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How and What for a graphics card?

I recently bought a new windows 7 desktop HP Envy 700-215xt without a graphics card.  Wish I had now. So it comes with integrated audio and also intel integrated Hd Graphics.  What would I find that  fits  this desktop that comes with a 300 watt power supply.  And would I have to change anything in the BIOS ?  Appreciate any thoughts.

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Green1322, welcome to the forum.

 

The problem that you face is finding a video card that will be much better than the Integrated Video using the 300W power supply unit (PSU).  Most newer mid-level cards require at least 400W to work properly.  I normally recommend at least 500W.  This will give you room for future upgrades, as well.  I like OCZ and Corsair PSU's.

 

As for the video card, you should buy one that is 9" in length or less.  The best way to know if it will fit is make a template out of cardboard and fit it into the space for the card.  If the card has extra power connectors, you should add at least one inch for the cables.  I like XFX, EVGA, Sapphire and PNY in that order.  The card should be PCI Express x16.  When you install a discrete video card the Integrated Video is automatically disabled.  Therefore, you don't have to change the BIOS.

 

 

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I looked at psu from ocz and corsair.  Some are semi modular, modular or not modular.  Some rated as bronze, silver or plantinum psu.  Do not know alot as yet the differnce but a psu from 450 to 600 watts should be enough.   Probably nothing to expensive.   Will continue to check it out then on to picking a mid range gpu. 

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Let us know if you need more assistance.

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HP Phoenix ENVY 810-135qe
- i7-4770K (liquid cooled); 8 GB memory; GT 640 (4 GB), SSD (Samsung EVO 840-500 GB); 600W PSU; Win 7 Ultimate

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Re: How and What for a graphics card?

Found it diffucult even to find a order number for a new graphics card on the web.  Calling hp direct ended usually none available.    But found one or two on ebay with 4 Gb.   Is this a good choice. It says 4 gb EVGA Geforce Gt 640 ddr3 901 mhz DVi mini Hdmi 04g-p4-2647-kr single slot. 

The other choice is a 4 gb geforce gt 640  gddr3 physx pci-e 3.0 direct x 11  FXAA TXAA.  

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