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August 3, 2010 10:16:03 PM

Hello,
how can i find out which graphics card are compatible with my pc

I have a graphics card that i bought
the graphics card i bought is: HIS HD2600XT 2X DUAL LINK DVI 512 MB GDDR3 (128-BIT)
- My computer is a: HP Pavillion a1340n
- Processor: Intel(R) Pentium(R) 4 CPU 3.20GHz 3.20GHz
32-bit operating system
- Power Supply is: HP-D3057F3R
umm i dont understand what info u need about the power supply but ill just write down what it says inside my computer
-AC INPUT(47-63Hz): 100-127v/8A
DC OUTPUT: +5V --/25a +12v--/19a
+3.3v -- /18A -12V--/.8A
i think this is the power supply exact..not sure: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
is my computer compatible with the graphics card? Thanks.
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August 3, 2010 10:29:41 PM

Is the video card an AGP or PCI based card? When I googled it, what I saw was that its an AGP card.

Your motherboard does NOT have an AGP slot based oon some specs I found... you need a PCIexpress based video carrd
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August 3, 2010 10:30:14 PM

It depends on 3 things.
1. We physically need to know what type of slot your motherboard has available for a add-in or upgraded graphics card (GPU)
2. The type of Power Supply (PSU) your system has. More power graphics cards require more powerful PSU's to run them.
3. We basically need to know the rest of your computer hardware, make and model of the system, what type of processor, how much memory do have, what OS are you using, and how you use your PC, what are you expecting to gain from the Graphic card upgrade?

Once we know all that, then we can let you know what types or suggestions of cards would benefit you, your machine, and meet your expections.
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August 3, 2010 10:33:03 PM

lowriderflow said:
Is the video card an AGP or PCI based card? When I googled it, what I saw was that its an AGP card.

Your motherboard does NOT have an AGP slot based oon some specs I found... you need a PCIexpress based video carrd


i Have a PCIexpress
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August 3, 2010 10:43:50 PM

PSU: HP-D3057F3R [Below is a link to a generic OEM replacement]
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
300W with 19A on +12V ..... Very generic brand as well. Doesn't inspire confidence.


PC Model: HP Pavilion a1340n
http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/document?lc=en&dlc=e...

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PCI Express x16 One (One available)


He could use a newer PCI-E GPU, but he'll need something low end so it'll fit the 300W max PSU, with 19A total 12V output.

The model number HP gives for that motherboard is Asterope-GL8E
http://www.ascendtech.us/itemdesc.asp?ic=MB4HPECSRC410M

Pretty old tech.

The HIS HD2600XT video card is an AGP type GPU, and will NOT work with this motherboard, which only offers the newer PCI-E GPU slot.

You could perhaps go with something like the GT220 @ $68 + Shipping
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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August 3, 2010 10:50:14 PM

jerreece said:
PSU: HP-D3057F3R [Below is a link to a generic OEM replacement]
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
300W with 19A on +12V ..... Very generic brand as well. Doesn't inspire confidence.


PC Model: HP Pavilion a1340n
http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/document?lc=en&dlc=e...

Quote:
PCI Express x16 One (One available)


He could use a newer PCI-E GPU, but he'll need something low end so it'll fit the 300W max PSU, with 19A total 12V output.


this is the grpahics card i bought: http://www.hisdigital.com/un/product2-361.shtml
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August 3, 2010 10:52:44 PM

That video card definitely will not work. It's not compatible with the connection types in your system. :( 

To be honest, you're about due for an update for the whole PC really.

What is it you want to do with this computer once you get a video card in it? It's old enough that even with the best video card you can make work with it, it's not going to play modern games very well.
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August 3, 2010 10:58:46 PM

that sucks.. i got the computer i think 3-4 years ago for $1800 total price..to find out i have to buy a new PC already.. whats the cheapest gaming pc build?
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August 3, 2010 11:02:24 PM

Cheapest way to get a gaming PC these days is to completely build your own system. It's usually cheaper, and performs/lasts better/longer. :) 

It's the way to go for sure. Takes a little learning, but there's a lot of good info on this site, and even videos on YouTube these days to show you how to put things together. Hehe

Having a budget in mind, and knowing what exactly you want to do/play will help folks to point you in the right direction.
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August 4, 2010 1:34:16 AM

Best answer selected by aznarth.
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