Graphics card that runs on 160w psu

COLGeek

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Short of the integrated video built into the motherboard of such a system (assuming this is a mini-ITX based rig or HTPC), you aren't going to find what you are looking for. The lowest wattage requirement you are likely to find, of any capability, will require a 300w power supply (PSU).

Please provide the basic specs for this system to see what can be done.
 

COLGeek

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Is this a Dell or other OEM small form factor system? If so, what model number is it?

If not, what make/model of motherboard are you using?
 

COLGeek

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COLGeek

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Agreed 100%. Given the platform, the OP's options are VERY limited. The best course of action would be a new system, altogether.
 

COLGeek

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I used to have one of those in a Shuttle XPC (another small form factor machine). It was fairly capable and performed well, plus it was quiet. It did run hot under a full load, but your system should be fine with that. HP usually does a decent job of designing systems to deal with heat and airflow. I am 90%+ sure it will meet your basic needs.
 
yeah save for a new build no doubt maybe pick someones second hand gaming rig off ebay, ive seen a lot a great deals going including an am3 setup with a 965 and a gtx 275, 4 gigs ram, antec 300 case, etc, going for around 250 bucks with shipping the other day, you certainly couldn't build that system new for anywhere near that price... personally thats what id do with a really low budget and basically no current system to upgrade (considering that imo it would not be worth it to spend a dime on that old platform) my 2 cents
 



+1 true the 4850 will probably work but again its investing in dated tech, in the end it probably makes most sense since the op probably doesn't have the budget for a whole new build, and still want to game, I can understand that...
 

COLGeek

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Agreed on the concept....the HP could be converted into a Linux based firewall or small server. That is why I recommended a $39 option to the OP. I wouldn't put anything into the HP and would rather see a new rig in its place. Really a matter of need and budget.
 



heck yeah it doesnt take much at all to run ubuntu and could be a great backup/office rig, id do that and start saving for a new build if I was the OP but thats just me
 

COLGeek

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HD5450 not a HD4850 (that would never work in this rig.....)
 

COLGeek

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Understood. I just didn't want to get the OP's hopes up.... JC2 does demand a lot, in terms of GPU performance, to provide a higher level of detail.

I think all concerned agree that the HP slimline rig is the problem here and not much can be done to make it a stronger rig.
 

COLGeek

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It will run JC2, but given your overall system capabilities, don't expect miracles. Your biggest limitation is your PSU.

You know, you could add a supplemental PSU (like this one) and then add an even more capable GPU. But, you would then be adding more expense to a rig that should be replaced.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817101044

This assumes that you remove your optical drive and use an external one (more expense).
 

COLGeek

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It will lag with either GPU if you set the graphics settings too high. You will need to make adjustments to the settings after you install the new video card and updated drivers. Make sure you download the current drivers directly from Nvidia or ATI (depending on the one you buy). Don't use whatever is sent on the disk with the GPU, those drivers will be outdated.

Also, given the lack of additional power. Under no circumstance should you try to overclock the new GPU.