Can I install a GT 710 on a PC with 240W power supply?

Damcp04

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I have my HP 8200 Elite SFF, AND I want to add a dedicated graphic card into it. I want to use it to play some games (not resource-hungry games, I play games like The Sims 4, Minecraft, you know, simple games). I was looking for graphic cards and found the GT 710. It's cheap and looks nice, but the power supply must be 300W minumum, when mine is 240. I have read many posts that say the card doesnt use more than 50W and it works perfect, some say it won't work and will fry up everything. I was looking power supplies for my PC and there are not upgrades apparently. So I wanted to know if I can use that GPU with my PSU, or if I need to get another PSU and which I should get. Right now the PC has 8GB RAM, a 250GB HDD, an i5-2400 processor, and Intel HD Graphics 2000 integrated graphics (and the 240 PSU). I usually connect 2-4 things to the USB port. Hope this info is useful.
 

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"Exceeded expectations, GREAT value

By Ryan on July 31, 2017 (5 stars)

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The GeForce GT 1030 2GB DDR5 64-bit has to be one of the best values for a graphics card <$100 available. I did plenty of research looking for something that would work for my particular rig: I picked up an old(er) HP Elite 8200 SFF with Intel i5-2400 3.1 Ghz processor, and 8 GB RAM for pretty cheap from the IT department at work, and it had a GT 310 installed which was barely able to run SWTOR on low settings (30-40 fps). I was worried about finding something that would fit the SFF tower and would run on the stock ~240W power supply (didn't have the budget to upgrade both). Even though this card recommends min. 300W power supply, I researched the specs and it draws the same amount of power as the GT 310, so I felt safe giving it a shot. Plus, I don't have much else running off the PSU so my total power needs are relatively low. Installation of the hardware was easier than expected (yes, it includes the low-profile bracket which was necessary for the SFF tower), and the software installation was as simple as booting up the computer after installing the graphics card and running the CD. It took about 20 minutes to install all the programs and drivers and was ready to go. I am now playing SWTOR on Ultra settings at 1600x1200 resolution with a framerate of 80-90 fps. I was able to temporarily plug into a different monitor and play on a slightly modified Very High settings (reduced AA, but not off) getting 60-70 fps at 1920x1080. I don't have a need to play the most recent games, just some sorta-oldies-but-definitely-goodies (I will be trying out Skyrim soon, and I have no doubts it will run fine on High settings). I have to say that this card is really great for the price and an outstanding choice for an entry-level graphics card for gamers on a budget."
And the specs are similar (identical I could say) to my PC's.

 

Damcp04

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Yeah, and if you can recommend me a better graphic card I would appreciate it. (Also the GT 710 I want is the 1GB version)
 

brandon9455

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What’s your budget?
 

Damcp04

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$100 or less. Was looking the 1030 as you recommended and it seems a pretty nice option. But need to know if my PSU can handle it
 

brandon9455

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You’ll need a new psu,
I’ve left links to a good psu and a 1030 for just under £100

Msi gtx 1030 : https://www.ebuyer.com/804242-msi-geforce-gt-1030-aero-itx-2g-oc-graphics-card-gt-1030-aero-itx-2g-oc?mkwid=sWA3N2WiH_dm&pcrid=51630194939&pkw=&pmt=&gclid=CjwKCAjw3_HOBRBaEiwAvLBbouxnVeO4RIk_8LmQJ_-CIGlnvtA_nHVngEeRwD2hXJ5OLAcQrYkCahoCtiIQAvD_BwE

Power supply :https://www.ebuyer.com/726364-corsair-vs-series-350-watt-power-supply-cp-9020095-uk?mkwid=s_dm&pcrid=51482424299&pkw=&pmt=&gclid=CjwKCAjw3_HOBRBaEiwAvLBbonloHe7q21SWlv-4X3TSejUALQ6pYDNC6ax1IlD8qnU82ScbDEwQchoCXtwQAvD_BwE
 

Damcp04

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(Sorry for the down vote, thought the down button was for quoting) But I saw a review on amazon which said the card works perfectly on the same PC I have. And I don't think that PSU fits inside my case.
 

Damcp04

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"Exceeded expectations, GREAT value

By Ryan on July 31, 2017 (5 stars)

Verified Purchase

The GeForce GT 1030 2GB DDR5 64-bit has to be one of the best values for a graphics card <$100 available. I did plenty of research looking for something that would work for my particular rig: I picked up an old(er) HP Elite 8200 SFF with Intel i5-2400 3.1 Ghz processor, and 8 GB RAM for pretty cheap from the IT department at work, and it had a GT 310 installed which was barely able to run SWTOR on low settings (30-40 fps). I was worried about finding something that would fit the SFF tower and would run on the stock ~240W power supply (didn't have the budget to upgrade both). Even though this card recommends min. 300W power supply, I researched the specs and it draws the same amount of power as the GT 310, so I felt safe giving it a shot. Plus, I don't have much else running off the PSU so my total power needs are relatively low. Installation of the hardware was easier than expected (yes, it includes the low-profile bracket which was necessary for the SFF tower), and the software installation was as simple as booting up the computer after installing the graphics card and running the CD. It took about 20 minutes to install all the programs and drivers and was ready to go. I am now playing SWTOR on Ultra settings at 1600x1200 resolution with a framerate of 80-90 fps. I was able to temporarily plug into a different monitor and play on a slightly modified Very High settings (reduced AA, but not off) getting 60-70 fps at 1920x1080. I don't have a need to play the most recent games, just some sorta-oldies-but-definitely-goodies (I will be trying out Skyrim soon, and I have no doubts it will run fine on High settings). I have to say that this card is really great for the price and an outstanding choice for an entry-level graphics card for gamers on a budget."
And the specs are similar (identical I could say) to my PC's.

 

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