Help me choose a video card!

By supersalad
Aug 17, 2011
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  1. Hi there,

    First time poster, long time lover of computers. Alright, well here's the scoop. I started with a basic Dell Vostro 200 with no video card installed. I took the video card out of my older PC and installed it but I began having problems with the rest of the computer not being up to par. So what I've done is upgrade the parts one by one:

    -standard Dell Vostro 200
    -installed ATI Radeon X300 SE video card
    -installed Intel E5700 dual core 3.0GHz
    -installed two(2) Samsung 1gb PC2-5300 DDR2 (3gb total w/ two 512mb)

    Essentially all I want is a graphics card that would work the best for my PC. It can run Starcraft 2 which is absurd, considering how old the graphics card is, but what I really want it for is to play the game Vindictus on really graphically appealing settings. I really don't know much except the max. wattage is 250. Hope that helps!

    Much appreciated
  2. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Posts: 5,219   +157

    Hi salad,
    The problem here is that any card that will accomplish what you want needs a PSU of 400w or more. even the cards that do not have a PCIE 6 pin.
  3. supersalad

    supersalad TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Well what's interesting is that the card I currently have is almost 8 years old. Is what you're saying basically that I need a better PSU to turn my PC into a gaming computer...? Let me reiterate:

    What graphics card will take advantage of my upgraded CPU/ram? If possible could you list the req. PSU
  4. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Posts: 5,219   +157

  5. supersalad

    supersalad TS Rookie Topic Starter

    She's a beauty! My insides are curling to save space and money to be able to afford that, faster. Thanks red, I think I've got more of an idea what I should do now. keep safe!

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