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Upgrading graphics on the HP Envy H8-1440

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December 8, 2012 5:17:13 PM

Hi all,

I have a nephew receiving an HP Envy H8-1440 for xmas. He's around 15 and getting into gaming (as most 15 year olds are :)  ).

The graphics processor is the Intel HD 2500 integrated chipset into an i5-3330. The mobo is a IPMMB-FM (Fromosa) and has a single PCI-E slot that I can use for an upgraded graphics card.

Anyone have suggestions on a graphics card that will be compatible? I'm willing to go to the $150-$200 range.

Thanks,
Adam

[EDIT] Forgot to mention, the PC comes with a stock 300W power supply. I'd like to leave it as is if I can, but if the higher end GPU's require an upgrade I'm willing.
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December 9, 2012 6:16:38 PM

430W will cut it with this rig? Just want to be sure I don't need to bump it up.

[Edit] Also, just looked the specs on the existing PSU Dimensions: 150mm x 140mm x 86mm (5.9 x 5.5 x 3.4 inches). Right in line with the PSU you've linked to - so I'm lucky there I guess.

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December 9, 2012 6:29:01 PM

the 430w psu will work for the card i listed. the power draw is very low and the psu is stable.
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December 10, 2012 8:43:02 AM

if u CAN spend more it is more than welcome, nothing wrong with getting a PSU with a little more power.
But still going more than 500W is not useful.
I just recommemded a decent one
here is a corsair 500W
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

get this and no worries at all. :) 
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December 10, 2012 9:14:37 AM

The 12v rail on the CX 430 will run 7850 no problem.
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December 10, 2012 3:17:52 PM

as long as that card can fit in that case......
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December 10, 2012 3:57:16 PM

Ok, so here's what I'm thinking. I'm in Canada, so Canadian NewEgg links:

XFX HD 7850 (because it's on sale)
Corsair Builder Series CX430 (as suggested)
And, throwing in a 24" ASUS monitor to make sure I'm his favorite Uncle

Look good? Again, biggest concern is whether the CX430 can handle the new GPU within the HP H8-1410 existing rig. From the sounds of things it will do just fine, and fit :) . I'm also edging away from the 500W Corsair as this mobo doesn't have a second PCI-E slot -- so no real upgrade path for crossfire on the horizon.

Let me know if anything looks rediculous above, or if I should splurge the extra $$ for the 500w.
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December 10, 2012 4:13:41 PM

It looks fine, and if that's the case, why not go for the 500w.
We were suggesting a less expensive option but the 500w will give more headroom for future upgrades and overclocking
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December 11, 2012 2:30:36 AM

they are all compatible and 7850 is a great card and u still CAN OC a little bit but again,
nothing wrong with getting a PSU with a little more power than u need.
but still a 430W is still an awesome PSU for a 7850.
and the 24" monitor is great too!!
7850 will max anything in 1080p
and dont forget to get him a decent gamepad too!!
that would be a complete gift :) 
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December 11, 2012 5:40:47 AM

Better check on the dimensions of the 7850 and Make sure it fits in that case. That will be a limiting factor
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December 11, 2012 5:43:32 AM

It should fit easily.
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