View Full Version : Can I Fit a New Graphics Card to a Hewlett Packard PC?

09-23-2007, 01:58 PM
Hi.My brother has a roughly 4 year old Hewlett Packard pc with AMD socket 754 3200 1 gig RAM and a crummy nVidia FX5500.Needless to say it wont even install Medal of Honor Airborne let alone play it.(NB that game has v high min specs -6600gt min )If I treat him to a 6600gt will it fit in easily ,I mean from a software point of view.Will he have to revalidate his XP install-as far as I know he has no product serial number just a 'recovery' partition on the hard drive.Would an ATI card eg X800GTO be even more likely to cause problems?
Potential major headache or simple swap?

09-23-2007, 03:15 PM
Should work fine if the PSU is big enough.

09-23-2007, 03:27 PM
If able buy a another gig of RAM, It is rather cheap these days.

09-23-2007, 03:50 PM
PLease look into your PC first if it has AGP or PCI-E slot. I gues it is AGP. But make sure first, it is not nice to buy your card and come to the conclusion it won't fit in the computer.

09-23-2007, 06:47 PM
Yeah, AGP or PCI-E, most likely AGP 8x judging by the 5500.

You need at least a 6600GT or a Radeon X1xx series in order to support Pixel SHader 3.0 (MOH A)

I recommend the 7600GT if you dont want to sped too much, only around 60 here in the UK now and its a good mid range card that will keep him going for a year or two.

09-24-2007, 12:15 AM
Originally posted by Jediteo:
If able buy a another gig of RAM, It is rather cheap these days.

new RAM is cheap...but older types isn't

09-24-2007, 07:11 AM
The PSU is going to be the real problem from my experience as they only put "just enough" in the rigs. I tried stuffing a 6800 into a similar rig and blew out the onboard network card. The problem with getting a higher power PSU is the HP PSU and case aren't a standard size. I'm sure where there is a will there is a way, but I ended up spending the time and effort into building a rig with newer components.

Good luck though. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_cool.gif