Can I install a geforce gt 520 on my computer?

(complete noob) I want to buy the gt 520 so I can play diablo 3
This is what I have : http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/document?docname=c02866387&tmp_task=prodinfoCategory&cc=us&dlc=en&jumpid=reg_r1002_usens-001&lang=en&lc=en&product=5097978#N348

I think I have about 220w from the psu (even though the card says it requires 300w), but I have no idea if the card is compatible with my motherboard and if it will fit in the case.
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  1. You can always try. It could cause problems or even break your computer but so could almost any upgrade. I'd give it a shot. Make sure that you get a "low profile" card.
  2. jryan388 said:
    You can always try. It could cause problems or even break your computer but so could almost any upgrade. I'd give it a shot. Make sure that you get a "low profile" card.

    there is a chance I can break my computer installing a graphics card?
  3. According to http://www.geforce.com/hardware/desktop-gpus/geforce-gt-520/specifications the GT 520 is a 29W card. Basically, it would BARELY increase power draw. Consider the E5800 is a 65W part, I would be surprised if your system would even come to 50% of your 220W power supply limit (flexible, but not advised to go beyond).

    In the "performance" tab on the site I linked you to, you can see that the GT 520 scores lowest, in a tie with 9500GT. I have no doubt that the GT 520 is better than your intel x4500.

    According to http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/Zotac/GeForce_GT_520/6.html even on the lowest possible settings, the GT 520 won't give playable frame rates. The target market then, is, lost to me (if anyone knows, please tell me).

    Going strictly by http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-graphics-card-review,3107-2.html you can always aim for a 6670 or a GT 440 (GDDR5) in the same price range (about $20 more Canadian on newegg).

    As for breaking your system, I'm not sure what he jryan means. If you decide to work on your computer while wearing socks AND rubbing your carpet, you can shock your system, but that can be avoided by electrically grounding yourself, which is easily done (google it yourself incase you are unsure).

    I want to point out now that I am not doing to work if any card what so ever would fit, but I imagine any SINGLE SLOT card would be fine. :)
  4. Robert Pankiw said:
    According to http://www.geforce.com/hardware/desktop-gpus/geforce-gt-520/specifications the GT 520 is a 29W card. Basically, it would BARELY increase power draw. Consider the E5800 is a 65W part, I would be surprised if your system would even come to 50% of your 220W power supply limit (flexible, but not advised to go beyond).

    In the "performance" tab on the site I linked you to, you can see that the GT 520 scores lowest, in a tie with 9500GT. I have no doubt that the GT 520 is better than your intel x4500.

    According to http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/Zotac/GeForce_GT_520/6.html even on the lowest possible settings, the GT 520 won't give playable frame rates. The target market then, is, lost to me (if anyone knows, please tell me).

    Going strictly by http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-graphics-card-review,3107-2.html you can always aim for a 6670 or a GT 440 (GDDR5) in the same price range (about $20 more Canadian on newegg).

    As for breaking your system, I'm not sure what he jryan means. If you decide to work on your computer while wearing socks AND rubbing your carpet, you can shock your system, but that can be avoided by electrically grounding yourself, which is easily done (google it yourself incase you are unsure).

    I want to point out now that I am not doing to work if any card what so ever would fit, but I imagine any SINGLE SLOT card would be fine. :)

    I searched up the gt 440 you mentioned and one of the system requirements was this : PCI Express® or PCI Express 2.0-compliant motherboard with one x16 graphics slot, does my motherboard have those slots it mentioned? (One of my friends told me my motherboard isn't backwards compatible or something) Thanks!
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