Need for Add On Graphics Card

  Elmo Few 11:40 02 Jun 2007
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We recently purchased a new HP m7750n Media Center PC and would like indenpent advice regarding the need for an add-on PCI-Express Graphics Card.

System Specifications:

HP Pavilion m7750n Athlon 64 X2 5000+ Media Center TV PC


General Features:
Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium pre-installed

AMD Athlon 64 X2 5000+ processor (2.6 GHz)
2 GB DDR2-533 RAM (4 GB maximum)

400 GB SATA hard drive

Serial ATA DVD±RW LightScribe DL drive

Digital media card reader

Integrated GeForce 6150LE graphics

Integrated audio

Integrated 10/100 Base-T networking interface

56K data/fax PCI modem


Associated Hardware:

Samsung Syncmaster 206bw 20" Monitor
Canon PIXMA ip4300
HP OfficeJet 6110
HP ScanJet 3500C
Epson Picture Mate
Nikon D70S
Generic 2.1 Speaker System


Our PC is used as follows:

General Internet browsing
Email
Non-Professional Photo processing
Non-Professional Mixed Media Artwork creation and printing (non-animated, non-motion)
Play a card game or two, nothing heavy
Listen to music
Watch TV (limited use)
Household administration
All comments are welcomed. We also welcome any other advice regarding our new PC, associated hardware and use.

Ef

  Why wont it work 14:12 02 Jun 2007

You have quite a nippy system, the graphics card being the only 'let down' as it were.

However for the uses you have listed it is quite adequate really. However if you do wish to upgrade it, possibly to free up some of your system memory I would suggest an Nvidia Geforce 7300 series or 7600GS. Equally from ATI a Radeon X1300XT or X1650Pro. If you want to future proof your system to a limited extent a Nvidia 8500 would suffice as it is a brand new model supporting DX10.

All of the cards listed are budget or low end mainstream graphics cards. They should be suffice for your needs, and will even provide some power for a bit of gaming- they will also free up sytem memory. Speaking of which, considering the pcs useage I would not pay extra for more video ram.

If you link any graphics card you were considering we can give you further advice. Hope that helps.

  Elmo Few 16:55 02 Jun 2007

My only distain for adding a graphics card (other that the expense) is the mandatory power supply change out. My current PS is 300W whereas most graphic cards need 400w>.

Do you have a comment regarding the power supply change? Is there such a thing as an external auxiliary powersupply that could run in tandem with my current PS?

Ef

  Elmo Few 16:56 02 Jun 2007

My only distain for adding a graphics card (other that the expense) is the mandatory power supply change out. My current PS is 300W whereas most graphic cards need 400w>.

Do you have a comment regarding the power supply change? Is there such a thing as an external auxiliary powersupply that could run in tandem with my current PS?

Ef

i have a similar hp compaq pc, it had the 6150le grx and a 350 watt psu, i upgraded to a 7600gt and the psu couldnt cope, you need a quality 450 watt really. it was a standard atx on mine so any just slot stright in, im on my forth now! now due to failure i just upgrade a lot, you will need to make sure it has a 24 pin mobo connector or a 20 +4 mobo connector. dont cut corners on psu's i learnt the hard way!

'not due to failure'

  Why wont it work 17:45 02 Jun 2007

Yes, you are right. Power supplies can be a cause for concern. However I do not think that any of the graphics cards that I have listed are above the capabilities of your power supply. You can get internal auxiliary power supplies for graphics cards, but I am not sure if they are even out yet and they are highly specialised and certainly not necessary in your case. I have no idea about external ones, however I doubt they exist.

I am running a similarly configured Fujitsu Siemens pc with an X1300Pro on a 240w power supply. It is not ideal I know, but I cannot change the power supply as it is proprietry. Low end graphics cards do not use up a huge amount of power so you should be okay. For the uses you mention it is also unlikely that the card will ever be 'maxed' out, most of the time it will be idling when it will draw significantly less power.

  Elmo Few 23:19 02 Jun 2007

I've just completed installation of my new ATI Radeon 256mb VisionTek X1550 PC Graphis Upgrade Card. This particular card was chosen because it is designed to optimize not only 3D but also 2D digitial images and works with my current power supply! The $154 price wasn't bad either. Lastly, game playing is not a priority, I wanted a card that made an impact on normal text and graphics. So far, it seems the ATI X1550 will surffice.

As soon as I close out I'll see how the new card impacts my photographic art work.

Please accept my sincere appreciation for your prompt and friendly assistance.

Elmo Few
North Texas, USA

Post Script: As a young boy growing up in a small South Alabama village of 300 souls it was routine for me to spent a summers day wondering the countryside. On this partiular day I happened by a very time worn unpainted little wooden house with a likewise time worn unpainted wooden fench. Next to the crooked gate, perched atop one of the leaning fench posts was the mail box. With great care and attention to detail, the name "Elmo Few" had been patiently hand painted in neat black letters. So, it is with fond memories of that day long ago that I use that oddly appealing name "Elmo Few".

  nejjoe 05:56 23 Oct 2007

Howdie,
I just put this ATI Radeon 256mb VisionTek X1550 PCI-E video card in my HP a6142n pavilion. ATI "recommends" minimum 280w PSU. I am disapointed to see that this box only came with a 250w PSU. It seems to be running fine. Will i destroy any of the components with this PSU or if i install a 400w from my old machine? Any advice is greatly appreciated. Always learning in Alaska
Cheers Joe

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