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July 27, 2012 9:32:51 AM

Thread deleted I think I've reached a conclusion—my power supply will at least be fine until I possibly upgrade my processor (if that even becomes possible.)
July 27, 2012 10:21:48 AM

No, you can't upgrade to Intel processor. No, overclocking GT 520 will still be slow.

Get a 6670 and CF with the A8-3800. The PSU should be ok.

Then you are good to play modern games on 720p.
July 27, 2012 10:37:41 AM

In my experience, PSUs are one of the most overrated components by hardware enthusiasts. A faulty PSU is dangerous, but a PSU that works well is not dangerous, and your system probably won't be putting out more than 330W at load. Check this out - http://www.anandtech.com/bench/GPU11/233 - a system with 560 Ti puts out 352W in Furmark (non-Ti has 20w lower TDP), and the CPU it was tested is i7-920 which has 30w higher TDP than A8-3870k.

So your PSU will be fine as long as it's not faulty.

That said, when buying a PSU, you really shouldn't be pinching pennies... and you shouldn't be buying prebuilt PCs anyway. PSU wouldn't fit? Why not get a new case instead of a crappy PSU?
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July 27, 2012 10:38:12 AM

Pyree said:
No, you can't upgrade to Intel processor. No, overclocking GT 520 will still be slow.

Get a 6670 and CF with the A8-3800. The PSU should be ok.

Then you are good to play modern games on 720p.


3870k is AMD and he's talking about overclocking the 560 I think.
July 27, 2012 10:57:38 AM

Yes that's the CPU. Maybe the guys on the HP support forums can answer that one for sure :) .

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July 27, 2012 11:34:35 AM
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Yes, saw the k and automatically jump to intel k series, lol .

And yes, I went to the HP site to check the spec instead of carefully reading it.

Sorry. Side effect of on the forum for 7+ hrs doing moderation.

http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/printpage/Cooler-Master-...

See the result, the benchmarked PSU can deliver enough amp to the GTX 560 on the 12v rail. The one you have has more amp on the rail so it should work.
July 30, 2012 11:42:13 PM

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