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#929220 - 12/11/13 09:27 AM Re: New video card for old system [Re: SharonB]
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Originally Posted By: SharonB
edit-Do I need a wireless adapter? I have a router and 2 modems and I no longer know what does what.
I need wifi for my kindle and tab, but they still work even though my pc is broken.

If the Kindle were connecting to the Internet through your PC, it wouldn't have Internet when the PC was off (or kaput).
So unless you want your PC connected wirelessly, you wouldn't need the wireless adapter. Just use the same cable the current PC is using to connect to the Internet.

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#929227 - 12/11/13 10:28 AM Re: New video card for old system [Re: SharonB]
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And that iBuyPower computer at Walmart isn't horrible. At least it has a stand alone Nvidia GT 630 graphics card. I don't know how much better that is than your current card is though. Inland will have to weigh in on that. Should you decide to have eCollegePC build one, try to get the best video card you can afford. With your tight budget you will have to weigh different options.
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#929240 - 12/11/13 11:17 AM Re: New video card for old system [Re: SharonB]
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I found some reviews for the ibuypower wa550b here
http://www.walmart.com/catalog/allReviews.do?product_id=23745948

One person mentions that it comes with a 300 Watt power supply. If you ever want to upgrade the graphics card, you'd have to upgrade the power supply also. The GT 630 is a "value" card for "entry level" gaming according to ***Geforce***. It's probably adequate for most adventure games, though you might have to reduce video options to play something like the latest Sherlock Holmes game.

The GT 630 can come with either 1GB or 2GB of video memory and either DDR3 or DDR5. I suspect the GT 630 in the wa550b is the 1GB version with DDR3 since they're trying to keep prices down. The GT 630 is one of those "rebranded" video cards (a rebranded GT 440 according to ***Wikipedia***).

GPUReview doesn't list the GT 630, but they do list the GT 440. Although the GT 630 has more video memory than your old 7900GS, it does not look like a faster card to me
http://www.gpureview.com/show_cards.php?card1=642&card2=443

If it was me, I'd try to find a configuration at eCollege (or possibly CyberpowerPC) that had a better graphics card and power supply. But if money is tight, the wa550b will work.

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#929290 - 12/11/13 02:11 PM Re: New video card for old system [Re: SharonB]
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This item description from Wal Mart says it has the 2 GB GT 630...

iBuypower at Walmart
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#929342 - 12/11/13 09:47 PM Re: New video card for old system [Re: Jenny100]
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I have decided to cancel my walmart order and get something frrom ecollege. I have already ordered win 7 from newegg during their promotion. I'm going to try for a better system. Thanks for all the info and advice. I was panicing about being without a computer.

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#929351 - 12/11/13 11:18 PM Re: New video card for old system [Re: SharonB]
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I know the feeling! If you have any questions at all, just post back here.

I'm leaving tomorrow morning to head up to NW Iowa 600 miles away to spend some time with my mom and my son who is flying in from Denver. Not nearly cold enough here, so I'm going where it's well below zero! But I'm taking my Surface tablet with me and will have email access and Jenny and Inland actually know way more than I do. There are some corners you can cut for right now to keep the cost down with an eye to upgrading later, but just get the best you can afford right now.
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#929388 - 12/12/13 08:24 AM Re: New video card for old system [Re: Draclvr]
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Thanks Draclvr. Have a good time on your trip. I'm going to try to be patient as I can be. I'm also going thru game withdrawal. Tried a couple games on my tab, but I don't like the touchscreen. Slowly getting used to the tab. Thank heaven I can still get online. I don't understand how I still have a wifi connection without a working computer. But the tab tells me it is usiing my wifi connection.

Thanks again to you and Jenny for all your help.

Sharon catrub

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#929392 - 12/12/13 08:44 AM Re: New video card for old system [Re: SharonB]
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You don't need a computer for a WiFi connection. All you need is a WiFi router putting out the signal for all your wireless devices to pick up.

I'll be checking in here at least once a day and like I said, Jenny and Inland know way more than I do. So go ahead and start putting something together and checking back here with questions!
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#929410 - 12/12/13 10:53 AM Re: New video card for old system [Re: SharonB]
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Originally Posted By: SharonB
Well, thats torn it! My computer died! I looked inside the pc for the size of my current card and dusted it out. Put it back and now it will not turn on! I was afraid of this. I checked the connections and they are ok.

I have to get a new cheap pc. I am going to buy a wa550b ibuypower pc for $530 from walmart, unless you think I can do better for the same amt of money. Can not pay more at this time. I am using my galaxy tab 2 to get on the internet in the meantime.

Sharon


Does the PC attempt to power up? Fans and hard drive spin up?

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#929428 - 12/12/13 12:23 PM Re: New video card for old system [Re: InlandAZ]
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Yes, if I turn the button on the back off and on and then press the start button on the front it will start to powerup, the fans all turn on and it may even start to boot up. Then it shuts off within the minute.

I opened the pc back up and checked that the connections were plugged in all the way and they were. I called a pc service company and they are going to come out today to take a look. They mentioned the power supply and that makes sense. I can only hope it is a simple repair.

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#929432 - 12/12/13 01:53 PM Re: New video card for old system [Re: SharonB]
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Remember you can always go bigger on a PS but never smaller.

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#929440 - 12/12/13 03:32 PM Re: New video card for old system [Re: Geo]
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Thanks Geo. I priced power supplies at newegg and they have a thermaltek 600W one for $45. Don't know if it will work in my system, but the price is right. Just have to find out if this actually the cause of the problem. Then get it installed. Power supply installation is beyond my tech level.

Edit: Well the computer guy confirmed that my power supply had gone bad. He ran a diagnostic on the motherboard and said there were no problems with it. He checked out the ps that I was going to get and said my video card needed more amps than that ps put out (20A). So I'm going with the 700W ps with (53A).

So it looks like I will again have a working system by the end of the month. Keeping my fingers and toes crossed,

Sharon


Edited by SharonB (12/12/13 05:15 PM)

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#929467 - 12/12/13 06:09 PM Re: New video card for old system [Re: SharonB]
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53A??!! Are you sure you didn't get a whole house generator by mistake?

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#929468 - 12/12/13 07:02 PM Re: New video card for old system [Re: SharonB]
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Originally Posted By: SharonB
Yes, if I turn the button on the back off and on and then press the start button on the front it will start to powerup, the fans all turn on and it may even start to boot up. Then it shuts off within the minute.

This sounds like some component may be overheating -- probably either the processor or the video card.

Quote:
I called a pc service company and they are going to come out today to take a look. They mentioned the power supply and that makes sense. I can only hope it is a simple repair.

If the thermal compound on the processor has dried up or is no longer making contact, it's just as well to have someone else replace it.

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#929494 - 12/12/13 09:54 PM Re: New video card for old system [Re: Geo]
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Originally Posted By: Geo
53A??!! Are you sure you didn't get a whole house generator by mistake?
.

He said that was the output amps and I looked at the specs and that is what it said. Is that unusual?

Jenny, is it possible for the processor to have lost tight connection or be "broken" and for the motherboard to test ok?

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