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Best Gaming Video Card for Compaq Presario SR5450F

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#26
The 4670 will be fine with the 300W Antec, and perhaps even the stock PSU. Contrary to popular belief, HP doesn't throw clunkers in these things. They actually do have a considerable bit of heft to them, in some cases more than their cheap, but well-designed chassis.

A 9800GT may very well fit, given that I have personally squeezed (albeit with no shortage of blood, sweat, and tears) a GTX260 into one of these things, but if you're going to go for a higher-end card, watch the orientation of the power connectors. Will a 4850 fit? Yes. Will you nearly break a finger trying to get it in? Also yes. A shortened 4830 (custom PCB) would be ideal if you think she'll need more power, although I would strongly recommend opting for the 380W if you go that route. While much more energy-efficient than the 4850, I wouldn't drop one on a single 19A rail.
 

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#27
The 4670 will be fine with the 300W Antec, and perhaps even the stock PSU. Contrary to popular belief, HP doesn't throw clunkers in these things. They actually do have a considerable bit of heft to them, in some cases more than their cheap, but well-designed chassis.
The SR5450F came with a Bestec 250W PSU (ATX250-12Z) with the following ratings:
+3.3V: 18A, +5V: 25A, +12V: 14A, -5V: N/A, -12V: 0.8A, +5VSB: 2A

I just feel safer with the Antec 300W PSU installed. With the recommended PSU wattage between 216W-235W, the Bestec 250W PSU is a little too low for my comfort. That and I've never heard of the brand before.
 

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Holy guacamole, I have that compaq :D I use(d) an 8800gt in it, but switched to a 9600gt. Go for a 9600gt or 98/8800gt. If you're going for ATI I suggest 4850 or 4830, emphasis on 4830.

The 4670 doesn't sit tight with me. Must be graphic card prejudice.
 
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I personally would go with a 9600 GT, I owned one and it would play every game I threw at it with excellent frame rates. All source games maxed out (although thats no hard) and Crysis on medium with 30 - 40 FPS. Was a damn fine card, never had any issues (except fan control, but thats because it was an Asus).
 
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