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September 12, 2012 2:45:04 AM

I am thinking about getting a new graphics card. I am going for a total of under 200$. I already have a the ATI Radeon 4770 in mind and i will probably need a new psu since mine is only 250w. For a new psu i was thinking the Antec Earthwatts Green EA380D which is 380w. Im hoping to play new games like borderlands 2, and diablo 3 at medium to high settings.

that is my computer specs.

Im open to new suggestions.

Thank you.

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September 12, 2012 5:02:16 AM

Thank you so much. Just to make sure, these will fit everything perfectly without any further upgrades right?
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a c 191 U Graphics card
September 12, 2012 5:43:36 AM

Everything should fit just fine, I've done power supply upgrades in HP's like yours.
September 12, 2012 6:17:40 AM

Thanks a ton, it's been ordered.
September 18, 2012 7:17:58 AM

So the new stuff arrived a few days ago and i got around to attempting to installing them. The power supply went in nicely after I got the hang of it. And the graphics card was really easy to put in. But when i booted it up, the power light came on but it could not connect to the monitor and it was getting no signal. So I opened back up, removed the graphics card closed it, then booted it back up and it worked like a charm. But there is an obvious problem here, the graphics card is not in the computer. I don't know what to do. Please help.
And thanks so much for your past help.
a c 104 U Graphics card
September 18, 2012 7:51:28 AM

You did plug in the power cable to the gpu ?
September 18, 2012 8:06:23 AM

Sorry i sound stupid, but how do i do that or how do i know if i already did.
btw i'm going to bed now so i wont see whatever you say next till tomorow afternoon.
Thanks a ton though.
a c 104 U Graphics card
September 18, 2012 8:39:15 AM

Sounds like you didn't.

Look for a socket ( is that the right word ? ) on the gpu like this ;

and look on the power supply for something like this ;

Plug that connector in the video card. ( all with power off of course.)

Also ; remove the old video drivers before you install the new ones with driversweeper or make sure to do a clean install of the new drivers.
September 18, 2012 8:55:29 AM

Sorry :D  didn't mean to say it again... robjordy was faster than me :D 
a c 104 U Graphics card
September 18, 2012 8:59:07 AM

Better two than none :) 
September 18, 2012 4:34:35 PM

yeah i did actually plug that one in but im not sure about the drivers and whatnot, my gpu did come with a cd but am i supposed to install the cd before the graphics card.
thank you
September 18, 2012 4:39:28 PM

wait a second, i just looked at those pictures again, was i supposed to plug in that double pin one that hangs off the side, because i only saw a 6 pin slot on the gpu, but the psu did have two of those pic-e ones both with the two hanging off, did i do it right?
a c 104 U Graphics card
September 18, 2012 4:54:21 PM

You did right, the 2 pin is for more powerful cards who require 8 pins.

So thats not the problem then, meh, would have been nice and simple.

Thinking . . .
a c 104 U Graphics card
September 18, 2012 4:58:57 PM

You're working from on board graph now ?

Did you have an other card before or always used on board ?

Can you have a look in your bios when the new card is in ? See if you have to enable the new card/disable the on board.
September 20, 2012 4:01:33 AM

Sorry i haven't replied in a while i got sucked into borderlands 2 instantly. i solved the problem, it was that i wasn't using the adapter for the monitor-> card cable. It works like a charm now, drivers installed and everything. Thanks so much for your help though.
a c 104 U Graphics card
September 20, 2012 10:53:07 AM

So you still had the monitor cable in the on board gpu ?
September 21, 2012 5:36:18 AM

a c 104 U Graphics card
September 21, 2012 9:00:06 AM


Your not the first and definitely not the last :) 

Happy gaming.