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Old 01-09-2008, 04:09 PM
 
Location: Mableton, GA USA (NW Atlanta suburb, 4 miles OTP)
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Hey all...

I just picked up an unbranded Celeron D 360 box for $179 (really a COMPAQ SR5010NX, they just don't admit it) for my wife to play Sims2 on.

I already know before it gets here that the onboard video is crap (Intel 945g Express Chipset). She doesn't want to do hard-core gaming on it, and neither do I, but what is the best card I could pick up for it without spending more than US$50 or so on eBay or whatever?

I might want to play the occasional Spring (formerly called "TA Spring") or UT2004 on it. Who knows? But that might require more video than I want to buy. Not that Spring needs that much.
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Old 01-09-2008, 04:35 PM
 
Location: Tejas
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I use the GeForce 7800GS and it was cheap, play MOHAA and COD2 on her, my friend plays COD4 with it.

This is a good cheap card XFX GeForce 8500 GT Ultra Silent Cooling 512MB DDR2 SLI Ready PCI Express (Dual Link) DVI VGA HDTV Video Card PVT86JYAHG at TigerDirect.com
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Old 01-09-2008, 06:46 PM
 
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I seem to be agreeing with BrianH today.

Same card on Newegg. Got good reviews and has a rebate on the 256mb and 512mb cards.

Newegg.com - Computer Parts, PC Components, Laptop Computers, Digital Cameras and more! (http://tinyurl.com/25p8j8 - broken link)
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Old 01-11-2008, 02:09 PM
 
Location: Mableton, GA USA (NW Atlanta suburb, 4 miles OTP)
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Thanks for the excellent suggestions, guys. I'm off to buy a card.
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Old 01-18-2008, 07:01 AM
 
Location: NJ
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In case you need it, here's the spec page for the Compaq SR5010NX. It says it does have a PCI-E x16 slot.

Make sure you visit that page after you get it. If you click the link that says technical support in the gray box (at the top right) it will tell you how to make restore disks. Do this asap, you might want to make 2 copies just in case.

I'm not impressed with the page for that model. Compaq is usually one of the best branded computer sites, I can usually get info for stuff like this on video card upgrades, but for some reason can't. I know with some branded computers you have to be very careful of the card's voltage, you could blow the mobo adding the wrong card.

HP and Compaq Desktop PCs - Installing or Replacing a Video Card

I like the choice card that was picked out. It doesn't need power. You will need to upgrade ram if it's only coming with 512. What I would do is go to Crucial to see what they suggest for this model, then you can go to newegg & match it with another brand that's cheaper.

The compaq page also doesn't show what power supply comes with it. You also may want to keep in mind you may need to upgrade it. I've never had any issues swapping the PSU out on a compaq.

Good luck with it. If you need help, there's a web chat feature. Last time I used it the techs were very good answering my questions. There is no language barrier with the web chat or email support.
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