HP Pavillion 503n Compatibility and 9500 GT

Nvidia Geforce 9500 gt video card
December 18, 2010 at 09:12:10
Specs: Windows XP, 1150 MB RAM
Alright, I've been asking around the internet for the answer to this for nearly a week now, and I've been getting absolutely nowhere. I've decided to finally upgrade the graphics card on this mostly stock HP Pavillion 503n (with 1150 MB RAM), and I've decided on the Nvidia GeForce 9500 GT (because I'm stuck with a PCI slot and have absolutely no plans to sink money into a new motherboard). However, before I finalize my purchase, I have a couple questions--

Will my 503n run the 1GB version of a 9500 GT without power issues? And if it does, is there any particular model of the 9500 GT that I should be looking at?


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#1
December 18, 2010 at 10:17:04
What is it that you hope to accomplish? The 9500GT isn't a great gaming card in PCI-express form, it will be considerably slower as a standard PCI card. And you certainly don't need a 1GB card. They're fairly expensive too, about $75? Your system isn't going to be a great gamer no matter how much money you throw at it, but I don't blame you from wanting to get away from the crappy onboard graphics. Look for something cheaper, maybe in the $40 range, like the 8400GS with either 256MB or 512MB memory.

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#2
December 18, 2010 at 10:25:06
I know that my CPU will never be one of those great gaming computers that'll run everything with seamless quality on the highest settings. I knew that getting into this, and I've accepted that. I'm not looking at playing games with extremely high graphics power-- and even with the non-graphics extensive ones, I'm more than willing to play at bare bones detail if it means a decent frame rate.

Price isn't really too big of a concern right now, since everything I've seen so far with classic PCI Support is under the $100 mark. Fine by me, really, so long as it works. That being said, if I'm going to get the exact same quality for less, I'm obviously fine with that.

Ignoring the price, what would be the absolute best I could get my hands on that would be compatible with my Pavillion 503n's power supply?


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#3
December 18, 2010 at 11:29:48
If i were u i will not install any crappy pci v-card instead i will use it for web, listening music etc. There are some old games which run fine with crappy intel xtreme graphics.

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#4
December 18, 2010 at 11:49:32
"Ignoring the price, what would be the absolute best I could get my hands on that would be compatible with my Pavillion 503n's power supply?"

You don't understand. Your power supply isn't the problem, the fact that you're stuck running a standard PCI card is the problem. The older AGP bus & new PCI-express bus are dedicated to graphics & run at 66MHz & 100MHz respectively. The PCI bus only runs at 33MHz plus it is a shared bus. No matter which card you install or how much you pay for it, you will NEVER get the bandwidth needed to run games decently, even on the absolute lowest settings, unless you're willing to deal with low frame rates, lag, stuttering, etc? IMO, you're throwing your money away. It doesn't matter how deep your pockets are. And if you have that kind of money to toss around, why not invest in a new board & video card or better yet, buy (or build) a modern system that will hold you over for several years to come? Your system is about 8 yrs old, it's about time to let go.

Here's your motherboard specs:

http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/...


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#5
December 18, 2010 at 11:50:00
I'm with kuwese. I've installed PCI cards in older computers before, and noticed that even 2D Windows applications took a hit in redraw speed compared to the AGP based onboard graphics. 133MB/s just isn't enough for high-res uncompressed graphics.

A cheap $350 computer with onboard AMD HD4250 or Intel HD graphics (part of the Core i3 chips) is going to run 3D apps far better than any PCI graphics card.

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#6
December 18, 2010 at 12:31:54
Good luck getting an i3 machine for 350..

He knows its not going to be great and although i think we all agree he would be better off with a new system, it doesn't sound like that's possible right now for him.
So, lets answer his question? I would agree with Mickliq, the 1GB 9500GT would be overkill for your system, try the 512MB version or the 8400GS

Intel P4 640 w/HT 3.20GHz
2GB DDR2-SDRAM PC2-6400
Nvidia GeForce 9600GT 256-bit, 512MB GDDR3
23" LG Flatron


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#7
December 18, 2010 at 13:03:40
"Good luck getting an i3 machine for 350.."

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ... - i3 550
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ... - Biostar 1156 mobo (open box)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ... - Kingston 2GB dual channel DDR3
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ... - Cooler Master case w/ PSU
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ... - 500GB WD Blue SATA hard drive.
Reuse the old optical drives

Total: $295
Took me less than 10 minutes. I'm sure an Athlon II X2 w/ HD4250 graphics could be had for even less. It's just a far better idea than spending money on an old Celeron without a proper graphics slot, and decreasing its 2D Windows performance by using a PCI video card.

Socket 939 | Dual-core Opteron 185 @ 3.2GHz | 4GB | 1.0TB | Win7 x64
GeForce GTX 460 1GB | X-Fi Ti Pro | A8N32-SLI Deluxe | Antec P182


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#8
December 18, 2010 at 19:59:23
OK, maybe you could, but would you really be happy with it?
What about the GPU and OS?
From the reviews, that PSU sounds awful.

Intel P4 640 w/HT 3.20GHz
2GB DDR2-SDRAM PC2-6400
Nvidia GeForce 9600GT 256-bit, 512MB GDDR3
23" LG Flatron


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#9
December 18, 2010 at 21:34:56
I'd be a heck of a lot happier with the cheap i3 rig than with an old Celeron with slow-as-molasses PCI video.

"What about the GPU and OS?"

The GPU is built into the processor and is for the most part as fast as AMD's Radeon HD 4200 IGP. Much faster than any PCI card.
As for the OS:
-He could reuse XP until he can get Win7
-If he doesn't have an XP CD, he could use Ubuntu 10.10 for a while.
-He could buy a Win7 OEM DVD for $99.
-He could build or buy a cheap Athlon II X2 machine with Win7 and still be under $350.

"From the reviews, that PSU sounds awful."
It's probably better than the 250w POS that old HP comes with, and the Core i3 doesn't use much more juice than the P4-based Celeron. That entry-level Cooler Master PSU should have no problem running a budget i3 rig with integrated graphics.

Socket 939 | Dual-core Opteron 185 @ 3.2GHz | 4GB | 1.0TB | Win7 x64
GeForce GTX 460 1GB | X-Fi Ti Pro | A8N32-SLI Deluxe | Antec P182


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#10
December 18, 2010 at 22:01:50
hah, alright, whatever.

Well at least Mickliq and I answered your question, Fossil. Hope you find what your looking for.

Intel P4 640 w/HT 3.20GHz
2GB DDR2-SDRAM PC2-6400
Nvidia GeForce 9600GT 256-bit, 512MB GDDR3
23" LG Flatron


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#11
December 19, 2010 at 01:05:37
Fossil has made up his mind to spend twice the value of the PC on a PCI Card so lets just tell him to buy a 512MB Version like:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...

Then he can post in the Gaming Forum about all the issues he will have !


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