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    Question video card recommendation

    I have a low end Gateway (SX2850-01) with poor onboard graphics. I have a slot for a PCIe x16 video card. But only a 220 Watt power supply. I would like a 512 or 1 GB card. Needs to be low profile compatable. Thank.

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    Re: video card recommendation

    This thing? I would imagine that, like most OEM machines, the PSU is bare minimum to run those specs. I think almost any GFX will tip it over the edge. But I'd start with the lowest spec low-profile card you can find - it will still be better than the on-board graphics. But you will really struggle without a new PSU. Do you know if it's standard ATX PSU? If you're not sure, post a picture of the label on the side of the power supply.

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    Re: video card recommendation

    Thaks for your help so far. How do I add pictures here?

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    Re: video card recommendation

    Here's somebody who added ATI HD 5570 without problems.So something around that max wattage should be fine.
    http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/29...d-gateway-2850
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    Re: video card recommendation

    Quote Originally Posted by BigSally View Post
    Thaks for your help so far. How do I add pictures here?
    You would need to host them somewhere, then post a link to the picture concerned using {IMG} tags (they are put in automatically, and with the correct brackets) if you use the "Insert Image button" on the post reply page).

    However, since the machine is Small Format, then there's a good chance the PSU format is something odd, meaning a standard ATX won't fit. CMBs link seems useful.


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    Re: video card recommendation

    Thanks Meridian and CMB

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    Re: video card recommendation

    Huh, you might be better off just getting a new computer and salvaging drives out of the old. Otherwise, you might be able to get away with a HD 7750.
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    Re: video card recommendation

    I guess an option is to sell it and get one custom made with standard, widely available parts at parts stores and with faster parts.

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