Does This Graphic Card Work For Me?

Hello,

I currently have a HP Pavilion p6340f and found that with the onboard graphics it's next to impossible to play games. I did some research and found that I can add a graphics card to it. I found some postings recommending the NVIDIA GT 220.

I am wondering if this graphics card will be good enough to play the games I'm looking to play: ArmaII (Dayz), Saints Row, Call of Duty, ect.

If not, do you have any suggestions for graphics card I can put in there? The PSU is only 300W.
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  1. what is your budget?
  2. For the graphics card my budget is anywhere up to $200
  3. The PSU might hold you back if you want to play games like arma II, and saints row at a reasonable frame rate since Dayz is still kinda buggy. I would suggest if you can to upgrade you PSU to a 500 watt. I would also recommend a card that is much current than a 220 although I looked at you pc specs and am pretty sure this will fit nicely in there. Its a little over 200 but its the best to play the games listed at your budget.

    PSU-http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139027&Tpk=corsair%20500w%20psu

    GPU-http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130838
  4. Your psu is your limitation.. gt 220 is not for gaming.. not at all..except facebook games.. $200 is a good budget for a graphics card. hd 7850 and a psu would fit under $200. Without changing the psu..hd 7750 should work.. hd 7770 might/ might not work, it will put a lot of stress on your psu.. So basically hd 7750 is the best without changing the psu. Worth only $100. You can do a little 1080p gaming but low-med settings or high 720p gaming. Better change your psu to get something a lot better than that.
  5. jimbopops said:
    The PSU might hold you back if you want to play games like arma II, and saints row at a reasonable frame rate since Dayz is still kinda buggy. I would suggest if you can to upgrade you PSU to a 500 watt. I would also recommend a card that is much current than a 220 although I looked at you pc specs and am pretty sure this will fit nicely in there. Its a little over 200 but its the best to play the games listed at your budget.

    PSU-http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139027&Tpk=corsair%20500w%20psu

    GPU-http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130838


    I think I will try this solution. I just want to make sure the graphics card will work with the motherboard.

    The mother board is: http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/document?docname=c01746799&tmp_task=prodinfoCategory&cc=us&dlc=en&lc=en&product=4120267#N260

    I see it says "One PCI Express x16 graphics (for a graphics card)" under Expansion Slots.

    Under the specs for the graphic card I see: PCI Express 3.0 x16 so I assume it will work?

    Sorry, I'm a "noob" at this stuff :(
  6. The version PCI slots doesn't really mean much at all. What CPU are you running in your HP?
  7. mace200200 said:
    The version PCI slots doesn't really mean much at all. What CPU are you running in your HP?


    Intel Core2Quad Q8400
  8. Thats not a bad CPU, it performs right about the same as mine, people try to tell me it's to old and weak but it works great with my 7770. But your PSU is kind of holding you back, it's not good to stress your PSU espically the cheap OEM ones. Unless you want to upgrade your PSU a 6670 would be about all I would run.

    http://www.anandtech.com/show/4278/amds-radeon-hd-6670-radeon-hd-6570/15


    Or, you can upgrade to this PSU and run up to a 7770 comfortably.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371033
    Usually they're a bit cheaper you could probably find one some where else for closer to $40.
  9. mace200200 said:
    Thats not a bad CPU, it performs right about the same as mine, people try to tell me it's to old and weak but it works great with my 7770. But your PSU is kind of holding you back, it's not good to stress your PSU espically the cheap OEM ones. Unless you want to upgrade your PSU a 6670 would be about all I would run.

    http://www.anandtech.com/show/4278/amds-radeon-hd-6670-radeon-hd-6570/15


    Or, you can upgrade to this PSU and run up to a 7770 comfortably.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371033
    Usually they're a bit cheaper you could probably find one some where else for closer to $40.


    I don't mind upgrading the PSU because as you said I would rather not stress the OEM PSU.

    I was able to find the PSU you listed for $41.99 + shipping: http://www.superbiiz.com/detail.php?name=PS-EA380D

    So, if I do upgrade to that PSU I could run the Radeon HD 7770 with my current motherboard without issues?
  10. nespo6 said:
    I don't mind upgrading the PSU because as you said I would rather not stress the OEM PSU.

    I was able to find the PSU you listed for $41.99 + shipping: http://www.superbiiz.com/detail.php?name=PS-EA380D

    So, if I do upgrade to that PSU I could run the Radeon HD 7770 with my current motherboard without issues?


