COST: $380 for it (twas on sale and open box at a local Brick'n'Mortar)
...And combine its forces with my new assortment of purchases from Newegg. Can anyone see any problems that I may run into???? I know there's forums and videos all about installing stuff in the 650D, but nothing specifically about my current motherboard. I have never been this intimate with a computer before. Let me assure you I also bought a nifty demagnetized tool set with electromagnetic grounding bracelet which I vow to wear before reaching into the P6710F's most sensitive components. The farthest I've ever gotten is installing a new PSU and my hard drives. I've never done a GPU before.
My future plans are to get a rockin motherboard, I7 processor, water cooling, Crossfire...And a big deep-black pyramid made of Obsidian to sit atop the Obelisk-inspired Corsair 650D...At which point I imagine the computer will awaken a sentient being. Its strength will grow the longer one stares into its endless stellar vortex, leaving the viewer drained of their bio-electricity, the shed skin of their former selves.
Well it looks like most of this stuff should be compatible. There is some concern that the PCIE x16 slot on my mobo is or is not version 2.0. I still don't really know even after talking to HP support. This could cause problems with the GPU. I am in discussion with Sapphire tech support on that now.
Other than that it looks like I may have some issues reinstalling the operating system if I ever need to. My pre-built desktop computer by HP (The Pavilion P6710F) does not come with operating system discs. I have been told by an HP tech support rep that I wont be able to reinstall a fresh clean install of win7 if I move all the components to the new case,psu,ram,gpu. For example if I ever want to reinstall my copy of Win7 home prem. onto an SSD I think I am totally SOL.
It wont matter if your pci-e slot is version 2.0 or not . The performance difference will be tiny or even non existent
The version of windows HP shipped you is locked to that motherboard , but you should be fine changing the HDD and motherboard to a new case . If you want to you can format and reinstall by using the recovery partition .
Also read this http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/document?lc=en&dlc=&...
Have you actually opened the HP and looked at the motherboard? It may only have 2 RAM slots
Oh it definitely has 4 slots! According to the mobo website it says it supports up to 16gb. The mobo will bottleneck the ridiculous ram kit I bought though.
I am kinda happy with the mobo/cpu combination as it does score a WEI score of 7.3. I am hoping to have all my components in the semi 7.0 score...Except of course for internal hard drives. Waiting for affordable ssd option there.