How to upgrade graphics card of HP DC7700 SFF

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Any one tell how could I upgrade the graphic card of my HP Compaq DC7700 SFF and to what extent it could be upgraded?
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  1. What are you hoping to get out of the system, Games, multi monitor support, or just better performance?

    The DC7700 small form factor is a great PC, but your GPU options are going to be limited by 2 factors.
    Size, you need a half size video card, there are lots out there.
    Power consumption. That computer has a 200 watt PSU so we cant go to big.

    I would say AMD 6570 would be your best bet. Like the one here.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127611

    If you wanted to rebuild your PC in a standard case and get a standard PSU you could get any video card you wanted.
    I put an older half size sparkle 9800gt in a DC530 with only a 200 Watt psu. It works but it draws 210 from the wall at load. Its only a matter of time until my PSU explodes.
  2. Just found this thread -- hope you gurus are still able to see (and reply to) this.

    I am in the same situation -- having a dc7700sff and wanting to upgrade the video. Mine is fitted with a 1.86GHz C2D, 4 1GB RAM sticks, 1 1TB WD Green, 1 DVD drive, and a pci wifi card. The power supply is 240W (probably not 80+ -- not sure about this).

    My main objective at this moment is to be able to play Civilization V. I actually got an old HD5450 card with 512MB DDR2 :-( and it was able to run Civ V with minimal settings (1366x768 with all effect off), but I'd like to get a bit better effects, and I've read that people with low graphics ran into problem later i the game (with larger maps etc.). So I'd like to get a better card. The choices:

    * 5450 with 1GB DDR3: I suppose it will be better, but probably not much, and not a worthy "upgrade". True?

    * 6450 with 1GB DDR3: This would be visibly better I suppose, but still not by much -- I read the benchmark results and it does not seem to add a lot to Civ V experience.

    * 6570 with 1GB DDR3, 128bit: I am mostly interested in this one. I am mostly interested in this one.

    My main concern is power -- the TDP is more than 30W higher than the 5450; will it push the 240W PS? (I could remove the DVD, but I suppose it won't help much.)

    More of a concern is that per the tech spec of dc7700, the pci-e slot has a rated max power of 25W. Even the 6450 is over that. Some people say that the pci-e standard is 75W so this should not be a concern, but ...

    I will appreciate advice on the choices here (especially regarding the 6570 -- if someone has successfully tried it, please share your experience).

    Sean
  3. snehne said:
    Just found this thread -- hope you gurus are still able to see (and reply to) this.

    I am in the same situation -- having a dc7700sff and wanting to upgrade the video. Mine is fitted with a 1.86GHz C2D, 4 1GB RAM sticks, 1 1TB WD Green, 1 DVD drive, and a pci wifi card. The power supply is 240W (probably not 80+ -- not sure about this).

    My main objective at this moment is to be able to play Civilization V. I actually got an old HD5450 card with 512MB DDR2 :-( and it was able to run Civ V with minimal settings (1366x768 with all effect off), but I'd like to get a bit better effects, and I've read that people with low graphics ran into problem later i the game (with larger maps etc.). So I'd like to get a better card. The choices:

    * 5450 with 1GB DDR3: I suppose it will be better, but probably not much, and not a worthy "upgrade". True?

    * 6450 with 1GB DDR3: This would be visibly better I suppose, but still not by much -- I read the benchmark results and it does not seem to add a lot to Civ V experience.

    * 6570 with 1GB DDR3, 128bit: I am mostly interested in this one. I am mostly interested in this one.

    My main concern is power -- the TDP is more than 30W higher than the 5450; will it push the 240W PS? (I could remove the DVD, but I suppose it won't help much.)

    More of a concern is that per the tech spec of dc7700, the pci-e slot has a rated max power of 25W. Even the 6450 is over that. Some people say that the pci-e standard is 75W so this should not be a concern, but ...

    I will appreciate advice on the choices here (especially regarding the 6570 -- if someone has successfully tried it, please share your experience).

    Sean


    I see your problem. Try to look for some space inside the pc . If you see some small gaps you could build in a external psu for the graphics or you could switch the motherboard
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