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Sir-Mike
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Video Card Upgrade advice

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I'd like to upgrade from the integrated Graphics to some form of graphic card with more than the 512 MB.  Not looking to invest a lot in this, just push off replacing a while longer if possible.

What are my options?  I know it has a PCIex16 slot, and that the base power is 300W.  Basically the out of the box hardware.

If looking at graphic cards, what are the key things I must be looking for?  

Any advice/suggestions?

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Paul_Tikkanen
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Hi:

 

You are limited to buying a used but tested and working graphics card because your PC has a legacy BIOS and none of the new cards on the market (even the cheap ones) will work.

 

You cannot buy a card newer than one of the nVidia GT 6xx models, or an AMD Radeon HD 6xxx model.

 

I would recommend a Nvidia GT 610 as a plug and play card, or an AMD Radeon HD 6450.

 

https://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_from=R40&_nkw=gt+610&_sacat=175673&_sop=15

 

https://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_from=R40&_trksid=p2334524.m570.l2632&_nkw=hd+6450&_sacat=175673&LH_...

 

I prefer the cards with no fans.   They are quiet and no fan to conk out on you.

 

You need to get a card with the standard PCI mounting bracket (it can be a low profile card), but not with the low profile mounting bracket.

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Sir-Mike
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Thank you. I will take a look at those links.  Not great news, but better than being stuck with no options.

 

1 follow-up question.  You mentioned this machine has a "Legacy BIOS, but the system information panel shows:  BIOS Mode: UEFI.   Is this a flaw with the System Info app or does the legacy BIOS just display in this manner?

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Paul_Tikkanen
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You're very welcome

 

It may have a UEFI BIOS, but I believe the BIOS revision is too old to run a newer card.

 

Check the BIOS revision your PC has.  There are no updates on the support page.

 

Unless the BIOS revision is 8.1x or newer, a new graphics card won't work.

 

Your PC' BIOS revision is probably 7.xx or older.

 

 

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Hello
curious that there is no update for this model ..
Or yet another product page inconsistency ..!?

HP Pavilion p7-1235 Desktop PC Product Specifications
This computer is equipped with this motherboard,

Motherboard Specifications, MSI MS-7778 (Jasmine)

 SSID: 2AE0

we find exactly the same model in another series

hp-pavilion-p7-1400-desktop-pc-series 

Motherboard Specifications, MSI MS-7778 (Jasmine)
And there we have update:

 

HP Consumer Desktop PC BIOS Update (ROM Family SSID 2AE0)

8.20 Rev.A

HP Consumer Desktop PC BIOS Update (ROM Family SSID 2AE0) 

TITLE: HP Consumer Desktop PC BIOS Update (ROM Family SSID 2AE0)

VERSION: 8.20 REV: A PASS: 1
DESCRIPTION:
This package provides an update to the HP Consumer Desktop PC BIOS (ROM Family
SSID 2AE0) supported models running a supported operating system

HARDWARE PRODUCT MODEL(S):
HP Pavilion p6-XXXX Desktop
HP Pro 3515 Series MT PC
HP Pavilion p7-XXXX Desktop

 

transitioning to this updated BIOS version which supersedes all previous
releases.

NOTE: Due to security changes, after this BIOS update is installed, previous
versions cannot be reinstalled.

 

I'm not saying to try, you never know, but maybe ..

 

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fpresiado
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one thing u did not mention is what kind of hp pc do you have. there are small form factors and mid. small form requires small psu and graphic card called low profile. the mid form can fit almost any psu and graphic card.  buy a gpu that fits but also look at the specs before buying so you know what the gpu needs for a psu requirement.

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Paul_Tikkanen
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Hi, @fpresiado 

 

There is only one form factor type for that PC, and that is a standard tower that uses the standard profile PCI mounting brackets.

 

https://www.support.hp.com/us-en/document/c03359127

 

The power supply specs are listed and the two cards I recommended will work just fine with a 300W power supply.

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