I'm trying to find what the default motherboard is for the HP Pavillion or how to check for it on the computer. I am trying to get a new graphics card for this computer and a best buy review says i need certain specifications:
"PCI Express or PCI Express 2.0 compliant motherboard with 1 dual-width x16 graphics slot; one 6-pin PCI Express supplementary power connector; DVD-ROM drive; 400W or greater system power supply"
Any help on knowing how to check the motherboard would be appreciated
ok I found your computer on hp's site http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/document?docname=c01...
you do indeed have a pci express x16 slot on your motherboard but it doesnt say what version of pcie it is. Im pretty sure that pcie is backwards compatible so any pcie card should work. It also say that model has a 300 watt power supply. are you purchasing a video card to play games? if so which?
ok I am going to assume hp did not include a 6 pin pci express power connector for video card, and even if it did your power supply would have enough power to run the card. but thats ok there are many video cards out there that will be compatible with your system.
even though the 6670 recommend a 400 watt power suppl,yother members with a hp computer and 300 watt power supply have reported that they have successfully used a 6670, so I'd say a 6670 will definitely work. However the 7770 card recommend at least a 500 watt power supply so I don't think it would work. You could always upgrade your power supply too.