View Full Version : Overheating and upgrading gfx card

03-29-2012, 08:19 PM
I recently purchased a used PC (first mistake) from a co-worker. I've had experience upgrading and rebuilding before, but it's been quite a few years.

The problem: I'll jump onto World of Warcraft, something slightly gfx intensive and the next thing I know, my GPU temperature jumps to 130 degrees celsius.
The only fix I've found is to leave one side of the case off to allow it to stay cool. It then stays at a 98 degrees celsius range.

I've been reading in forums all over the web that this computer model, a HP a6720y, is very prone to this and there are a lot of people with this same issue. The only fix I've seen so far is to upgrade the graphics card.

My specifications are:
Quad-Core processor at 2.2 GHz
Vista x64
integrated Geforce 9100
PCI Express x16

So my question would be, would this upgrade help? If so, what card should I choose?

The card I've seen pointed to the most is


Some have said it is compatible, I'm personally worried that it would not be. Any suggestions will be very much appreciated, thanks so much for your time!

03-29-2012, 10:15 PM
about that gpu temp........you don't have a GPU card.....read that as your Motherboard.......

first off......buy a new Power Supply as that one is 300W...........a new doorstop for you....

as long as you get a new PSU...........How big depends on your GPU card you want to buy but normal for that would be in the range of 550W 80+ certified brand name or better.........it does depend on how high a gpu you want.........

for the card you picked out, a 550W would do....... http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371044 would be nice......and it's cheap but would do ya

make sure you have extra fans and keep your PC CLEAN. Blow it out with a air compressor often...(once a month).........

that card you picked out is fine and compatable but buy whatever you like ......if you want to game a little, get something in the $150

03-29-2012, 10:29 PM
Alright, thanks for the help. Is there a GFX card you'd recommend? I tend to game a lot. I'd love to be able to play the Witcher II but I doubt this computer would ever be able to push it.

03-29-2012, 10:37 PM

this card is about 12% better for the same price but

this would be better http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814121435

get more for mo' money

03-29-2012, 10:39 PM
it's all about buying how well you would like to play the games.......look at this chart and see the stats..... http://www.techarp.com/showarticle.aspx?artno=88&pgno=0 .......mostly the more it costs the better it plays.......but I did say get something about $150 like this http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102948

this would rock your game experience muchly......is that a word?

03-29-2012, 10:47 PM
haha it's a word now. XD Thanks for being so helpful!

I'll probably end up dropping the extra dough. I've always been a graphics snob when it comes to computers. Paying student loans and what not though... that kind of knocks it down a bit.

Thanks again! You've been extremely helpful.

03-30-2012, 01:40 AM
Uhhh... (http://h20000.www2.hp.com/bizsupport/TechSupport/Document.jsp?lang=en&cc=us&taskId=120&prodSeriesId=3823602&prodTypeId=12454&objectID=c01643511)

Are we even sure that such vid cards will fit??

03-30-2012, 05:12 AM
All three of those cards should work as long as the length of the card is less then 9.6". All of them are less then 9.6". Your PCI-E X16 slot is a Gen 1 slot so you may not get the full data rate of those Gen 2 cards.

03-30-2012, 08:41 PM
Well, that is good.

Might be worth it to grab a slot cooler (http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&DEPA=0&Order=BESTMATCH&N=-1&isNodeId=1&Description=slot+cooler&x=0&y=0), too, considering this is an OEM system. It would probably help a lot.

03-30-2012, 11:21 PM
I'd love to be able to play the Witcher II but I doubt this computer would ever be able to push it.
It is a rather demanding game, but you can play it. You will have to turn the settings down to low, but it should still look halfway decent and be enjoyable. My 6870 runs it at ~45 FPS at 1080p single screen resolution with everything maxed except 'uber sampling'. With the 4870 I had before that I had to drop the settings pretty low to keep it smooth.

03-31-2012, 09:05 PM
:( Yeah, I was hoping to see it at its grandest... but I know with the limitations that can't be possible. Thanks much though for all the assistance.