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How much watts of power do i have?

I want to buy a 9600 gso graphics card but i need to know if the computer has enough power.

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Your power supply puts out 300 watts with low amperage. A new power supply is a MUST.

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The 9600GSO uses arounf 250 watts under load. While I cannot fing exact spec for the HP PSU I would be surprised if it were more that 350W. Is there any indication on the case or can you open the case up and look at the PSU?

9600 GSO Power

You need somthing in the order of 450W or greater. Get an Enermax, Corsair or other good quality PSU.

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Replace integrated Radeon 4200

You can't replace integrated graphics, the chip is on the motherboard.

See what you have for PCI-E slots, a forty dollar graphics card is three times better then your 4200.

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A list of the compatible PCI-Express 16X Graphics cards for a PCI-Express...

Having trouble finding out which graphics card will work with your PCI-Express motherboard? Here is a list all PCI-Express graphics cards for AMD/ATI Radeon. This list is in descending order. (The top graphics cards from each manufacturer are more recent, have greater memory and are faster while the bottom are older, have less momory and are slower).

If your Motherboard supports PCI-Express X16 then here is a list of compatible ATI/AMD Radeon Cards.
AMD Radeon 6000 Series - (AMD Radeon HD 6870 and AMD Radeon HD 6850)
ATI Radeon 5000 Series - (ATI Radeon HD 5970, ATI Radeon HD 5870 Eyfinity 6, ATI Radeon HD 5870, ATI Radeon HD 5850, ATI Radeon HD 5830, ATI Radeon HD 5770, ATI Radeon HD 5750, ATI Radeon HD 5670, ATI Radeon HD 5570, ATI Radeon HD 5870, ATI Radeon HD 5550 and ATI Radeon HD 5450)
ATI Radeon 4000 Series - (ATI Radeon HD 4870 X2, ATI Radeon HD 4890, ATI Radeon HD 4870, ATI Radeon HD 4850, ATI Radeon HD 4830, ATI Radeon HD 4770, ATI Radeon HD 4600, ATI Radeon HD 4550, ATI Radeon HD 4300 and ATI Radeon HD 4200)
ATI Radeon 3000 Series - (ATI Radeon HD 3800, ATI Radeon HD 3600, ATI Radeon HD 3400)
ATI Radeon 2000 Series - (ATI Radeon HD 2900, ATI Radeon HD 2600, ATI Radeon HD 2400)
ATI Radeon X Series - (ATI Radeon X1950, ATI Radeon X1900 and ATI Radeon X1800)

If your Motherboard supports PCI-Express X16 then here is a list of compatible Nvidia Cards.
GeForce 500 Series - (GeForce GTX 580)
GeForce 400 Series - (GeForce GTX 480, GeForce GTX 470, GeForce GTX 465, GeForce GTX 460, GeForce GTS 450, GeForce GT 440, GeForce GT 430, GeForce GT 420)
GeForce 200 Series - (GeForce GTX 295, GeForce GTX 285, GeForce GTX 280, GeForce GTX 275, GeForce GTX 260, GeForce GTS 250, GeForce GTS 240, GeForce GT 220, GeForce GT 210)
GeForce 9 Series - (GeForce 9800 GX2, GeForce 9800 GTX+, GeForce 9800 GTX, GeForce 9600 GT, GeForce 9600 GSO 512, GeForce 9600 GSO, GeForce 9400 GT)
GeForce 8 Series - (GeForce 8800, UltraGeForce 8800 GTX, GeForce 8800 GTS (640 MB, 512MB and 320 MB versions), GeForce 8800 GT, GeForce 8800 GS, GeForce 8600 GTS, GeForce 8600 GT, GeForce 8500 GT, GeForce 8400 GS)
GeForce 7 Series - (GeForce 7950, GeForce 7900, GeForce 7800, GeForce 7600)
GeForce 6 Series - (GeForce 6800 Ultra, GeForce 6800 GT, GeForce 6800 GS, GeForce 6800, GeForce 6800 XT)

For a list of compatible AGP8X Cards for an AGP8X Motherboard click on this link to take you to my other tips page.

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No picture with GeForce 210 graphics card

Picture? Are you saying it does not work? Is this a new install? Is it setup/installed correctly? Have you installed the software? Drivers? Need more info.

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Compaq presario sr1830nx hdmi card

Most graphics cards nowadays have an HDMI port. How about just upgrading to a graphics card, or a better graphics card, that has one?

Graphics card has a Minimum requirement of 400 Watts.
This is power for the graphics card, AND the rest of the computer system. (Motherboard, Processor, Ram Memory, Optical drive/s, Computer case fan/s, etc)

Compaq Presario SR1830NX Desktop PC comes with a 300 Watt power supply, AND it is overrated.
Power is more like 60 to 70 percent of the stated maximum rated Wattage.

180 Watts to 210 Watts.

This example will work,

For additional questions please post in a Comment.

