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Old 10-31-2006, 10:40 PM   #1 (permalink)
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So I drank the koolaid and bought an HP pavilion, athlon x2 4200+, a1450n.

It has integrated video that I want to upgrade, but the psu is only 300W, which limits my choices somewhat. The psu is a mini-atx. Who can tell me if I can put a larger PSU in the box to handle better gfx cards?

OR, does anyone have experience with a good 300W gpu.

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HEY!! welcome to tf, and to those who dare to upgrade hp's. k let me do some googling, ill find what is good for it
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HEY! Thanks for looking around!
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Forgot to mention that my machine has a PCI-express slot...
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yes, i found that out...what i cant find out, is what type of ps does it use. i cant find any info. can you get a pic of the psu, form the back of the pc? or if you know if its a micro ATX, or a plain ATX psu.

OOPS...my bad, was in a hurry reading thru it...not much of a selection for microatx psu's. ill see what i can find
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XFX 7900GT 256MB PCI-X 16 - 239.99
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I am almost sure it's a micro atx.
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I couldn't find it in the specs, but I don't think that a 7900gt will run well with the 300W power supply~ am I wrong freakrider?
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it would run, but it wouldnt run good. the options for a matx psu are pretty limited. is there any chance you might get a different case that supports a full atx psu?

EDIT: wait, wait, wait...i forgot about external...
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Never thought about external. I would much rather replace the psu or find a suitable gpu for 300W. I don't need to have the fastest gamer ever, I just need a step up from the integrated.
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