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Windows 7: How do I know what card my PC can handle?

24 Oct 2010   #1
EchoX860

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 
How do I know what card my PC can handle?

Currently running Integrated HD4200

Not sure what I need to know, everything is stock.


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24 Oct 2010   #2
fireberd

Windows 7/10 64 bit
 
 

Have you looked at the HP specs for the PC? It should detail what expansion card slots are available, such as a PCIeX16 (the current Video cards), PCIeX1, AGP, or PCI. Along with what interface card type you can use, you will need to know what the wattage is for your power supply. Many Video cards will specify what wattage power supply - MINIMUM - that is needed. Many PCIeX16 video cards also require a PCIe power connector.

Your next step after determining the PC's capability is what you want from a new video card, such as HDMI connection for a TV - and if you want an HDMI port you will need (easiest) a video card that also has it's own audio built on the card. And, if a higher wattage power supply is needed (if a standard ATX power supply will fit and is compatible with the motherboard power connections).

I know I didn't do the leg work for you and research what the HP's specs are. But you can do that yourself.
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24 Oct 2010   #3
vierasniper

Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 

i took a shot in the dark not knowing what my Mobo could handle, and went with a gtx 260.

it works like a charm

p.s i did have to spring for a new power supply
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24 Oct 2010   #4
stormy13
Microsoft MVP

Win 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Specs on that HP,

HP Pavilion p6270z Desktop PC Product Specifications and Configurable Options HP Pavilion p6270z CTO Desktop PC - HP Customer Care (United States - English)

How much are you looking to spend? With only a 300W power supply you're going to have to factor that into the cost as well.
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24 Oct 2010   #5
EchoX860

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

I can spend whatever. I'm looking for a decent WoW card, that's all,
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24 Oct 2010   #6
LiquidSnak

W7 Professional x64
 
 

Quote:
PCI Express x16: 1
PCI Express x1: 3
PCI Express x1 minicard socket: 1
So, you have the option of basically any card you want that is PCIe or PCI express (same thing, but you'll see it both ways). I would also recommend a PSU with a new card.

Are you planning on any other games in the future?
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24 Oct 2010   #7
EchoX860

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

I don't know what any of that means Liquid. Depends on what comes out, I'd like to as up-to-date as possible with just the card, since I don't know how to change power supplies.
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24 Oct 2010   #8
SlackerITGuy

Windows 8.1 Pro
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by EchoX860 View Post
Currently running Integrated HD4200

Not sure what I need to know, everything is stock.
With a PSU of 300W there's little you can do GPU-wise.

Sorry .

I'd really look into buying a new PSU first.
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24 Oct 2010   #9
vierasniper

Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by EchoX860 View Post
I don't know what any of that means Liquid. Depends on what comes out, I'd like to as up-to-date as possible with just the card, since I don't know how to change power supplies.
dang dude, your in for quite a dissapointment
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24 Oct 2010   #10
Darician

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by EchoX860 View Post
I don't know what any of that means Liquid. Depends on what comes out, I'd like to as up-to-date as possible with just the card, since I don't know how to change power supplies.
You can get a Radeon HD 5670 or 4670 or a GeForce GT 240 and you should get some decent performance without switching your PSU.
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