!

    Hope all this helps!
     
     
  12. cbass619

    cbass619 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    thank you for all the options
     


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