Right or Wrong Graphics Card Type?

April 21, 2009 at 03:33:10
Specs: Windows XP PRO
Hello All, and thankyou in advance for any help with my dilema.

This may seem a simple question to some but as a technophobe what i know about Graphics cards acn be written on the back of a stamp.

(Q) Will this graphics card - SAPPHIRE Radeon™ HD 2400PRO PCI-E
work in this/my PC - HP Pavilion Media Center a1629.uk Desktop PC?.

Card DETAILS

SAPPHIRE Radeon™ HD 2400PRO PCI-E

Product Spec

180 million transistors on 65nm fabrication process
64-bit DDR2 memory interface
Unified Superscalar Shader Architecture
Full support for Microsoft® DirectX® 10
Dynamic Geometry Acceleration
Anti-aliasing features
Texture filtering features
CrossFire™ Multi-GPU Technology
ATI Avivo™ HD Video and Display Platform
PCI-E 16X bus interface

Computer System Details


HP Pavilion Media Center a1629.uk Desktop PC

Operating System Microsoft Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005 with Update Rollup 2
Microsoft Service Pack 3
Base processor
PentiumD 820 (S) DC 2.8 GHz
800 MHz front side bus
Socket 775
Chipset
ATI Radeon Xpress 200 for Intel Processors
Motherboard
Manufacturer: ECS
Motherboard Name: RC410-M
HP/Compaq motherboard name: Asterope3-GL8E
Memory
Installed 2 GB
Maximum allowed 2 GB (2 x 1 GB)
Speed supported PC2-4200 MB/sec
Type 240 pin, DDR2 SDRAM
Hard Drive
300 GB SATA
7200 rpm
CD/ROM
(2x) 16X DVD(+/-)R/RW RAM (+/-)R DL drive
Slots
PCI Three (Three available)
PCI Express x16 One (One available)
Video Graphics
Integrated graphics
Sound/Audio
Integrated High Definition audio
Realtek ALC 888 chipset
Supports up to 8 audio channels
Dolby Pro Logic II compatible.

Many Thanks again for any help :)


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#1
April 21, 2009 at 04:22:40
How many watts is your PSU? Sorry if it's up there, I just can't see it.

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#2
April 21, 2009 at 04:47:54
Hi MiyuEmi,

Thanks for the response,


Quote: "How many watts is your PSU? Sorry if it's up there, I just can't see it".

(A) It's 300 watt


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#3
April 21, 2009 at 04:49:48
Here's your motherboard:

http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/...

What is the purpose of this upgrade? Gaming? The HD 2400PRO PCI-E card will work, but it's not a very good card, especially given the fact that it uses 64-bit GDDR2 memory. And as MiyuEmi eluded to...your power supply must be adequate. Your best bet would be a Radeon HD 4670.

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews...


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#4
April 21, 2009 at 05:09:06
Hello Jam,

CAD, Graphic design type programmes only, no games, the card is practically new and came for free so if it's workable on my system id like to stick with it, you mention quote:
"especially given the fact that it uses 64-bit GDDR2 memory" is this going to cause me problems or is there anything else you can advise me to do/upgrade on the system before installing it?

I appreciate your help


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#5
April 21, 2009 at 05:29:37
I would advise you to go ahead and install the card and drivers for it. Then if your computer will not start up right, or starts blue screening, then upgrade the power supply. The card will fit in your motherboard.

You may not see the kind of performance boost you may be looking for.

Your current onboard graphics uses mostly system memory to perform its functions. Increasing the amount of system memory dedicated to the graphics card may also increase the graphics performance. That may, or may not be possible on your system but would be worth checking. That setting is in the BIOS (setup) screens.


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#6
April 21, 2009 at 05:58:31
Thanks for the advice OtheHill,

I'll give it go, and see what happens.

Thanks

Chris


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#7
April 21, 2009 at 10:55:41
"you mention quote:
"especially given the fact that it uses 64-bit GDDR2 memory" is this going to cause me problems or is there anything else you can advise me to do/upgrade on the system before installing it?"

I wrote that before you stated the intended purpose. I guessed that it was for gaming. Generally speaking, gamers should go with a card that has GDDR3/128-bit or better. The HD2400 should be fine for your needs.


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