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What graphics card should i put in my emachine 5210 its the original thats in but i think it is running a bit slow for win7

The eMachines 5210 Desktop PC uses Integrated Graphics.
(UK model)

This means the graphics chipset is soldered directly to the motherboard.
(Also means graphics borrows some of the system resources.
Processor and Ram Memory)

It isn't a graphics card. The full term is graphics adapter card.

Here is the motherboard,

[ Chip and Chipset are slang terms for I.C.
Integrated Circuit,

The chipset, or I.C. for graphics, is the G.P.U.,

The GPU soldered directly to your motherboard, (With a BGA surface mount), is an ATI Radeon 9100,

Integrated Graphics is also known as OnBoard Graphics.
ON the motherBOARD ]

The graphics expansion slot you have on your motherboard,
is a PCI slot.

Looking back at the photo of the motherboard, look at the three White long slots, at the bottom/left of the motherboard.

All three are PCI slots.

(They are Not PCI-Express x16 slots )

You can use any available open PCI slot.

Things you need to know when purchasing a graphics card, for a desktop computer;

1) What is the maximum rated Wattage of the Power Supply?

The Power Supply has to provide power for the computer, AND graphics card.

Look at the power requirements of the graphics card, and compare to what your Power Supply's maximum rated Wattage, is.

For the eMchines 5210 I have no idea. It is an old UK model, and eMachines doesn't support it anymore. There seems to be no info on the internet, also.

If I were to hazard a guess, I would guess 200 to 250 Watts.

However, back in the day, when the power supply manufacturer made that Power Supply, they overrated it's maximum rated Wattage.

Sold more power supply's, by 'fudging' the real maximum rated Wattage.

Correct maximum Wattage is more like 60 to 70 percent, of what is stated.
For a 200 Watt unit that would be 120 Watts to 140 Watts.

[ Divide 200 by 10. = 20
Multiply 20 times 6. = 120. That is 60 percent.
Multiply 20 times 7. = 140. That is 70 percent ]

250 Watt unit?
60 percent is 150 Watts.
70 percent is 175 Watts.

Computer unplugged from power, FOLLOW Anti-Static Precautions.
Open the computer case, and look at the side, or bottom of the Power Supply, at it's label.

This should state what the maximum rated Wattage is.

Not there?
Then the 4 Philips head screws need to be removed from the back, and Power Supply partially slid out. The label is on top.

You shouldn't have to remove any power cables. Just slide the Power Supply out, and down a little bit.

If it is 150 Watt, S-T-O-P. You will need a better Power Supply.

It is an ATX form factor Power Supply. One that is used in a LOT of desktop computers. Means it is readily available, and economical.

(No slam intended, but from what I see on UK prices, OUCH!
See if you can buy one from the USA. A decent 300 Watt unit is about $35 to $40. Decent means RELIABLE )

[ Anti-Static Precautions:

Your body carries Static electricity. Static WILL fry out, (Short Circuit), the delicate hardware components inside a computer.

Relieve your body of Static BEFORE working on your computer.

Computer on a table, computer Unplugged from power, computer case open.

TOUCH an unpainted surface, of the metal frame of the open computer case. This action will relieve your body of Static.

Should you leave your computer in the middle of working on it,
be SURE to Touch the metal frame again upon your return.

This way your computer is safe ]

2) You need to know what graphics expansion slot, is available on the motherboard.
It is a PCI slot,

Find a PCI slot that is open. If it is next to an expansion adapter card that is already in there, (Ethernet Card?), see if you can move over to another PCI slot away from it.

You need room for the graphics card.

Look at the metal covers at the back of the computer case.
These covers are called Expansion Slot Covers.

Find the one you need to remove, in order to install a graphics card.
(Most of the time it is not a straight shot. The expansion slot cover is one over, from the actual PCI slot you want to use)

When you buy your graphics card, it will come with an Installation Disk.
Turn your computer on, let Windows 7 load. Then put the Installation Disk in your CD/DVD drive.

Follow the instructions. Load ALL of the software.

If it asks you do you want to restart the computer - NO!
Close all windows, go back to the desktop screen.
Turn the computer off normally.

Now unplug the computer from power. Remove all cables. (If you are not exactly sure of where they plug in, this is a good time to make notes, and a drawing before you unplug them)

You can lay the computer on it's side. Easier to install a graphics card that way.

Follow Anti-Static Precautions, and physically install the graphics card.

Make sure you plug your monitor into the graphics card this time, and not into the I/O area on the back of the computer, as it was before.

(Input/Output area. This area connects directly to the motherboard.
It is for Input and Output devices, such as the Mouse, Keyboard, Monitor, Audio, { Sound}, etc.)

Close the computer case. Plug all cables back into the computer.
Plug the computer back into power. WAIT 1 minute, turn the computer on.

Go to the 'control panel' for the graphics card, and set the screen resolution.

Prepare to smile your face off.

By the way, want to use dual monitors? I can guide you in doing this.

Recommendations for a graphics card?
Hmmm,...not knowing what the maximum rated Wattage, your Power Supply has, makes it tough.

