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I want to upgrade my video card

I own an HP pavillion a420n with AMD XP 3000+ cpu, my current display is VIA/S3G Unichrome IPG, installed in a PCI slot as near as I can tell from system info on control panel. I'm looking at a nVidia GeForce FX5500 card which is also PCI. I was told that power consumption by a new card can be a real issue. According to the specs on the GeForce, 250 watts is min. and 300 watts preferrable for operation. I have tried everything to determine how much power my current setup may be using and whether my system can safely support this new one. I can take it somewhere and have it looked at, but am hoping to be able to do this myself, just want to make the right choice.
Can you help me?

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    Thanks! I thought from what I had heard it would, but this really calms the apprehension I had Re: the problem. Thanks again!

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Http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/prodinfoCategory?lc=en&dlc=en&cc=us&lang=en&product=388431

There is everything you need to know about your pc, including all avalible drivers:)
I would say that you can use that graphic card easy, that 250w is only used if you run that card on maximum. It normarly use about 175-200w. If you have a lot of other items in the other pci slotts, you may have problem.
My recomendation is therefor to buy a 450w psu to be sure that everything runs properly even if you playing a game that use the maximum power of your graphic card.

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Posted on Dec 27, 2008

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Hi & welcome to FixYa.
You can easily upgrade to the Geoforce FX5500

Posted on Dec 27, 2008

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    Roy Lonsinger Dec 27, 2008

    The stock psu for your computer is a 300 watt psu. The Geoforce FX5500 should cause no problems.

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I would just upgrade your power supply along with your video card. You can pick up a 500-600w for around 35$. If you need any further assistance in doing this please let me know. This would definitely be your best option. also please take a moment to accept and rate my solution accordingly.
Thank you,
Lee

Posted on Dec 27, 2008

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    Lee A. Dec 27, 2008

    Also I believe your model should have an AGP port. It would be much better to use a card with AGP rather then PCI. Either way I would recommend a better power supply to be on the safe side. Their are more pros then cons in upgrading and an upgraded power supply is very cheap in price.
    Thank you,
    Lee


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You will be fine upgrading the video card with your system.

Posted on Dec 27, 2008

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