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Discussion in 'Hardware' started by urban maniac, Oct 31, 2007.

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  1. urban maniac

    urban maniac Thread Starter

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    Well i want to buy an graphics card but im not sure of what one to get..And i have also heard that you cannot get good graphics card for an slimline(yay for me...) so im prity much stuck with this computer for a very long time which sucks because i want to accualy play good games for example team fortress, battlefield 2 ect...if you have any information on how to upgrade my computer on my own please tell me anything that can help me!

    My computer specs are already on my account.
     
  2. PuppyLinux

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    To my knowledge (I've been repairing PCs for a LONG time), you really can't upgrade the graphics on that system...

    Best wishes; have fun on Guy Fawkes Day... and Guy Fawkes Night, for that matter...
     
  3. urban maniac

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    but ive heard some people have somehow upgraded though, also there is a graphics slot in my computer ive been told but apparently i dont have enough watts... how do i find this out do i just open up my computer?
     
  4. PuppyLinux

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    Hi urban maniac,

    You want to upgrade a system that will still be rather limited even AFTER you pour money into it, which is NEVER a good idea. I realize that you've already asked this question several times in Yahoo! Answers (I found your posts through Google)... no one provided the answer you WANT, because your options are so limited...

    The Upgrading and Servicing Guide for your system is located here:

    http://h10032.www1.hp.com/ctg/Manual/c00877796.pdf

    Just right-click that link, and choose whatever "Save..." or "SaveAs..." option your browser gives you. The .PDF file will download to your system, so you can refer to it as needed. Among other details, it provides specific instructions on how to open the case, and how to remove and replace the PCI-E videocard, so that information could be important to you...

    ONE of the MAJOR problems you face is that your system uses a SMALL power supply unit. It is NOT designed to provide the power required of ANY gaming videocard. In fact, HP recommends that ANY videocard installed in the system draw no more than a maximum of 25 watts; the lightbulb in your refrigerator probably uses 40 watts, so you can see that the system you have is NOT suitable for gaming. The original nVidia 8800GT card draws 185 watts under full load, and the NEW version (just released for sale today) uses a MUCH more efficient GPU, to reduce power consumption. The new GPU draws ONLY! 105 watts under load; that is a MAJOR improvement, but as you can see, you'd still need another 80 watts out of the TINY PSU your system uses... wattage that it CAN'T provide. I'm not aware of ANY gaming PSU being made anywhere in the WORLD that will fit your system, which means you're up a stinky brown creek without a paddle... you know the one...

    Anyway, I truly wish I had better news for you, but you have to accept reality as it is, not the way you want it to be; if you REALLY want a gaming system, it is time to start saving money so you can buy your own hardware, and build a system that will run your games...

    Best of luck to you; I admire your tenacity, but you can't turn a sow's ear into a silk purse... though there is nothing WRONG with your HP computer, it will NEVER be a gamer's system, unless you play only FreeCell and Minesweeper...
     
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