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Need help to upgrade graphics card in HP p6717c

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February 16, 2012 4:43:51 PM

Hey all,
I want to be able to upgrade my graphics card in my current HP 6717c desktop, specs are here http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/document?docname=c02...

I already know I will need a new power supply as the stock one is only 250W. I would like to be able to play games like crysis 2, black ops etc... with good quality. My current monitor is a LG Flatron E2350V with a native resolution of 1920x1080.

I am thinking along the lines of a Radeon HD6850 like this one http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

For the power supply I was thing of this 500W Corsair http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Another question I have is do you see any problems with the above graphics card working in my computer as it is PCIe 2.1 and my motherboard looks like it supports 2.0. I know they are supposed to be backwards compatible but I thought I read somewhere that sometimes there are hiccups with the HP computers with 2.0 using a 2.1 card.

Do you think the above would be a good combination for around $200? I don't really have a budget but the $200 mark feels pretty good.

Thanks in advance for your help!
Jason
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February 16, 2012 5:27:43 PM

tmetal said:
Hey all,
I want to be able to upgrade my graphics card in my current HP 6717c desktop, specs are here http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/document?docname=c02...

I already know I will need a new power supply as the stock one is only 250W. I would like to be able to play games like crysis 2, black ops etc... with good quality. My current monitor is a LG Flatron E2350V with a native resolution of 1920x1080.

I am thinking along the lines of a Radeon HD6850 like this one http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

For the power supply I was thing of this 500W Corsair http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Another question I have is do you see any problems with the above graphics card working in my computer as it is PCIe 2.1 and my motherboard looks like it supports 2.0. I know they are supposed to be backwards compatible but I thought I read somewhere that sometimes there are hiccups with the HP computers with 2.0 using a 2.1 card.

Do you think the above would be a good combination for around $200? I don't really have a budget but the $200 mark feels pretty good.

Thanks in advance for your help!
Jason


The GPU is nice, I have read good reviews on it, and as for the power supply, a 600w would be enough for future upgrades, as XFX.com requires a 500w to run that card at a minimum, so, increasing the minimum PSU requirement by 100w will allow for extra room for upgrades and such. As for the PCI-E issue, there is not any, as I run a GTX 260 Core 216 on my HP Pavilion P6654y without any issues, and as for budget, that GPU + A 600w PSU runs around $230, $30 extra to go with a 600w rather then a possibly limiting 500w PSU
Hope this helps
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February 16, 2012 6:30:39 PM

So if I go with the 600W Corsair builder series PS and the XFX HD 6850 that would still put me at around $200 plus tax (have a local store with the same or better prices than Newegg).

Is this the best route from what I am trying to achieve or does any have a better suggestion of products to go with?

Thanks!
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February 16, 2012 9:33:38 PM

tmetal said:
Just trying to do some research, and I came up with the following combo
HIS IceQ HD 6850 http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...

Antec Green 650W PS http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...

Anybody think this would be a better setup then the XFX HD 6850 and the Corsair Builder 600W PS?

Thanks!


That is a much better deal, as 650w will leave you room to upgrade, and that card looks as if it is faster then the XFX by default.
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February 17, 2012 2:43:39 AM

tmetal said:
Just trying to do some research, and I came up with the following combo
HIS IceQ HD 6850 http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...

Antec Green 650W PS http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...

Anybody think this would be a better setup then the XFX HD 6850 and the Corsair Builder 600W PS?

Thanks!

That's really cool and there will be technically no problem at all. In fact, how is there hiccups with 2.1 cards when there is no 2.1 slots?

The IceQ should be better than the one XFX has, it should run cooler and quieter. IceQ are known to be quiet and cheaper than other aftermarket cooler such as Twin Frozer or Direct CUII. That PSU is also better than CX600, will give you an option to upgrade to 6950 or crossfire 6850 :) .
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February 17, 2012 3:03:26 AM

For a system using a single Radeon HD 6850 graphics card AMD specifies a minimum of a 500 Watt or greater power supply. The power supply should also have a combined +12 Volt continuous current rating of 25 Amps or greater and have at least one 6-pin PCI Express supplementary power connector.

The Antec EarthWatts EA-650 Green, with its combined +12 Volt continuous current rating of 54 Amps and with two (6+2)-pin PCI Express supplementary power connectors, is more than sufficient to power your system configuration using a single Radeon HD 6850. Also Antec states No power cord included. By reusing your existing cord, you can reduce waste and help protect the environment.

Total Power Supply Wattage is NOT a crucial factor in power supply selection!!! Total Continuous Amperage Available on the +12V Rail(s) is the most important.
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