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Upgrading HP m9340f graphics card and have question?

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August 20, 2012 12:56:51 AM

I am wanting to upgrade my good old HP Pavilion Elite m9304f (specs here)

I am looking at the SAPPHIRE AMD Radeon HD 6870 1GB GDDR5 PCIE Graphics Card (and upgrading my RAM from 6GB to the max of 8GB.)

I edit RAW files in Photoshop CS5 and usually have it open along with Lightroom 4 plus I want to be able to play World of Warcraft and Guild Wars 2 with my kids (not at the same time of course, lol). Right now I can do it but the performance isn't great. I know the extra RAM will help the Photoshop situation but I have to set the graphics down a good bit in the games.

I am also thinking of upgrading to Windows 7 from Vista but $300 for all this is about my limit.

Will this be a good upgrade for my computer? Will the graphics card have any affect on the Photoshop editing or will that just be the RAM?

Thanks for any advice!
August 20, 2012 1:22:20 AM

Ah, I see. Hmmm... I just realized that I upgraded both my kids' computers to the Radeon 6850 and they only have a 300W power supply. I didn't even realize I needed to upgrade that (not so smart on my end it looks like). However, theirs have been running great for a year now playing games like Skyrim and Battlefield 3. What kind of problems can that cause?

Thanks for letting me know!
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August 21, 2012 2:57:08 AM

a 500 watt psu from a good brand should be enough .. 300 watt for an hd6850 is dangerously low. I cant even believe you are able to play games on that..
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August 31, 2012 12:49:06 AM

Thanks for the replies! I think I have decided to wait and just get a new computer in the coming month or two. As for the two computers with the 300w power supply, I'll be looking to get those upgraded soon as well. I didn't realize what it could do so I appreciate you all letting me know. I sure don't want a fire!
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