graphics card update

  bil1 15:13 19 Dec 2011

Hi all,

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)

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

  Ibanez2010 15:26 19 Dec 2011

If you want to play games then don't bother with those cards. The HD5450 is similar to the built in Intel graphics on your motherboard and will not make any difference. Depends on what you want to use your PC for.

  bil1 16:02 19 Dec 2011

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.

  KRONOS the First 17:00 19 Dec 2011

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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