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June 28, 2012 8:56:43 PM

Hi all,

I have an HP 6200 Pro - Core i5 2400 3.1 GHz on Intel Q65 Express.

I'm relatively certain the PSU is only 240 W. I realize that's not a lot to work with, but I received this computer as a present so I can't complain. It's a small form factor so changing the PSU is not really an option?

I'd like to add a graphics card rather than use the integrated graphics, (I play some low-requirement games, nothing intense) but I don't need anything too amazing at all. Preferably one with an HDMI output.

I've been finding varying results, and I even asked on the newegg forums and i got one reply of the 6570. Others online are saying they managed to run an nvidia 430.

I also read that Current matters more than the Power of the PSU so i took a picture of the PSU for those who can decode what it means.

http://img502.imageshack.us/img502/9260/psuk.jpg

Thanks in advance


Edit: It must also be low-profile to fit.


System Specs
Budget:$80-150
MB:Q65 Express
OS:Windows 7 Pro
CPU:i5-2400
Memory:4 GB
PSU:240 W
Brand: HP Compaq 6200 Pro
HD:120 Gb SSD (Sata 3) + 500 Gb

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a c 125 U Graphics card
June 28, 2012 9:45:25 PM

There's a bunch of options on the stock PSU, although yes you can upgrade it. You probably need the "Mini ITX" PSU form factor, which comes in up to around 400 or 450W max.

However, without changing the PSU you could try any of these:
(FYI, the test system has an i7 3960X, so the system draw will be even higher than yours)




Review: http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/geforce-gt-640-revi...

$110 7750 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

How low profile do you need it? Generally a small card like this should fit in any case, even slim ones. Sometimes "low profile" means half height card, though, but those are quite rare and shitty, generally.
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a c 125 U Graphics card
June 28, 2012 10:27:34 PM

Well I recommend it because it's the most powerful and would run fine, plus it's in your budget. It'll definitely allow some gaming.

And that's a really good find. If you can get that card at a reasonable price I think you'll be really happy with it.
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a b U Graphics card
June 28, 2012 10:34:43 PM

6570 is a good buy at 45-50 bucks as well.
lower your resolution to 720 instead of 1080 and the 6570 will game better than xbox
med settings at 720 is better than xbox for sure on but not on ports

mind you the 7750 is going to be night and day but with your PSU i think that may be to high at load
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a c 125 U Graphics card
June 28, 2012 10:46:44 PM

spentshells said:
6570 is a good buy at 45-50 bucks as well.
lower your resolution to 720 instead of 1080 and the 6570 will game better than xbox
med settings at 720 is better than xbox for sure on but not on ports

mind you the 7750 is going to be night and day but with your PSU i think that may be to high at load


Well the specs says 16A on the 12V, which is 192W. It's also apparently rated at 90% efficiency, although that might be a lie since they don't say it's 80 PLUS certified Platinum. Still, looking at the actual power draw for the 7750 from the chart, 158W from the wall with an i7 3960X is do-able.

If a PSU upgrade is required I'd probably go with one like this:
FSP Group 270W mini ITX 80 PLUS Certified $62
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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June 29, 2012 4:09:45 AM

Best answer selected by Contrastic.
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June 29, 2012 11:44:00 PM

Wolf one last question, can you recommend an interim card until the low profile 7750 is actually available for sale? By interim card I mean just any of those 30-40 dollar low profile cards on newegg.

Once I buy the LP 7550 I'll place it in an older machine with XP to use as a htpc.

Thanks
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June 30, 2012 5:00:51 AM

Great thanks!
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a c 273 U Graphics card
June 30, 2012 8:55:24 AM

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