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December 1, 2011 12:34:58 AM



Hello all. My nephew wanted a gaming computer for christmas. Before consulting anyone, he and my father ordered an HP Pavilion p7-1154. These are the key specs:

quad-core 2.1GHz AMD A6 3600 APU
6gb DDR3 SDRAM
AMD Radeon HD 6350D
300 Watt power supply

Obviously this computer wasn't built to be a gaming monster. However, I have a budget of 150 dollars to help him upgrade for christmas. My thought was to go with a Sapphire Radeon HD 6850 1GB PCI-Express Video Card.

Would the power supply handle it?
Are there any suggestions on a better way to spend 150 to upgrade this pc for gaming?


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a c 153 U Graphics card
December 1, 2011 12:40:25 AM

Quote:
Here is Guru3D's power supply recommendation:

Radeon HD 6850 - On your average system the card requires you to have a 450 Watt power supply unit.


Naw, you would have to upgrade the PSU also. With it being an HP PSU to really get any graphics card worth while you will have to upgrade it as well. You can get a decent 450-550w PSU for 20-30 dollars after reabtes.
December 1, 2011 12:50:01 AM

Thank you helltech. I've never messed with PSU's. Would I just buy any good PSU or is there something specific other than the watt rating that I need to look for. Also would the PSU requrie anything else to be upgraded?
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a b U Graphics card
December 1, 2011 12:58:50 AM

Do make sure it's a quality brand please. Better yet, post it before ordering.
December 1, 2011 12:59:58 AM

Right now I'm thinking about this:

Cooler Master eXtreme Power Plus Series 500W ATX12V V2.3 Active PFC Power Supply
December 1, 2011 1:08:41 AM

that apu is decend for gaming... I mean you could play some games in medium and low details... the only thing you can do to help... is a new video card like a 6670 o 6570 and do crossfire with the apu you will get the performance arround a 6770 which is pretty decent for a kid... that and the psu will help
a c 153 U Graphics card
December 1, 2011 1:09:17 AM

There is a Corsair 500w v2 on newegg for around 27 dollars. Its a good PSU. Newegg is just not loading for me right now or I would link you.
December 1, 2011 1:15:58 AM

I'm having the same trouble with newegg.
a c 153 U Graphics card
December 1, 2011 1:21:18 AM

Yeah I think its down or flooded right now, not used to seeing that there. Check back in 30 minutes.
a b U Graphics card
December 1, 2011 1:24:17 AM

A Corsair CX430 is enough for a 6850. I suppose if we wanted to allow for future power hungry cards, a CX500 would handle anything though. Still, at $16 after rebates recently, I have to recommend the CX430.
a c 153 U Graphics card
December 1, 2011 1:29:18 AM

Is it back down to 16 again? It wasn't the other day when I looked.
a b U Graphics card
December 1, 2011 2:18:43 AM

That was last Friday, I think.
December 1, 2011 2:40:42 AM

makafri said:
that apu is decend for gaming... I mean you could play some games in medium and low details... the only thing you can do to help... is a new video card like a 6670 o 6570 and do crossfire with the apu you will get the performance arround a 6770 which is pretty decent for a kid... that and the psu will help


I have to agree. The 6570 & 6670 are the most powerful cards you can buy without needing external power, (no new power supply is needed). That and when you xfire the apu you get extra bang for your buck. You can spend the extra money on a cool new game. :) 
a b U Graphics card
December 1, 2011 3:14:50 AM

cobra5000 said:
I have to agree. The 6570 & 6670 are the most powerful cards you can buy without needing external power, (no new power supply is needed). That and when you xfire the apu you get extra bang for your buck. You can spend the extra money on a cool new game. :) 
Well that all depends on what games are being played. Battlefield 3 will look pretty lousy with that setup and I don't think we can say hybrid crossfire has the kinks worked out of it.
December 1, 2011 4:06:21 AM

I don't think a 20-30 dollar power supply is going to break the bank so I think putting a 500 watt corsair in is the right thing to do. So that just leaves me with a question of which graphics card for 150 or under.

I really don't know much about the crossfire technology so I'm a little hesitant to go that route. Would a 6570 or 6670 be a top choice for an all around gaming graphics card at the 150 price point with the corsair PSU?
a b U Graphics card
December 1, 2011 4:42:40 AM

You can get a 5670 or a 6670 without getting a new PSU--that's why they were mentioned. They're weaker cards, which is why they don't need a new PSU, but they're the best you can get without using a stronger PSU with 6-pin graphics connectors. Don't get the 6570 though because it's weaker than the 5670 and costs about the same. It is absolutely imperative that you buy a DDR5 (or GDDR5) version of these cards, not the DDR3.

If your nephew is a casual gamer, a 6670 will be adequate. If he's a serious gamer, then you'll want to aim higher. That would mean a $20 Corsair CX430 + $130 6850...or at least that's what I'd go for.
a c 153 U Graphics card
December 1, 2011 5:04:28 AM

The 430 Corsair is up to 35 dollars now dalauder, with 6 dollars shipping :(  What happened! I picked one up when it was 17 dollars.

WOW - All the good power supplies are like 10 or so dollars higher then they were two days ago? What in the world =/

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