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I want to beef up my Frankenputer, but am so behind the times in the PC parts sector. My motherboard was manufactured by EliteGroup (ECS) and the model number is K8T890-A VER: 1.0A. It is running Windows 7 Ultimate 64 Bit and has 1.5 GB RAM. (I know, I know.) My current card is a (very unimpressive) PNY GeForce FX 5500. I'm looking to spend <$100. Can someone please point me to something compatible with my system/ in my price range?

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I checked some cards out, There are some ATI that out perform the GT Geforce for around the same price but I would suggest to stay with the Nvidia brand. Your mother bored is lacking in the RAM department and even if you wanted to upgrade you couldn't pass the 2GB limit set by your north bridge thus an upgrade from that FX 5500 128MB of on bored ram would speed up animation etc :( Depending on how much power, your power supply will provide you, you have 2 options IMO

 

The GeForce GT 630

http://www.newegg.co...N82E16814130792

 

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The GeForce GT 640

http://www.newegg.co...N82E16814130795

 

The cards both require a minimum of +12@20A, What is the current power supply of your PC make and model would help

 

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I guess the GeForce GT 640 is not a good option, I see that your Mobo only has a PCI x16 and the GT 640 needs a PCI 3.0 x16, you can still get it but chances are it will bottleneck which will be a waste of money, Just go with the 630 IMO.

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I want to beef up my Frankenputer, but am so behind the times in the PC parts sector. My motherboard was manufactured by EliteGroup (ECS) and the model number is K8T890-A VER: 1.0A. It is running Windows 7 Ultimate 64 Bit and has 1.5 GB RAM. (I know, I know.) My current card is a (very unimpressive) PNY GeForce FX 5500. I'm looking to spend <$100. Can someone please point me to something compatible with my system/ in my price range?

 

You may look at this http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102988....You need more physical ram for your pc....I am running windows 8 with 32gigs of 2000mhz ram. Time for a true hardware upgrade what CPU are you using........

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Thanks for the reply guys!

 

i feel like you would have better luck just looking at what is in your price range on a site like newegg.com and comparing specs

I tried that at first' date=' but then realized I am not sure what I'm doing.

 

The GeForce GT 630

http://www.newegg.co...N82E16814130792

 

The cards both require a minimum of +12@20A, What is the current power supply of your PC make and model would help

I need something with at least one VGA or S video output, sorry for not stating that earlier.21fafb86.jpgThis is the PS that I have.

 

 

You may look at this http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102988....You need more physical ram for your pc....I am running windows 8 with 32gigs of 2000mhz ram. Time for a true hardware upgrade what CPU are you using........

Wow you have more RAM than I have free space on my main hard drive! I'm using an AMD 64 3500+ (939 Socket.)

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Thanks for the reply guys!

 

 

I tried that at first, but then realized I am not sure what I'm doing.

 

 

I need something with at least one VGA or S video output, sorry for not stating that earlier.21fafb86.jpgThis is the PS that I have.

 

 

Wow you have more RAM than I have free space on my main hard drive! I'm using an AMD 64 3500+ (939 Socket.)

 

Must be an old system...I have an Antec brand new never used 400 watt earth watt I believe power supply. if I find out what it cost for shipping and 10.00 you can have it, but I suggest you upgrade to a 550-500 Antec earth watt green power supply for the future from Newegg. VGA S video....wow this is a dinosaur.....you won't find a new card offering this requirement.

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@Gopher

 

Your PSU is rated 330W MAX, Mhmm the GT 630 requires a 350W minimum PSU with +12@20A that being your components are not requiring a lot of juice either, I calculated something’s and I think you may be able to run the 630 but I don't recommend, The FX 5500 is a fan less card and a low powered card, chances are your PC won't boot, and if it does boot you might burn out your PSU during peak. QWIKSTRIKE offered you a 400W PSU, I think you should take it and then worry about buying a GPU. As of now your 330W +12V@17A might not be sufficient enough to run.

 

The PNY GT 630 witch has the VGA is a little slower than the Evga GT 630

 

http://www.newegg.co...orce%20gt%20630

 

 

@QWIKSTRIKE

 

 

I don't think there’s a need for him to upgrade past 400W. His PC is outdated already, won't be any point but future proofing. Also I want to add that you are a very nice person for offering him some help

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With that system, get it up to 3 or so gigs of RAM before thinking about a GPU. You're going to be bottlenecking so hard on that 1.5GB I don't personally see a point in getting a new GPU. Also, you'll probably be topping out that PSU no matter which GPU you'd get which is not good.

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@Gopher

 

Your PSU is rated 330W MAX, Mhmm the GT 630 requires a 350W minimum PSU with +12@20A that being your components are not requiring a lot of juice either, I calculated something’s and I think you may be able to run the 630 but I don't recommend, The FX 5500 is a fan less card and a low powered card, chances are your PC won't boot, and if it does boot you might burn out your PSU during peak. QWIKSTRIKE offered you a 400W PSU, I think you should take it and then worry about buying a GPU. As of now your 330W +12V@17A might not be sufficient enough to run.

 

The PNY GT 630 witch has the VGA is a little slower than the Evga GT 630

 

http://www.newegg.co...orce%20gt%20630

 

 

@QWIKSTRIKE

 

 

I don't think there’s a need for him to upgrade past 400W. His PC is outdated already, won't be any point but future proofing. Also I want to add that you are a very nice person for offering him some help

 

Well you can get a 550 for like 59.00 shipped on sale from Newegg and to buy my Antec earth watt is maybe 30.00 but future proofing for 29.00 more is the best way to be ready for an all out upgrade on that thing lol. The 1.5 ram is definitely a bottle neck, but that system is also very old and needs upgrading as well. I bought a few Antec cases in 2009 and ditched the 400 watt psu's for 650, and 550 earth watts that are used for partial gaming and streaming. I build systems for people as a hobby since 1995 and I am A+ certified since1999.

 

Good luck

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I've decided on this one: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102988

Thank you everyone for your input and expertise. QWIKSTRIKE, I will PM you an address so you can figure out how much shipping would be. Next on the upgrade list is RAM and a sound card, possibly processor, but this will be in the future when I have some extra cash. Thanks again everyone!

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