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January 14, 2010 2:27:36 AM

hi guys
i wanted to upgrade my 8800 gt on my hp m9450f. here are the specs:

]http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/document?docname=c01556504&cc=us&dlc=en&lc=en&jumpid=reg_R1002_USEN]

here is a link to the specs of my motherboard:

http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/document?lc=en&dlc=en&cc=ca&docname=c01324212




i wanted to know if i could upgrade to one of the gtx series maybe the 275 or 285. the gtx cards will most probably block the pci-e x1 (which is not being used anyways) next to the gpu slot. will that be a problem?

i am aware that i will also have to upgrade my psu... is this possible on a pre-built computer? and what are some of the good psu out there?

although i wont be doing this upgrade for at least a year i just wanted to know if it is possible?
thanks

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a b U Graphics card
January 14, 2010 5:31:25 AM

^ Yes. it will be possible if that case supports ATX PSUs...
And by the time you will upgrade, there will be faster more powerful cards which will consume less power...So keep your options open...
and also you should check out the ATI's 5xxx series cards...they have low power consumption and good performance...
a c 189 U Graphics card
January 14, 2010 7:08:41 AM

how much do u want to spend?
what is your monitor's resolution?
I think your current system are still strong enough to play any games lately... :) 
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a b U Graphics card
January 14, 2010 12:03:01 PM

wa1 said:
how much do u want to spend?
what is your monitor's resolution?
I think your current system are still strong enough to play any games lately... :) 

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In the GTX 275/285 price range you would be better off going with ATI. The ATI 5 series is generally newer, more energy efficient, cheaper and more powerful.

I agree with wa1 that your system is still pretty decent for gaming unless you are at very high resolutions. In order to see a serious difference in performance you would want to go with a $200+ card, I would suggest you just spring for the ATI 5850 at $280-310ish.
January 14, 2010 1:11:01 PM

thanks guys, as i said i wasn't planning to upgrade soon but i just wanted to know if it is possible and what are my options, although by the time i upgrade i bet there will be a bunch of new cards on the market.

also what is an ATX power supply, do most new computer come with such psu and how can i check if case supports ATX psu
a b U Graphics card
January 14, 2010 1:35:07 PM

Maybe if you are lucky 5850 prices will drop when Nvidia's new fermi line comes out.

While you might not want to do the card now, you will have to upgrade your power supply in order to do so--and there is little reason not to do that right away(prices/quality dont really change much in the PSU market).
A new high quality PSU would make your computer cooler, quieter, more energy efficient, more reliable etc.

This corsair 550vx would be a good option (its a little more than you probably need--but gives you plenty of leeway to consider even the most powerful graphics upgrades) The corsair 450vx would also be a good option and could run about 98% of cards.. Even though the wattage isnt higher the quality is-- the amperage and etc will be significantly better than your stock HP power supply.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
January 14, 2010 1:47:03 PM

are all ATX psu the same size or will i have to measure the size of my psu and buy a similar one to mine?
a c 189 U Graphics card
January 14, 2010 1:52:12 PM

i think all of the ATX PSU are about nearly the same size, what kind of case do u have?

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a c 140 U Graphics card
January 14, 2010 1:59:55 PM
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To upgrade from an 8800GT you will want something substantial. If you are upgrading from the stock 460W PSU you will deffinitly need something with a little more juice. Looking at these pics you do have an ATX PSU:
http://www.geeks.com/details.asp?invtid=FK789AA-OB-R&ca...

You are going to have to block a PCI-E x1 slot for any dual slot card, which isn't an issue at all. It is the norm really. However, I think I would suggest a 5850 card as it is cheaper than both the GTS 275 and GTX 285 and you get around the 285 or better performance.

You commented that you are not going to upgrade for at least a year, which is a LONG LONG TIME. but yes you can upgrade. If you want to pull the trigger on a good deal, look at the one below. $300 gets you a 5850 and a free 600W PSU to run it.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
January 14, 2010 2:13:24 PM

thanks for all the help guys i really appreciate it. ill get back to you guys if i decide to go ahead and buy.
a c 140 U Graphics card
January 14, 2010 2:18:17 PM

^Peer Pressure. BUY IT!

What is your reason to upgrade? what games do you play at what resolution?
January 14, 2010 2:25:20 PM

lol i usually play fps @ 1280 x 1024 but im also planning on buying a new 24" so i can play @ 1920 x 1200
a c 140 U Graphics card
January 14, 2010 2:38:31 PM

Oh yeah you are going to need an upgrade if you are going to that res. An 8800GT should be good at your current res. What games?
January 14, 2010 8:39:01 PM

usually play modern warfare and css. i also just finsihed crysis warhead
January 15, 2010 12:59:28 AM

guys one last question if i want to go sli or crossfire i will need double the power right. like if the cards min psu requirement is 550 and im using 2 so i need a psu of 1100? although i know ill need to get another mobo for that
a b U Graphics card
January 15, 2010 1:06:28 AM

knotes said:
guys one last question if i want to go sli or crossfire i will need double the power right. like if the cards min psu requirement is 550 and im using 2 so i need a psu of 1100? although i know ill need to get another mobo for that


No. The PSU requirements on the card are for your entire system--not for just the card. Figure out how much power the card actually takes from a credible source such as Tom's or just be safe and add around 200w to your PSU.
January 22, 2010 3:22:31 PM

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