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Upgrading psu and graphics card


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#1 brandon1423

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Posted 13 November 2011 - 07:19 PM

Hi,

I have a HP a6110n model computer, I was wondering what is the best PSU to be running on that system and what kind of a graphics card is best to upgrade it too. I am looking to play FSX or FS2004 on there and I want high end graphics and really good scenery, so basically just max settings. Thanks!

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Posted 13 November 2011 - 10:23 PM

neither of those are real graphics intensive games, I myself have fs2004 and fsx isnt to much more intensive. just about any modern low to mid range graphics card will run the graphics full steam, provided you have a decent CPU/memory config. I would say a good 6850 would be a good idea if your case has room for it-or a mid range 5000 series card if your on a budget would be more then enough. its more then enough for fsX with plenty of power for the future, and I would recomend a good 5-600 watt PSU to go with it. What is your budget? I can make some more specific recomndations if I know how much your willing to spend.

Edited by the_patriot11, 13 November 2011 - 10:24 PM.

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Primary system: Motherboard: ASUS M4A89GTD PRO/USB3, Processor: AMD Phenom II x4 945, Memory: 16 gigs of Patriot G2 DDR3 1600, Video: AMD Sapphire Nitro R9 380, Storage: 1 WD 500 gig HD, 1 Hitachi 500 gig HD, and Power supply: Coolermaster 750 watt, OS: Windows 10 64 bit. 

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Posted 14 November 2011 - 05:40 PM

Thank you for your help I really appreciate it, it helps me out a lot! My budget would be $300-$500 max I would say. I'm not computer smart so I just put a number out there haha.

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Posted 14 November 2011 - 11:04 PM

From Google your specs should be roughly this?

Processor
AMD Athlon™ 64 X2 Dual-Core Processor 4400+ for TRUE multi-tasking
• 2.3GHz, 512KB+512KB L2 Cache, 2000MT/s System Bus

Chipset
NVIDIA nForce 430

Standard memory
2048MB PC2-5300 DDR2 SDRAM memory (2x1024MB for ultimate performance)(expandable to 4GB)

Memory type
DDR2-SDRAM

Memory slots
4 DIMM (240-pin, DDR2) (two available)


For those games, I'd grab:

- Another 2GB of memory - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820146526 - $28
- An HD 6850 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102908 - $145 (less rebate $130)
- A decent basic PSU (can't tell what's in yours) like an Antec HCG 520: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371047 - $ 75

Total - $248 ($233 with rebates)


Doing all that should allow great performance in those games, however your CPU will be holding things up. TBH I can't tell whether that motherboard can handle a new Phenom II processor - most likely not. However with that PSU and GPU you should be in good condition to upgrade to a new mobo/CPU in the future - albeit you'll have to discard your RAM, that stuff is sufficiently cheap now that it;s not too much of a bother.

Edited by philo-sofa, 14 November 2011 - 11:05 PM.

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Posted 15 November 2011 - 12:05 AM

Thankyou phila, that was almost exactly what I would of recomended. That setup should do great for fsx, should handle everything nicely.

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Media Center: Motherboard: Gigabyte mp61p-S3, Processor: AMD Athlon 64 x2 6000+, Memory: 6 gigs Patriot DDR2 800, Video: Gigabyte GeForce GT730, Storage: 500 gig Hitachi, PSU: Seasonic M1211 620W full modular, OS: Windows 10.

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Posted 21 November 2011 - 03:11 PM

Alright thanks guys, so those upgrades that phila mentioned should be the best for my budget but at the same time allowing a significant upgrade to my computer allowing it to run better and allow me to play FS2004 way better and at least FSX?

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Posted 21 November 2011 - 03:44 PM

What about a 750w PSU? I asked on a few other sites about what I should use so I would like your opinion on a 750w psu? I get different answers from everyone as to what I should upgrade it to but I think I'm gonna do what phila suggested!

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Posted 21 November 2011 - 04:24 PM

If all your using is a 6850 that psu should be more then. If you plan on crossfiring in the future, then a 750 watt would be a good idea, otherwise save the money. Just my two cents.

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Primary system: Motherboard: ASUS M4A89GTD PRO/USB3, Processor: AMD Phenom II x4 945, Memory: 16 gigs of Patriot G2 DDR3 1600, Video: AMD Sapphire Nitro R9 380, Storage: 1 WD 500 gig HD, 1 Hitachi 500 gig HD, and Power supply: Coolermaster 750 watt, OS: Windows 10 64 bit. 

