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Need Suggestion for Video Card

By ironfang
Aug 17, 2006
  1. I'm currently working on upgrading my computer and I'm stuck at the video card. I'm have a gateway so I have alot of minimum requirements. I'm only running on a 160w power supply. I'm looking to upgrade to at least 128 mb video card. Can anyone help me find a video card with 16x PCI express that will work with my computer?
     
  2. eazy_duz_em

    eazy_duz_em TS Rookie Posts: 102

    it's kinda hard running yur pc on full load with a 160W psu...
    as i don't know your budget i gave you a link to a cheap video card..
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16814127193
    but if you want a better card you can find it yourself( by prices )
    You should certanly change you psu because none of the cards will work on your configuration.
     
  3. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 5,429   +27

    I'm afraid there are no PCI Express video cards I know of that will run at x16 speed with a PSU that is that underpowered. U will need a new PSU if u want even a moderately good PCI-E card that can run at full speed. BTW what Gateway model do u have?
     
  4. wolfram

    wolfram TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,967   +9

    That PSU could blow with a new video card, and possibly damage some other components.

    You need a new PSU, with at least 350W, and one made by quality manufacturers, like FSP Group, Antec, Enermax, etc.

    You can get a decent PSU for less than $40.
     
  5. sw123

    sw123 TS Rookie Posts: 595

    I say to 400w. That can make the system more stable.
     
  6. wolfram

    wolfram TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,967   +9

    I'm sure he can get away with 350W. I'm currently running a 300W FSP Group PSU with absolutely no stability problems, even using a X800GTO videocard :)

    Just make sure it has good amperes on the +12V rail or rails.
     
  7. ironfang

    ironfang TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Currently my setup is

    Hard Drives -
    Maxtor 20-GB 5400-RPM Hard Disk Drive Revision 1 [Part #5502355] Support Docs


    Memory - Find Upgrades
    MEM DDR 128MB PC266B 16X8 R0 [Part #5000580] Support Docs
    (now with 1.25 G of DDR)

    Mice
    Logitech USB Optical Mouse Revision 5 [Part #7003991] Support Docs


    Modems
    Gateway V.92 PCI Soft Modem R1 (Palmer) [Part #6002118] Support Docs

    Monitors
    EV700 17-inch Monitor with 15.9-inch Viewable [Part #7004012] Support Docs

    Motherboards
    Intel (Nimitz) Pentium 4 - 1.8 GHz [Part #2516497] Support Docs


    Power Supplies
    160-Watt Power Supply [Part #6500582] Support Docs
     
  8. eazy_duz_em

    eazy_duz_em TS Rookie Posts: 102

    it's really amazing that your computer even starts up.. LoL.
     
  9. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 5,429   +27

    Why don't u try and sell the PC and get a new one? There is a guide here at TechSpot using which u can build urself one for between 650-1000 dollars, depending on what choices u make. It will be a dual-core system which will be a very good performance jump from ur single-core P4.
     
  10. wolfram

    wolfram TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,967   +9

    I agree with Rage. I had a Gateway PC some time ago, and I had to build a new one in order to get a good, modern PC.
     
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