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Can I upgrade Graphic card in HP Pavilion p6240f

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October 23, 2009 11:56:53 PM

Hey guys...

Going to buy the HP Pavilion p6240f want to upgrade the graphic card in it...
Can it be done or not? Here is the link to the computer...
http://www.shopping.hp.com/product/rts_desktop/rts_desk...

Would like to but something like ATI 4850 or NVIDIA equal in it..
Thank you for you help guys:) 

a b U Graphics card
October 24, 2009 12:13:44 AM

It doesn't give any data on the PSU but nothing in the system is barring you from adding that or any other card.

Come back after you get it and give us the details on the PSU and we'll be able to tell you what GPU's it could handle or if you'll need to replace the GPU as well (just as a note, almost all PSU's that come from HP suck and you'll want to replace it).
October 24, 2009 12:18:39 AM

TheViper said:
It doesn't give any data on the PSU but nothing in the system is barring you from adding that or any other card.

Come back after you get it and give us the details on the PSU and we'll be able to tell you what GPU's it could handle or if you'll need to replace the GPU as well (just as a note, almost all PSU's that come from HP suck and you'll want to replace it).



Ok thank you for your help..what is a good PSU to replace it with..Not so good building a PC trying to find one i can modify to my liking. All i do on the pc is Play Aion and watch tv..lol
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a b U Graphics card
October 24, 2009 12:24:15 AM

Corsair, Seasonic, PC Power & Cooling are very high quality brands.

For an HD 4850 you'll want about 450 watts and 30 amps on the 12v rails. Don't worry about the numbers just yet, we'll help you again when you come back after getting the system.

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a b U Graphics card
October 24, 2009 12:46:17 AM
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It comes with a 300 watt power supply. You can install a single socket ATI HD4670 without any problems or concerns.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

To go much higher in terms of graphic cards you should probably get a different power supply. One i've used before in a HP is the Antec Earthwatts 500w
October 24, 2009 1:12:39 AM

dirtmountain said:
It comes with a 300 watt power supply. You can install a single socket ATI HD4670 without any problems or concerns.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

To go much higher in terms of graphic cards you should probably get a different power supply. One i've used before in a HP is the Antec Earthwatts 500w


thanks for the help...Do you know which is a good Power supply and card that work with the hp..Since you have done it before?
October 24, 2009 2:36:53 AM

Thank you for the info...
may i ask is a SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 4670 1GB compare to XFX GeForce 9500 GT 1GB?
October 24, 2009 2:56:29 AM

TheGreatGrapeApe said:
The HD4670 would be better than the GF9500GT.

Depending on your timeframe you may want to wait for the HD5600 series to come out.

But even the HD4770 doesn't use very much power and is likely within reach of that PSU;

http://www.xbitlabs.com/articles/video/display/radeon-h...


Trying not to switch out the Power supply..well that card work off a 300watt PSU? That is a guess what HP has in the computer..If so i would like to have a HD477o in it:) 
a b U Graphics card
October 24, 2009 3:19:52 AM

No, the HD 4770 recommends a 450 watt PSU. I would not risk it on a no name 300 watt PSU.
a b U Graphics card
October 24, 2009 3:28:00 AM

I know what it recommends but that's over estimation, whereas PSUs on DELL and HPs are under-estimations, best to check the Amps on the rails.

Did you notice it also draws about the same wattage as the HD4670?
a b U Graphics card
October 24, 2009 3:34:13 AM

If it were a quality brand PSU I'd be right there with you but it's from HP. Not likely to ride high on the PSU quality scale.
a b U Graphics card
October 24, 2009 3:38:37 AM

You base that on what?

Like I said, you need to check, both DELL and HP put in far better quality PSUs than their ratings suggest.

Research it, and you'll see most AMP and efficiency ratings on them merit far higher classification on other 'name' brands.

And you still haven't explained how that 2.4W less draw of the HD4670 you recommend is going to be that big a difference.
a b U Graphics card
October 24, 2009 4:08:38 AM

Other sites have a computer with the 4770 drawing about the same power as one with the 4830, approx 226 to 245watts.

The chart showing it drawing less power than a 4670 probably doesn't have it running at 100% GPU load.

But yeh, the wattage difference between them isn't huge, maybe around 20-30 depending on which chart you're looking at.
a b U Graphics card
October 24, 2009 4:40:34 AM

While they didn't use FURmark as has become a more common practice recently, they did run the card at idle, 2D load, and with a heavy 3Dmark06 load with 4XAA @ 16x10 resolution, and the HD4830 in that same test ran 35W more.

I trust their tests more than those that test and entire system and where the same setup fluctuates from review to review greatly showing the draw of an entire system (mobo, CPU, memory, HDD, DVD, LEDs) along with the graphics card.

Even the subtle differences in the same chip mobo can make a system power draw change 20+W, so total system consumption AT THE WALL SOCKET is not a good indication of power use or power supply need for one part.

Even their most recent test, running the GPU @ 100% load using yields only a 2 watt difference between the two.
a b U Graphics card
October 24, 2009 5:29:01 AM

Delta makes quality power supplies, in fact the recent Antec Earthwatts series are manufactured by Delta (they used to be made by Seasonic) One option is the 4770 that the Apeman mentioned, another might be the 5750 which uses about 68watts of power, but i've never installed one in a HP and the dual socket rear bracket may be a problem. I can't say for sure if it would work.
4770
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

5750
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
a b U Graphics card
October 24, 2009 5:38:53 AM

I still think this is one of the best articles written about how much power our systems actually use and the breakdown of what uses power and when. The author made the hardware to test each component in the system, it's worth a full read.
http://www.xbitlabs.com/articles/coolers/display/system...
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