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Looking to upgrade power supply for Hp Pavilion p7 1210

Im in the market for a new graphics card, but need to upgrade power supply first. I have an HP p7 1210 and the processor has been upgraded to an AMD a8 3850. I cannot find anyone to tell me what power supplies will be compatible for this computer. SO far the only one ive found thats even close is the p7 1050. Any help would be greatly appreciated. If it helps at all, the memory has been upgraded from 6 to 8 and its a 64 bit system. Also if anyone can recommend a good graphics card for 200 or less that would be the cherry on top. But my main need is not wasting time ordering and waiting for a power supply that isnt compatible. I mainly play The Sims 3 and have all of the expansion packs installed. It runs like a turtle on even medium graphic settings and freezes up constantly so i definitely need some dedicated graphics. Thanks for any help in advance. Also the current supply is 300 watts. I am looking for at lest 400. Preferably 500.
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  1. Is your current psu a ATX size?
    The rear opening should be 150mm x 85mm.
    If so, you have a bunch of options.

    Without a psu change, your strongest card would be a 7770, a $110 card.

    Past that, here is a chart which tells you what the psu requirements are for various cards:
    http://www.realhardtechx.com/index_archivos/Page362.htm
  2. I looked up specifications for your computer, and the psu is atx 150mm x 140mm x 86mm (5.9 x 5.5 x 3.4 inches), so any ATX psu of matching size will fit, and possibly one that's a little longer, depending on whether there is anything like an optical drive or the mounting for it that would interfere. Here's a list of short psus:
    http://www.overclock.net/t/1256282/short-psu-list-atx-psus-that-are-160mm-or-shorter-small-case-friendly
    If you're willing to upgrade the case as well, there are plenty of cases that support longer psus.
  3. What I found looking at the specs on this link : http://reviews.cnet.com/desktops/hp-pavilion-p7-1210/4507-3118_7-35167944.html tells me you have a standard ATX case, but it will be better if you tell us the measurements of the PSU you currently have. BTW correct me if I am wrong finding the correct PC !

    And before buying any GPU, talk to the vendor for the compatible GPU list. Most OEM PC's has locked BIOS to be upgraded with a aftermarket GPU. So confirm first before you do anything.
  4. MauveCloud said:
    I looked up specifications for your computer, and the psu is atx 150mm x 140mm x 86mm (5.9 x 5.5 x 3.4 inches), so any ATX psu of matching size will fit, and possibly one that's a little longer, depending on whether there is anything like an optical drive or the mounting for it that would interfere. Here's a list of short psus:
    http://www.overclock.net/t/1256282/short-psu-list-atx-psus-that-are-160mm-or-shorter-small-case-friendly
    If you're willing to upgrade the case as well, there are plenty of cases that support longer psus.


    Thank you so much. This is a huge help.
  5. Man you guys are fast! Thank you so much. This is my first power supply upgrade and i wanted to make sure i got it right the first time.
  6. lonewolf7 said:
    What I found looking at the specs on this link : http://reviews.cnet.com/desktops/hp-pavilion-p7-1210/4507-3118_7-35167944.html tells me you have a standard ATX case, but it will be better if you tell us the measurements of the PSU you currently have. BTW correct me if I am wrong finding the correct PC !

    And before buying any GPU, talk to the vendor for the compatible GPU list. Most OEM PC's has locked BIOS to be upgraded with a aftermarket GPU. So confirm first before you do anything.


    Yep thats the correct pc.
    Thank you :)
  7. geofelt said:
    Is your current psu a ATX size?
    The rear opening should be 150mm x 85mm.
    If so, you have a bunch of options.

    Without a psu change, your strongest card would be a 7770, a $110 card.

    Past that, here is a chart which tells you what the psu requirements are for various cards:
    http://www.realhardtechx.com/index_archivos/Page362.htm


    That actually looks like a fairly decent card. But it says PCI express 3.0 x 16 I havent seen that before. Mine calls for a PCI express x 16. Is it still compatible?
  8. Best answer
    Pcie 1/2/3 are both forward and backwards compatible. You are good there.
    There is no difference in performance for lower tier cards either.
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