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mbrazell
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HELP!! Need New Graphics Card for HP Pavilon Slimline s3300f PC

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!

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Re: HELP!! Need New Graphics Card for HP Pavilon Slimline s3300f PC

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Hi,

 

Most of the modern AMD video cards according to AMD and other manufacturers require a 400 watt PSU.

 

Your PC only has a 160 watt PSU.

 

Additionally, some of the older HP PCs might not run with a PCI-E version 2.1 card.

 

If you want to run modern games then it's time for a new PC.

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Re: HELP!! Need New Graphics Card for HP Pavilon Slimline s3300f PC

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!

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Re: HELP!! Need New Graphics Card for HP Pavilon Slimline s3300f PC

Hi,

 

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.

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Custom i7-4790k,Z-97, 16GB, Vertex 3 SSD, Plextor M.2 SSD, Samsung EVO SSD, Corsair HX650, GTX 660TI
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mbrazell
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Re: HELP!! Need New Graphics Card for HP Pavilon Slimline s3300f PC

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!

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