New Graphics Card...Maybe

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May 14, 2011
  1. Tom Bombadildo
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    So, unfortunately, I have an HP Slimline S5120F PC which only has a 220W PSU in it. I just have a simple question, do you think my PC can handle a Gefore GT240 card? I heard it uses a very small amount of watts, about 70 tops.

    I also heard there are some sort of PSU Calculators on the web, but for some reason none of them work for any of the browsers on my PC, if anyone is bored out of there minds and feels like helping me out they could always find one and test it with my specs with and without the card...I would be very grateful!

    Anyways, the specs are:



    Processor: AMD Athlon X2 7750 2.7GHz
    Memory: 4GB DDR2 800
    Hard Drive: 500GB 7200RPM SATA
    Optical Drive: SuperMulti DVD Burner with LightScribe Technology
    Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce 6150 SE
    Audio: Integrated audio, 6 speaker configurable
    Ethernet: 10/100Base-T network interface

    Thanks in advance for the help!

    Suprgamr232



    I was also thinking about possibly just getting a new case and PSU for it instead, anyone have any suggestions or could show me a good tutorial on the easiest way to do this?
     
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    I would NOT risk it. You do NOT overtax your PSU. A new case and PSU would be much better, though I don't know that much about matching cases to motherboard other than making sure the motherboard's form-factor (such as Micro-ATX) is supported by the case.
     
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    Yeah I'm probably just going to buy a new case then or see if I can find an old one hanging around somewhere. I'm pretty sure all you need for the case is to know the form, but if someone else can confirm this that would be wonderful.
     
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    according to me you should get a new case and PSU.
    i too have a PSU of 220w and most of the new graphics card require power supply of 450w-250w.
    without taking any risk you should buy a new PSU and case.
     
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    Idle is 9w, peak it's 70w.

    The card should fit fine since it takes up a single slot.

    It's possible you'll squeak by with your setup and the GT 240 card. Judging by this power calculator, you'll need a 250w just incase.

    http://www.extreme.outervision.com/PSUEngine
     
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    Check your motherboard to see if it is ATX or Micro-ATX and buy a Case that would fit it, you should also consider getting a new PSU, that PSU will probably not run any new graphics cards without shutting off every 5 sec. Get something like 500w or more , that would be ok for your system+ a new Graphics card.
     
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    IIRC the HP slimline series use mini-ITX motherboards so getting a case that will fit a mini-ITX can be abit of effort if you want an upgraded PSU but I might be mistaken, other than that I'd agree on not stressing the PSU you'd do more harm than good. Without upgrading the case, if I'm right you'd need a TFX PSU not a regular ATX.
     
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    Get a quality 400w ish PSU: list here http://www.overclock.net/power-supplies/18...r-supplies.html

    400W is enough for all single graphics card except the very best ones. (eg GTX 580, HD 6970)

    All cases will work with Mini-ITX. The screw holes that Mini-ITX are in the same spots Micro ATX and ATX, so it will fit.
     
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    This is a bit of an older one, it uses a standard ATX. Any recommendations on a new PSU? I've only got about $100US, and the card I'm getting is about $70. I know PSU's are pretty cheap, so would I be able to get...maybe a 500W?
     
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    you have a micro-atx board compatible with most atx case and micro-atx case of course
    (from the pn it really looks like an Asus mobo (M2N68-la))
    has a pcie 16x slot

    you're going to need a new psu and case


    Best Graphics Cards For The Money: May 2011 (tomshardware)
    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/best-g...-6670,2935.html
     
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    Fortunately I have a couple old cases lying around which should be perfect. Now all I need is a PSU and to get that Card...Thanks for all your help guys! Mod can close this whenever.
     
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    Ahh I thought I might have been wrong [​IMG], anyway you should be able to find a good 500W~ PSU for around $40-$50 but $30 is abit short I think but I'm not very familiar with US prices. I know quite a few people will disagree but I believe you should be able to find a coolermaster in your budget which are usually good PSUs.
     
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    I'd save up for a new phenom or i7 build and wait it out.
    The ati 7000 series will probably focus on power consumption again, and nvidia will probably rehash the current cards for their next series too.
    Maybe that's something that makes you lean one way or the other I don't know.
     
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    You probably have more than a $100 budget to work with.
     
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    I don't.
    That's why I said "SAVE UP", you'll get better stuff as a whole with more money.
     

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