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January 12, 2014 10:19:26 PM

I am looking to upgrade my graphic card for my computer but not to sure about what would be the best graphic card for my computer because I bought back in 08. I had a friend told me to look for graphic card with 1gb low profile with GDDR5 and 350watts. I pick out few graphic cards that match up with that.
GIGABYTE GeForce GT 640 1GB 64-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0
MSI NVIDIA GeForce GT 640 1GB 64-Bit GDDR5
EVGA GeForce GT 640 Superclocked 1 GB GDDR5 64-Bit(only on amazon)
this one not low profile
EVGA GeForce GT 630 1024MB GDDR5

My specs
System Model: KT334AA-ABA m8530f
System Manufacturer: HP-Pavilion
Processor: AMD Phenom(tm) 9550 Quad-Core Processor (4 CPUs), ~2.2GHz
Memory: 5120MB RAM
Motherboard: NVIDIA GeForce 8200 Chipset
Operating System: Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
Power Supply: 350watts

Thank you and please answer back soon.
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January 12, 2014 10:26:53 PM

There are a lot of posts on this forum from people trying to get a new graphics card working with a HP computer.
Often the 16xPCI-E slot on these motherboards cannot supply the standard 75W.
There is a good chance that any card you buy won't work.

Realistically, a GT 640 is not going to be enough for many games anyway.
You probably need to look at a basic gaming computer with at least a HD 7750 graphics card for even low to medium settings in many games.
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January 12, 2014 10:27:42 PM

What kind of games are you thinking of playing?
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January 12, 2014 10:32:05 PM

Unless there's something in the way, you don't need a low-profile card for that case. You can see in the link you provided that the 9300 GS uses a full-height bracket.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
These 7750s are a better deal than the GT 640s you found. The 7750 is the most powerful card you can get that doesn't require an extra PCI-e power plug.

Edit: Definitely check out that power issue that VincentP mentioned. The 7750's going to need every drop of that 75W at load.
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January 12, 2014 10:39:06 PM

Kflyn30 said:
What kind of games are you thinking of playing?

the kind of games that I usually play is killing floor, left 4 dead, the Stanley Parable, TF2, outlast, portal 2, surgeon simulator 2013, fallout new Vegas,gta4 and etc but mostly causal gaming.

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January 12, 2014 10:47:22 PM

xomm said:
Unless there's something in the way, you don't need a low-profile card for that case. You can see in the link you provided that the 9300 GS uses a full-height bracket.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
This 7750 is a better deal than the GT 640s you found. The 7750 is the most powerful card you can get that doesn't require an extra PCI-e power plug.

Edit: Definitely check out that power issue that VincentP mentioned. The 7750's going to need every drop of that 75W at load.

but my computer is pci 2.0 and pci 3.0 wouldn't work for my computer right? but you you could be right on the space tho.
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January 12, 2014 10:51:17 PM

Cylon99 said:

but my computer is pci 2.0 and pci 3.0 wouldn't work for my computer right? but you you could be right on the space tho.


Try not to link to personally identifiable info if you can help it. (Right-click, open image in new tab, if you really have to use Facebook for photos).

PCI-e 3.0 is backwards compatible with PCI-e 2.0. A 2.0 card will work in a 3.0 slot, and a 3.0 card will work in a 2.0 slot.
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January 12, 2014 11:08:04 PM

xomm said:
Cylon99 said:

but my computer is pci 2.0 and pci 3.0 wouldn't work for my computer right? but you you could be right on the space tho.


Try not to link to personally identifiable info if you can help it. (Right-click, open image in new tab, if you really have to use Facebook for photos).

PCI-e 3.0 is backwards compatible with PCI-e 2.0. A 2.0 card will work in a 3.0 slot, and a 3.0 card will work in a 2.0 slot.

Wow that something i really didn't about pci backwards compatible because i was always told 3.0 in 2.0 slot would not increase performance of graphics. well i glance at some of the other cards that you were talking about and see that i need to increase my power supple to 450w-550w
what about XFX AMD Radeon HD 7750 1GB GDDR5

sorry about personally info, that was dumb of me:( 

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January 12, 2014 11:20:11 PM

Totally forgot about the PSU.

That's the main issue with upgrading pre-built systems like this - they're built to bare-minimum specs, and generally you'll have to upgrade more than one part to get your money's worth. There are diminishing returns both at the top and bottom of the price range.

That said, if you're going to get a new power supply, be wary of dirt cheap PSUs - they tend to be ticking time bombs.

IMO, your best bet at the moment:
Corsair CX430 ($40) + ASUS HD 7770 ($90) = $130
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

As for the XFX card, it's a bit pricey, and you might as well put in $20 more for the 7770 and a new PSU.
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January 12, 2014 11:45:55 PM

xomm said:
Totally forgot about the PSU.

That's the main issue with upgrading pre-built systems like this - they're built to bare-minimum specs, and generally you'll have to upgrade more than one part to get your money's worth. There are diminishing returns both at the top and bottom of the price range.

That said, if you're going to get a new power supply, be wary of dirt cheap PSUs - they tend to be ticking time bombs.

IMO, your best bet at the moment:
Corsair CX430 ($40) + ASUS HD 7770 ($90) = $130
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

As for the XFX card, it's a bit pricey, and you might as well put in $20 more for the 7770 and a new PSU.

thank you so much for helping me out. I would have gone with any second hand info but I need to know if it would be worth the buy or not and my time.
I'll keep looking around to upgrade my computer and gather more knowledge about it too.
thank man!


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