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Upgrading my HP Pavillion p6774y


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#1 MikeFiore

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Posted 09 February 2013 - 01:53 AM

Alright so..

 

Current Specs.

 

Model: HP Pavillion p6774y

Age: Nov 2010

Motherboard: N-Alvorix-RS880-uATX (Alvorix)

Processor: AMD Phenom II X4 840T

Ram: 6GB DDR3-1333

Hard Drive: 1TB SATA 7200rpm

Integrated Graphics (Unused): ATI Radeon 4200

Dedicated Graphics Card: XFX ATI Radeon HD 4650 1 GB DDR2 Graphics Card

Power Supply: Internal ATX 250W (100-240V)

 

So.. I've run into a little issue, apparently i bought too quickly at best buy, they didn't ask me anything about my computer and i realize now i overshot my graphics card i just paid for (HD 6750 700M 1GB DDR3 DP HDMI DVI PCI-E (Core Edition)) Now i realize i have a 250W Power Supply, i will happily upgrade it to 500W Like it requires.. BUT. Now i have a few questions..

 

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I'm looking for better quality, performance, and FPS. What i have right now hasn't let me down in games i play such as RuneScape (Maximum Settings, 4x Anti-Aliasing, Bloom etc) and Sims 3 on max settings as well.

 

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What's better for gaming, NVIDIA or XFX?

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Stick with the XFX R6750 Core Edition i bought, and upgrade the power supply? Or Exchange it for something else?

 

I'm not familiar with NVIDIA cards, so i want to know what would be better than the XFX R6750 Core Edition, and around the same price i paid ($80~)

 

Also as i'm not familiar with Processors and whatnot, I don't really know how compatible that graphics card will be with my processor.

 

Overall, i'm not able to pay a maximum of over $90 for the graphics card, and i would happily take suggestions for a power supply under $60.. 500W is the minimum, more would be better I would assume so any suggestions there would be great!


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Posted 09 February 2013 - 12:48 PM

With that computer, you can upgrade the CPU if you later decide to, all the way up to AMD Phenom II X6 10xxT Six-Core (Thuban core).  You can get any PCI-Express X16 graphics card for that computer, so long as your case is large enough to hold it and enough PSU capacity.  Nvidia is a GPU manufacturer, XFX is a graphics card manufacturer that usually specializes in AMD cards.  The Radeon 6750 is a somewhat lower end card, but for fairly old games like Sims 3, it should do.  If you can get a Radeon 7770, go for that, it is a little more powerful.

 

Here is a power supply:  CORSAIR Builder Series CX500 500W.


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Posted 09 February 2013 - 01:29 PM

I have to agree with DJ here, thats a fine power supply he recomended. As for your graphics card, for the games you play that one will be more than sufficient. The 7770's are probably above your budget as they retail for around twice what you paid for yours. Upgrade the psu and you should be gold :)


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#4 MikeFiore

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Posted 09 February 2013 - 02:37 PM

I ended up going to best buy and picking out a Thermaltake TR2 W0388RU 600W ATX 12V v2.2 Power Supply, took me a while to get the 20 pin power supply that was in the motherboard.. kinda wondering though, why a 24pin motherboard had a 20pin power cord going thru it lol, anyways! I got it all setup, alls working way better than before, bumped my index rating from 5.5 to 6.8 in graphics lol



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Posted 09 February 2013 - 09:45 PM

Actually, the SAPPHIRE 100358L Radeon HD 7770 GHz Edition 1GB is fairly cheap at $115 before rebate, but the 6750 should be enough for what you're wanting.


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Posted 09 February 2013 - 10:10 PM

I don't do those rebate things lol i buy whatever i find in the store, as is.. Anyways! PC is running well, seems i didn't bleep up installing for my first time without reading anything, just had a basic knowledge on what's inside my computer, suprised i managed to get it all right in the first go!

 

But.. I have a random question, what's the furmark benchmark even for? I know it's to stress the graphics etc, but.. does that do anything, besides just show you that you set everything up right and it's not gonna kick out on you?



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Posted 10 February 2013 - 12:56 AM

Furmark is generally used to test a overclock if it is stable.

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Posted 10 February 2013 - 01:03 AM

Oh okay lol



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Posted 11 February 2013 - 01:24 PM

Furmark is like Prime95 for graphics cards, it will stress your GPU.  This is helpful if overclocking, or simply want to burn in your current hardware.


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