Graphics Card Help?

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I am currently using a HP DC7600 as my Home Theater PC and it is running it really well but the Graphics is falling behind and it is using onboard. I would like to use it to have the occasional light game on Minecraft. I have been browsing around for a Graphics card that is pretty low - mid budget and will improve performance, my issue is that the PC might not have the correct port to support it, The machine has PCI-E x16 but I'm not sure if it is PCI-E x16 1 or 2. The card I am looking at requires 2, the PSU will be able to handle it as the card uses a max of 75 Watts and this PC has a 245 watt PSU. I know this card will run Minecraft as my friend used to use this and I can run Minecraft on one of my old rigs with 256MB V-Ram.

This is the Graphics Card:

http://www.asus.co.nz/Graphics_Cards/NVIDIA_Series/GT610SL1GD3L/#overview
I can get it for $65 NZD which is no problem.

The PC Specs:

Intel Pentium 4 HT 3.2GHz
2GB Ram
500GB WD Caviar Black
128GB Corsair SSD (I had one laying around)
235Watt PSU
 
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I can't say for certain as your power supply is of poor quality but I would say more then likely yes. Your computer probably uses next to 0 power. Your processor uses up 84 watts of power and your motherboard probably uses very little as well so maybe 100-120 max between the two. I would say you should be okay but I don't feel confident telling you yes or no. I just have a feeling it will work given how low of a power requirement the card needs (just the power of the slot).

DH1Studios

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I know the PSU is quite low but it should be enough... the card is rated 75 watt max and the pc has 235watt, you can't replace the psu in this PC as it is HP proprietary
 

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I completely agree with you, it is rated for 235 Watts but I doubt it is putting out that much. Probably around 200 Watts.
 
It's not the 610 probably will take up next to nothing power wise. They rate the power for CPU's that draw a lot power wise. I would just saying in the future you may want to look towards a new system come the next year or year and a half. Maybe build a machine this time around and get a more overall better system.
 

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Just to clarify, I will be able to use the 610? I was also considering loading Windows 7 on this PC as well.
 

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I have already have already decided on the GT 610, it uses very little power.
 
I can't say for certain as your power supply is of poor quality but I would say more then likely yes. Your computer probably uses next to 0 power. Your processor uses up 84 watts of power and your motherboard probably uses very little as well so maybe 100-120 max between the two. I would say you should be okay but I don't feel confident telling you yes or no. I just have a feeling it will work given how low of a power requirement the card needs (just the power of the slot).
 
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