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Upgrading/Advice on Graphics Card

Apr 19, 2016 1:04PM PDT

Product Name: HP Compaq Pro 6300 All-in-One
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 10 (64-bit)
Model: HP Compaq Pro 6300 All-in-One Desktop PC Series/ Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM) i3-3220 CPU @3.30GHz, 3300MHz, 2 Core(s), 4 logical processor(s) / Intel(R) HD Graphics

Hi, i just had a question regarding the Integrated Intel Graphics card and if it was possible to upgrade to a better Graphics card by purchasing a new card. Reason, due to it not being able to run games smoothly (bad fps).

I have limited knowledge on this, and wanted to know how to go about this i.e is it possible to remove an integrated graphics card in the first place and replace it with an improved Graphics card? or is there another way of changing graphics card? If so what cards would be compatible with this computer.

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No slots for such an upgrade.
Apr 19, 2016 1:53PM PDT
http://h20565.www2.hp.com/portal/site/hpsc/public/psi/home/?sp4ts.oid=5272039&ac.admitted=1461098848370.1123376534.492883150 confirms this is an All In One with no slots.

The existing graphics is not a card or even a chip. It's built right into the i3 CPU.

http://www.notebookcheck.net/Intel-HD-Graphics-2500.69812.0.html confirms that even on low settings gaming is barely passable.

Now PC gaming is all over the map but I don't see a budget here. Maybe it's best to get some PS4 or XBOX One here? And if you have friends that can help you build a gaming PC, consider this list -> https://www.reddit.com/r/PCMasterRace/wiki/builds
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Apr 19, 2016 3:53PM PDT

Thanks for the reply and information.

The games I usually played on it didn't require much really, but started to notice bad performance when I started playing more graphic demanding games. Was hoping to get away with just buying a graphics card for it, but looks like I'll need to look into a new computer.

My budget is around £400 - £600 id say, so I'll definitely look into building a gaming PC.

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Graphics card
Apr 19, 2016 8:34PM PDT
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That didn't show a card slot.
Apr 20, 2016 7:09AM PDT

It does appear to be options you choose at the time of purchase. Are in other words, you buy the model with the graphics you want, not that you can change it later.

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Card slot
Apr 20, 2016 7:50AM PDT

True it does not show a card slot but the service manual does.

I suppose the best way is to open the machine and see if the mobo has the slot.

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Let's open up the service manual.
Apr 20, 2016 8:12AM PDT

I'll use this one http://h20566.www2.hp.com/portal/site/hpsc/template.PAGE/public/psi/manualsResults/?sp4ts.oid=5272039&spf_p.tpst=psiContentResults&spf_p.prp_psiContentResults=wsrp-navigationalState%3Daction%253Dmanualslist%257Ccontentid%253DService-and-maintenance%257Clang%253Den&javax.portlet.begCacheTok=com.vignette.cachetoken&javax.portlet.endCacheTok=com.vignette.cachetoken
http://h10003.www1.hp.com/digmedialib/prodimg/lowres/c03360242.png

On figure 7-55, we see a PROPRIETARY graphics card. You will only get these from HP so use hp.com and ask in their chat feature how to order this card.
http://i.imgur.com/9gbwyqx.png

The model up top without this card is often shipped without this PROPRIETARY SLOT as a cost saving move. You must check if the slot hardware exists before you begin.

You'll also need the heatsink and fan for this PROPRIETARY CARD as well. HP must supply part numbers if the service manual lacked the information.

My take is that adding this card may cost as much as a gaming rig from https://www.reddit.com/r/PCMasterRace/wiki/builds

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Apr 20, 2016 12:02PM PDT

The first step is to see if there is a slot.

If there is then it's off to HP to check cost.

If the cost is right then you have to ask yourself is this worth it.

Even if you add the 8470 it does not make it a gaming rig it just makes it better.

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Let me drive some nails in that coffin.
Apr 20, 2016 12:55PM PDT
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Wrong card....my error
Apr 20, 2016 2:00PM PDT

Should have been hd 7650a.

Even if this is doable it does not make a gaming rig it just makes graphics better.

If the OP wants to get into gaming this is not the road to follow.

Best to build a machine for gaming.

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Since this is an All-In-One should be similar to the M
Apr 20, 2016 2:19PM PDT
http://www.notebookcheck.net/AMD-Radeon-HD-7650M.70632.0.html

Still a hit an miss but better than my last callout. I don't remember why I mixed it up with the prior but while better it's not going to be on par with the desktop card since makers detune these to laptop speeds. So let's call it the 7650M for this round.

Parts are pretty rare for all-in-ones. Chat up HP.com to see if it can be done after the slot check. Don't forget you'll need the heatsink, fan and other screws to pull this off.

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