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trying to get a graphics card

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I'm trying to get a graphics card and maybe I will...I have a pci graphics card made by ati and radeon but it's like weak and I don't need it anymore or want it and wish I could have got a pci-express or pci-e x16 graphics card in it's place.kind of a long story why I got the pci instead of pci-e so basically i'm wanting a pci-e x16 graphics card what do you more advanced people suggest? I know I game too much but idc :-D lol gaming is one reason I want it.specs:
Operating System: Windows Vista™ Home Premium (6.0, Build 6002) Service Pack 2 (6002.lh_sp2rtm.090410-1830)
Language: English (Regional Setting: English)
System Manufacturer: HP-Pavilion
System Model: FQ515AA-ABA a6620f
Processor: Pentium(R) Dual-Core CPU E5200 @ 2.50GHz (2 CPUs), ~2.5GHz
Memory: 3318MB RAM
DirectX Version: DirectX 10

HP Pavilion a6620f Desktop PC -  Product Specifications - HP Customer Care (United States - English) there is a link to specs I found to.I am on the wal-mart website getting an idea for what the local wal-mart might possibly have.
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the problem with pre-built computers is that the power supply is *just enough* to power whats already there. you will likely need a new powersupply if you get a stronger video card.
You aren't going to be able to get a decent video card at a decent price at walmart.
please, do yourself a favour and shop at newegg. Newegg >>>> Walmart. LOL
looked at your spec and waala
Power supply
don't get anything higer than 9400GT, or you could upgrade your PSU first

thanks for the suggestions everyone so my power supply is 250W hmm now I gotta think like brand wise if I get this pci-e x16 graphics card...the pci card I have sitting around was like an ati i'm thinking idk ati or nvidia or something? and no higher than 9400GT...I have seen 8800 somewhere like 8800 geforce or nvidia 8800 geforce? if i'm correct do you guys know some of the ati one's under 9400GT? and I will be sure to take a look at the newegg site to see what's going on there.
1.) Don't waste your time or money on a 9400GT. Also, if I'm not mistaken the 9400 series of nVidia cards is an integrated GPU.

2.) There's no way in hell that an 8800 anything will work on a 250W power supply.
Nope there are discrete 9400GT but yeah it's way too weak to play anything decently :p
Naming convention of GPU is rather confusing, 8800 is WAY more powerful than a 9400.

I suggest you upgrade your Power Supply first and get at least ATi HD4770 or Nvidia GTS250, depending on your budget.
Actually I think the GTS-250 is at par with the HD4850, would probably beat the 4770 hands down :p
No. The 4770 is essentially a 4850 with fewer shaders, but a higher core clockspeed which gives it similar performance to a 4850, except in shader-heavy games.
Yes, the 4770 is to the 4850 what the old 6800GS (PCI-E) was to the 6800GT.
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