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06-04-2010 01:58 PM - last edited on 06-04-2010 04:04 PM by Big_Dave
About a year ago I purchased a HP Pavilion Media Center m8724f. I'm planning on buying a Nvidia GeForce 9800 GT so I can start gaming soon, but the problem is that my stock PSU is only 300 watts and the video card needs a minimum of 400 watts. I planning of getting a fairly cheap 450-500 watts PSU. I'm not really good with computers so that's why I'm asking on here. Here is the requirements for the card.
Minimum of a 400 Watt power supply.
(Minimum recommended power supply with +12 Volt current rating of 26 Amp Amps.)
An available 6 pin PCI-E power connector (hard drive power dongle to PCI-E 6 pin adapter included with card)
My motherboard in my PC is a Asus IPIBL-LB
If anybody could please help me out I would be very thankful. Please email me at [edited] and reply on here. Thanks.
06-04-2010 03:58 PM - edited 06-04-2010 04:03 PM
Try this article.
Then go to www.newegg.com and search on a ATX modular power supply. 600 watts should be plenty but check the specifications tab as not all power supplies are created equal. You might find a lesser wattage power supply with a 26 amps 12+ volt rating. Look over the power supply dimensions and then measure your PC's power supply size.
You won't need that dongle with a new power supply as it will have the 6 pin connector.
06-06-2010 01:01 AM
Can anyone offer any solutions for me? Similar kind of issue, - just got a HP Compaq dc5750 Small Form Factor PC, 2nd hand on a good deal. The prob I now have is the micro atx psu appears to be 240W rated. It has integrated graphics at the moment, and I want to install a low profile pci-e graphics card to facilitate my gaming - however, all the cards I find (even ones I would not particularly associate with gaming) want a minimum 300W supply! Anyone any experience on upgrading the psu for small form factors (this is my 1st lol), or suggestions on alternate graphics solutions?
06-06-2010 11:02 AM - edited 06-06-2010 11:02 AM
Measure the physical size of your power supply. The standard ATX power supply is 5.5 by 5.9 by 3.4 but there are some slight variances.
06-06-2010 04:22 PM
Thank you so much Big Dave for all your help. I'm going to buy a Antec BP550 soon so I can start gaming. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N8
06-28-2010 01:34 PM
I purchased a HP p6142p last year.
I wanted to upgrade my psu to at least 450 watts. I did an online chat with hp to find out about the dimensions of the psu I had so I could order one with more wattage.
When I told the hp 'tech' what I was doing, I was told that because of my motherboard, M2N78-LA (Violet), I could not exceed 350 watts. If I did, I would fry it.
So, I setteled for an EVGA GeForce 9500 GT with 512 MB DDR2 that required a minimum of 350 watts. So, I bought a 350 watt psu.
Now, I'm wondering if maybe I could for a faster card and higher wattage psu?
Does anyone know if that is possible or is it true about the motherboard issue.
06-28-2010 02:27 PM
You should not have a problem with a bigger power supply. However, I have seen where some video cards don't seen to work with some of the HP 6xxx model PCs. Your PC with a 350 watt PSU should be able to handle the EVGA NVIDIA 240 GT 1 gb GDDR5. Perhaps you want to exchange your video card. What power supply did you get and does it have a big fan?