    Should be fine - hd 7770 has very low power draw for it's performance,
    the only issue being some brands of those cards recommend 450w. Mfg's tend to overstate
    PSU req, but you might want to look for a 430-500w unit from quality supplier.

    Tom
  11. nespo6 said:
    I don't mind upgrading the PSU because as you said I would rather not stress the OEM PSU.

    I was able to find the PSU you listed for $41.99 + shipping: http://www.superbiiz.com/detail.php?name=PS-EA380D

    So, if I do upgrade to that PSU I could run the Radeon HD 7770 with my current motherboard without issues?


    Hi again - If you are in the US, you can get a 450w Same brand (Antec) for $40 incl shipping.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371045

    Tom
  12. toyftw said:
    Should be fine - hd 7770 has very low power draw for it's performance,
    the only issue being some brands of those cards recommend 450w. Mfg's tend to overstate
    PSU req, but you might want to look for a 430-500w unit from quality supplier.

    Tom


    So I would be better off going with the PSU you listed and then the HD 7770? I shouldn't run into any issues?
  13. nespo6 said:
    So I would be better off going with the Corsair CX500 V2 500W PSU (as jimbopops recommended earlier) and getting the HD 7770?


    Yes - if it fits your budget

    Tom
  14. toyftw said:
    Yes - if it fits your budget

    Tom


    Great, I think I'll go ahead and order those parts. I shouldn't run into any configuration issues right?
  15. nespo6 said:
    Great, I think I'll go ahead and order those parts. I shouldn't run into any configuration issues right?


    No - that PSU is more than enough power and quality for an hd 7770.
    One other PSU to consider because of it's value (promo discount)
    is this:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371030

    It'll run $47 with shipping. Don't know what the Corsair cx500 was costing you,
    but in either case you'll be satisfied.

    Tom
  16. toyftw said:
    No - that PSU is more than enough power and quality for an hd 7770.
    One other PSU to consider because of it's value (promo discount)
    is this:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371030

    It'll run $47 with shipping. Don't know what the Corsair cx500 was costing you,
    but in either case you'll be satisfied.

    Tom


    Thanks a lot Tom. I think I will be getting that PSU as well as the hd 7770.

    Do you happen to have any links for good prices on the hd 7770's?
  17. nespo6 said:
    Thanks a lot Tom. I think I will be getting that PSU as well as the hd 7770.

    Do you happen to have any links for good prices on the hd 7770's?


    Here's some to consider, but I encourage you to check other sites as well,
    you might find the card want for less:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102968

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102993

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127664

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125435

    Tom
  18. get an hd 7850 and a good 500w 80+ psu antec,seasonic or corsair depending on your liking.. this is all under $200.. hd 7770 is not meant for 1080p gaming.
  19. nespo6 said:
    Thanks a lot Tom. I think I will be getting that PSU as well as the hd 7770.

    Do you happen to have any links for good prices on the hd 7770's?


    Hi again - If you haven't purch yet - arnoldlouie is correct that a 7850(i'm considering a 7850 myself)
    is much better for gaming, however you are prob looking at $215-$220 by my estimates.

    Tom

    $215-$220 for PSU + 7850
  20. toyftw said:
    Hi again - If you haven't purch yet - arnoldlouie is correct that a 7850(i'm considering a 7850 myself)
    is much better for gaming, however you are prob looking at $215-$220 by my estimates.

    Tom

    $215-$220 for PSU + 7850


    Haven't ordered yet and will take a look at the 7850. I don't mind paying a few extra bucks if it means better gaming
  21. I would NEVER run a 7850 on that PSU. Even assumming your PSU can pull the whole 300w (it won't though) you'll be right there next to 300. I was looking at a test system with a 7850 and it pulled 285w playing Metro 2033.
  22. mace200200 said:
    I would NEVER run a 7850 on that PSU. Even assumming your PSU can pull the whole 300w (it won't though) you'll be right there next to 300. I was looking at a test system with a 7850 and it pulled 285w playing Metro 2033.



    I actually went with the Corsair CX500 V2 500W PSU and the 7850. I figured I could put both in a later build when I decide to ditch this HP and build my own.
  23. Whew, thats a good PSU, you should be able to use that PSU on your current Pavilion, usually only the slim lines use different motherboard connections an stuff.
  24. Glad you went with those cards. Good buy.
  25. Deemo13 said:
    Glad you went with those cards. Good buy.


    Agreed :)
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