I only want to spend around 200 , because I'm building my own computer soon. I just dont want to leave my mom with onboard graphics after I move out. I know about graphics cards but I know nothing about Power Supplys so any help is greatly appreciated.
Thanks for the HP link, but it wasn't very helpful. All I could find out was its a 300W PSU. Last I heard HP was using Bestec PSUs which aren't horrible, but not very good either.
Athlon II 630 and a 5670? The 5670 doesn't use a lot of power, I think the TDP is around 50W. (might be closer to 60W) I think that CPU is a 95W CPU? You are probably looking at around 200W for that system. Does your mom do gaming? Watching Blu-ray movies? I ask because thats 50-60W at load, not idle while she is surfing or doing facebook. You'll probably be ok just dropping that in. Crack open the case and look. See how many amps are available on the 12V rail(s) If you've got 17A on the 12V rail or if you have two rails there is a statement saying something about 12v1 and 12v2 not to exceed 200W then you're fine.
Does it matter that the 4670 says it needs a 400 watt minimum ? and I thought the same thing about the link , just figured someone else would see something I didnt. Will crack open the case as soon as I finish this reply.
As for power supplies, you'll want to look for ones with good 12v rail amperage and efficiency. A good 400 watt is fine for most GPUs, and assuming that HP of yours has the base configuration it could handle up to an HD 6950 or GTX 470 (not advising you to buy one of those, just saying).
Also try to avoid the cheapo generic brands like Logysis and Diablotek.
A couple of the go-to power supply brands for people on a budget are Antec, Seasonic, and Corsair. I linked to a good and cheap PSU for each. Any of these three are perfectly fine for that HP, especially with a 5670, so I'd pick the cheapest one and save a few dollars if I were you.
You'll be fine, man. Especially with a single slot card like the 5670.
I've got a GX620 with a jank BTX mobo where everything is reversed and an unnecessarily gigantic heatsink that blocks most cards, but still got my single slot 5770 (that's longer than the 5670) to fit. That motherboard actually looks like it would have more space than my somehwhat current one.
268W is close, but you should be ok. The card will fit, but if you want to remove the ram you'll need to remove the card as well so you can undo the clip on that side. 5670 should work fine. Its not the greatest card, has the power of the 8800/9800GT.
Open box deals dont scare you ? maybe I'm just paranoid and will it need a bigger psu than the Corsair 430watt you linked me earlier ? I swear this is the last set of questions. I figure I can spedn 125 on the card since I'm saving on the psu.