View Full Version : Graphics Card upgrade
05-31-2008, 12:35 PM
I currently have on older Compaq Presario 5372ea that makes alot of fan noise when playing dvds or any 3D graphic work when using autocad. I was thinking that upgrading my graphics could solve the problem. There is a nVidia NV11 64Mb (SDR) w/ TV Out currently installed. The Power supply is only 250W and was hoping to stay clear of upgrading that. I cannot seem to find on the net my options for upgrading as most sites seem to be focused towards newer PC's.
Any help on this would be greatly appreciated.
05-31-2008, 01:09 PM
Is your video card AGP or PCI?
05-31-2008, 01:16 PM
Im also thinking that if what graphics you have now are intergrated tye niose may be coming from the CPU fan.
I cant find that model on google.
Like 123456 said post if its AGP or PCI, also post the rest of your specs
Edit: found the PC
so what do you hope to get if you get an upgraded card? more performance?
05-31-2008, 01:38 PM
(3) PCI (3/4 length or less)
(1) AGP (3/4 length or less)(1.5 volt only)
His slots are this
05-31-2008, 01:40 PM
Thanks for getting back to me.
The card is an AGP Slot. At the moment if I try and do any 3D modelling work the PC takes ages to carry out simple functions. I am looking for increased performance (No.1) and also to make the PC quieter. It is very loud when under load. I have also added 1GB of RAM extra which helped a bit and I have a 2nd 1GB RAM stick on the way, giving a total of 2560MB of RAM. Max is 3GB.
I opened the case and I believe the noise is coming from the power supply fan. I downloaded a temp monitor for the PC - the processor is relatively constant around 33 deg celcius but the case temperature can vary from 50 - 75 deg C.
Hope this gives you more of an insight to my dilemma.
05-31-2008, 01:55 PM
How much is your budget?
05-31-2008, 02:19 PM
Haven't thought much about the cost implications as yet. I know a new PC or a self build is not an option. I know I will not get hugh performance with the age of the PC but I will try and push it as far as I can.
05-31-2008, 02:59 PM
The problem is that your 225w PSU may not be able to power a new graphics card, meaning you may need a new one, then the connections may not fit the MOBO or other parts meaning a new MOBO, then new MOBO needs new CPU nd RAM etc.
So really a new system is in order to be able to use graphics software well
06-01-2008, 12:52 PM
You could try upgrading to a Geforce 6600, that might be okay with your psu. Anything higher than that I'd say is a huge drain on that psu and most likely won't work. I think that if you really want to upgrade that video to a powerful card you'll have to upgrade to a 400 watt psu.
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