Need Video card for 250W power supply

By joeschmotz
Aug 31, 2009
  1. Hi everyone! I have a Compaq Presario with a 250 watt power supply and a PCI Express X16 slot. I need suggestions for an nVidia or Radeon card that will work with such a low power supply! I play WoW and Oblivion, hopefully will be able to play Star Trek online. Any suggestions?? Much appreciated!

    Here are the specs of my comp;

    Hi! I own a Compaq Presario computer with an AMD Sempron processor and 2 GB RAM installed. There are only two available slots for RAM, and the computer was advertised as being upgradable to 4 GB. Can anyone tell me the most powerful processor AMD processor I can upgrade this computer with, as well as the best memory (2-2G sticks) to use?? Here are the MOBO specs...

    Motherboard description Motherboard manufacturer's name: Asus M2N68-LA
    HP/Compaq name: Ivy8-GL6

    CPU/Processor Socket: AM2
    Supports the following processors:
    Athlon 64 X2 with Dual Core technology
    Athlon 64

    Front-side bus (FSB) 2000MT/s (2.0 GT/s)

    Chipset NVIDIA GeForce 6150SE nForce 430

    BIOS features System BIOS core brand: Award
    Keyboard combination to used to enter BIOS: F10

    Form factor Micro-ATX: 9.6 in X 9.6 in

    Memory Dual channel memory architecture
    Two 240-pin DDR2 DIMM sockets
    Supported DIMM types:
    PC2-4200 (533 MHz)
    PC2-5300 (667 MHz)
    PC2-6400 (800 MHz)
    Non-ECC memory only, unbuffered
    Supports 2GB DDR2 DIMMs
    Supports up to 4 GB*
    32 bit PCs cannot address a full 4.0 GB of memory.

    NOTE: *Actual available memory may be less

    Expansion slots Two PCI
    One PCI Express x16 graphics (for graphics card)
    One PCI Express x1 (for cards such as network, sound, tv-tuner)

    Video graphics Integrated graphics using nVidia GeForce 6150SE
    Up to 256MB of system memory (with 512MB or more system memory)
    Also supports PCI Express x16 graphics cards

    NOTE: Either integrated graphics or the PCI Express x16 slot are usable at one time; they are not usable concurrently.

    Parallel ATA One 40-pin UltraDMA 100/66/33 connector
    Supports PIO, multi-word DMA modes
    Supports two PATA disk drives on one PATA ribbon cable (two drives total)

    Serial ATA Two SATA connectors:
    SATA1 = Black
    SATA2 = White

    Supports 1 SATA 150 or SATA 300 disk drive on each SATA connector
    Speed up to 1.5Gb/sec or 3.0Gb/sec, complying with SATA 1.0 and SATA 2.0 specifications
  2. joeschmotz

    joeschmotz TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 22

    Sorry I pasted too much from another post in my original message. All I want to know is about the video card for my 250 watt power supply. Thanks!
  3. raybay

    raybay TS Evangelist Posts: 7,241   +10

    Upgrade the power supply... before you consider the video graphics card.

    You do not have a lot of room, but there are many power supplies that will fit... from the FSP group, Sparkle (my choice), Seasonic, and many others.
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