What do you think the PCIe slot gets power from ? Even the weakest cards need a power supply unit that can support them. So you better check that power supply unit out. I cannot give you any recommendations before you do that.
You could probably get away with a GT 640 since it draws the power it needs from the PCIE slot itself (and if I am not mistaken, per the PCIE spec they supply up to 75 W alone.) The 640's spec'd to pull 65 W of that, so it's pretty much as good as your going to get (at least from Nvidia. I don't know about AMD.)
What do you think the PCIe slot gets power from ? Even the weakest cards need a power supply unit that can support them. So you better check that power supply unit out. I cannot give you any recommendations before you do that.[/quietest]
yeah, what I mean is that I've heard that video cards that can get all their power from a PCI-e slot, usually can survive with weak sauce PSU
You heard wrong. PCIe slot gets power from the power supply unit as well. If it's something like 220 watts, it will not support any discrete graphics card.
I see, I guess I'll have to open up the box, and open up the PC and examine things. It's a Christmas gift for the family. I didn't want to open it all up and everything. I'll have to see if I get some time with the family out of the house to open everything up and then put everything back, etc..
Ok, I opened up the tower, and got the Power Supply model #
It has a HuntKey HK380 12GP S2 power supply. It's a 280 watt PSU.
Here is a picture of the motheboard:
If you look at that picture, you'll notice that the video card slot is really close to the two memory stick slots. I'm wondering if I could safely put a video card in there, or if it will end up bumping into the memory sticks.
Here is anoher pic of the inside of the tower:
I know that the PSU is a really crappy PSU, but the thing is, I was examining it, and it seems like it would be a SERIOUS pita to get that thing out of there, and put another PSU in there. It's like it's built onto the case, and not made to be removable.