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12-14-2010 10:46 AM
I'm nearly PC illiterate and recently purchased an all-in-one HP 200xt primarily for home use for my wife and I: internet, budgeting, my kids' pictures, etc. My HP has the following general specs:
Intel Pentium 2.8GHZ (i3 - I think)
8GB Hard drive
Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
Intel Graphics Media Accelerator X4500
I'd like to do a little gaming (expanding out of the console world), primarily RPGs (no MMOs) or strategy games (no RTSs). I know enough to realize than an integrated card isn't the best bet and was wondering if it's even possible to upgrade the 200xt all-in-one and, if so, what would the forum's expert recommendation? I don't need bleeding edge tech, just hopefully something that's middle of the road? Any help would be greatly appreciated!
12-14-2010 01:24 PM
Contact HP sales. Your PC does have a Mobile PCI Express Module (MXM 3.0) socket for MXM graphics card. MXM graphic card should be better but I can't say how much better.
12-15-2010 06:32 AM
Thank you for the prompt response. A few hours after my post I emailed HP Support and they confirmed the following:
"From your email I understand that you want to know if you can install a dedicated graphics card in your HP All-in-One 200-5250 Desktop PC. I would like to tell you that you can surely go ahead and install a dedicated graphics card in your PC. However, as this computer is All-in-One PC we need to install a different type of graphics card. We need to purchase Mobile PCI Express Module (MXM) graphics card. This graphics card is similar to a laptop graphics card.
Following are the support included in your PC to install a Mobile PCI Express Module (MXM) graphics card:
· One mobile PCI Express Module (MXM) socket.
· MXM version: 3.0, type A, Gen2 speed.
· Power Requirement for the slot: <35 watt.
· Power Supply included in the PC: 150 watt.
You can easily obtain a Mobile PCI Express Module (MXM) graphics card from local computer store matching the specifications."
With that said, is there any recommendation you would make as to a specific brand?
12-15-2010 08:40 AM - edited 12-15-2010 08:42 AM
Contact HP sales. These cards are hard to find and you want to make sure that the card matches up to the size of power supply in your PC.
12-21-2010 10:56 AM - edited 12-21-2010 10:57 AM
Thanks. After being bounced between HP Home Sales and HP Small Business and then back to Support, I still don't have a clear answer as to what specific cards I can have installed. I'm new at this, but it seems odd that a slot would be made available yet support staff would be unable to provide a clear answer as to what should be placed therein. I'm guessing it's those lawyers and legal liability...