07-12-2013 03:25 PM
I have an HP Pavilion Slimline s3300f. The original graphics card is out of "date" for the games that I am trying to play on the computer. What is the best graphics card to update to that would fit in the slimline case? (I would like to not have to buy a bigger PC at this time)I opened the case up and of course there isn't a lot of room in there so it would have to be a smaller graphics card. Also I think it only can put out 220W of a power for a graphics card but I'm not quite sure if I'm correct on that or if I understood that correctly.
I did a little research and found this graphics card (although most reviews were from 2012):
PowerColor AX6670 1GBK3-HL Radeon HD 6670 1GB 128-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready Low Profile Ready Video Card
From the pictures it looks like it would fit in a slimline but I'm just not computer savy enough to really know what I'm looking at. Any help would be extreamly appreciated!
07-12-2013 03:52 PM - last edited on 02-23-2017 08:38 PM by OscarFuentes
07-12-2013 04:03 PM
Thanks for your reply Big_Dave!
I found a new PSU that I'm pretty sure would fit. I looked at the dimensions and it was around 3": Athena Power MFATX30 300 Watt 20+4 pin FlexATX Mini ITX PowerSupply
It is a 300W power supply.
I was then looking at this graphics card: PowerColor PCI-Express Video Card (AX6670 1GBK3-H)
Do you think these would both fit into the slimline case?
Also, is there a "lifetime" for graphics cards? I am sure that there is but I didn't know? Just thought of the question as I am responding to you Big Dave!
07-12-2013 04:54 PM
You are walking a thin line trying to run a video card that is spec'd for a 400 watt PSU on a 300 watt PSU. Some of the 400 watt full ATX PSU have much better specs hence part of the reason why manufacturers up the ante.
You still have the issue of tryuing to run a PCI-E version 2.1 card in an odler HP PC with a 1.x slot.
07-12-2013 05:08 PM
Thanks Big_Dave for all of your help. I didn't see any 400W PSU that would fit in the slimline...then again I probably need to do much more research. I was hoping I could avoid having to get another CPU but that may end up being more cost effective. And in doing that I will make sure to not purchase a slimline case again to avoid this issue in the future.
Thank you again for all of your help and responding back to me! It was really helpful to talk it out and think it through with someone who knew what they were talking about!