I'll give it a go, however.
Bear in mind, that it needs to support Direct X 11 for Windows 7.


Does require a Power Supply with a minimum of 300 Watts, however.


From what I read through the years, Tigerdirect ships to the UK.

For additional questions please post in a Comment.


May 20, 2012 | E-Machines Computers & Internet

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Which video card do i use in a vcg rb50

you have pci express slot that supports high graphic card. You can buy a high graphic vga card but it relates with your power supply too. Check your power supply wattage and then buy the vga card accordingly because high graphic vga card require more power from supply.

There are alot of pci slot supported card in the market.

best of luck!

Mar 18, 2012 | Sony VAIO VGC-RB38G PC Desktop

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Hp pavilion slimline s5000 series whats the highest graphics card i can put in it

There are 14 different versions in the s5000 series of slimline desktop computers,
{From s5200z to the s5285t}

Some are Intel processor based, some are AMD processor based.
The Power Supply wattage differs also. Seems it goes from 220 Watts to 300 Watts.

All versions have a PCI-Express x16 expansion slot, though.

[ It is based on the PCI-Express 1.1 version technology
A graphics card based on the PCI-Express 2.0 technology will work.

Because PCI-Express 2.0 is backward compatible with PCI-Express 1.1

"PCIe 2.0 motherboard slots are fully backward compatible with PCIe v1.x cards. PCIe 2.0 cards are also generally backward compatible with PCIe 1.x motherboards, using the available bandwidth of PCI Express 1.1. Overall, graphic cards or motherboards designed for v2.0 will work with the other being v1.1 or v1.0."

1) Motherboards based on the PCI-Express 2.0 technology, are compatible with a PCI-Express graphics card that is based on the older PCI-Express 1.1 technology.

2) PCI-Express graphics cards are also generally compatible, if they operate at the smaller bandwidth of PCI-Express 1.1

Since the slower technology of PCI-Express 1.1 is what is available on your motherboard, a graphics card based on PCI-Express 2.0 will not operate at full capability.

{Graphics cards based on the new PCI-Express 2.1 technology will work also }

Will you notice?
No ]

What is the limit for a graphics card?
The sky.

Two problems though.
A) The Power Supply
B) The available room inside the computer case for a graphics card.

1) Power Supply:
According to HP Support, and looking at the specifications for the s5200z, and s5285t, the top of the line graphics card is an Nvidia GT220.

This is due to the low power consumption. (And probably reduced cost from Nvidia)

Based on price, and performance however, the GT220 is a less than choice.

Using a Zotac version as an example,

Stream Processors = 48

You can have the fastest Core Clock, and Memory Clock, plus all kinds of graphics ram memory, but if you do not have enough Stream Processors, your graphics card will be less than adequate.

Consider Stream Processors as the 'Information Highway'. The path that graphics information takes from the Processor to the Graphics Card, and back.

If you do not have enough stream processors it's like a road being worked on.
Traffic is redirected into just one lane. Everything slows down.
There is a 'Bottleneck'.

Most decent graphics cards that are better than a GT220, require a Power Supply with 400 Watts, or greater.
The size and shape of the Power Supply's case, makes it hard to find a replacement that is greater than 300 Watts.

2) Available room for a graphics card (Height) inside the computer case:

With the Slimline case you have to purchase graphics cards that are Low-Profile.
{Low Height}

It isn't so much the length that you need to be concerned with, as it is the height of the graphics card.
The length of a graphics card goes from the back of the computer towards the front.
The height of a graphics card goes from side to side inside the computer case.

Average width inside a Slimline case seems to be around 4 inches.

You have to take into consideration; how far the motherboard is supported off of the support plate inside the computer case, and when inserted how high does the graphics card sit in the PCI-Express x16 expansion slot.
4 inches is Not enough room.

If it were I, I would remove all internal components, and install them in a cheap, decent, Mid-tower computer case. There is more room inside the case for a taller graphics card, and the case will use the common ATX style of Power Supply. A 600 Watt ATX power supply is pretty economical.

{There is also more room inside for air flow. Air is the cooling medium for a desktop computer. (Unless it's a high-end gamer computer. Dry Ice, Nitrogen, Refrigerant etc. have been used )

More air flow means cooler hardware components inside the computer.
Result? Longer life, more reliable }

Then I would use an ATI Radeon HD 5750 graphics card, (And a decent 600 Watt power supply)

{A decent mid-tower computer case averages around $50 }


Sep 11, 2011 | HP Computers & Internet

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ATI Radeon 1650x Problem in Installation

This one is simple, the computer's stock powersupply which is probally at about 250 or 180 watts isnt generatiing enough power to the Vcard. Basically you need to purchase a higher watt power supply, you can get a decent 400+ watt for under 40 dollars almost anywhere.  Just a simple swap will do the trick.

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Its not really a problem but i need to know how much watts my power supply has.

this VGA card requires about 250w under load. the HP PSU is unlikely to have enough power. get a good quality 450W or better unit

Jul 25, 2008 | HP PAVILION A6230N DESKTOP PC

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