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Need help upgrading please

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December 14, 2011 9:52:42 PM

I am wanting to upgrade my graphics card but I am not sure where to start.
This is what I have..

Operating System: Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit (6.1, Build 7601) Service Pack 1 (7601.win7sp1_gdr.110622-1506)
Language: English (Regional Setting: English)
System Manufacturer: Hewlett-Packard
System Model: p7-1154
BIOS: Ver: HIB_707.ROM vHIB7.07
Processor: AMD A6-3600 APU with Radeon(tm) HD Graphics (4 CPUs), ~2.1GHz
Memory: 6144MB RAM
Available OS Memory: 5616MB RAM
Page File: 2768MB used, 8462MB available
Windows Dir: C:\Windows
DirectX Version: DirectX 11
DX Setup Parameters: Not found
User DPI Setting: Using System DPI
System DPI Setting: 96 DPI (100 percent)

Thank you for your time.

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December 14, 2011 10:09:00 PM

Let me see if I can help you out with your request. You will need to crack the side of your case and peak inside to see what your options will be.

Please reply to this with the make and model of your computers power supply (see image)

Also please specify how many PCIE X16 slots you have available (image)
December 14, 2011 10:15:34 PM

300 watt max

i have one long slot and 3 smaller ones but they are black not yellow or white
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December 14, 2011 10:30:51 PM

Does your long slot have a tab at the end of it like the X16 slot in the picture I linked. The color of the slot is not important, just its features.

With a 300W power supply we are going to be really limited in choice of video cards though. Are you willing and or capable of replacing a power supply?
December 14, 2011 10:35:04 PM

yes it does have that tab at the end. I will be willing to upgrade that also, do you have a suggestion on a specific website. Thank you for your help
December 14, 2011 11:23:58 PM

If you live in the contingent US then I would use newegg.com. If you live in Alaska, Hawaii, or a US territory then I would use Amazon.com to save on shipping.

The builder series corsair power supplies are great for the $'s.

You should probably stick with an AMD GPU since it will probably work best with your existing system and drivers.

I would recommend a Sapphire 6850 The power consumption is 130 watts so it shouldn't tax the 430w corsair, and it still offers great performance.

See these graphics charts to pick a card that fits your budget best. If you get into the 6790, 6870 or 69xx series cards your power supply will need to be upgraded to keep pace with the consumption of the video card.
December 14, 2011 11:43:16 PM

great great and that would run most games and increase my FPS?
December 14, 2011 11:56:26 PM

I appreciate all the help!
December 15, 2011 12:28:16 AM

If you need any additional assistance let me know. If I provided the answer to your question please mark it so to close out this thread.

Happy building!
December 15, 2011 12:30:25 AM

what about 6970 can i use the same power supply you suggested
December 15, 2011 12:58:25 AM

A 6970 is a great card with a ton of power, but it also requires a large amount of power to run (250 Watts) This would leave 180 watts for the rest of your system. You could do this if your power supply was running at 100% load, but I wouldn't recommend it.

As a rule of thumb I never like to load my power supply more than 80%. You may want to look at upgrading to an even larger power supply. Again I like corsair power supplies and the builder 500 should be plenty for that system.
December 15, 2011 1:06:47 AM

Thank you again very much! for all the help
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