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I've asked a few questions already regarding my system boards (Motherboards) capability in here, There not just random questions lol. I'm looking to upgrade the video card which means I'll probably have to upgrade the power supply (Currently has a 250w Power Supply "I Think"), and I may be upgrading the CPU. I'm looking to upgrade since this computer is still relitevely new and has several upgrade options that I'm aware of. First off this is the computer in question. The link goes straight to HP's Motherboard Specification Page:

http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/document?docname=c01925562&lc=en&dlc=en&cc=us&lang=en&product=4170142&key=null&site=null#N511

I have asked HP what the maximum power supply this computer could run and they told me 400w, but I threw a 650w in due to friends advice and ran it for a week and appears to be fine. But I took it out to since the used video card I purchased stopped working and I put the original power supply in. My question is:

Will this computer safely support a 650w Power Supply, if not and I'm stuck with a 400w Max (If its between 400 and 650 please let me know), what is the best 400w video card that I can upgrade with for gaming purposes?

This computer support AM3 processors:
◦AMD Phenom II X4 9xx/9xxe/8xx Quad-Core (Deneb)
◦AMD Phenom II X3 7xx/7xxe Triple-Core (Heka)
◦AMD Phenom II X2 5xx (Callisto)
◦AMD Athlon II X4 6xx/6xxe (Propus)
◦AMD Athlon II X3 4xx/4xxe (Rana)
◦AMD Athlon II X2 2xx/2xxe (Regor)

Which would be the best or reasonlbly priced CPU upgrade? I'm not sure which is better Phenom II or Athlon II, but I'm looking to increase the max speed of the computer. After a bit of research I have found a Phenom II 3.5ghz, and a Athlon II 3.1 Ghz, not sure if this is the best ones available.

Budget wise for these two to three upgrades is about $600.00 to $650.00.. Don't actually want to pay that much but will if needed. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in Advance.

Computer Specs listed on the above mentioned site:

Motherboard description•Manufacturer's motherboard name: Pegatron M2N78-LA
•HP/Compaq name: Violet6-GL8E
Form Factor•Micro-ATX: 24.4 cm (9.6 inches) x 24.4 cm (9.6 inches)
Chipset•NVIDIA GeForce 9100
Front-side bus speed •5200MT/s (5.2 GT/s)
Processor upgrade information•This motherboard supports only AM3 processors
•Memory support is limited to DDR3 modules only.
•HyperTransport 3.0
•Split power planes allow separate power management for CPU and integrated memory controller for improved power savings.
•Supports the following processors:
◦AMD Phenom II X4 9xx/9xxe/8xx Quad-Core (Deneb)
◦AMD Phenom II X3 7xx/7xxe Triple-Core (Heka)
◦AMD Phenom II X2 5xx (Callisto)
◦AMD Athlon II X4 6xx/6xxe (Propus)
◦AMD Athlon II X3 4xx/4xxe (Rana)
◦AMD Athlon II X2 2xx/2xxe (Regor)
Memory upgrade information•Dual channel memory architecture
•Four DDR3 DIMM (240-pin) sockets
•Supported DIMM types:
◦PC3-10600 (DDR3-1333)
◦PC3-8500 (DDR3-1066)
•Non-ECC memory only, unbuffered
•Supports 4GB DDR3 DIMMs
•Supports up to 16 GB on 64-bit PCs
•Supports up to 4 GB* on 32-bit PCs
NOTE: * 32-bit operating PCs cannot address a full 4.0 GB of memory.Due to AMD limitation, DDR3-1333 modules will run at 1066 MHz if three or more modules are installed.

VideoIntegrated graphics using nVidia GeForce 9100*Integrated graphics is not available if a graphics card is installed.
•Integrated graphics using nVidia GeForce 9100
•Also supports PCI Express x16 graphics cards
AudioIntegrated Realtek ALC888S Audio*Integrated audio is not available if a sound card is installed
•Audio CODEC: Realtek ALC888S
•High Definition 8 channel audio
•Supports one S/PDIF digital connection
NetworkLAN: 10-Base-T•Interface: Integrated into motherboard
•Technology: Realtek RTL8201N
•Data transfer speeds: up to 10/100 Mb/s
•Transmission standards: 10-Base-T Ethernet
Expansion slots•One PCI Express x16 graphics
•Two PCI Express x1
•One PCI slot
•One PCI Express x1 minicard socket


Internal Connectors•One CPU fan connector
•One 24-pin ATX power connector
•One 4-pin ATX power connector
•Four SATA connectors
•One ROM recovery connector
•One jumper for resetting BIOS settings
•One jumper to clear the BIOS password
•One front panel connector
•Six USB headers, supporting 8 USB connections
•One AC Power Loss Restart Selector
•One Wlan LED connector
•One 1394 header
•One front audio connector
•One internal audio connector
•One PCIE x16 slot
•Two PCIEx1 slots
•One PCI 1 slot
•One mini card connector
•One PC fan connector
•One S/PDIF out connector
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    650 watt PSU is fine. The Phenom II CPU's are faster than Athlon II. I would get the Phenom X4 955BE and match it with a HD6850/70 or GTX460 1GB or GTX560TI
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