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HP Pavilion a705w

By cdogg515
Dec 10, 2006
  1. having problems with not being able to upgrade my video card i bought an NVidia GeForce FX SERIES 6600 512MB but i can't figure out if i have a slot for this thing if i do it has no female plug to push into it has holes for a female push plug and some slots that look like fax modem slots i am unable to locate my video card the plugs are vertical for the monitor and serial i don't know if there is just wires run up there or what but i can't figure it out someone help!
     
  2. Rik

    Rik Banned Posts: 3,814

    Sorry, but you have wasted your money!! The hp pavilion a705w has pci slots only and the NVidia GeForce FX SERIES 6600 512MB is a pci express graphics card!! (pci and pci express are 2 entirely different types of slots)

    Even if it did fit, the pathetic little psu in the pavilion wouldn't be able to power it!!
     
  3. zephead

    zephead TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,569

    i wouldn't even bother to upgrade, save your money. a new card in such a system would yield limited performance gains, on account of the older PCI interface and other performance bottlenecks. next time u buy a machine get a decent custom-built rig, thus providing ample upgrade options for the future.
     
  4. Rik

    Rik Banned Posts: 3,814

    I agree with Zephead!! I have worked on a couple of pavilion's and i don't think much of them at all!!
     
  5. cdogg515

    cdogg515 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    yes i understand yet i do not wish to buy new

    so if i were to upgrade my pavilion what are your suggestions on vid cards?
     
  6. Rik

    Rik Banned Posts: 3,814

    There is no point in answering that for 2 reasons!!

    1 - It only has pci so you can't put anything half decent in it!!

    2 - It has a pathetic little psu that would probably not be able to power a replacement graphics card!!

    If you were to spend any money on that thing you would be wasting it!!
     
  7. zephead

    zephead TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,569

    also, opening the case voids the warranty.
     
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  9. TimeParadoX

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  10. xalekz

    xalekz TS Rookie

    I know it's kind of useless to upgrade the video card on my hp pavilion a705w, but you think it would be worth it if I just bought a 40 dollar video card just so I can play Counter-strike source??
     
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