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tally2425

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Looking for a graphics card with a HDMI cable doesn't have to be anything flas aslong as it has a HDMI cable.

What things do i need to look like requirements when i look for one, Could anyone tell me what i need to look for i have a vague idea for example i know my motherboard has a PCI-E port will any graphics card fit in this slot without any problems and will work find or do i need to look for other things?
 

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what hardware do you have ? what do you want the card for ? if for gaming, what resolution is the monitor ?
 

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Just a standard Quad-Core computer i bought around 2 years ago all standard spec, it's 22" not sure on resolution. I will be playing a few games on it but i'm really just looking for a graphics card with a HMDI port so i can put my computer onto my 42" TV.

What things do i need to look for when looking for one? how do i know if it is compatible with my computer?
 

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you need to say exactly what you wanna use the card for as some games need a better card than others
 

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I only play Age of empires III on PC so that will be the only game i will need it for
 

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We need to know a few things about ur pc. The PSU is a key factor as it will have to power the GPU in the first place, you can find this bt opening the side of the case and tell us the make/number on the large power block.

The CPU and RAM can be a factor too and to find this out you just need to right click my computer and check specifications. Programmes like ccleaner, cpuz and speccy will tell you what u need to know and then just post the results here
 

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You planning on just hooking it up to the tv to watch films and play the odd game then? if so what is your budget too
 

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Yep that's correct and looking at around £100 :)
 

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That's great. Just for future reference how did you work that out? What will i need to know if i want to look for another graphics card?

So i have

Wattage
PCI-E

is there anything i need to look at?
 

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Actually I didn't work it out.. :)

But a HD 6670 is ones of the best entry level cards that consumes little power, and it doesn't need an external pcie connector.
It only draws power from the PCI-e slot.
 

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Wattage is important.
You should make sure that your PSU can handle the new GPU you're looking for.
Also, you should make sure that your CPU wouldn't be a bottleneck for it. :)
 

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So in the future aslong as my wattage is good enough from my PSU and it fits in the PCI-E it will work?
 

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A Radeon HD 7750 is a good choice, but the OP really doesn't need that much power and it costs more too.
 

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Yes, yes it should.
And if you have a case that is big enough, if you go big. :)
 

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Fantastic i thought there was alot more to it so i can just look for them 2 things and all is good a graphics card should work :)

Thanks
 

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7750 is not much power and it will last him longer 7750 is an HTPC card capable of doing light gaming and it takes no PCI-E power connector and is within OPS budget and for an HTPC card with light gaming capability there is no reason to go anywhere else now in days other than a 7750
You're right about that.
But considering the OP only plays AOE III, I don't think there's much use for a 7750. Although, on a long term perspective, it may prove to be useful. :)
 

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LOL, you're right about that.
But I wouldn't call the HD 6670 as being a bad card.
It competes closely to a 9800GT and it's really a good card for people who do light gaming and for has got a low budget. :)
 

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My mate has a Nvidia GT240 DDR2 lying about which is PCI-E will this work in my comp i have tried having a look at some specs but it doesn't say what wattage it needs also when i was searching i saw DDR2/DDR3/DDR5 what do these mean?
 

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We still haven't gotten much info on your PSU.
What's the make/model of the PSU?
 

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I'll try get that information tonight as i'm at work atm! :)
 

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It will do it no harm whatsoever

Also ignore the DDR on GPU's as it wont affect you
 

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