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Need help finding a Graphics card

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June 17, 2012 5:25:47 PM

I'm looking to purchase a graphics card for my HP p6740f. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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a b U Graphics card
June 17, 2012 5:37:33 PM

how much you are willing to spend? Anyway without knowing your budget i would get the HD 6870.
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a b U Graphics card
June 17, 2012 5:38:14 PM

We need more information.

What are you looking to achieve?
Is this for general use, graphic work, or gaming?
What is the resolution of your monitor(s)

Linking the specs to your machine would be helpful also.
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a b U Graphics card
June 17, 2012 5:38:20 PM

how much you are willing to spend? Anyway without knowing your budget i would get the HD 6870.
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a c 241 U Graphics card
June 17, 2012 5:47:15 PM

Says here it has "on board" graphics (hit details tab)

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.premiumgeeks.com/desktop/hp/hp-pavilion-p674...

says it has "1 PCI Express x16 (available)"

It also has a 250 watt PSU....that's a bit low for any discreet GFX card

nVidia recommends at least 300 watts for the 430, 520, 610, etc
AMD 7750 wants 400 watts

http://www.geforce.com/hardware/desktop-gpus/geforce-gt...
http://www.amd.com/us/products/desktop/graphics/7000/77...
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a c 241 U Graphics card
June 17, 2012 5:48:54 PM

xtreme5 said:
how much you are willing to spend? Anyway without knowing your budget i would get the HD 6870.


That card wants twice the power "rating" of his"generic" PSU.

http://www.amd.com/us/products/desktop/graphics/amd-rad...

500 Watt or greater power supply with two 75W 6-pin PCI Express® power connectors recommended (600 Watt and four 6-pin connectors for AMD CrossFireX™ technology in dual mode)
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a b U Graphics card
June 17, 2012 8:04:11 PM

The problem with mid-range and below PCs is that most manufacturers build them to run 'as is'. Thus they give it 'just the amount of power that it needs' and no more.

I had the same situation several years ago with a Dell computer that had a 200 Watt Power Supply. I spent a lot of time, research, and money trying to find a better card that would work. I got an ATI 9250 which I think was rated at 250W. The results were no appreciable improvement over my Nvidia MX400 and that the computer would shutdown and reboot when the card was under load because it was under-powered.

It is sometimes hard to upgrade pre-built computers for this reason alone. Not to mention some have custom connectors which cause some comparability problems.

After realizing this I spent the next 6 months saving up money to build my own PC. When I was done I was so glad I did because the results were fantastic.
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