How do I upgrade an integrated graphics card?

Hewlett-packard Pavilion p6320y mini-tow...
March 8, 2011 at 12:00:04
Specs: Windows 7, 8gb of Ram
I have a GeForce9100, so it is far past time for an upgrade. The computer is a p6320y. Which means it has an integrated graphics card. Not being very good at computer terminology I don't know what this means, and how I would upgrade it. Any help is appreciated.

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March 8, 2011 at 12:29:30
You can upgrade your graphics by installing a PCI-Express graphics card. But, depending upon the card, you may also need to upgrade the power supply. It very much depends upon what sort of improvement you are looking for and how much you are prepared to spend.

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March 8, 2011 at 12:55:05
Open the case and write down the info on the label. Mainly the psu you have now and the specs on the 12 volt rail.or rails. it will be listed as 12v+ and 12v-.

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March 8, 2011 at 18:29:26
Example PCI-E X16 video cards:

Your present Power Supply probably has a 300 Watt capacity.

Your power supply must have at least the minimum capacity required to support a system with the graphics card you are using installed, or the max graphics card you might install in the future.
(Onboard video - video built into the mboard - IS NOT A CARD ! )
If that info is not in the ad for the video card, you can go to the video card maker's web site and look up the specs for the model - often under system requirements - the minimum PS wattage, and, more important, the minimum amperage the PS must supply at 12v is stated. If you don't find that, any card with the same video chipset including any letters after the model number has very similar minimum PS requirements. Some power supplies have two or more +12v ratings - in that case, add those ratings to determine the total +12v current capacity.

If you're a gamer...
In most if not all cases, the max capacity rating of the PS is an intermittent rating. It's recommended that you do not load your PS to any more that 80% of that rating if you are going to be using something that puts a constant load on it, such as playing a recent game for hours on end. In that case, you multiply the min capacity stated for the system with the particular video chipset on the card by 1.25 to find the min. capacity of the PS you should get.

If you need to get a PS with more capacity, you can usually replace it with any decent quality standard sized standard ATX PS.

Standard (PS/2) power supply size - 86mm high, 150mm wide, 140mm deep, or 3 3/8" h x 5 7/8" w x 5 1/2" d , or very close to that, though the depth can be more or less for some PSs.

Don't buy an el-cheapo (in quality) PS.
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