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Graphics cards and PSUs Compatibility Confusion

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a b U Graphics card
a b ) Power supply
September 24, 2010 3:23:52 AM

Hi,

I've been having some computer issues that have been frustrating me for a while. I have an HP Pavilion p6212f, bought late last year, though I realized too late that it wasn't really suited for computer games (It has an Intel GMA 3100). I've considered upgrading to play some of the newer, more detailed games like Civ 5 and Dawn of Discovery, and I've been thinking of getting an Nvidia GeForce GTS 450, along with a Diablotek DA Series 400-Watt ATX PSU to go with it (mainly because they're pretty cheap).
The problem is I'm not much of a computer expert, so I wanted to know if these two things would work in my system. I wouldn't want to buy something to find it's not even compatible.

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a c 165 ) Power supply
September 24, 2010 3:31:45 AM

cheap PSU are best used as paper weights. sometimes they can damage your hardware, see the video

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LTVEtr14FEA

look for an Nvidia GT240 or ATI 5670 to run on your HP power supply. If you want a GTS-450, save up for $40 for this budget PSU
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

or better yet $50 for one of these
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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Anonymous
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a b ) Power supply
September 24, 2010 4:10:37 AM

Thanks for the reply. So to be sure, if I were to get the graphics card as well as the Antec PSU, they would both work with my p6212f? Are there any other things I should be concerned about, like the fact that the GTS 450 is dual-slot or if I can install the new PSU prior to buying the new graphics card?
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a c 236 U Graphics card
a c 165 ) Power supply
September 24, 2010 4:20:48 AM

it's an ATX case so an ATX PSU like the antec will fit (as will the others). it doesn't come with a power cord so just re-use your current one.

the GTS 450 is a small card so fitting in your case will not be an issue. it goes in fan side down so make sure the bottom slot is empty if you get a dual slot version.

installing a PSU
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s0udZ0Ky4Pk

installing a video card (its AMD but the installation is the same)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O9x097QRXeA
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