Video card for out of box HP tower

Hewlett-packard / P6232p
May 29, 2010 at 14:13:33
Specs: Windows 7, 8 (4X2 G)


Power Supply-- 300w

Video Card to be installed--

EVGA 512-P3-1242-LR GeForce GT 240 Superclocked 512MB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card

Is this feasible? The min. requirements for the power supply is 300w, but my knowledge of compatibility issues-- not just concerning the power supply-- is limited and the learning curve is large. Thanks.

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June 1, 2010 at 15:39:45
You could use it, but your Power Supply would be JUST at the limit...maybe too close.
Try using PS Calculator to figure out how much power you are using, then add the option for the PCIex16. If you look around on the web you can prob find how much watts your card uses under full load...each card is different in watt usage.

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June 1, 2010 at 19:20:43
Thanks for the info.-- I did a little research on the OEM PSU and it was just not up to the task-- a Bestec ATX 300--. I did find 680W Rosewill that would fit the case and the price was right so I think I am good to go. Thanks again.

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June 1, 2010 at 20:35:58
Ya, a 680 should be plenty for your card with plenty to spare. Good Luck!

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June 2, 2010 at 10:43:25
good decision - i was going to point out that Wattage isn't everything, and while there are also useful numbers other than "300," one of the most important things when purchasing a power supply is the MANUFACTURER:

for example, ThermalTake > Joe's PSU Shack

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