Media Center: Motherboard: Gigabyte mp61p-S3, Processor: AMD Athlon 64 x2 6000+, Memory: 6 gigs Patriot DDR2 800, Video: Gigabyte GeForce GT730, Storage: 500 gig Hitachi, PSU: Seasonic M1211 620W full modular, OS: Windows 10.

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Posted 21 November 2011 - 04:41 PM

What exactly is crossfiring? I would be getting the 6850 I think, does the number mean anything or is it just the product?

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Posted 21 November 2011 - 05:05 PM

That is the model number-the 6850 is a mid range card. Crossfiring would be linking two of them together for better performance. It requires another 68xx series card, a crossfire enabled motherboard and a more powerful crossfire capable power supply

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Primary system: Motherboard: ASUS M4A89GTD PRO/USB3, Processor: AMD Phenom II x4 945, Memory: 16 gigs of Patriot G2 DDR3 1600, Video: AMD Sapphire Nitro R9 380, Storage: 1 WD 500 gig HD, 1 Hitachi 500 gig HD, and Power supply: Coolermaster 750 watt, OS: Windows 10 64 bit. 

Media Center: Motherboard: Gigabyte mp61p-S3, Processor: AMD Athlon 64 x2 6000+, Memory: 6 gigs Patriot DDR2 800, Video: Gigabyte GeForce GT730, Storage: 500 gig Hitachi, PSU: Seasonic M1211 620W full modular, OS: Windows 10.

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Posted 21 November 2011 - 05:18 PM

Crossfire is running 2 ATI/AMD video cards in tandem to improver performance. 6 is the Generation number, 8 and 5 define what market (causual, hardcore, etc) the card is aimed at on a 1-9 scale, and 0 is because thay've used all the 3 digit numbers up already. The 6990 is the very high end AMD card right now, the 6670 is the Mid range, and the 6550 is the low end card (of the 6 generation)

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Posted 21 November 2011 - 06:05 PM

Oh ok thanks gentlemen! So crossfiring isn't really necessary then at all? Like when would you really want to do that? Just trying to learn more lol

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Posted 21 November 2011 - 08:45 PM

many enthusiasts use crossfire, especially with graphics intensive games such as crysis or battlefield bad company 2 on up, or when its cheaper to add another card instead of upgrading. I use two ATI 4890s in crossfire for my setup, mainly because I already had a 4890, and couldnt afford a new new card but could afford another 4890 and needed the graphics boost. For flight simulator X, I cant imagine needing two 6850s, one should be more then enough. In my experience with flight simulator-and ive never played flight sim x but I do own flight sim 2004 and from what Ive noticed its more ram/cpu intensive then graphics intensive. A mid range card is typically fine graphics wise with that series, but it seems to hog up the ram pretty fast.

Edited by the_patriot11, 21 November 2011 - 08:47 PM.

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Primary system: Motherboard: ASUS M4A89GTD PRO/USB3, Processor: AMD Phenom II x4 945, Memory: 16 gigs of Patriot G2 DDR3 1600, Video: AMD Sapphire Nitro R9 380, Storage: 1 WD 500 gig HD, 1 Hitachi 500 gig HD, and Power supply: Coolermaster 750 watt, OS: Windows 10 64 bit. 

Media Center: Motherboard: Gigabyte mp61p-S3, Processor: AMD Athlon 64 x2 6000+, Memory: 6 gigs Patriot DDR2 800, Video: Gigabyte GeForce GT730, Storage: 500 gig Hitachi, PSU: Seasonic M1211 620W full modular, OS: Windows 10.

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Posted 24 November 2011 - 01:36 PM

Ok thanks for clearing that up it makes sense now. I took out my old PSU and saw it was a Dynex brand is that cheap or an okay psu?

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Posted 24 November 2011 - 02:27 PM

How much power does it have? Should say on the side panel. There a model number or anything?

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Primary system: Motherboard: ASUS M4A89GTD PRO/USB3, Processor: AMD Phenom II x4 945, Memory: 16 gigs of Patriot G2 DDR3 1600, Video: AMD Sapphire Nitro R9 380, Storage: 1 WD 500 gig HD, 1 Hitachi 500 gig HD, and Power supply: Coolermaster 750 watt, OS: Windows 10 64 bit. 

Media Center: Motherboard: Gigabyte mp61p-S3, Processor: AMD Athlon 64 x2 6000+, Memory: 6 gigs Patriot DDR2 800, Video: Gigabyte GeForce GT730, Storage: 500 gig Hitachi, PSU: Seasonic M1211 620W full modular, OS: Windows 10.

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