Suggest a video card for my pc

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Hp Pavillion A6500f
Intel core 2 duo e2220 @ 2.4gh
4Gb ddr2
500gb hdd
nvidia 7100/630i motherboard, onboard video
250w psu
I know i may have to get a new Power supply, but will my mother board handle new cards like the nvidia gtx 295 or would I be limited to something slower like 8800 through 9800? I have done so much research on the subject and still feel unsure. I'm quite positive i could replace the card my self, but maybe not the psu.
 

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First of, I was not able to find any information on your mother board... because you gave us a chipset... what manufacturer? what model?

For the video card, as long as you have a PCIe port, you can use any PCIe video card. I, for my self, have a board with a 8x PCIe 1.0 connector, and I use a GTX 275. I saw great improvement in my games, of course.

Hope this helps
 

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This is all the info i can find: EVGA e-7100/630i Motherboard - NVIDIA nForce 630i, Socket 775, MicroATX, Audio, Video, DVI, PCI Express, Gigabit LAN, S/PDIF, USB 2.0, Firewire, Serial ATA, RAID.

So if i get a new psu My mobo should support any new card?
 

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yes, since you have a pci-e slot, you can support any new graphics card (provided you get a new psu). Without upgrading your processor, however, certain cards would be severely bottlenecked in your configuration.

From your config right now, I would recommend an HD 4670- $75
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161287

With this card, you could get away with any PSU of at least 350 W (but I recommend getting a quality PSU, as they are much more stable)
 

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well first of all geforce gtx 295 is arguably the best graphics chip in the market and to take full advantage of it you are going to need the top of the line hardware and no doubt gtx 295 will cost you a fortune ......now as i could understand you only want to get a card without doing any adjustments to your machine (exept for the psu), based on this i have a series of answers for you (assuming that you are in it for gaming)

1) yes your mobo will support a highend card like gtx 295 and your machine ( with gtx 295) will definitely give better fps than a 9800gtx or gtx 250, but how much more depends upon the game (as different games use different amount of cpu power)

2) only consider buying such expensive gpu if you are willing to upgrade your pc to say like sli supported mobo and a quad core cpu in near future.

3) also it depends upon your monitor, for 19 inch 9800gt is enough, for 20-22 9800gtx for 24 and above 9800gx2 or step into the 200 series of geforce


 

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Yes, its for gaming fallout 3, and hd video. I use a 42 inch vizio plasma for my monitor, so I have to have the graphics set to the lowest possible choices. Even my windows dreamscenes kinda lag. thanks for all the help, I feel confident this will work :)