Hello! I have a HP Pavilion Elite M9250F computer. Specs say that it has a NVIDIA GeForce 8600 GT graphics card,
I need to replace it with a new graphics card, when looking on amazon, what type of card do I need to look for? Are there only certain types of cards that will fit in my PC? When searching on amazon what should I search for?
I've done research on your computer specs you have. 1 PCI-E x16 slot. 2 PCI-E Express x1 slots. 1 PCI slot. Since you have a PCI-E x16 slot you will be able to upgrade your graphics card.
Then open your case and measure your current card (8600 GT). The newer cards have measurements listed on amazon or other places such as newegg. Depending on the room in your computer case. You can go for a bigger or smaller card.
Then you have to know how much power you need to power the card you are getting. It is known as a Power Supply Unit (PSU) and how much watts it supply. Your PSU supplies 350 Watts.
I think your power supply does not supply a 6-pin connector (power cord) I am not too sure.
This is what a 6-Pin PCI-E power cable looks like
Next pick out a card. It usually depends on your budget. Getting a high-end card like a GTX 680 will require a bigger watt PSU.
So, to save you hassle from upgrading a PSU. These cards require no power cord to plug. You just install it into the PCI-E x16 slot and it will work.