Graphics Card Upgrade

Hello, i currently have a HP Pavilion a1140a with a Power Supply of 230W. I currently have a Nvidia GeForce 6200 PCI-E 256MB Graphics Card and want to know, which is the best Graphics Card i can get ?
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  1. Can we get your exact system specs? With those prebuilt systems its really hard to recommend cards as we don't know what your mobo (Motherboard) supports and what CPU you have (and thus how far you can go).

    I can say with a 230 Watt Stock HP PSU you are not going to be able to upgrade. You will want to upgrade the PSU before you try a graphics upgrade or you won't have enough juice.
  2. It's an Intel(R) Pentium(R) 4 with a CPU of 3.06GHz
    Original RAM of 512MB. But recently Upgraded to 4GB (3.12GB Usable)
    Windows 7 Ultimate 32 bit OS (Previously WIndows XP)

    I hope that helps :)
  3. Technically if you upgrade the PSU you could get almost any PCI-E GPU on the market including the HD7970, but most will be slowed down due to your current CPU as the Pentium 4 is very slow.
  4. i read the specs. it says pci express slots 1........ but it also says occupied. occupied by what ?

    and if it's unoccupied i think the biggest card you could put in it the way it is is a 5670..... requires no external power connection and should work with the small power supply/
  5. swifty_morgan said:
    i read the specs. it says pci express slots 1........ but it also says occupied. occupied by what ?

    and if it's unoccupied i think the biggest card you could put in it the way it is is a 5670..... requires no external power connection and should work with the small power supply/


    Its occupied by a Geforce 6200 apparently from the specs. Its basically an Integrated chip with its own memory... Better than the integrated from its time but not buy much and also much slower than todays integrated solutions....
  6. The Pentium 4 is VERY slow for today's standards (Good little chip in its day though). I wouldn't try anything higher than even an ATI 5670. I would go with at least 400 watts to be safe with the 5670 (or the nVidia GeForce GT 520 mentioned below). Though you would be fine with something around 300-350, I like a lot of breathing room. Make sure you get a good PSU make or you might have serious problems later on (ie Component(s) failure):

    Antec
    Corsair
    XFX
    Seasonic

    For the GPU this is the last single slotter ATI 5670 model that Newegg is still selling:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127600

    There is also the AMD 6570 that would do the trick for 11 less watts. Here is the one i would go with:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150576

    Remember that both of these guys are really going to be bottlenecked by the P4. The last recommendation, which actually should have been at the beginning was the nVidia GeForce GT 520. Here is the entire list of them from Newegg (Always recommend the EVGA and MSI models as they have the better support):

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&DEPA=0&Order=BESTMATCH&N=100006662&isNodeId=1&Description=GT+520&x=0&y=0
  7. swifty_morgan said:
    and if it's unoccupied i think the biggest card you could put in it the way it is is a 5670..... requires no external power connection and should work with the small power supply/


    Not as small as he has :).
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