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Power Supply / Graphics Card Compatiblity??

by jk5billion / December 1, 2008 3:19 AM PST

HP Intel Core 2 Quad 2.4
Model: M8517C-B

# Processor and Memory: Intel

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The only compatibility issue
by Jimmy Greystone / December 1, 2008 3:43 AM PST

The only compatibility issue that should exist between the two is whether or not the power supply is able to pump out enough power for the card and if you have a spare 4-pin connector for the auxiliary power feed to the graphics card.

Your motherboard can sometimes have compatibility issues with graphics cards. I don't think it matters so much with PCI-E (yet) but there were probably a dozen or so different versions of AGP, all with subtle differences pertaining to things like voltage.

Now, since it's an HP computer, there's always a chance that the case design won't accommodate a new power supply. Not much you can really do about that except transplant everything into a new case, and probably lose a few things that are tied to that specific HP case. That's something to keep in mind.

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The two things to look for are . . .
by Coryphaeus / December 1, 2008 3:49 AM PST

1.) If the graphics card has a separate power supply plug and it matches a plug on the power supply. Most graphics cards except the major high end cards do not have a external power connector.

2.) If the power supply has enough power (measured in watts) to handle the added graphics card and the PC needs.

The graphics card on your PC is integrated into the motherboard so you'll need to disable it in the BIOS. And you'll need to do is make sure the new card will fit into one of the available PCIx slots. I didn't see an AGP slot listed.

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Power Supply and Graphic Card Specifics
by jk5billion / December 1, 2008 4:01 AM PST

Graphic Card Specifics.
Model
Brand BFG Tech
Model BFGE98512GTXOCE
Interface
Interface PCI Express 2.0 x16
Chipset
Chipset Manufacturer NVIDIA
GPU GeForce 9800 GTX
Core clock 700MHz (vs. 675MHz standard)
Stream Processors 128
Memory
Memory Clock 2200MHz
Memory Size 512MB
Memory Interface 256-bit
Memory Type GDDR3
3D API
DirectX DirectX 10
OpenGL OpenGL 2.1
Ports
DVI 2
TV-Out HDTV / S-Video Out
General
RAMDAC 400 MHz
Max Resolution 2560 x 1600
SLI Supported Yes
Cooler With Fan
System Requirements 475W PCI Express-compliant system power supply with a combined 12V current rating of 26A or more***
Two 6-pin PCI Express supplementary power connectors -or- One 6-pin PCI Express and two 4-pin Molex supplementary power connectors
Minimum system power requirement based on a PC configured with an Intel Core2 Duo E4500 processor.
Power Connector 2 x 6 Pin
Dual-Link DVI Supported Yes
HDCP Ready Yes

Power Supply Specifics
Model
Brand Antec
Model TPQ-1000
Series TruePower Quattro
Spec
Type ATX12V / EPS12V
Maximum Power 1000W
Fans 80mm low noise cooling fan
PFC Active
Main Connector 20+4Pin
+12V Rails 4
PCI-E Connectors 2 x 6Pin, 2 x 8Pin
CrossFire Ready
SLI Certified
Modular No
Efficiency Up to 85% efficient
Energy-Efficient 80 PLUS Certified
Over Voltage Protection Yes
Overload Protection Yes
Input Voltage 100 - 240 V
Input Frequency Range 50/60 Hz
Input Current 15/ 9A
Output +3.3V@25A,+5V@30A,+12V1@18A,+12V2@18A,
+12V3@18A,+12V4@18A,-12V@0.5A,+5VSB@3.0A
MTBF >100,000 Hours
Approvals UL, CUL, FCC, TUV, CE, C-tick, CCC, CB
Features
Features Universal Input, automatically adjusts for 100V to 240V power grids
Supports ATX12V v2.2 and EPS12V v2.91 systems
Four 12V output circuits provide supreme system stability
Gold plated connectors for superior conductivity
Heavy duty protection circuitry prevents damage resulting from short circuits (SCP), over voltages (OVP), under voltages (UVP), and over current (OCP)

What is the meaning of pins? I dont understand the terms and am confused on weather or not i have enough pins for my computer and card

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Pins = connectors . . .
by Coryphaeus / December 1, 2008 3:18 PM PST

Each connector has "pins" that connect. The standard Molex (white) connector has four pins. The main connector for a motherboard will have 20 pins, maybe 24.

The system requirements statement tells what you need in a new power supply. If the PS does not have the ones specified you can get adapters to connect to the Molex connectors. You'll have to look around.

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stop worrying
by ramarc / December 2, 2008 1:13 AM PST

the power supply has the necessary pci-express connectors.
"PCI-E Connectors 2 x 6Pin, 2 x 8Pin"
cards will use either a 6pin or an 8pin connector so you're covered regardless of the card you choose. any new 500w or larger power supply will have pci-express connectors.

btw, you're getting a power supply that is far larger (and more expensive) than necessary. an antec earthwatts 500w unit would be fine.
"475W PCI Express-compliant system power supply with a combined 12V current rating of 26A"

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