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June 23, 2014 12:15:31 AM

Im looking for the best graphics card upgrade for my computer.
I have a HP ENVY Phoenix 810-160
Heres the specs to it:
http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/document?docname=c04...
Im looking for an nvidia graphics card, and I have looked into the GTX 760 and the GTX 770, any suggestions?

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a b U Graphics card
June 23, 2014 12:25:18 AM

I'd maybe look into the exact make and model of your PSU first before deciding.
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a b U Graphics card
June 23, 2014 12:28:09 AM

Can you measure straight across the case?

Like this:


Give the measurement from the back till you meet an obstruction(Hard drive trays, front of case.)

This is to see how long the maximum length GPU can be, since the link only says the length of the entire case.
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June 23, 2014 12:29:02 AM

Calnin said:
I'd maybe look into the exact make and model of your PSU first before deciding.



Exactly what mine says ^
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June 23, 2014 12:32:10 AM

bradsctt said:
Can you measure straight across the case?

Like this:


Give the measurement from the back till you meet an obstruction(Hard drive trays, front of case.)

This is to see how long the maximum length GPU can be, since the link only says the length of the entire case.

I cant get an exact measurement right now, but lengthwise i think I have at least 13 inches
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a b U Graphics card
June 23, 2014 12:47:18 AM

Ok then, i wanted to make sure, you dont want to get a GPU and then find that it doesnt fit.

My biggest concern is your power supply.

It appears it can provide enough power for a GTX 760, but it is an HP branded PSU, so it is likely low quality.
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June 23, 2014 12:51:15 AM

bradsctt said:
Ok then, i wanted to make sure, you dont want to get a GPU and then find that it doesnt fit.

My biggest concern is your power supply.

It appears it can provide enough power for a GTX 760, but it is an HP branded PSU, so it is likely low quality.

Should I change the power supply too? If so could you recommend any ones for me?
And a guide at changing them? (I'm new to this)
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a b U Graphics card
June 23, 2014 12:57:49 AM

http://pcpartpicker.com/part/xfx-power-supply-p1550sxxb...

This is a good power supply to change if it doesn't affect budget too much.

For replacing, just take out the old one and place the new one in its place. Unplug all wires from the old psu to parts inside the computer and plug in the wires of the new psu.
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a b U Graphics card
June 23, 2014 1:02:01 AM

Of course. Is this in your budget?

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Seasonic is a reputable brand, their feedback speaks for itself.

All you need to do is plug in all the cables where they were with the old power supply. They are fairly easy to install, just take your time and make sure everything that was plugged in is plugged in again.

Have a look at this, its a tutorial by a forum member:
http://www.tomshardware.com/faq/id-1936217/install-powe...

Unlike the HP power supply, the Seasonic provides 48A on the 12v rails, which is enough to support a GTX 760, and just enough to support a GTX 770.
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June 23, 2014 1:05:14 AM

bradsctt said:
Of course. Is this in your budget?

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Seasonic is a reputable brand, their feedback speaks for itself.

Have a look at this, its a tutorial by a forum member:
http://www.tomshardware.com/faq/id-1936217/install-powe...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
I was looking at this one ^ hows it look?
And whats the output of that seasonic one you sent me? I heard that theres also a requirement for amps on the 12v rail.
And thanks for helping!
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a b U Graphics card
June 23, 2014 1:14:17 AM

The amps on a seasonic is good enough. The seasonic provides just as much power as the HX650 that you linked.

I'd recommend the Seasonic, it's cheaper and a more reputable brand.
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a b U Graphics card
June 23, 2014 1:14:44 AM

The Corsair HX series are good, the 650W version would work fine, but you are also paying a $45 premium over the PSU i suggested.

However, you do get extremely good build quality, better efficiency, and semi modular cables, meaning you only need to have as many cables installed as are required.

That makes cable tidying and air flow a lot better.

The HX650 is manufactured by Seasonic to Corsair's specifications.

After all that, I would still recommend the Seasonic, it provides 48A on the 12v rail, which is enough for a GTX 760 or GTX 770, and costs a fair bit less.
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June 23, 2014 1:15:49 AM

bradsctt said:
The Corsair HX series are good, the 650W version would work fine, but you are also paying a $45 premium over the PSU i suggested.

However, you do get extremely good build quality, better efficiency, and semi modular cables, meaning you only need to have as many cables installed as are required.

That makes cable tidying and air flow a lot better.

The Seasonic has 48A, i added that in an edit, but you may not have seen it.


I just read it, my bad! And would that 48A be enough and still give my power supply some breathing room? Oh and are there different types of Power supplies? Cause I dont wanna run into any type of compatability issue
(Some other person told me to buy a Single 12v rail thing)
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a b U Graphics card
June 23, 2014 1:20:17 AM

Yes, that would be more than enough for a GTX 760.
A GTX 770 would push it closer to the limits, but it will still work fine.
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June 23, 2014 1:23:49 AM

bradsctt said:
Yes, that would be more than enough for a GTX 760.
A GTX 770 would push it closer to the limits, but it will still work fine.


Alright, thank you so much you've been a great help!
Ill go with your recommendation and order my parts right now!
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a b U Graphics card
June 23, 2014 1:28:12 AM

Actually, i just found more info. You will be at the absolute limit on the 12V rail with a GTX 770, i would say that you should probably go with the GTX 760, just to be on the safe side.

The GTX 760 will still be a big improvement over the current GPU.

Sorry that i just doubled back on my previous post, i found a full review of the PSU
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June 23, 2014 1:32:06 AM

bradsctt said:
Actually, i just found more info. You will be at the absolute limit on the 12V rail with a GTX 770, i would say that you should probably go with the GTX 760, just to be on the safe side.

Sorry that i just doubled back on my previous post, i found a full review of the PSU


Oh alright, well would you suggest any other PSU incase I ever want to upgrade?
And is my current HP brand PSU modular? (I dont think so) and if it is or isnt, whats the difference between modular and just normal?
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a b U Graphics card
June 23, 2014 1:33:44 AM

Modular just means you can choose which cables to put in. It'd help with some cable management, but functionality I don't think it would really change too much.
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a b U Graphics card
June 23, 2014 1:44:39 AM

This power supply is pretty much equal to the HX650 that you had found, but for slightly cheaper. Im pretty sure it is actually the same power supply(dont forget, the HX650 is made by Seasonic)

It has 54A on the 12v rail, which would be better.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

As calnin said, it makes cable management easier, but doesnt change much in terms of functionality.

Semi modular leaves the CPU and motherboard power connected, but all other cables are removable.

Full modular lets you remove all cables. Since you need the CPU and motherboard cables in order for the PC to work, it isnt much better than Semi modular.
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