what graphics cards will work in a HP Pavilio

January 26, 2011 at 15:15:37
Specs: Windows XP
I am purchasing a HP Pavilion p6674y (BT552AAR#ABA) Phenom II X4 820(2.8GHz) 6GB DDR3 1TB HDD Capacity ATI Radeon HD 4200 Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit and I want to upgrade the graphics card so I can play a game like 2nd life...but I am unsure what cards are compatible with it :( Is there anyone out there who could help? Oh and I have a budget of about 100 bucks..:)

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January 27, 2011 at 16:30:45
You can use any pci-e card. The limiting factor will be your power supply. Open the case and look at the label on the power supply. What are the specs on the 12 volt rail. 12v+ and 12v-.

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January 28, 2011 at 04:40:24
Grasshopper is right.

It looks like you only have a 250W power supply which isn't much. I couldn't find information on that your power supply has in terms of connectors but your $100 budget won't go too far. You'll need a power supply with a higher wattage rating then the video card you want to buy.

For example: XFX GT220XYHF2 GeForce GT 220 512MB PCI-E
"System Requirements: Minimum 350W Power Supply Requirement"

And that's a $60 card. So if I look for a decent power supply: Thermaltake TR2 W0070RUC 430W

That's a $45 power supply. Yeah there's a Linkworld LPJ2-23-P4 430W for $12.49 but you shouldn't go cheap with the power supply. Also, if the recommended power supply is 350W, don't get a 350W power supply,

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January 28, 2011 at 08:21:22
Thanks so much for your help! Yes you are right it has a 250W power supply in it...I haven't purchased it yet so the only info I have on it is what newegg tells me http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ... could you tell me if the power supply you recommend would be compatible? I totally agree with you on the subject of purchasing a too cheap power supply...power supply goes out it can send a shock through your entire system totally frying it...right? Do you recommend the computer itself? Do you think newegg is a good place to purchase from? Sorry for all the questions...:) This is the first time I have ever purchased anything online :P

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January 28, 2011 at 16:33:25
Newegg is a great place to purchase from. If I might make a suggestion, don't ever buy a new machine and have to upgrade it right away. You're paying for a machine that doesn't suit your needs. I would suggest if you're not going to build one yourself, look for a local computer shop that can do it for you. Or go to a site like Cyber Power PC and spec out your own machine. I used them once and was happy with the build.


I see they only build Intel now, but you can have a look to get familiar with the process. Then there's always the big box stores like circuit city etc.

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January 29, 2011 at 13:44:57
I've taken apart and put together the computer I am on now, an old emachine windows XP service pk 3 a few times...(I know it's a dinosaur:P) I just don't have any experience with a newer machine and wanted to make sure I had the right parts....Do you foresee any problems if I upgrade too a ATI Radeon HD 5570 and put in the power supply that "Night" recommended?

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January 31, 2011 at 08:00:57
Never mind I'll just upgrade it to a 600W power supply...I would purchase a computer that already had the graphics and power that I need...but no matter where I look, a computer with these things already in it would cost me 100$ to 200$ dollars more than it would cost to buy and upgrade this one...but thanks so much for your advice...you've pointed me in the right direction...:)

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