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06-08-2016 12:55 AM
I bought a pc recently, I'm wondering what are the compatible Graphic cards and Ram for my pc.
Pc model: HP pavilion 550-132d
Motherboard: HP 2B47
Processor: Intel Core i5 6400 2.70 Ghz
Ram: 4 GB DDR3
Graphic Card: NVIDIA Geforce GT 730 DDR3
I'm thinking of upgrading it to a better graphics like GTX 660 or GTX 730 ti, but i'm not sure if that will be compatible. Please help. Thank you.
06-08-2016 08:56 AM
Hi there @Tomasing,
Welcome to the HP Support Forums! It is a great place to find the help you need, from other users, HP experts, and other support personnel. I understand that you are looking for help with a graphics card and memory upgrade. I am happy to help with this.
I cannot make a specific recommendation for a graphics card, but I can give you some guidelines and things to be aware of. Looking at the HP Pavilion 550-132d Desktop PC Product Specifications and HP and Compaq Desktop PCs - motherboard specifications, Odense, about memory your system specifications say:
Dual channel memory architecture
•Two 240-pin DDR3L DIMM sockets
•Supports the following:
•Supports 1 GB, 2 GB, 4 GB and 8 GB DIMMs
•Supports up to 4 GB on 32-bit systems
Note: 32-bit systems cannot address a full 4.0 GB of memory.
•Supports up to 16 GB (unbuffered) on 64-bit computers
Information relevant to a graphics card you should make note of:
•One PCI Express x16 (Gen 3.0)
•One PCI Express x1 (Gen 2.0)
•One M.2 socket 1, key A
Internal 300 W PSU
So you need to be sure that any graphics card choice does not have a minimum power requirement exceeding the capacity of your power supply. Also you will want to make note of any supplementary power connections required and make sure your power has those available. The card must be able to use one of the expansion slots on the motherboard, and it must actually be available. The likely choice is the PCI Express x16 (Gen 3.0) slot. If the card you prefer does not fit into those parameters you will need to either find one that does, or look at a broader upgrade, probably to include a power supply with greater capacity that can fit in the space.
Please let me know whether that works for you, and if it does resolve your issue, please mark this post as a solution. Kudos would also be appreciated.
10-31-2016 04:15 AM
Thank you very much, truely helped me alot! I have a spare video card, a GTX 660 but it has a minimum power supply of 450 watts. Will it run properly in my pc and/or is it safe? What are the possible outcomes if I use GTX 660 on my pc with only 300 watts power supply? And i'm currently using a PSU.
11-03-2016 07:46 AM
@Tomasing, welcome to HP Forums, this is a great place to get support, find answers and tips.
Thank you for posting your query, I'll be more than glad to help you out
I understand that you wanted to know the power supplies that is compatible with your computer.
The minimum system power requirement is 450 W and the power supply on your computer is 300 W. Hence, it is not compatible.
You may also check the link: http://www.geforce.com/hardware/desktop-gpus/geforce-gtx-660/specifications
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I hope you have a good day ahead.
11-03-2016 08:55 AM
An excellent PSU choice would be the Corsair CX600. All PSU's have what is called an efficiency curve. The CX600 will only supply what is needed, thus it's idling with less stress.
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