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How do I know if a PC is compatible with a graphics card?

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March 9, 2014 10:12:45 AM

Hi,
I've been looking to upgrade my PC for some time now, and I think I've found a decent one within my price range. But the graphics card is poor, so I'm thinking of upgrading that too. I don't know what I'm meant to look for though to see if it's compatible, so could anyone please tell me what I'm meant to check? I just don't want to fork out for a PC and then find it isn't compatible with the graphics card I want to buy. The PC I was thinking of buying was an HP Pavilion, and I was going to upgrade the graphics card to a GeForce GTX660Ti.
Any help would be great!
Many thanks! :wahoo: 
March 9, 2014 10:16:28 AM

You need to check if the wattage is enough for the card and you need to check that your motherboard PCIE x16 slot. And you also need to check if the case in big enough.
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March 9, 2014 10:19:08 AM

Excellent! Thank you! :D  I think that the motherboard does have a x16 slot. If the wattage is not big enough would I then need to buy a new PSU? And if I bought a new PSU, would I also need to buy a new adapter/power cable?
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March 9, 2014 11:21:03 AM

Yes you would need to buy a new PSU and if you do that you get new power cables.
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March 9, 2014 11:29:51 AM

Jfrag said:
Yes you would need to buy a new PSU and if you do that you get new power cables.


Thank you! :D 
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