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May 10, 2010 8:37:02 PM

Hello Everyone,

I have a P5LP-LE (Leonite2) Motherboard,

http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/document?docname=c01...

Which currently has a NVIDIA GeForce 8300 GS.

The graphics pretty much suck for any real good graphics games.

I was thinking about upgrading to a EVGA 512-P3-N871-AR GeForce 9800 GTX Video Card

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

I was wondering if this is compatable with my mobo, and does anyone have any better suggestions?

Thank you very much for your expertize!

Beau
a b U Graphics card
May 10, 2010 8:45:19 PM

It will work with your motherboard. The questions that remain are these:

What CPU do you have?
How much RAM?
What kind of Power Supply Unit do you have? (PSU)
-- What are the max continuous Watts ratings on your PSU?
-- How many amps are rated on the 12V rail on your PSU?
What kind of case do you have? (i.e. will the video card fit in your case)?

Depending on all these answers, folks can tell you if it's worth upgrading (i.e. will your system keep up with it). Plus we can determine if your PSU will handle it, and whether it will actually fit in the case.
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May 10, 2010 10:32:39 PM

Quote:
The 5670 has performance comparable to a 9800GT, compared to a 9800GTX it still performs about 10%+ lower.
If his PSU is enough, get a 4850, most price efficent.




Is there a way to figure out my PSU without opening the case? Lazy bastard here, lol,
a b U Graphics card
May 10, 2010 11:52:28 PM

If your PC was purchased in a box, with a specific model number on it, we can look it up with Google. :)  If not, or if it's been customized, you'll need to open the case and look at the label on it (or even take a photo!).
a b U Graphics card
May 10, 2010 11:54:19 PM

Based on your link, HP says you have the "a6250t". Below is a link to it's specs:

http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/document?docname=c01...

If this is the correct model and setup, it has a 300W power supply max output.

The 8300GS graphics card was an upgrade option (listed lower on the page). I don't see any upgrade options on the PSU, so that 300W is probably right. That's going to be a limiting factor.
May 12, 2010 6:30:31 PM

Okay, here's the scoop. I think I'll take Emperus' advice and get this card

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applica [...] CatId=3669

Here's what my PSU says

AC 100-120Vac 10A
Input 200-240Vac SA

Frequency 50/60Hz

Load Min Max
+3.3V 0.3A 28A
+5V 1.0A 36A Max. Combined Voltage
+12V 1.0A 16A +3.3V & +5V = 200W
-5V 0A 0.5A +3.3V & 5V & +12V + 330W
-12V 0A 0.8A
+5VSB 0A 2A Total Power 330W

And there you have it! Needless to say I have no clue what all that means. But will that card work with that PSO or do I need to get another one? If so what kind?

Thanks again!

Beau
May 13, 2010 1:16:38 AM

Best answer selected by beauknowsdiddly.
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