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    Question Add-on video card help

    Hi all. I got my hands on a HP Compaq 6200 Pro SFF (Core i3 3.1GHz, 8GB RAM). This PC is about 4 years old but my current PC is about 7(+) years old. The specs on this HP are a good bit better and I'd really like to find a graphics card that'd work in it and replace my old PC with this less old PC. It does have a PCIe x16 slot and the case is half height so it'd have to be a low profile card. The video card in my current PC is a Radeon HD 6600 with 1 or 2 GB RAM (can't remember the type - GDDR something or other maybe).

    A huge problem with the HP is that it has the stock power supply, a 240W one. I need to find either a video card that's as good or better than my current one, that I can get low profile, that doesn't require external power, and that will work with this 240W power supply, or I need to find a replacement power supply that'll fit in this HP case that offers more power.

    I really don't want to go the route of cannibalizing parts from the HP (the processor and the RAM specifically) because I'm not interested in building a PC, but I will if it just won't be possible to get my hands on a video card that will fit in the HP, work with the 240W power supply, and provide at least a little bit better graphics than the Radeon I'm currently using.

    Any thoughts or ideas?

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    HP listed up to an i7-2600 plus options of:
    AMD FirePro 2270 (512MB)
    AMD Radeon HD 6350 (512MB)
    AMD Radeon HD 6450 (512MB)
    NVIDIA Quadro NVS 295 (256MB)
    NVIDIA Quadro NVS 300 (512MB)

    But - I don't know whether they would have shipped the i7 with the HD 6450 or NVS 300. If so, that would indicate that they were confident that the PSU could safely handle 50W* more than your i3 version would have used (without the HD66xx series you have added), at least for the duration of the warranty. *30W more for the CPU plus ~20W for the GPU.

    It's very unlikely that an alt. PSU could be fitted without a lot of work and your current GPU might already be pushing the PSU close to the maximum. Theoretically, you might be able to use up to a 50-65W GPU but frankly I don't feel it's worth the expense or risk to upgrade.

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    Personally, I wouldn't be comfortable with a 240W PSU.

    You shouldn't have too much difficulty with a PSU upgrade;
    See if one of these Newegg MicroATX fits the bill.

    Low profile cards.

    In the end when all is said, you might be better off not doing anything at all.
    Invest a little time and energy in a well thought out BACKUP regimen and you will have minimal down time, and headache.

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    The SFF was designed for 25W max. x16 cards. An HD6450 chip would meet that with 18W (1.5A) max. graphics power with DDR3 RAM. This is undoubtedly both the thermal requirements of the small case and the 240W PSU. - 3 yr warranty, fanless, single slot, 1GB RAM and solid caps. 5.7" long.

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