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Help: Which graphic card to choose for an HP pre-configured desktop

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September 5, 2009 1:56:51 PM

I am configuring a system from HP (C2Q 9550, 6GRAM)

For the graphic card, which one should I choose? I may just watch video, play games a little bit (old games such as Warcraft, Starcraft, Heroes etc).

Or do I just choose the lowest end one: GMA X4500 and then upgrade it later? How easy is it for such upgrade? Or just choose a better one when configuring the desktop?


Thanks for your help.



Integrated graphics - Intel(R) Graphics Media Accelerator X4500 [VGA]
Included in price

512MB NVIDIA GeForce G210 [DVI, HDMI, VGA]
HDMI graphics card required for Blu-ray support
+$41.00

512MB ATI Radeon HD 4350 [DVI, HDMI, VGA adapter]
Supports Microsoft(R) DirectX(R) 10.1
+$51.00

1GB NVIDIA GeForce GT 120 [DVI, HDMI, VGA]
+$90.00
1GB ATI Radeon HD 4650 [DVI, HDMI, VGA]
Performance-level graphics. Value price
+$100.00

1.5GB NVIDIA GeForce GT 230 [DVI, HDMI, VGA]
+$150.00
a b U Graphics card
September 5, 2009 4:46:30 PM

This graphic card hierarchy chart shows the comparative power of graphic solutions. The GMA x4500 is seen at the bottom right.
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/best-graphics-card,...

As long as the PC you're speccing out isn't a slimline, then you can add a HD4670 for about $70 and will be fine with the power supply that comes with the HP. The GT 230 is basically a rebranded 9600GT (check the chart to compare)

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=E...

Again, this advice does not apply if it's a slim case.
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September 5, 2009 5:42:45 PM


Mine is HP Pavilion p6180t PC. Isn't this one a lower series to the slimline?

As you suggested, HD4670 is compatible with my current configuration:

all the following cards should be fine, right?

ASUS EAH4670/DI/512M/A Radeon HD 4670
GIGABYTE GV-R467D3-512I Radeon HD 4670 512MB

What about 9600GT? Is it also compatible with mine?

Thanks
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a b U Graphics card
September 5, 2009 6:07:17 PM

Unless you order the actual "slimline" then the card would work. All the cards will fit in the HP p6180t. The limiting factor in HPs is their power supplies, it will come shipped with a good quality 300w power supply. Since the 4670 only uses about 50-60 watts of power and does not require a 6 pin PCIe connector from the power supply it's a good match up for the system and your uses for it. If you want to get a higher powered graphic card for the system you'd probably have to get a new power supply or try to order one with the system. Either of the 2 you had listed would be fine, you may want to check warranties.
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