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HP Compaq dx2400 Micro-tower Upgrade advice

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Hi everyone, I'm looking to add a few upgrades to a HP Compaq dx2400 Micro-tower mainly in the form of a graphics card and a widescreen 22" Monitor. This isn't my own PC just for a family member, s…
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6y, 10m agoPosted 6 years, 10 months ago
Hi everyone, I'm looking to add a few upgrades to a HP Compaq dx2400 Micro-tower mainly in the form of a graphics card and a widescreen 22" Monitor.

This isn't my own PC just for a family member, so far I though these might be a good idea, please see below for links (both are from ebuyer). I'm slightly concerned that this PC is a micro tower and the room for a graphics card is very limited so I think it needs to be a low profile...

Cheers to all who can help/ give advice on the Graphics Card and Monitor!
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6y, 10m agoPosted 6 years, 10 months ago
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-MSI HD 4650 1GB GDDR2 DVI VGA HDMI Out PCI-E Graphics Card @ £50.54
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/172950

-Benq E2220HD 22" LCD Monitor 16:9 Widescreen Full HD @ £144.92
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/172984

Also if I can pick someones brains, since upgrading the tower from the default XP to Vista Business I had to do a clean install and well the Ethernet connection no longer works so I'm running the PC to the router via a USB. I thought this may be due to a loss of a network card drive but I'm puzzled by it. To be fair its not a major issue as I've got to load Win7 onto it eventually so I'll have to start again but it would obviously free up a USB on the rear.
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check out your psu, and hope you have enough left over power for the video card, its often a big factor on premade computers, a low power psu with not much left

if power is an issue, i suggest an ati 4550 card (the one with passive cooling) as it draws very little power indeed, and solves a lot of issues, you may even need a low profile card for the case, in which case the 4550 will help again

untill you redo the driver, you dont know if the port has failed (they can, loss of network port is a pain, better off buying a cheap pci card as its better than using usb)

as to monitor, your new video card will run anything, so choice is yours
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jubbyme
check out your psu, and hope you have enough left over power for the video card, its often a big factor on premade computers, a low power psu with not much left


I did a search on the HP site for the DX2400 model and it came up with the power spec being:
300 watts maximum - Input voltage 90 – 264 / 100 – 240 VAC, 50/60 Hz, 47 – 63 Hz, passive PFC standard (External 80% High Efficiency) I'd assume it would run a graphics card but I'm not at the PC in question to check over any on board spec's.
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beamo
I did a search on the HP site for the DX2400 model and it came up with the power spec being:
300 watts maximum - Input voltage 90 – 264 / 100 – 240 VAC, 50/60 Hz, 47 – 63 Hz, passive PFC standard (External 80% High Efficiency) I'd assume it would run a graphics card but I'm not at the PC in question to check over any on board spec's.


300 watts (if correct) sounds ok for the 4650, its not as though you are going to high end video

my dell has a less than 220 watts, and the 4550 was the only choice for me.

final thing to check is the case, do you need a low profile card or standard height? the hp dx2400 seems a standard width and not a slim tower, so should be easy again
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HP dx2400.

"Expansion Slots Total (Free): 1 ( 0 ) x processor - LGA775 Socket ¦ 4 memory - DIMM 240-pin ¦ 1 ( 1 ) x PCI - full-height ¦ 2 ( 2 ) x PCI Express x1 - full-height ¦ 1 ( 1 ) x PCI Express x16 - full-height"
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Well when I had a look at the tower the other month it was slightly odd as the removable panel was on the right hand side with the motherboard mounted on the left of the tower. It looked pretty tight to fit a card in as its at the top near the power supply but if it says full height then I guess I don't have to worry about it being a low profile...

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