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I have a Pavilion Elite M9300T  KZ854AV#ABA with Q9300 CPU, 3G RAM & 750 GB 7200 RPM SATA 3GB/S HD.  I want to upgrade the memory, operating system & video card.  The current video card is an NVIDIA Geforce 9500 GS - 512MB.  I don't do much gaming but do video editting with Cyberlink Power Director 12.  Extremely slow rendering video during editting.  Is there a "step up" card I can upgrade to without having to upgrade the PC PSU?  Looking for a few recommendations on good new cards.  Currently have Vista Home Premium - 32 bit but want to upgrade to W7 Pro - 64 bit as part of upgrade process.

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Lenbz, welcome to the forum.

 

Let's begin by looking at your situation.  You have a computer that is over 7 years old.  HP has their components made to their specs.  Therefore, their video cards are not necessarily the same as the retail version of the card.  They show the GeForce 9800 GT (1 GB) as the top card that can work with the 350W PSU that comes with the computer.  The retail version of this card requires at least 400W to operate properly.

 

Here is the memory upgrade information for the motherboard:

 

Dual channel memory architecture
  • Four 240-pin DDR2 DIMM sockets
  • Supported DIMM types:
    • PC2-5300 (667 MHz)
    • PC2-6400 (800 MHz)
  • Non-ECC memory only, unbuffered
  • Supports 2GB DDR2 DIMMs
  • Supports up to 8 GB on 64 bit PCs
  • Supports up to 4 GB* on 32 bit PCs

 

*32-bit operating systems cannot address a full 4.0 GB of memory.

 

Here is the memory that Crucial Memory recommends for your computer.  If it is recommend by Crucial it is guaranteed to work.

 

I suggest running Win 7 Upgrade Advisor to assure that your computer will run with Win 7.

 

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Thanks for the feedback.  I've already received Crucials recommendation for memory upgrade (which includes 1066 MHz RAM option) and the Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor tool says that my system can be upgraded.  So now, I need some video card upgrade  recommendations that hopefully don't require a PSU upgrade.  If there are none, then I will also need PSU upgrade recommendations.

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You are welcome.  Thank you for the additional information.

 

The reason that I didn't give you a video card recommendation is because of the reasons that I stated.  Most of them will not be any better than what you have and it is difficult to find a retail card that will work with your 350W PSU. However, I spoke to EVGA's Tech Support (1-888-880-3842).  He said that the cards that will work with your 2008 motherboard are limited.  The one that he recommends is an EVGA GT 640.  I recommend that you call their Tech Support to assure that it will work with your motherboard and BIOS.

 

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HP Spectre 360 Convertible; i7-7560U; 16 GB memory; Intel® Iris™ Plus Graphics 640; 512 GB PCIe® NVMe™ M.2 SSD; 13.3" diagonal 4K UHD UWVA eDP BrightView WLED-backlit multitouch-enabled edge-to-edge glass (3840 x 2160); Windows 10 Pro 64 with Windows Ink

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I would appreciate hearing which video card that you buy and how it works.  It will help me with future problems.

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HP Spectre 360 Convertible; i7-7560U; 16 GB memory; Intel® Iris™ Plus Graphics 640; 512 GB PCIe® NVMe™ M.2 SSD; 13.3" diagonal 4K UHD UWVA eDP BrightView WLED-backlit multitouch-enabled edge-to-edge glass (3840 x 2160); Windows 10 Pro 64 with Windows Ink

HP Photosmart 7520 AIO

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I haven't purchased a card yet, but would this card be compatible with my system?  ASUS GTX750-PHOC-1GD5 G-SYNC Support GeForce GTX 750 1GB GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 Video Card.  It seems to have lower power requirements and better performance than GT 640.  I've contacted Asus, but have not received a reply yet.  Newegg forum said yes.

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The GTX 750 requires UEFI in the motherboard instead of a standard BIOS.  HP didn't begin using UEFI until mid-October, 2012.  This means that your motherboard is too old for it to work.  You can see what ASUS has to say.  I do know that MSI makes a card that has a switch to allow it to work with a Legacy BIOS and UEFI.  You could contact them to see what they have to say, also.

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Custom build: Corsair 750D Airflow (Full Tower); MSI MEG z390 ACE; i9-9900K processor (OC'd 5.025); Corsair H150i cooler; 32 GB Corsair Vengeance Pro 3200 memory; MSI RTX 2080 Gaming X Trio video card; Samsung 970 Pro 512 GB; Samsung 860 EVO 1 TB

HP Spectre 360 Convertible; i7-7560U; 16 GB memory; Intel® Iris™ Plus Graphics 640; 512 GB PCIe® NVMe™ M.2 SSD; 13.3" diagonal 4K UHD UWVA eDP BrightView WLED-backlit multitouch-enabled edge-to-edge glass (3840 x 2160); Windows 10 Pro 64 with Windows Ink

HP Photosmart 7520 AIO

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