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Hp Pavilion elite m9290d [Help Needed]

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August 25, 2011 5:40:14 PM

I have this pre built desktop

the specs are:
-450 psu
-Manufacturer's motherboard name: Foxconn MCP73M01H1
HP/Compaq name: Napa-GL8E
-Processor QuadCore Intel Core 2 Quad Q6700
-GeForce 8500 GT (everest ultimate edition says that i have Asus EN8500GT memory:512 Bus Width:128-bit Bus Type: Ddr2, Yes i use HDMI)
-4gig Ram ddr2
- Running on Windows XP Sp3

my questions are:
1) can i survive an upgrade of nvidia geforce 8800gt 512mb 256bit
2) do i need more power?
optional
3) i think my current video card has a problem can you help me fix it?
*rarely it displays grains and when it does it doesn't go away til i reboot
*I cant play Need For Speed Undercover smoothly.

sorry for asking to many questions have a nice day :D  :bounce: 
August 25, 2011 6:56:49 PM

danskieness said:
I have this pre built desktop

the specs are:
-450 psu
-Manufacturer's motherboard name: Foxconn MCP73M01H1
HP/Compaq name: Napa-GL8E
-Processor QuadCore Intel Core 2 Quad Q6700
-GeForce 8500 GT (everest ultimate edition says that i have Asus EN8500GT memory:512 Bus Width:128-bit Bus Type: Ddr2, Yes i use HDMI)
-4gig Ram ddr2
- Running on Windows XP Sp3

my questions are:
1) can i survive an upgrade of nvidia geforce 8800gt 512mb 256bit
2) do i need more power?
optional
3) i think my current video card has a problem can you help me fix it?
*rarely it displays grains and when it does it doesn't go away til i reboot
*I cant play Need For Speed Undercover smoothly.

sorry for asking to many questions have a nice day :D  :bounce: 


The specs on your system show a 350w PSU, not 450w.

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

I would be cautious with going with an 8800GT as it requires 6-pin PCI-E plug from the PSU and I’m sure your power supply doesn't have one. You can always use a Dual Molex adapter for this but I'm not sure how many of them are free to use on the current PSU.

I would check into upgrading the PSU to a larger size with a dedicated 6-pin PCI-E before adding in the 8800GT.

For your current card, I would go to Nvidia.com and scan for latest drivers and see if that helps.
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August 25, 2011 8:03:38 PM

hi exchange thanks for your kind response

i've upgraded my stock 350w psu to a 450w

sorry im not good at this stuff, anyways do you have any advice on what psu should i buy so i can also upgrade to 8800gt? :D 

for my current card i've just updated the driver but it still has malfunctions
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August 25, 2011 8:32:59 PM

danskieness said:
hi exchange thanks for your kind response

i've upgraded my stock 350w psu to a 450w

sorry im not good at this stuff, anyways do you have any advice on what psu should i buy so i can also upgrade to 8800gt? :D 

for my current card i've just updated the driver but it still has malfunctions


Does your replacement 450W PSU have a 6-Pin PCI-E cable? If so, you should be able to install the 8800GT without a problem. If it doesn't, you can either use a Dual Molex to PCI-E adapter

http://www.cablestogo.com/product.asp?cat_id=925&sku=35...

Or a simple 500W PSU like this one:

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

Hope this helps.

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August 26, 2011 12:22:20 AM

Hi,

If you already have the 8800GT, a very nice card in its day and much better than the 8500GT you have, then ignore the following.

You can upgrade to a better card than the 8800gt that has lower power requirements. That might save money in the long run and get rid of possible PSU problem if you have an off-brand that overestimates its power output. Or you can get more performance for the same power.

Your current card = 40 watts TDP for chip
8800GT = 105 watts TDP
you go up 65 watts. That shouldn't bother a quality 450 watt PSU. (What brand do you have?)
For same 105 watt TDP you could have an HD5770 (6770) for $100 that will stomp the 8800GT. Or a GTX450 if you prefer.

Here is a table of video card strength: http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-performance-...

Here is a table of video card power. (They use TDP which I thought was just he chip, not the card but it'll show rough relative numbers). http://www.geeks3d.com/20090618/graphics-cards-thermal-...
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August 26, 2011 6:06:46 AM

3xch4ng3 said:
Does your replacement 450W PSU have a 6-Pin PCI-E cable? If so, you should be able to install the 8800GT without a problem. If it doesn't, you can either use a Dual Molex to PCI-E adapter

http://www.cablestogo.com/product.asp?cat_id=925&sku=35...

Or a simple 500W PSU like this one:

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

Hope this helps.



i really really don't know if this helps you identify my psu if it has that 10in One 6-pin PCI

https://fbcdn-sphotos-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/30...
https://fbcdn-sphotos-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/31...

the psu is really really hard to remove. :??: 
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August 26, 2011 6:13:44 AM

tsnor said:
Hi,

If you already have the 8800GT, a very nice card in its day and much better than the 8500GT you have, then ignore the following.

You can upgrade to a better card than the 8800gt that has lower power requirements. That might save money in the long run and get rid of possible PSU problem if you have an off-brand that overestimates its power output. Or you can get more performance for the same power.

Your current card = 40 watts TDP for chip
8800GT = 105 watts TDP
you go up 65 watts. That shouldn't bother a quality 450 watt PSU. (What brand do you have?)
For same 105 watt TDP you could have an HD5770 (6770) for $100 that will stomp the 8800GT. Or a GTX450 if you prefer.

Here is a table of video card strength: http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-performance-...

Here is a table of video card power. (They use TDP which I thought was just he chip, not the card but it'll show rough relative numbers). http://www.geeks3d.com/20090618/graphics-cards-thermal-...


thanks for the response tsnor
i'm trying to grasp your advice, I'm quite getting it atm but i still need some help on fully understanding what video card power&strength means
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