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luke brown Jan 07, 2010, 05:03pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Hey guys,
ive not long ordered the HP S5206UK-P Refurbished, but looking back ive just realised its a slimline which is not what i initially wanted, but i can live with it. The specs are perfect, other than the integrated graphics which i wanted to upgrade.

Of course this means i am limited to low profile / half size cards which is a bummer. Is there any i can buy a new case and have the interior switched over?

Ill paste as much of the useful specs i can find, havnt got it yet but i need to make a decision before it gets here whether to send it back or keep it.

Processor type
Intel® Pentium® processor E5300

Chipset
Intel® G31 express chipset

Thanks guys, luke


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Shawn Langley Jan 07, 2010, 06:14pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Is it possible to change to a bigger case in my newly brought HP S5206UK-P Refurbished?
Having a quick google I couldn't find any information on the internals of the machine, but generally OEM's such as HP use non standard form factors so they wont fit in a standard ATX case

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luke brown Jan 07, 2010, 08:23pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Edited: Jan 07, 2010, 08:31pm EST

 
>> Re: Is it possible to change to a bigger case in my newly brought HP S5206UK-P Refurbished?
typical. thanks cheers for the reply. ive seen a couple of descent low power / low profile graphics cards like the galaxy geforce 9600GT, im not looking for a beast of a gaming computer but i know it is more than enough to run alot of descent games on high. do you think this will be an easy enough upgrade without having to mess about too much?

thanks again

Meats_Of_Evil Jan 08, 2010, 12:49am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Is it possible to change to a bigger case in my newly brought HP S5206UK-P Refurbished?
What you should worry is if the power supply will handle the card. You can post the wattage and amps on the 12v so we could recommend you something nice. A 8800gt will suit you very well!

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john albrich Jan 08, 2010, 01:54am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Edited: Jan 08, 2010, 02:04am EST

 
>> Re: Is it possible to change to a bigger case in my newly brought HP S5206UK-P Refurbished?
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You can find a lot of details at HP's website just by searching on key info. Should be a first stop for any searches.

I checked the specs at
http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/document?docname=c01857670&...R1002_USEN

Provided info:
Motherboard
Manufacturer: Foxconn
Motherboard Name: H-I41-uATX
HP/Compaq motherboard name: Evans-GL6

You can find the H-I41-uATX motherboard detailed information at:
http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/document?docname=c01903990&...amp;dlc=en


Also, the system specs state:

Power supply
220W (100V-240V)

As noted in Meats_Of_Evil's earlier post, power could be a major factor. 220W is a VERY low total wattage power supply. Total +12V watts capacity is likely marginal.

The motherboard specs stipulate:
Motherboard Form factor
micro-ATX: 9.6 in X 9.6 in
so, if you get a case that supports that form-factor you should be able to do things like beef-up the PSU.

The motherboard specs page also includes a layout diagram and photo of the motherboard.


The system specs for the expansion slots simply say:
Expansion slots
Slot type.......................................Quantity
PCI Express x16..........................One (One available)
PCI Express x1.............................One (One available)
PCI Express x1 minicard socket...One (One available)

No reference to 1/2 height/mini restrictions for the PCI-e slot.
Nor explicitly which PCI-e version is supported, but one might assume 2.x An older PCI-e version would restrict what video cards you can use. And of course we still don't know what form-factor would fit internally due to adjacent components or other adapters. The specs are pretty light on details.

And, if you're planning on dual-display capability by using the integrated graphics and a graphics card, that isn't supported.
"Either integrated graphics or the PCI Express x16 slot are usable at one time; they are not usable concurrently."


edit to add:
After looking at the layout of the motherboard, I'd say the ability to support a number of graphics cards is probably limited because of possible obstruction from adjacent components, even if put into a larger case. But, it is hard to tell for sure from just a single perspective view.

edit: minor clean-up

luke brown Jan 08, 2010, 10:05pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Is it possible to change to a bigger case in my newly brought HP S5206UK-P Refurbished?
Hey guys, pc came today and ive decided to keep it. Ive decided to up the watts with a new psu which im going to have to do alot of shopping around for and im probably going to get myself the half height 9600GT, which will suite me perfectly.

Thanks for your replys guys, found them really helpful. If theres anything you know about getting a new small psu to fit my slimline S5026UK-P, the information will be greatly appreciated.

Thanks again,
luke

john albrich Jan 08, 2010, 11:31pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Edited: Jan 08, 2010, 11:37pm EST

 
>> Re: Is it possible to change to a bigger case in my newly brought HP S5206UK-P Refurbished?
I think you're going to find it very difficult to find a quality, reasonably priced, and significantly higher power PSU that will fit in that case (assuming a full-size PSU doesn't fit). There are ways you can externally augment the power, or you might modify the case in some way to accept a larger PSU, but such solutions can be pretty ungainly. There are even PSU's to augment power that fit in HDD drive bays, but that slimline case may rule-out that option.

I'd move it to a different case that supports the motherboard form-factor (see the specs from my earlier post or the HP website). You'll have a lot more flexibility. However you may be putting the case in a physically limited space or something...I don't know.


IF you time things right AND work the rebates, you can find a very nice case for about $25, and a decent PSU for about $30. For example, I recently bought a new 700Watt OCZ StealthXtreme PSU for a total price of $35. You shouldn't need that much power and could likely find something less expensive.

Sales and rebates can often cut costs 50% or more.

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