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#1 werewolf43

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Posted 15 May 2012 - 08:46 PM

hello, I am looking into getting a new graphics card on my pc here is a link to my computer specs; http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/document?docname=c02628380&cc=us&dlc=en&lc=en&product=5049531 any suggestions would be apreciated my price range is 200-300 dollars thank you for the help.

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Posted 15 May 2012 - 09:15 PM

Unfortunately, it won't be as simple as just taking out your old graphics card and putting in a new one. That HP computer only has a 250 watt power supply in it. All $200+ graphics cards require much more than this.

Example: Nvidia GTX 560 needs at least a 450 watt power supply. (see manufacturer's page)

One good thing is that your motherboard's manufacturer's page does say it supports PCI-Express x16, so it does have the proper slot for a stronger graphics card.

Also, tell us what games you want to play on it? Skyrim? Starcraft 2? Diablo 3? Crysis 2? Some require stronger cards than others.

EDIT: Interestingly enough, this guy has a very similar computer, wants to upgrade the exact same thing, realized he needed a stronger PSU, and has the same budget you do.

Link: http://www.techspot.com/community/topics/need-input-on-upgrading-graphics-card-and-power-supply-for-my-hp-p6716f.176674/

Edited by Marth_01, 15 May 2012 - 09:29 PM.


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Posted 15 May 2012 - 09:42 PM

well thanks for the fast reply. I was planning on hopefully being able to play diablo 3 but also battlefield 3, if thats a possibility and im not looking for the best graphics quality for battlefield 3 medium at the most is fine, also 200-300 dollars is for the graphics card so i can probably spend a little bit more money on a new power supply like maybe 150-200 if that can get me a better power supply to make all of this work. thanks again.

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Posted 16 May 2012 - 02:39 AM

Power Supply: CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX650 V2 650W - $90 - A real dirty cheap bargain if you ask me and it's well built power supply from a reputable company.

GPU: GIGABYTE GV-R785OC-2GD Radeon HD 7850 2GB - $260 - This should easily be able to run D3 and BF3.

I also do suggest a CPU upgrade because there could be a bottlenecking. CPU like this would do and you would have to reuse your CPU cooler which should be fine.

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System1: CPU- Intel Core i7-5820K @ 4.4GHz, CPU Cooler- Noctua NH-D14, RAM- G.Skill Ripjaws 16GB Kit(4Gx4) DDR3 2133MHz, SSD/HDD- Samsung 850 EVO 250GB/Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB/Seagate Barracuada 3TB, GPU- 2x EVGA GTX980 Superclocked @1360/MHz1900MHz, Motherboard- Asus X99 Deluxe, Case- Custom Mac G5, PSU- EVGA P2-1000W, Soundcard- Realtek High Definition Audio, OS- Windows 10 Pro 64-Bit
Games: APB: Reloaded, Hours played: 3100+  System2: Late 2011 Macbook Pro 15inch   OFw63FY.png


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Posted 16 May 2012 - 06:03 PM

awesome well I thank you for the great advice and this stays within a reasonable amount of my price range

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Posted 16 May 2012 - 07:08 PM

I actually was wondering, that graphics card is a pci express 3.0 x16 and my pc just said it had a pci express x16 so will it still work?

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Posted 17 May 2012 - 02:13 AM

Yes, it will work as PCI-E X16 is backward compatible.

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System1: CPU- Intel Core i7-5820K @ 4.4GHz, CPU Cooler- Noctua NH-D14, RAM- G.Skill Ripjaws 16GB Kit(4Gx4) DDR3 2133MHz, SSD/HDD- Samsung 850 EVO 250GB/Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB/Seagate Barracuada 3TB, GPU- 2x EVGA GTX980 Superclocked @1360/MHz1900MHz, Motherboard- Asus X99 Deluxe, Case- Custom Mac G5, PSU- EVGA P2-1000W, Soundcard- Realtek High Definition Audio, OS- Windows 10 Pro 64-Bit
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Posted 17 May 2012 - 06:07 PM

One last question are all these parts easy to put in, I know the graphics card should be easy but what about the CPU and power supply?

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Posted 17 May 2012 - 10:12 PM

Graphics Card = Pie (Experience level: Low)

1)Open PC,
2)Take the corresponding cover(s) off the back panel of the PC (the one(s) that match the socket you're plugging the card into) You'll have to remove the screw(s) from the covers.
3) Make sure the lock is open on the motherboard for the PCI-e port and seat the card firmly into the socketuntil the lock engauges
4)install removed screw(s) into the original location(s) attaching the Graphics card to the back panel of the PC

Power Supply = Cake (not a lie) (Experience Level: Very Low)
1) Open PC
2) Remove 4 screws holding the PSU to the back panel of the Case, while supporting the PSU with one hand, if it is mounted at the top of the case
3)Remove one set of wires at a time and replace them with the ones from the new PSU
4) Inset new PSU into place and install 4 screws attaching it to the back of the case.

CPU = Can be touchy (Medium experience required)

Consult you owners manual for your Motherboard and/or CPU and Cooler for the best advice. Beware AMD uses a sticky pad on the bottom of the stock coolers and you "can" pull the CPU when you try to pull the cooler off. (I had it happen once). Make sure you clean all the pad off the bottom of the cooler before reusing it and see the instructions for using ArcticSilver5 (Thermal paste, you need it) Here

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Posted 18 May 2012 - 03:53 AM

Remember to discharge before you start working on it as static can kill the component.

>Michael 
System1: CPU- Intel Core i7-5820K @ 4.4GHz, CPU Cooler- Noctua NH-D14, RAM- G.Skill Ripjaws 16GB Kit(4Gx4) DDR3 2133MHz, SSD/HDD- Samsung 850 EVO 250GB/Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB/Seagate Barracuada 3TB, GPU- 2x EVGA GTX980 Superclocked @1360/MHz1900MHz, Motherboard- Asus X99 Deluxe, Case- Custom Mac G5, PSU- EVGA P2-1000W, Soundcard- Realtek High Definition Audio, OS- Windows 10 Pro 64-Bit
Games: APB: Reloaded, Hours played: 3100+  System2: Late 2011 Macbook Pro 15inch   OFw63FY.png


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Posted 18 May 2012 - 07:50 AM

I'm kinda not familiar with computers so how do I discharge?

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Posted 18 May 2012 - 09:38 AM

You can wear anti-static gloves to prevent electrostatic discharge (ESD) or wear an ESD wrist strap which also prevents ESD. For more info you can read about it here. You can also ground static by touching a grounded object or touching the metal chassis inside the case.

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