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Lenovo desktop video card upgrade help

TR10 102 193 April 4, 2012 at 09:17 PM
Hi SD,

I recently picked up a Lenovo desktop PC for myself from this thread.

This is the first new PC I have purchased for myself in over 12 years, so I am not that familiar with these topics. On my current dell (a dinosaur), a family member of mine setup dual monitors quite some time ago, and I would like to keep that setup on the new desktop. However, the video card from the dell which allowed for the dual monitors did not fit the Lenovo. I am not sure how to verify whether or not a specific video card will fit this platform. If anyone is willing to provide some guidance and recommendations, I would greatly appreciate it. My local Staples had some GeForce Vertigo cards on clearance today, but again, I do not know how to determine whether or not they are compatible (also forgot to catch the specs on it, so I'll have to go back and see).

I do not really play any games; I mostly use the dual monitors to keep open multiple word/excel documents, or multiple browser pages for internet surfing, so I don't need anything too powerful. I may, in the future, load up a couple of games, however I am not the hardcore Skyrim type Smilie

If someone can point me to a SD price on one, that would also be great. Thanks in advance!

Here are the specs on the system:


Lenovo K330 (model: K330-77472LU)

Intel(R) Core(TM) i3-2120 (3.1GHz w/ 3MB Cache Memory)

8GB DDR3 SDRAM

SATA (7200 rpm) 1TB HD

Intel(R) HD Graphics 2000

Built-in 10/100/1000 Gigabit Ethernet LAN

double-layer DVD?RW/CD-RW

Available Expansion Slots: 2

USB 2.0 Ports: 6 (2 front, 4 rear)

Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit)

Graphics Chip: Intel

Drive Capacity: 1TB

UPC: 886843361177

GB PS-5281-7VR2 ATX 280W Robust Power(R)

MACE LX-320ATE(no mode switch)Chassis(R)

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for ordinary desktop apps, any recent-gen lower-end card will work... such as radeon hd5450/6450 and those won't task your existing power supply.. just find a price you like on one that has the output types you need. these lower-end cards should a tad better than on-board intel i3 graphics for gaming..

if you install a more powerful video card for some gaming, you will probably need to upgrade the original power supply.. even for lower-power entry-level gaming cards like radeon 5670/6670 (the fastest cards that do not require dedicated pci-e power). so, if you're going to need or want a better card for gaming.. plan ahead with a budget in mind for both card and power supply.

note that 'vertigo' as it relates to video cards is simply a PNY brand of card.
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The computer has a PCIe x16 slot. Any PCI-Express graphics card will work. Get one that has the right type of plugs (VGA, DVI, HDMI)

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With a 280W PSU your choices are limited to the cheapest video cards.
You don't mention how many amps you have on the 12v rail.
You would see that on the label on the side of the PSU.
For internet browsing a cheap video card is fine (if you don't care too much about eye candy and extreme resolutions).
At work I run dual monitors on a really old card 2400 XT with low resolutions on the monitors.
I don't care about eye candy.
You should measure the internal dimensions of your case to determine what would fit and compare with what is on the internet for that card. You don't need to be brand specific. You can search for ATI Radeon 6570 dimensions for example.
For gaming the power of the video card is the most important thing and it might require a new power supply.
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Last edited by evongugg April 6, 2012 at 07:25 AM
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Quote from TR10 View Post :
Hi SD,

I recently picked up a Lenovo desktop PC for myself from this thread.

This is the first new PC I have purchased for myself in over 12 years, so I am not that familiar with these topics. On my current dell (a dinosaur), a family member of mine setup dual monitors quite some time ago, and I would like to keep that setup on the new desktop. However, the video card from the dell which allowed for the dual monitors did not fit the Lenovo. I am not sure how to verify whether or not a specific video card will fit this platform. If anyone is willing to provide some guidance and recommendations, I would greatly appreciate it. My local Staples had some GeForce Vertigo cards on clearance today, but again, I do not know how to determine whether or not they are compatible (also forgot to catch the specs on it, so I'll have to go back and see).

I do not really play any games; I mostly use the dual monitors to keep open multiple word/excel documents, or multiple browser pages for internet surfing, so I don't need anything too powerful. I may, in the future, load up a couple of games, however I am not the hardcore Skyrim type Smilie

If someone can point me to a SD price on one, that would also be great. Thanks in advance!

Here are the specs on the system:


Lenovo K330 (model: K330-77472LU)

Intel(R) Core(TM) i3-2120 (3.1GHz w/ 3MB Cache Memory)

8GB DDR3 SDRAM

SATA (7200 rpm) 1TB HD

Intel(R) HD Graphics 2000

Built-in 10/100/1000 Gigabit Ethernet LAN

double-layer DVD?RW/CD-RW

Available Expansion Slots: 2

USB 2.0 Ports: 6 (2 front, 4 rear)

Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit)

Graphics Chip: Intel

Drive Capacity: 1TB

UPC: 886843361177

GB PS-5281-7VR2 ATX 280W Robust Power(R)

MACE LX-320ATE(no mode switch)Chassis(R)
You computer supports dual monitors - no extra card needed.That computer should have and hdmi and vga out. Not sure what connections your monitors have buy if at least one has DVI you are in luck, just buy a hdmi to dvi cable then hook up one monitor with vga and one with the conversion cable and you are all set.
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Quote from fenderman View Post :
You computer supports dual monitors - no extra card needed.That computer should have and hdmi and vga out. Not sure what connections your monitors have buy if at least one has DVI you are in luck, just buy a hdmi to dvi cable then hook up one monitor with vga and one with the conversion cable and you are all set.
Only select models have a standalone graphics card, since he listed his graphics as Intel HD 2000, I'd assume that his computer only has the single VGA plug from integrated graphics, not the VGA & HDMI on a standalone card.
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Only select models have a standalone graphics card, since he listed his graphics as Intel HD 2000, I'd assume that his computer only has the single VGA plug from integrated graphics, not the VGA & HDMI on a standalone card.
That is simply incorrect. Almost all intel hd 2000/3000 (sandy bridge) systems have an hdmi or dvi connection as well as vga. In fact I picked up lenovo k330 g620 and h420 g630 systems for friends and they both had HDMI and vga outputs running the onboard hd. Adding a card adds to power consumption, and if its a low end card will probably underperform compared to the intel hd2000. Its a total waste.
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