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October 7, 2011 3:49:12 PM

I have a Hp i7-860 2.8ghz, 6 GB RAM with a HD 5450 grahics card and a 300 watt PSU. http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/document?docname=c02...
HP say I shouldnt upgrade PSU and Graphics in case I damage other components. Any ideas if this is true? The gaming performance is poor. I would like to spend around £150 - £200 max.
Thank you.

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a c 104 U Graphics card
October 7, 2011 4:17:26 PM

Well, if you still have guarantee on it you will loose that with upgrading. But you can upgrade safely without damaging other components.
I would go for a new 500W psu from Antec, Corsair, Seasonic or XFX. Prefarably a 80+ certified.
For GPU i would take a HD 6870 or a GTX560Ti.
If you really hang on to the 200 max go for a GTX 460, a GTX 550ti, Gtx 560 or a HD 6850.
http://www.amazon.com/Antec-VP-450-Energy-Certified-Sup...
http://www.amazon.com/Antec-BP550-Plus-ATX12V-Modular/d...
http://www.amazon.com/Sapphire-DL-DVI-I-SL-DVI-D-PCI-Ex...
http://www.amazon.com/PNY-GeForce-PCI-Express-Graphics-...
http://www.amazon.com/XFX-Radeon-MINIDP-Video-HD687AZHF...
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a c 104 U Graphics card
October 7, 2011 11:31:21 PM

Yeah, go for the XFX.
a b U Graphics card
October 7, 2011 11:35:00 PM

Yes, you probably haven't heard of them as they do not supply the US, but they are a high quality unit maker.
a b U Graphics card
October 7, 2011 11:36:09 PM

yummerzzz said:
Yes, you probably haven't heard of them as they do not supply the US, but they are a high quality unit maker.

Oh, okay, got it.
a c 104 U Graphics card
October 7, 2011 11:44:54 PM

Reviews are positive.
a c 104 U Graphics card
October 10, 2011 8:50:39 PM

Why ? It's twice as expensive as the BeQuit ( briliant name for a psu :lol:  ) And the goal was to stay between 150-200 pounds, so that would mean a lesser gpu then ?
October 14, 2011 9:34:48 PM

HostileDonut said:
Dynapower is not a good PSU maker.


Really? Have you had some experience with them in the past?
a b U Graphics card
October 16, 2011 8:56:07 PM

pcnut88 said:
Really? Have you had some experience with them in the past?

No, I have not used one because they are not good. :lol:  They are just known to not be good from all the reviews I have seen of there PSUs.
a c 104 U Graphics card
October 17, 2011 5:35:03 AM

When i want fireworks i'll wait till new years eve, this is from one of the many bad Dynapower reviews ;

"Pros: Worked for 9 months, until it went out in a blaze of glory.

Cons: I was in the bathroom, and I heard what I thought to be firecrackers or a small gun going off. I ran out and found out it was my PC. Power supply was popping and smoking. I jerked the plug out of the wall, and let my case clear of the smoke. If I wouldn't have been at home there's a good chance this thing would have burnt my house down. I've been working on PC's for quite a while, and never saw something like this happen. These things are supposed to have a fuse in them in case of a short. Mine never blew.

Other Thoughts: Lucky my house is still here, and I hope this thing didn't fry the rest of my PC with it. Waiting on a new PSU to test it out."

Great fun those Dynapowers !!!
October 17, 2011 5:03:59 PM

GreenDutchAlien said:
When i want fireworks i'll wait till new years eve, this is from one of the many bad Dynapower reviews ;

"Pros: Worked for 9 months, until it went out in a blaze of glory.

Cons: I was in the bathroom, and I heard what I thought to be firecrackers or a small gun going off. I ran out and found out it was my PC. Power supply was popping and smoking. I jerked the plug out of the wall, and let my case clear of the smoke. If I wouldn't have been at home there's a good chance this thing would have burnt my house down. I've been working on PC's for quite a while, and never saw something like this happen. These things are supposed to have a fuse in them in case of a short. Mine never blew.

Other Thoughts: Lucky my house is still here, and I hope this thing didn't fry the rest of my PC with it. Waiting on a new PSU to test it out."

Great fun those Dynapowers !!!


wow, where did you find that review? did he contact them and get a refund or anything?
a b U Graphics card
October 17, 2011 5:22:46 PM

pcnut88 said:
wow, where did you find that review? did he contact them and get a refund or anything?

Basically, there are plenty like that for Dynapower. They are pretty bad.
a c 104 U Graphics card
October 17, 2011 6:26:21 PM

Mmm, the link doesn't work. Google "dynapower psu review", look for newegg, click that and than feedback etc.
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