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steved311
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HP Pavilion Elite PC Graphics Card upgrading questions.

Hi,

This is my computer http://reviews.cnet.com/desktops/hp-pavilion-elite-e9220y/4505-3118_7-33777303.html, scroll down for the specs. Im a big pc gamer and the graphics card I currently have is good but im looking to push further and get a better one. Mainly looking to get a more powerful graphic card that is compatible with the processor I currently have. If anyone can list me better graphic cards that are compatible please list all of them intill I would need to upgrade my proccesor, Thank you.

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Big_Dave
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Re: HP Pavilion Elite PC Graphics Card upgrading questions.

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Your PC is spec'd with a 300 watt power supply.  Unplug your PC and open it up.  Read the label on the power supply.  What is the total wattage and the 12+ volt amperage? Also, is the slot next to the video card (PCI-E x16 slot) open? The e9920y specifications and motherboard.

 

If your PC only has a 300 watt power supply, then depending on the 12+ volt amperage you have limited choices of video graphics cards without replacing the power supply.  You probably can get the NVIDIA Geforce 220 GT to work but nothing faster. For a gamer, the GT 220 is not the best choice but it's faster than your ATI Radeon HD 4350.  At this point, you will need to replace the power supply and install a new video card if your want something faster.

 

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.

 

So where are you headed?

 

 

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steved311
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Re: HP Pavilion Elite PC Graphics Card upgrading questions.

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Ok, so what I saw on the power supply label was. 

+12 V / 19A

 +5 V / 25A

 +3.3 V / 18 A

The (PCI-E x16 slot) is open, there are three slots and the middle one is being used.

If the NVIDIA Geforce 220 GT is only going to be a minor upgrade, Im going to look higher, not top of the line tech but a noticable boost in my graphics capabilty. If there are no graphic cards that can meet that requirement with the specs I have, could you recomend a graphics card and proccesser that can meet that requests, without spending tons of money.

Thanks again.

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Big_Dave
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The NVIDIA GT 220 will be a noticable improvement over your on board video processor.  Forget about the processor upgrade for now and concentrate on the video card.

 

Performance improvement on a PC is like chasing your tail.  You fix one bottleneck and then the others become the bottlenecks.

 

True big time gamers are never satisified with gaming performance.  It becomes one upgrade after another.

 

Go to www.newegg.com  and look for a 600 watt modular power supply that will fit inside your PC.  Measure your existing PSU so you know what will fit. Then look at video cards with 70+ GB/s memory transfer rate.  You should be able to do both for under $250.

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HP e9280t, i7-960, 12GB, Vertex 3 120, ATI 4850
HP DV9700, t9300, Nvidia 8600, 4GB, Crucial C300 128GB SSD
HP Photosmart Premium C309G, HP Photosmart 6520
HP Touchpad
Custom i7-4770k,Z-87, 8GB, Vertex 3 SSD, Samsung EVO SSD, Corsair HX650,GTX 760
Custom i7-4790k,Z-97, 16GB, Vertex 3 SSD, Plextor M.2 SSD, Samsung EVO SSD, Corsair HX650, GTX 660TI
Windows 7/8 UEFI/Legacy mode, MBR/GPT
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johnnyrotten
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Re: HP Pavilion Elite PC Graphics Card upgrading questions.

Do not waste your money on a GT 220.  A GT 240 will work with any 300W power supply.  Just make sure it's the GDDR5 version of the 240, as they make both, and the performance difference is quite substantial.  The GDDR5 version of the GT240 is pretty well the fastest card you can run that doesn't require its own power supply and will be happy with your OEM power supply also.

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johnnyrotten
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Re: HP Pavilion Elite PC Graphics Card upgrading questions.

And Dave...  Since I probably won't be around here much at all, quit telling people to buy a 220 for their stock systems!

 

When I originally bought my HP, it came with a GT 230 (not to be confused with the 230M laptop card).  230 is OEM only, but is superior to the 220.  I quickly replaced it with a 240 GDDR5, and there was a substantial performance boost.  Both the 230 and 240 draw just under 75W.  The 240 is quicker though due to the GDDR5 memory.  And HP did equip my system with a 300 Watt PSU from factory.

 

It'll play demanding games like GTA IV on mid level settings @ 1920X1080 without too much chop.  The 230, (and the 220), just aren't as capable.  The 240 returned almost 15 more FPS in benchmarks than the 230 did.

 

Now you know.  And people!  Spend your money wisely!  If you cannot afford a new PSU, but want the best performing card possible without upgrading or needing a separate power supply, the GT 240 GDDR5 is about the max you can go without pushing limits.

 

 

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Big_Dave
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Johnrotten,

 

I have the GT 240 GDDR5.  I tend to be conservative with video card recommendations as gaming will stress them to the max and not leave power for future expansion.  The GT 240 is not really a gamers' card since I do have one.  Not all 300 watt power supplies have sufficient amperage on the 12+ volt bus and that's why I asked the question on amperage.

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HP e9280t, i7-960, 12GB, Vertex 3 120, ATI 4850
HP DV9700, t9300, Nvidia 8600, 4GB, Crucial C300 128GB SSD
HP Photosmart Premium C309G, HP Photosmart 6520
HP Touchpad
Custom i7-4770k,Z-87, 8GB, Vertex 3 SSD, Samsung EVO SSD, Corsair HX650,GTX 760
Custom i7-4790k,Z-97, 16GB, Vertex 3 SSD, Plextor M.2 SSD, Samsung EVO SSD, Corsair HX650, GTX 660TI
Windows 7/8 UEFI/Legacy mode, MBR/GPT
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johnnyrotten
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Re: HP Pavilion Elite PC Graphics Card upgrading questions.

Ya, fair enough Dave. 

 

It wasn't long after I bought the 240 (which isn't a bad card if one wants moderate gaming capabilities running a stock PSU) did I end up just saying, "to hell with it," cut my losses and spent the dough upgrading to an Antec 750W PSU and an HD5770.  This setup now seems to compliment the capabilities of my i5 processor better without putting myself in the poorhouse.

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