Solved Where do I find a 300w low profile power supply?

December 15, 2013 at 10:08:42
Specs: Windows 7
A somewhat similar question has been brought up, but it still left me scratching my head a bit.

I have a HP Compaq 6005 Pro Small Form Factor PC with a 240w power supply.

I need a dual monitor graphics card installed, to support two monitors and enough load capabilities for high resolution photoshop {not gaming}

I purchased the GeForce GT 610 1Gb LP which is plenty enough for what I need and most likely woul dnot run into any issues unless I was desiging 3D effects, which I am not.

BUT its minimum power supply requirement is 300W. In fact all new cards out today seem to require at least that much if not more. I'm fine with this one, but I still have the issue of finding a 300w low profile box.

now in another thread someone mentioned that the cards dont really draw this much power, yet I've read in other sites that the card will fail if it is under powered, which could lead to both the card and the power supply crashing. I'm guessing this happens under the circumstances of someone pushing the threshold of the card's capabilities right? And if so, where does that put me with running two monitors on it.

Just to throw in a wrench, there will be a third monitors as well thru a primary USB port.

Thanks in advance

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December 15, 2013 at 16:35:11
I don't know where you got your info from but the GT 610 is just a rebranded GT 520. It's an HTPC card that uses slow 64-bit memory & only draws up to 29W. See the following:

NVIDIA outs budget GeForce GT 610, GT 620 and GT 630, no Kepler in any of 'em

Based on your system specs & the fact that the HP sells versions of 6005 Pro SFF PC with the Radeon HD 4550, HD 4650, or Nvidia Quadro NVS 290 while still using the same 240W PSU, I'm sure it can handle the lowly GT 610.

HP Compaq 6005 Pro Small Form Factor PC - Specifications

And note that the power supply is a "240 W BTX power supply - Active PFC"

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#1
December 15, 2013 at 10:57:34
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...

Have a look at these micro atx pus's. On the Newegg power supply page, there is a power supply calculator you can try and see what it says.

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#2
December 15, 2013 at 11:26:59
I dont see the calculator, but all the low profile listed there are 2.5h or more. I need 2.25 or less.

I'm also a little confused on the pin descriptions. Mine takes 2 6pins {1 is a single row of 6 small pins, the other is a double row of 3 large pins}


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#3
December 15, 2013 at 11:27:34
THANK YOU for your time!!!!

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#4
December 15, 2013 at 14:08:15
http://www.extreme.outervision.com/...

Try this page for a calculator. I don't think you'll find a psu for that machine.


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#5
December 15, 2013 at 15:11:05
Is this site/list any help...?

http://www.atxpowersupplies.com/hp-...

or their search facility...?

Also a quick trawl via google for:

small form factor 300watt power supply

brings out assorted hits. Dell appear to use them - and possibly one of theirs may do?

The above trawl brings up hits on eBay - and Amazon too... Possibly a trawl in Amazon may provide a source?


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December 15, 2013 at 16:35:11
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I don't know where you got your info from but the GT 610 is just a rebranded GT 520. It's an HTPC card that uses slow 64-bit memory & only draws up to 29W. See the following:

NVIDIA outs budget GeForce GT 610, GT 620 and GT 630, no Kepler in any of 'em

Based on your system specs & the fact that the HP sells versions of 6005 Pro SFF PC with the Radeon HD 4550, HD 4650, or Nvidia Quadro NVS 290 while still using the same 240W PSU, I'm sure it can handle the lowly GT 610.

HP Compaq 6005 Pro Small Form Factor PC - Specifications

And note that the power supply is a "240 W BTX power supply - Active PFC"

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#7
December 16, 2013 at 00:19:58
Thanks for the link, I will keeping looking, but I have given up on googling, I have a splitting head ache from looking for the last three days, Lots of sites say low profile when they aren't really... thats the real bugger about it.

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#8
December 16, 2013 at 00:24:07
Thank you for the calculator link. I filled out as much as I could according to the specks I have and what I could pull from looking at the components. and it came out to a total usage of 216w.

Now that doesnt factor in say my photoshop running {but it does calculate as the card being at full draw}... so if the whole pc is drawing a average load of 216w of the max 240w and I start running software... am I clipping? Or is that already calculated into the graphics card already drawing full load?


WAIT let me re word that. Its says minimum usage is 166w and recommended wattage is 216w. soooo that means I am totally in the green?
and THANKS for letting me pic your brain

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#9
December 16, 2013 at 00:25:45
I am just going by the spec reads on the box for the graphics card as well as what Geek squad told me.

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#10
December 16, 2013 at 00:27:52
thanks, I think once someone clarifies for me about the calculator reading I got, I will most likely just go ahead and install the card with the cpu that is already in the pc. I just dont want to lose them so I am siding on caution right now. Thanks for your input.

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#11
December 16, 2013 at 10:55:32
Don't trust online power calculators. You need to do your homework & do you own calculations. Everything you need to know is available at the HP website. Here's the QuickSpecs, see page 53. It appears your system only uses 27W under "normal operation":

http://h18000.www1.hp.com/products/...

As for the power supply, it's doubtful you will find anything else that will fit other than the one you have. Not only is your system a Small Form Factor but it's also a BTX form factor, so your options are extremely limited. Did you look at the power supply? You will very likely need an exact replacement:

https://www.ctsestore.com/sites/def...

Your best bet is to just install the card & hope for the best. The GT 610 is an entry level card anyway so I doubt it will be a problem. Just be aware that it's not a huge bump up from the integrated HD 4200. If you really need better graphics, I suggest you consider a new computer, but this time, buy one that's upgradeable using standard off the shelf parts.

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#12
December 16, 2013 at 14:07:55
The image you attached is not my ps, mine is that shallow, but doesnt have the integrated fan.

But I am installing the card now. I have done so much damn reading, I may still not have found a damn power supply to fit, but I think I can wing a quantum worm hole.

As for the actual purpose of the card, its to have dual monitors. So I wasn't needing any huge performance graphics card. Paying the extra money is just over kill for me. I had shelled out 4 grand for a custom Alienware some years back and while I loved the computer and and had it until just recently, I didn't use even have of what it was capable of.

I realize the slimline pc's limit options for me, but they leave more space for other things on my desk, like having the spider system.

My next upgrade wont be in the pc itself but an investment in a Wacom Cintiq 24HD Graphic Monitor.

Thanks to everyone for their insight!!! BIG HELP!!!!!

Now to figure out how to list this as solved. :P


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