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Need help updating Video card in HP Pavillion a1220n

Last response: in Graphics & Displays
February 8, 2012 1:21:52 AM

I have an old HP Pavillion a1220n desktop that I would like to update so my son and I can play Minecraft and possible set up as a server. I know what I have, I think I know what I need, but I don't know for sure if the video card I am looking at will work.

I am totally new to this, and have spent a lot of time in various forums trying to figure it out. Please forgive me if I leave any info out, or offer too much. I have:

Operating System: Windows XP Home Edition (5.1, Build 2600) Service Pack 3 (2600.xpsp_sp3_gdr.111025-1629)
Language: English (Regional Setting: English)
System Manufacturer: HP Pavilion 061
System Model: ED904AA-ABA a1220n
BIOS: BIOS Date: 07/15/05 18:17:09 Ver: 08.00.10
Processor: Intel(R) Pentium(R) 4 CPU 2.93GHz
Memory: 2552MB RAM
Page File: 532MB used, 2612MB available
Windows Dir: C:\WINDOWS
DirectX Version: DirectX 9.0c (4.09.0000.0904)
DX Setup Parameters: Not found
DxDiag Version: 5.03.2600.5512 32bit Unicode

Product number
Introduction date
Country/region sold in
United States
Base processor
Pentium4 516 (P) 2.93 GHz:
533 MHz front side bus
Socket 775
Intel 915GV
Manufacturer: Asus
Motherboard Name: PTGD-LA
HP/Compaq motherboard name: Goldfish3-GL8E

I need a video card that is PCI, OpenGL 2.0 minimum, and directX9 or 10.

I have found this: Sparkle SFPC84GS512U2LP GeForce 8400 GS Video Card - 512MB, DDR3, PCI, 1x Dual-Link DVI, 1x HDMI, 1x VGA, DirectX 10.1, Single-Slot, Low Profile.

I also understand I need to upgrade my PSU as well. Will that Video card work, and/or do you have suggestions?
Thank you.

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a b U Graphics card
February 8, 2012 1:46:32 AM

A Pentium 4 isn't all that great, but an 8400GS is pretty bad, it came out in 2007. However, you do need a PCI card since your computer doesn't have PCIe or AGP, so you are pretty limited. is probably the best card availible. You probably don't need to upgrade the PSU, PCI cards are pretty low on power draw. The 520 has a max power draw of 30w.
February 8, 2012 2:23:54 PM

Thank you for pointing me to that card, I'm going to give it a shot!
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February 15, 2012 12:27:08 PM

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a c 273 U Graphics card
February 15, 2012 2:19:02 PM

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