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August 11, 2012 7:00:43 AM

I bought this pc

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/HP+-+Pavilion+HPE+Desktop+-...

and I am looking to run bf3 i was just gonna switch the video cards around from the Amd Radeon 7450 to A gtx 560ti and i wanted to know if the video card would work on my pc.

Answer as soon as possible please



Manufacturer: Gigabyte
Form factor: uATX - 24.4 cm (9.6 inches) x 24.4 cm (9.6 inches)
Chipset: AMD 970
Memory sockets: 4 x DDR3
Front side bus speeds: HT3 4.8 GT/s
Processor socket: AM3-b
Expansion Slots:
One PCI Express x16 (Gen 2.0)
Three PCI Express x1 (Gen 2.0)
One PCI Express mini card (for half-length add-in cards) with USB connector

Those are the motherboard specs

Thank you soo much if you answer this
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a b U Graphics card
August 11, 2012 7:21:32 AM

Hello dhylan14,
Most motherboards have no problems with most graphics cards.
The processor, motherboard, powersupply and the amount of space in your case are the most important things.

1) Which processor do you have? I read the site which you provided but it only says AMD FX-series. I'd like to know the EXACT name since it might give a bottleneck.

2) Which powersupply do you have? (the EXACT name, not just the amount of WATT)

3) Do you have enough space in your case for that card?


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August 11, 2012 7:38:29 AM

fastreaction said:
Hello dhylan14,
Most motherboards have no problems with most graphics cards.
The processor, motherboard, powersupply and the amount of space in your case are the most important things.

1) Which processor do you have? I read the site which you provided but it only says AMD FX-series. I'd like to know the EXACT name since it might give a bottleneck.

2) Which powersupply do you have? (the EXACT name, not just the amount of WATT)

3) Do you have enough space in your case for that card?


- Fastreaction

I dont actually have the pc yet i ordered it and i am waiting for it to get to my house.
But from the reviews i read the video card and the power supply are the biggest problems.

But for everything your looking for would probably be found on this website.

I dont know much about pc but maybe you could make sence of this link

http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/document?cc=us&dlc=e...
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a b U Graphics card
August 11, 2012 7:57:50 AM

Okay. If I were you I would not buy that system. The processor will probably bottleneck your GTX 560ti and that powersupply is insufficient for a GTX 560ti. I would recommend you to save up some money to get a better pc than that.

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a b U Graphics card
August 11, 2012 8:03:34 AM

Yeah but it depends on what resolution and what kind of settings you want to play BF3 on. If you want to play it at 1080p and at high or ultra settings that PC would not be able to do it.

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a c 198 U Graphics card
August 11, 2012 8:08:24 AM

I'm going to guarantee you are going to need a new power supply. Its an HP Pavilion, so I'm guessing its the retarded 300W they usually put in there.

Upgrade your power supply first then get a card. Get a name brand power supply (please for the love of anything dont buy any power supplies from BestBuy).

If you also have funds to spare, you could get a new case and mount your new graphics card along with the rest of your computer into it for better airflow.

Get a new power supply such as Corsair, Antec, or Seasonic. Also PC Power & Cooling.
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August 11, 2012 8:08:54 AM

A FX6120 is not going to bottleneck a 560Ti for BF3 by any significant margin.

That being said I don't know why you would buy a prebuilt just to immediately replace the PSU, void the warranty, and add a gpu.... You'd be better off to build your own. Especially with the locked motherboard bios on OEM machines
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August 11, 2012 8:11:03 AM

unksol said:
A FX6120 is not going to bottleneck a 560Ti for BF3 by any significant margin.

That being said I don't know why you would buy a prebuilt just to immediately replace the PSU, void the warranty, and add a gpu.... You'd be better off to build your own. Especially with the locked motherboard bios on OEM machines


Of course that is the best thing to do but you know, not everybody knows how to build one. This is such a case and he is asking advise ;) 

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August 11, 2012 8:12:25 AM

Deemo13 said:
I'm going to guarantee you are going to need a new power supply. Its an HP Pavilion, so I'm guessing its the retarded 300W they usually put in there.

