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I recently bought a budget desktop pc the details below, I need some advice on upgrading graphics from the Intel HD intergrated. I've never opened up a desktop before much less fit a card into the PCIe slot and a lot of the technical detail gets lost on me. I am looking for a low end card as my PSU is only 400watt which I dont much want to replace...yet!
I found a couple (listed below) within my price range; opinions and advice not only welcome but needed, (i dont know if those i've listed would infact improve my pc)
HIS HD 5450 1GB DDR3 DVI VGA HDMI Out PCI-E Graphics Card http://www.ebuyer.com/236793-his-hd-5450-1gb-ddr3-dvi-vga-hdmi-out-pci-e-graphics-card-h545hr1g
Sapphire HD 5450 1GB DDR3 Graphics Card DVI, HDMI http://www.envizage.com/products/graphics-cards-ati---pci-express/15061-sapphire-hd-5450-1gb-ddr3-graphics-card-dvi--hdmi.html
PowerColor HD 5450 1GB DDR3 DVI VGA HDMI Out PCI-E http://www.ebuyer.com/193879-powercolor-hd-5450-1gb-ddr3-dvi-vga-hdmi-out-pci-e-graphics-card-ax5450-1gbk3-sh
Intel Pentium Dual Core G840 Processor 2.8GHz, 3MB Cache 6GB DDR3 1333MHz RAM Configuration: 2GB + 4GB 2 x DIMM slot 1TB SATA II Optical Drive DVDRW Supermulti Intel HD Integrated Graphics Network Interface: 10/100/1000 Interfaces 1 set 5.1 channel Audio jacks (3 jacks) 1 x PS/2 keyboard port 6 x USB 2.0 ports 1 x RJ45 LAN port 1 x VGA port 1 x HDMI port Expansion 1 x PCI-e x 16 slot (Free) 2 x PCI-e x 1 slot (Free) 4 x Sata II ports (2 free) PSU 400 watt
thanks for quick reply Ibanez2010,
I will be gaming on it but its mostly watching HD vids. Also I connected it to my lcd but its not quite the same as my monitor (everything is out of proportion) so I thought upgrading my Graphics card would sort it out. technically my lcd can be used as a monitor but am guessing its really just an telly.
but to repeat pc's for watching HD vids.
I have a small HTPC I use for streaming videos music etc etc and the motherboard has an integrated graphics chip and I have a very good resolution on the 32inch TV. Have you tried altering the resolution same as you would do on a monitor?
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