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Low profile graphics card options

By Tboner
Apr 2, 2013
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  1. I just bought an HP ENVY h8-1418 Desktop.


    I would like to know the best Low Profile graphics card to replace the integrated HD graphics that came with unit. Some important specs listed might help you give me some options I hope:

    1 PCI Express x16 (Gen 3.0 for i5 and i7 Ivy Bridge processors, all others Gen 2.0)

    Processor: Intel Core i5 3330
    • TDP: 77W
    • Operating speed: Up to 3.0 GHz (up to 3.2 GHz turbo)
    • Number of cores: 4
    • Socket: LGA 1155
    • Bus speed: DMI (Direct Media Interface) - 5.0 GT/s
    Memory - 8GB

    Intel Graphics Media Accelerator HD Integrated graphics (DX11)

    Power Supply
    Internal 460W (100V-240V)
     
  2. JC713

    JC713 TS Evangelist Posts: 7,035   +914

    What is your budget? Also why do you need a low profile card?
     
  3. Tboner

    Tboner TS Member Topic Starter Posts: 18

    I did some research and and I think someone recommended using a low profile card. Maybe it is the way my CPU is configured with limited space? Not sure. Budget is not a concern as long as I can play BF3 or the like.
     
  4. JC713

    JC713 TS Evangelist Posts: 7,035   +914

    Can you open the case and take a picture for me. I can judge whether you need a low profile card or not. Low profile cards are not very powerful and wont play BF3 well. Edit: Also what resolution will you be gaming at?
     
  5. Tboner

    Tboner TS Member Topic Starter Posts: 18

    Yes, as soon as I get home this evening I will open her up a snap a photo. I will probably play with medium to high settings if that is possible.
     
  6. JC713

    JC713 TS Evangelist Posts: 7,035   +914

    Ok at what resolution?
     
  7. Tboner

    Tboner TS Member Topic Starter Posts: 18

    I am not sure. What do you recommend I set it at?
     
  8. Tboner

    Tboner TS Member Topic Starter Posts: 18

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    Does this give you any help. This was the standard photo for motherboard
     
  9. Tboner

    Tboner TS Member Topic Starter Posts: 18

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  10. JC713

    JC713 TS Evangelist Posts: 7,035   +914

    Not really. Can you open the case and snap a photo? But looking at the first motherboard pick you sent, it looks to me like you can get an card you would like. It doesnt seem like you need a LP card, but just snap a photo so that I am sure.
     
  11. Tboner

    Tboner TS Member Topic Starter Posts: 18


    No problem. I will do that tonight. What about resolution? What do you recommend?
     
     
  12. JC713

    JC713 TS Evangelist Posts: 7,035   +914

    Well, you will need quite a hefty graphics card to run BF3 well at 1080P, but that is kind of the new standard. Does your monitor even support 1080P? Your power supply is really the biggest problem here.
     
  13. Tboner

    Tboner TS Member Topic Starter Posts: 18

    My power supply is 460W. How much should I have....750W?

    And yes, my HP monitor is running Full HD 1920 X 1080 resolution
     
  14. JC713

    JC713 TS Evangelist Posts: 7,035   +914

    That is actually enough since your CPU is only a i5 3330. The minimum requirements for the GTX 660ti is 450W. You are in the clear, but would you be willing to buy a new PSU? I think you should up the PSU to 550W just to be safe. Plus when you have a good GPU under the hood, you want a reliable power supply. This GPU will play BF3 at max settings at 1080P: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130809. That is probably the best GPU you can get that will be supported by the 460W PSU. Make sure you have 2 6 pin connectors available though. If you get an upgraded PSU though, you can get a over-clocked GPU.
     
  15. Tboner

    Tboner TS Member Topic Starter Posts: 18


    Once I get pictures, we can pick up conversation later. Thank you for all of your help so far!
     
  16. JC713

    JC713 TS Evangelist Posts: 7,035   +914

    My pleasure my friend.
     
  17. Tboner

    Tboner TS Member Topic Starter Posts: 18

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    Tboner TS Member Topic Starter Posts: 18


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    Tboner TS Member Topic Starter Posts: 18


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  20. Tboner

    Tboner TS Member Topic Starter Posts: 18


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  21. Tboner

    Tboner TS Member Topic Starter Posts: 18


    What do you think about this PSU?

    CORSAIR HX Series HX750 750W ATX12V 2.3 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
     
  22. Blkfx1

    Blkfx1 TS Addict Posts: 891   +171

    That PSU will be a bit over kill for you. However, just by looking at your pictures. Majority of PSU's you look at will probably not fit inside your case. To be sure, make sure to measure out the dimensions of the case before purchasing Here are some power supplies that will be sufficient and affordable.

    Corsair CX600 (69.99)
    Antec BP550 Plus 550W (64.99)
     
  23. JC713

    JC713 TS Evangelist Posts: 7,035   +914

    Alright. You are fine in terms of space. There is no need for a Low profile card. The only issue now is power. The 660ti is pushing your PSUs limits. But I would recommend the GTX 660ti from EVGA (the one I posted before). I would recommend getting a better PSU just to be safe also.

    Edit: I just saw what Blkfx1 posted, I agree with him 100%. Make sure it fits before you but it. But I would definitely look into a Gold PSU since you have that much horse power under the hood. Also, a modular power supply will reduce cable clutter since your PC is an HP and doesnt have places to hide wires.
     
  24. Tboner

    Tboner TS Member Topic Starter Posts: 18


    Wow....thank you for pointing that out and these are much cheaper!
     
  25. Tboner

    Tboner TS Member Topic Starter Posts: 18

    Thank you for all of your help! I have a much understanding of what actions to take now.
     


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