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video card trouble

Discussion in 'PC hardware help' started by mar1us, Apr 20, 2007.

  1. mar1us

    mar1us Guest

    i am new to this site and am not sure if i am using the correct forum so if i am not please excuse me and direct me in the right direction. :) ok here it goes......

    i just bought a HP pavilion a1720n and am trying to upgrade my video card and power supply (mostly for gaming). before i commit to buying any new equipment i really want to know which video cards and power supples would be compatible with my system. i have searched the HP website, numerous video card manufactures sites, and a multitude of "googled" phrases but cant seem to find the info i need. any help i could get would be tremendously appreciated.

    here are my computer specs...(copied from cnet shopper.com)

    Full specifications - HP Pavilion Media Center a1720n - Core 2 Duo E6300 1.86 GHz
    Manufacturer: HP
    Part number: RT641AA#ABA
    Processor manufacturer Intel
    Processor type Core 2 Duo
    Processor number E6300
    Clock speed 1.86 GHz
    Installed processor qty 1
    Max supported processor qty 1
    Processor main features Intel Extended Memory 64 Technology
    RAM installed 1 GB
    Max supported RAM 4 GB
    Memory specification compliance PC2-4200
    RAM form factor DIMM 240-pin
    RAM technology DDR II SDRAM
    Windows Vista certification Windows Vista Premium Ready
    Platform technology Intel VIIV Technology
    Recommended use Home use
    System type Media center
    Video Output
    Video Output / Graphics Processor / Vendor Intel GMA 950
    TV tuner type None
    Video output form factor Integrated
    Display (Projector)
    Display type None.
    Service & Support
    Service & Support type 1 year warranty
    Optical Storage
    CD / DVD type DVD±RW (±R DL) / DVD-RAM
    CD / DVD read speed 40x (CD) / 16x (DVD)
    CD / DVD rewrite speed 32x (CD) / 6x (DVD-RW) / 8x (DVD+RW) / 5x (DVD-RAM)
    CD / DVD write speed 40x (CD) / 16x (DVD±R) / 4x (DVD-R DL) / 8x (DVD+R DL)
    Optical storage interface type IDE
    Storage Hard Drive
    Hard drive interface Serial ATA-300
    Hard drive installed qty 1
    Hard drive size 320 GB
    Hard drive type Standard
    Spindle speed 7200 rpm
    Audio Input
    Audio input type None
    Interface Provided
    Interface 1 Mouse Generic, 1 Keyboard Generic, 7 Hi-Speed USB, 2 IEEE 1394 (FireWire), 1 Network Ethernet 10Base-T/100Base-TX, 1 Display / video VGA, 1 Display / video, 1 Display / video, 1 Display / video S-video output, 1 Display / video DVI-Analog/Digital, 1 Headphones Output, 2 Microphone Input, 4 Audio Output, 1 Audio Line-in, 1 Audio Line-out, 1 Parallel IEEE 1284 (EPP/ECP), 1 Audio, 1 Audio
    Connector Type 6 pin mini-DIN (PS/2 style), 4 pin USB Type A, RJ-45, 15 pin HD D-Sub (HD-15), RCA, Mini-phone stereo 3.5 mm, Mini-phone 3.5 mm, 25 pin D-Sub (DB-25)
    Storage Hard Drive (2nd)
    2nd hard drive type None
    Optical Storage (2nd)
    2nd optical storage type None
    Storage Controller (2nd)
    2nd storage controller form factor Integrated
    2nd storage controller installed qty 1
    2nd storage controller type IDE
    Modem 56 Kbps Fax / modem
    Audio Output
    Audio output form factor Integrated
    Audio output type Sound card
    Speaker (s) Type None
    Cabinet (Chassis)
    Cabinet form factor Tower
    Manufacturer form factor Tower
    Cache Memory
    Cache 2 MB L2 cache
    Cache per processor size 2 MB

    Card Reader
    Card reader 9 in 1 card reader
    Supported flash memory cards Microdrive, Memory Stick, MultiMediaCard, SD Memory Card, SmartMedia Card, XD-Picture Card, Memory Stick Pro, CompactFlash Card type I, CompactFlash Card type II
    Chipset type Intel 945G Express
    Data bus speed 1066 MHz
    Data link protocol Ethernet, Fast Ethernet
    Networking Network adapter Integrated
    Dimensions & Weight
    Depth 17 in
    Height 15 in
    Weight 24 lbs
    Width 7.2 in
    Bay Provided
    Expansion bays 2 (1 free) Front accessible 5.25" x 1/2H, 3 (1 free) Front accessible 3.5" x 1/3H, 1 (0 free) Internal 3.5" x 1/3H
    Storage Floppy Drive
    Floppy drive type None
    Service & Support Details
    Full contract period 1 year
    Service & Support details Limited warranty
    Service included Parts and labor
    Input Device
    Input device Mouse, Keyboard
    Power Device
    Power device type Power supply
    Printer type None
    Video Memory
    Video memory technology Dynamic Video Memory Technology 3.0
    OS Provided
    OS provided Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium
    Storage Removable
    Removable storage type None
    Slot Provided
    Slot provided 4 (2 free) Memory DIMM 240-pin, 1 (1 free) PCI Express x16, 3 (2 free) PCI, 1 (0 free) Processor LGA775 Socket
    Storage Controller
    Storage controller form factor Integrated
    Storage controller installed qty 1
    Storage controller type Serial ATA
    Software type Adobe Reader 7.0, Microsoft Works 8.0, Norton Internet Security 2007 (60 days subscription)
  2. ffg7

    ffg7 Regular member

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  3. mar1us

    mar1us Guest

    i am not completely certain what is marked on the side of the psu but i know the psu spec states that it has only a 250w output.

    i just went and looked at the psu and it indeed says "max output 250w"

    thank you soooo much for your help, do you have any suggestions on which type of video card/psu i might want to consider? my primary goal is to play games like DOOM 3 or the new HALO coming out with the max graphics settings.
  4. ffg7

    ffg7 Regular member

    Apr 20, 2007
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    depends on your budget as to what card to get. take a look at your newest game you have or about to get to see what that game requires for video card. will most likey have to get a new psu as some of the pci/e videocards want at least 300 watts or more to run on. measure the dimensions of current psu as in length x width x height & post it here to see if is a standard psu size or not.

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