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  1. #1 Question about Video Cards/Power supplies 
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    So im rather new to upgrading parts of the PC.

    Looks fairly simple but for now i just need a new video card since my old one cant even play Counterstrike: Source without skipping frames during battles. I was looking around newegg and saw some pretty good video cards. I want to be able to play those new games that have strong graphics like BF2142 or Call of Duty. My price range is about 100-200$

    I was wondering what kind of video card would you recommend and would it be able to fit into my mobo or are all video cards compatible with any mobo? Mines a Intel Pentium D 2.8gigz. Link and reason with the video card would be great.

    Also I was reading peoples comments on newegg and they were talking about the watts required to run a video card. I believe mines a 305w power supply and on the video cards they don't specify how much wattage it requires. Would you recommend I upgrade to a 400w-500w power supply? And are they compatible with any computer? I also ran a wattage test on this computer and it said i used about 250w.

    Forgot to mention my PC specs, its a Dimension E510:

    160GB ATA Hard drive(149GB available. Lol)
    ATI Radeon x300/550
    1GB Memory DDR2
    305W Power supply

    I just read these off a site but I know that 100%, my graphics card is an ATI x300/550 and I got 1GB of memory. Ive never opened up my computer before to check. I also noticed that on the site it said I only have 1 PCI express x16 slot, so I figure it means I can only hold 1 graphic card since those type seem to be the most popular. And how do I determine which slot is the PCI-E x16 slot?
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    yes most of the power supplys are compatible with most mobo's

    as for graphics cards there are 3 types pci, apg and pci-express
    you will have to read your motherboard manula to see what slots your mobo has.
    also some mobo will only support some brands of graphic card.

    but all the information you will need will be in it's manual.
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    Hmm, either I lost my manual or I don't think Dell sent me one.
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    then google it
    there will be an online manual or specs of your mobo somewhere.
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    Yah, thats how I found out my wattage and hard drive.

    I also found this on newegg relatively cheap price compared to other sites I visited, but it also requires me to get a 400w PSU(power supply unit).

    Newegg.com - EVGA 256-P2-N624-AR GeForce 7900GS 256MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 KO Video Card - Retail

    Would you recommend it or disagree?
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