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one19_caryd
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adding a video card to a Pavilion A6600F with integrated video (for second display)

Hello... I have a a6600f (64-bit vista) with onboard graphics; I want to purchase an inexpensive video card so I can use 2 displays... I'm not a gamer so it doesn't have to be heavy duty. the problem is that this box only has a 250w power supply. does anyone know of a pci-e card that will run on a 250w supply?

 

Also, will I be able to use the integrated graphics port after I install a card? Someone told me that the onboard port may become inactive if a video card is installed... if this is true, then I need a card that will drive 2 displays, right? Thanks for any guidance...

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Re: adding a video card to a Pavilion A6600F with integrated video (for second display)

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You will not be able to use the integrated video adapter once you install a discrete video card.  You need to replace the power supply.

 

Review the ATI and NVIDIA performance specifications. Look at the memory bandwidth specifications and the DirectX level support.

How to replace a power supply.

How to replace a video card.

 

You should open up your PC and measure the physical dimensions of your power supply.  Here is a list of things to consider:

  1. Specifications
  2. Total wattage - important
  3. 12+ volt amperage rating - important
  4. Modular - not mandatory but I like the flexibility
  5. Warranty
  6. i7 and SLI ready
  7. Efficiency rating
  8. Cost
  9. Physical size -- standard ATX PSU is 5.5" by 5.9" by 3.4" give or take a few tenths

www.newegg.com has lots of PSUs choices.  Corsair, OCZ, Rosewill, Thermaltake.....

 

A 500 watt PSU should be plenty and it will support a lot of different video cards.  Your choice for a video card might depend on the monitor connector types that you require.

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Re: adding a video card to a Pavilion A6600F with integrated video (for second display)

Thanks for taking the time to help. Much appreciated...

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