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Windows 7: Is this the slot for a graphics card? (Other questions as well)

18 Feb 2012   #1

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Is this the slot for a graphics card? (Other questions as well)

Ok, so I am helping a friend upgrade his desktop's graphics card. Apperantally, he currently has an integrated card, ad I belive you can install a dedicated card despite that, correct? Also, we are not sure exactally what slot the card goes in, we belive it is this one:



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18 Feb 2012   #2

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It is possible. Does your friend have the MotherBoard Manual? Its best to be sure.

What's the model, and serial number of the board?

And yes you can install a separate card, but you have to disable the integrated graphics through the BIOS.
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18 Feb 2012   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Yes...you can add a GPU to a system that has integrated graphics. The question next is; what type of expansion slot the card has determines what slot you must install it in. Most current, modern GPU's use PCIe x 16 2.0.

Your pictures are very blurry but that looks like the correct slot. Look it over carefully and see what the slot says....x8, x16. You may need a magnifying to verify slots.
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18 Feb 2012   #4

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Anak View Post
It is possible. Does your friend have the MotherBoard Manual? Its best to be sure.

What's the model, and serial number of the board?

And yes you can install a separate card, but you have to disable the integrated graphics through the BIOS.
He doesn't have the manual, or the model number, or the serial number of the motherboard, but he does have the computer model (he bought it pre-built):
HP Pavilion P7-1037C
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18 Feb 2012   #5

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Micro1321 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Anak View Post
It is possible. Does your friend have the MotherBoard Manual? Its best to be sure.

What's the model, and serial number of the board?

And yes you can install a separate card, but you have to disable the integrated graphics through the BIOS.
He doesn't have the manual, or the model number, or the serial number of the motherboard, but he does have the computer model (he bought it pre-built):
HP Pavilion P7-1037C
It would take a while with just the machine number. Can he or you see any identifying letters or numbers on the MB?


EDIT:
Well... That did not take as long as I thought.

This should be the board: http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/d...t=5098999#N228, and I would say that, that would be the slot, but as bassfisher said, just be careful, make sure the slots line up, and do not force it!

Here's the link to find all kinds of stuff: http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/p...roduct=5098999
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18 Feb 2012   #6

windows 7 pro 64bit
 
 

you can install a graphics card that is PCI-E as your mother board has the correct slot.
but i looked up the HP computer and it only has a 250watt power supply so you won't
have many choices if any for a add-in graphics card so be carefull when shopping for
a card as most cards today need 350watt minimum and at least 1 6pin power connector
from the power supply if not 2 6pin or even 1 6pin and 1 8pin such as my cards.
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18 Feb 2012   #7

Windows 7 Pro X64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Micro1321 View Post
He doesn't have the manual, or the model number, or the serial number of the motherboard, but he does have the computer model (he bought it pre-built):
HP Pavilion P7-1037C


I see that jihawn has already posted: the bad news is that the machine has a 250W power supply. That seriously limits what sort of discrete graphics card you may use.

The PSU seems to be an industry-standard ATX12V type (24 pin ATX power, 4 pin 12V CPU), so replacing it ought to be reasonably easy.
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18 Feb 2012   #8

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jlhan, and bobkn bring up a valid point!
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