Upgrade your power supply first then get a card. Get a name brand power supply (please for the love of anything dont buy any power supplies from BestBuy).

If you also have funds to spare, you could get a new case and mount your new graphics card along with the rest of your computer into it for better airflow.

Get a new power supply such as Corsair, Antec, or Seasonic. Also PC Power & Cooling.


Conclusion, he should buy another rig or build one himself to get the best out of it. That HP is definitely NOT recommended.

- Fastreaction
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August 11, 2012 8:16:01 AM

Sorry if i am asking a little too much....
But could one of you possibly make me a build under 1100 with keyboard and mouse that can run bf3?

I would really apreciate it
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a c 198 U Graphics card
August 11, 2012 8:21:04 AM

fastreaction said:
Conclusion, he should buy another rig or build one himself to get the best out of it. That HP is definitely NOT recommended.

- Fastreaction


Well, if he doesnt have the computer already, then sure he can go and build his own. But the fact that he has it already kind of puts him in a rut. If the OP is unable to return the computer and get a refund then he is stuck with what he has. Its not like the 6120 is slow, there's just faster stuff is all.

I re-built my cousin's HP Pavilion Elite, which had a Phenom II 1045T and I installed a Radeon 5770 in it for him and mounted it all in the new Corsair Vengeance line of cases (the military green model is really cool). He plays all games at good settings.

I've also done it to my own Pavilion which has an aging Athlon 4600+ and an 8600GT, and that runs like a charm.

Bottom line, if he has the computer and is unable to return it, then there are other ways out. If he IS able to return it and get his full money back, then I would say that would be a good idea.
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August 11, 2012 8:30:04 AM

Deemo13 said:
Well, if he doesnt have the computer already, then sure he can go and build his own. But the fact that he has it already kind of puts him in a rut. If the OP is unable to return the computer and get a refund then he is stuck with what he has. Its not like the 6120 is slow, there's just faster stuff is all.

I re-built my cousin's HP Pavilion Elite, which had a Phenom II 1045T and I installed a Radeon 5770 in it for him and mounted it all in the new Corsair Vengeance line of cases (the military green model is really cool). He plays all games at good settings.

I've also done it to my own Pavilion which has an aging Athlon 4600+ and an 8600GT, and that runs like a charm.

Bottom line, if he has the computer and is unable to return it, then there are other ways out. If he IS able to return it and get his full money back, then I would say that would be a good idea.


What online site should i buy from?
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a c 198 U Graphics card
August 11, 2012 8:35:53 AM

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/emgx
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/emgx/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/emgx/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor ($159.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: Asus P8Z68-V/GEN3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($154.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($48.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card ($249.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Antec Three Hundred Illusion ATX Mid Tower Case ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair 600W ATX12V Power Supply ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($90.95 @ Amazon)
Total: $931.86
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-08-11 04:30 EDT-0400)

Forgive me if the link doesnt work, I'm still getting used to PCPartpicker.

I made it so most of the sites were either Amazon or Newegg because those are generally very trusted sites.
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August 11, 2012 8:36:35 AM

dhylan14 said:
Sorry if i am asking a little too much....
But could one of you possibly make me a build under 1100 with keyboard and mouse that can run bf3?

I would really apreciate it


I would put you together a full list but I don't really have time now. You can try something like this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MqFb9Ec5aSM
Maybe get a bigger SSD with your extra money.
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a b U Graphics card
August 11, 2012 8:38:11 AM

Do remember that even if you buy all those things. You still have to BUILD it!! It is not difficult to do but if you have never done it, it might be a big challenge and maybe a dangerous one too...

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August 11, 2012 9:07:05 AM

fastreaction said:
Do remember that even if you buy all those things. You still have to BUILD it!! It is not difficult to do but if you have never done it, it might be a big challenge and maybe a dangerous one too...

- Fastreaction

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August 11, 2012 9:09:23 AM

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August 11, 2012 12:31:54 PM

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