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i don't know waht gfx card i can get with my hp computer i think my motherboard is a Motherboard Grouper-GL8E (PTGD1-LA) well that is what it told me how can i find a gfx taht will run with that gfx card?
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Model t740a PL397AA
Processor & Speed Intel® Pentium® 4(P)515 Processor – 2.93GHz/533
LGA775
Chipset Intel® 915GV
Motherboard Grouper-GL8E (PTGD1-LA)
RAM 512/3200 MB 400 DDR SDRAM
Maximum 3 GB
Sockets Four 184-pin DDR DIMMs
Size 128, 256, 512 AND 1024 MB DDR DIMMs
Free DIMM Sockets Three
Pairs Required No
Type Supported JEDEC unbuffered DDR SDRAM DIMM specification
Cache 16KB Data Cache + Trace Cache L1, 1MB L2 Integrated
on Processor module
Hard Drive 120 GB (7200 RPM) SATA
Optical Drive 8x DVD(+/-)R/RW DL Drive
Transfer rates
Write: Up to 40x (CD-R)
Write: Up to 24x (CD-RW)
Write: Up to 8x (DVD(+/-)R)
Write: Up to 4x (DVD(+/-)RW)
Write: Up to 2.4x (DVD+R DL)
Read: Up to 40x (CD)
Read: Up to 12x (DVD)
Diskette Drive None
9 in 1 Card Reader Compact Flash I/II, Memory Stick/PRO, MMC/SD, Smart
Media, xD, Microdrive
Fax/Data Modem V.90 56Kbps
Fax Speed Up to 14.4Kbps
Data Compression V.42 bis
Error Correction V .42
EIA Fax Commands Class 1
Video Graphics Intel® Extreme Graphics
Controller Integrated w/915G Chipset
Video Memory Up to 128MB UMA
Network Card 10/100 BaseT, Integrated
1394 Card IEEE-1394
Sound Azalia 7.1 Audio, Integrated on MB
Controller Realtek ALC880
Chassis Jaguar, 300B HV PSU
USB Interface Specification USB 2.0
External I/O Rear Connectors 4= USB, 1=1394, Parallel, 7.1 Audio, S/PDIF In & Out
External I/O Front Connectors 2= USB, 1= 1394, Microphone, Headphone, 9 in 1 Card
Reader w/USB
Expansion Slots (Total) 3= PCI
Expansion Slots (FREE) 2= PCI
Drive Bays (Total) Two 5.25” external, One 3.5” external,
Two 3.5” internal
Drive Bays (FREE) One 5.25” external, One 3.5” internal
Keyboard/Mouse One-touch Enhanced Keyboard
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The list you included shows only 2 PCI slots available. Fortunately, I think that the list is incomplete because the info on HP's site says that you have a PCI-Express x16 slot. To be sure, I would open your machine and see if it has the PCI-Express x16 slot. It's the top slot in this picture (the horizontal brown one above the three horizontal white ones). If it's there then your choice of video cards is only limited by your power supply. If you want a fast video card then you should check your power supply first to see how many amps it can deliver for 12 volts. It should be written on a label on the power supply.
 

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There's almost always a sticker on the power supply somewhere. They usually look like this. The +12 is the one you're interested in. On this sticker it's 11.0 amps. Newer power supplies have two +12 volt rails: +12V1, and +12V2.
 

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If you're considering anything but a low-end video card it really is a good idea to check the current rating for your PSU. You can always just stick a new video card in and if it doesn't work then get a bigger power supply but I'd check anyway. HP's power supply ratings are usually pretty dependable.

A power supply is usually just held on by four screws. All you have to do is unscrew 'em and leave all the cables connected and move the power supply a around a little. Just be sure to only undo the screws which are on the back of the case near the sides of the power supply. Don't undo screws which are on the back of the power supply itself which don't go through the case.

By the way, how much are you looking to spend on the video card? I've been looking around AusPCMarket and Aussie prices are scary.
 

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i have found the one that i want it is a 256mb one that G-Force 6600 175$au
yeah i know how to build pc btw i do it for work expreince for a company that send them out to school lol i must sound n00bie i don't much about how to work them/fix problems with os but building them i am ok at it. I am only worried about the 3yr waranty that i have on my pc so i need them to do it for me so that will take ages for them to do that i will have to ring them up.

Thanks for all your help.
 
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