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Hp pavilion 8400f media center pc graphics card

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October 23, 2011 8:39:55 PM

Hello,
What graphics card should I get. I have a geforce 8500 gt. currently can't have a black screen from hell.
October 23, 2011 9:11:47 PM

Errr. looking to upgrade graphic card. so I can get rid of black screen...before that was a blue screen. I have a Geforce 8500 GT. budget is around $100
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October 23, 2011 11:20:44 PM

could you tell me you pc specs? psu? ram? cpu? pla, and i'll gladly help
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October 24, 2011 12:09:17 AM

Processor
AMD Phenom™ 9500 Quad-Core Processor
• 2.20 GHz, 2MB L2 + 2MB shared L3 Cache, 2000 MHz System Bus

Chipset
NVIDIA nForce 430

Standard memory
3072 MB (2 x 512 MB; 2 x 1024 MB)

Memory type
PC2-6400 DDR2 SDRAM memory

Memory slots
4 DIMM (240-pin, DDR2) (occupied)

Internal hard disk drive
720GB (2 x 360 GB)

Hard disk controller
SATA

Hard disk drive speed
7200 rpm

Video RAM
Up to 1525MB Total Available Graphics Memory as allocated by Windows Vista®

http://h10010.www1.hp.com/wwpc/ca/en/ho/WF06b/12132708-...

Link is the system I have. Everything is orginal as the link. No new hardware.

Power Supply - 300w max
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October 24, 2011 12:16:42 AM

I mainly use desktop for gaming and watching videos. Went to Best Buy and found 9500 gt, Radeon 4550, 4670 under $100. . . however one of the sales reps there says I will need to upgrade psu. If was to upgrade.
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October 24, 2011 1:00:53 AM

games I play is eveonline and soon final fantasy XI...as far as resolution do not know really. I have a black screen everytime I boot up desktop...maybe 1080 or 1280? roughly? Honestly do not know.
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October 24, 2011 1:03:11 AM

With the hd 6670 do I need anything to upgrade anything else ie psu motherboard etc?
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October 24, 2011 2:31:44 AM

confuzed said:
With the hd 6670 do I need anything to upgrade anything else ie psu motherboard etc?

nope
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October 24, 2011 2:32:50 AM

if just for mmorpg that card is okay
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October 24, 2011 3:21:04 AM

megagabobe1 said:
if just for mmorpg that card is okay


Is there something I should worry about. I like something I shouldn't do with the card? Downloading stuff? watching videos? surfing the net? burning cd...which I yet to do (probably won't anyway)? transfering data to thumb drive? etc?
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October 24, 2011 3:34:52 AM

confuzed said:
Is there something I should worry about. I like something I shouldn't do with the card? Downloading stuff? watching videos? surfing the net? burning cd...which I yet to do (probably won't anyway)? transfering data to thumb drive? etc?


hehe, what he meant was that if its just for an MMO its fine, but for more demanding games like crysis it might not get great performance :) 

you can do anything you like :) 
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October 24, 2011 3:43:05 AM

confuzed said:
Is there something I should worry about. I like something I shouldn't do with the card? Downloading stuff? watching videos? surfing the net? burning cd...which I yet to do (probably won't anyway)? transfering data to thumb drive? etc?


everything you mentioned will be fine, you should not worry, just install the drivers for the graphics card when you get it haha, download them from amd

if you plan on playing games like crysis, or crysis 2 on a resolution above 1280x1024 you will have problems haha, i say you can run crysis in high medium settings at that resolution if u plan on playing very demanding games
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October 24, 2011 3:55:23 AM

Like megabobe said above, the 6670 would work fine as would a very similar 5670, it is currently one of the best GPU's for the money and the power requirements. Most 5670's or 6670's will run on most 350W power supplies. AMD excels in the lower end card market today. You can do anything you like with the card, just if it overheats you may have a problem; those HP cases do not have the greatest circulation. Watch your temperatures with something like MSI Afterburner and adjust the fan as needed

http://event.msi.com/vga/afterburner/download.htm

(you can also overlcock with this, but with a PSU close to 300W that is probably not too smart. since your PSU is most likely generic)
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October 24, 2011 4:23:29 AM

Thanks for the advice and comments. Let you guys know how it turns out.
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October 24, 2011 4:35:16 AM

confuzed said:
Thanks for the advice and comments. Let you guys know how it turns out.


np man, tell us how it goes
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October 24, 2011 6:06:17 AM

Hey, so I just had a gander at your motherboard... which turns out to be an ECS MCP61PM-HM. Processor socket is AM2+ so you could put a phenom II in it later on which is not too bad of a processor (meaning its still worth it to spend money on the system)

One thing to consider is the powersupply is probably the cheapest cheap garbage that the company could put in. Something could be partially broken in it and causing only the videocard to flake/burn out. It would probably be worth it to open up the powersupply and see if there is anything obviously wrong inside (burnt resister, leaking capacitor... etc).

Current videocard is...
GeForce 8500GT
256 MB GDDR2 memory
I/O Ports: HDMI, dual-link DVI , S-video

http://www.videocardbenchmark.net/video_lookup.php?gpu=...
http://www.videocardbenchmark.net/video_lookup.php?gpu=...
So the 6670 will be many times over better than current... though since your current isn't working it will be infinitely better (heh)


Edit
Was not paying attention, but evidently the motherboard has a built in video card as well as the 8500GT... The nVidia GeForce 6150SE which is quite a bit worse yet(performance wise). But.. you might be able to function with it if money is extremely tight. According to the website you will need to unplug the existing videocard to get it to work(?)


Cheers
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October 24, 2011 6:48:21 AM

erm, did all you miss this;
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Power Supply - 300w max
...? that can't be right... PSU Guide 101 - always pick up reliable/reputed brand psu's so that you and your pc parts are content for the duration of usage.

that 300W max powersupply means it can deliver a maximum of 300W but if i were to open up that psu I can say for certain, it can only provide 200W of power at peak capacity/load and then give up the ghost.

get a new GPU - fine but also pick up a good psu with it - one that you can transplant to another system if you choose to upgrade rig or GPU.
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October 24, 2011 4:12:43 PM

right now you will be fine with the psu if you dont plan to upgrade, but if you do, lutfij is right, upgrade you psu too
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