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Can I change my video card on my HP desktop?

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October 23, 2011 8:59:42 AM

Hello,
I have the HP pavilion H8-1000in model
http://tinyurl.com/3qfa4wl(this one)
so i bought this computer like yesterday and thought with 2 GB DDR3 card,the PC should be flying for games.
so Today I tried out FIFA 12 and the graphics looked terrible!
I did some further research and found out that this card was extremely bad.
I want to change it but there are a few things that will get affected-
My warranty(those HP poeple are denying on changing it for me)

Whether my power suply is enough for a new,more powerful card.

Will my PC get overheated
what can I do?
thanks for your help!

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October 23, 2011 12:28:17 PM

First of all ; the link doesn't work.
The warrenty will be voided when you put in a new card.
The powersupply ( i believe is 460W ) ain't powerfull enough for a mid/high end card.
You can go for a 6670 but that won't be that much of an upgrade. You could try a 5770 if you can find one. Also a GTX460, but it will be hard work for the psu.
Maybe the best and safest thing to do will be to upgrade your psu, maybe a 500W and a GTX560Ti or a HD6870.
What's your budget btw ?
O, and the 6570 probably hasn't got 2G but uses your mobo memory for that.
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October 23, 2011 4:18:03 PM

the Nvidia GTX 460 / AMD HD 6770 should both be ok with your psu, im assuming HP use as good PSU as Dell so it will be a solid 460W rather than some value brand 460W

the GTX 460 runs cool, idle +/-30c load +/-60c

you will need to make sure you have the room in the case, both cards are larger than the card i think you have (GT 420?) sometimes the cpu cooler in mATX can infringe upon the PCI express lane

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October 23, 2011 4:41:29 PM

sorry this is the link-----
http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/document?docname=c03...
well the present PSU gives only 300 W
and the card utilizes upto 60w i guess.
I just want to change the card,not the PSU
please help!
well I played fifa 12 and the graphics looked pretty good on full settings..i didnt notice any lag or anything.
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October 23, 2011 4:43:41 PM

also I use HDMI 32 inch tv screen to play mostly so I am not concerned with my monitor's native resolution
if it helps,its up till 1680*1050
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October 23, 2011 4:59:34 PM

Can you open your case and see how many amps there are on the 12V rail ?
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October 23, 2011 5:00:28 PM

It should be mentioned on the sticker on your psu.
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October 23, 2011 5:17:43 PM

12 V right?
it says 19A
it's an HP PSU though
I had to break the seal though :/ 
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October 23, 2011 5:34:36 PM

Mmm, believe i have read some thread stating that a 6670 setup needs 25A. I'll look further to see if thats right.
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October 23, 2011 5:35:07 PM

Btw, only one 12v rail right ?
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October 23, 2011 5:48:07 PM

urghh its irritating!
what should I do?!
See im a 16 year ld kid ok?
MY dad got me this PC for my birthday
if I fool around with it then he will kill me!
also I dont thnik I can arrange that kind of money to buy a new PSU and video card myself
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October 23, 2011 5:59:19 PM

LOL its even worse
its GT 420 haha
I would be ecstatic if I would get the 240 :p 
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October 23, 2011 6:06:08 PM

DO you think I can put in my old video card the 9600 GT 512 MB one in?
with the same PSU?
it beats the 6670
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October 23, 2011 6:14:53 PM

Ok, thats a 50W card. The 6670 is 13w more. I would take that chance myself but i don't have a dad who won't be happy at least when the psu would die. Difficult.


Can someone else confirm or not that the 6670 is safe to use ?


Otherwise to be really safe the HD6570, it's the same powerneed and better performance, still don't excpect miracles from it. http://www.hwcompare.com/10413/geforce-gt-420-vs-radeon... http://www.hwcompare.com/10557/geforce-gt-420-vs-radeon...
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October 23, 2011 6:16:22 PM

The 9600 is 95W card . . .
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October 23, 2011 6:21:12 PM

damn it
I think I will talk to my dad about this
but he has no idea about computer stuff
he will say"its a 2 GB video card!what else do you need a private jet?!"
urgh it's irritating
do you think the HP people will exchange this PC for another one?
like an i5 with a better card?
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October 23, 2011 6:21:18 PM

And i think the 6670 is better than the 9600 and only 63W, but still the question is there ; is a 6670 safe on a 300W 12v-19A PSU ?
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October 23, 2011 6:26:29 PM

nono its no use I checked and a new card+new PSU wll cost me like more than 200 bucks which I dont have and it will take me months to earn that kind of cash
I think I will talk to the HP guy and try to get a new PC.
thanks for your answers though!
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October 23, 2011 6:29:27 PM

Ok, good luck with the HP guy.
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October 23, 2011 6:29:32 PM

Best answer selected by madimakhi.
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October 23, 2011 6:38:41 PM

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