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February 22, 2010 3:17:34 AM

hi,
I'm trying to upgrade my video card and PSU. also, get the most bang for my buck and play games at decent rates.I wanna spent about 180. however, what is the best graphic card i could hope for with my current cpu?. i've found good reviews on the Radeon HD 4850 512MB, but i might find the 1gb for a good price on ebay. WHATgpu and PSU SHOULD I GET?. THANKS IN ADVANCE

pc : hp m8020n

Motherboard:
CPU Type: DualCore Intel Core 2 Duo E6420, 2133 MHz (8 x 267)
Motherboard Name: Asus P5LP-LE (Leonite) (3 PCI, 1 PCI-E x16, 4 DDR2 DIMM, Audio, Video, LAN, IEEE-1394)
Motherboard Chipset: Intel Lakeport-G i945G
System Memory: 2048 MB (DDR2-533 DDR2 SDRAM)

Display:
Video Adapter: NVIDIA GeForce 7350 LE (128 MB)
3D Accelerator : nVIDIA GeForce 7350 LE
Monitor: HP w2207 [22" LCD]
resolution: 1680 x 1050

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February 22, 2010 3:05:48 PM

a 5770 should keep your PC consuming just under 300w full loaded and should be possible with your current PSU.

my one question is does the PSU have a PCIx power adaptor?

should be around your budget too, everyone wins.


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February 22, 2010 3:23:32 PM

I would get at least a 550W PSU. Yes, you're likely to not need to use all of that, but it's better (for efficiency and longevity) to keep a PSU around 50% load. Plus, a larger unit will allow for more future upgardes/expansion.

Stick to the major PSU brands (Corsair, Antec Eartwatts and TruePower, Silverstone, PC Power & Cooling, OCZ Z Series and SeaSonic). Make sure to get a high efficiency one. For 550W, you shouldn't get anything under 80+ Certified, with 80+ Bronze preferred. If you've got $80 for it, the OCZ Z Series 550W 80+ Silver Certified is the most efficient 550 unit. It also has a 5 year warranty.

The next best one would be the SeaSonic 550W 80+ Certified for $74. All of the other quality 80+ units are more expensive, and the only 80+ Bronze is more expensive than the OCZ.
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February 24, 2010 12:36:40 AM

im sorry about the late reply. here is the psu that i have:

LITEON
Model: PS-5301-08HA ROHS
DC Output: 300W
Combined Power On: +5V And 3.3V Rails Shall Not Exceed 175W Max
Combined Power On: +12V And +5V Rails Shall Not Exceed 268W Max
Continuous Total DC Output Shall Not Exceed 300W

AC Input: 100-127V - 6.0A
50/60Hz 200-240V - 3.0A

i guess i will have to upgrade the psu first. i want to make sure that the the OCZ Z Series 550W 80+ Silver Certified will be compatible with my mobo. also, once i upgrade the psu, will my cpu keep up with the hd 5770?. after this upgrade, in the future (6 months) what should i upgrade next excluding ram.
thanks for taking your time to help me.
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February 24, 2010 12:51:05 AM

locote said:
im sorry about the late reply. here is the psu that i have:

LITEON
Model: PS-5301-08HA ROHS
DC Output: 300W
Combined Power On: +5V And 3.3V Rails Shall Not Exceed 175W Max
Combined Power On: +12V And +5V Rails Shall Not Exceed 268W Max
Continuous Total DC Output Shall Not Exceed 300W

AC Input: 100-127V - 6.0A
50/60Hz 200-240V - 3.0A

i guess i will have to upgrade the psu first. i want to make sure that the the OCZ Z Series 550W 80+ Silver Certified will be compatible with my mobo. also, once i upgrade the psu, will my cpu keep up with the hd 5770?. after this upgrade, in the future (6 months) what should i upgrade next excluding ram.
thanks for taking your time to help me.


I would save up money for an i5 build. To upgrade your cpu you would likely want to get another motherboard anyways. I wouldn't waste your time trying to upgrade an HP..it's just going to be a dissappointing money pit.
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