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#1 johnny157

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Posted 03 February 2011 - 02:49 AM

Hey guys, I have an older HP Pavilion a1034n and I've been considering upgrading my video card since this one is a little bit older. I've already upgraded my ram up to 3GB and have a 450 Watt power supply installed too, this computer is running smoothly even with Windows 7. I've taken care of it pretty well and I'm just trying to use it for as long as I can. My question is how do I know what video cards are compatible with my computer?

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Posted 03 February 2011 - 03:25 AM

From the motherboard specs here It will support any PCI video card that will work with a 450 watt power supply or lower. Something like this or this would be the best you could put in there, however, seeing as its a OEM PSU that should handle those, this would be what I would recomend.

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Posted 03 February 2011 - 02:00 PM

Oh wow I never would have figured that my computer could even handle new video cards like those. One more question though, the memory on the video card...does that reflect the memory I have for my RAM? I noticed that some of the video cards have DDR3 memory and my computer uses DDR2, does this even matter that they don't match?

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Posted 03 February 2011 - 03:08 PM

The memory on the video card is dedicated strictly to video and doesnt relate to your system ram so it should not matter that the memory types are different.
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Posted 03 February 2011 - 08:00 PM

Actually, those are rather old, or low-end, graphics cards. The memory on the GPU is important if you are running a large monitor, over 24-inches, or some forms of anti aliasing.

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Posted 03 February 2011 - 08:03 PM

Oh ok well that's all good to hear. I still have my stock monitor the HPvs17 so I don't think I'll have to worry about that whole monitor thing. Anything else I should need to know?




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