Dedicated vs Integrated graphics card in HP p

Hewit packard / Hp p6597 c-b
August 18, 2010 at 05:33:02
Specs: Windows 7, AMD Athlon™ II 630 Quad-Core Processor .80GHz
I am thinking about getting the HP p6597 c-b for my kids. They aren't serious gamers. However, they do play alot of the free games to be had on the internet. This HP comes with the ATI RadeonTM 3000 integrated graphics card. Will this card provide enough performance for my kids? If not, how hard would it be to install a dedicated graphics card? Which card would be the best for this system? I am going to have to install a wireless internet card, anyway, since this system doesn't come with one. So, I thought since I am in there I thougtht I'd "throw in' a dedicated graphics card. Sorry for all these questions- I am not comput. expert by any stretch.

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August 18, 2010 at 06:21:07
If this is the thing you are looking at:

Then I doubt the powersupply can handle an add-in graphics card.

Goin' Fishin' (Some day)

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August 18, 2010 at 06:29:35
The psu isn't good but it can handle a video card. Look for nvidia 220gt ddr3.
friend of mine is running 9800gt oc with low end piece of crap psu (only 10A on +12v rail)

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August 18, 2010 at 07:33:31
Richard 59, Kuwese,

Thanks for your prompt responses! They were extremely helpful!

As far as a dedicated graphics card:
All things considered, I think I will the system "as is",

Any further thoughts on the type of wireless card I should get?

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August 18, 2010 at 08:08:12
Here is a nice wireless card that gets good reviews on

My name is JRComp, and I approve this message.

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August 18, 2010 at 08:12:29
The 250W PSU is weak, but don't let that deter you from adding a dedicated graphics card. There are plenty of low cost, low power video cards available that may not actually be considered "gaming cards" but are still much better than the integrated graphics. Plus the integrated "borrows" memory from the adding a card the system will have full access to ALL the memory.

As for the wireless card, have a look at the following link to the motherboard used in the Pavilion p6597c. There are no PCI slots, only a PCIe x16 for the graphics & three PCIe x1 slots:

There's not a huge selection of PCIe wireless cards, but here's a popular one at newegg:

Getting back to the video card, if you don't mind the rebate hassle, here's a cheap Geforce 210 you might wanna consider:

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August 18, 2010 at 09:49:21
Jam, JRcomp,

Okay, so you've convinced me. I am now seriously thinking about changing out/adding a graphics card.


You pointed out the different slots available (only a PCIe x16 for the graphics & three PCIe x1 slots) Does that mean it will be difficult to find a dedicated graphics card compatile with one of these slots?

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August 18, 2010 at 09:54:20
u need to check ur pc's slots if they were pcie x16 then good
cz all cards today are pcie x16 if it were pci x1 slots u will have to do some research
but looking at ur pc it has one pcie x16 slot and three pcie x1 so yh there is pcei x16 if u r willing to upgrade ur card a suitable one i suggest an HD 4650

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August 18, 2010 at 10:02:15

Thanks! I will check the HD 4650 out...

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