Topic Title: Graphics Card Upgrade
Topic Summary: Radeon HD 5850
Created On: 08/13/2013 05:04 PM
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 08/13/2013 05:04 PM
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Wizard of Iz
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Hello.

I want to upgrade my graphics card from a ATI Radeon HD 5450 to a Radeon HD 5850, but I'm not sure how I want to go about doing this. In the first place, I want to make sure my computer will be able to upgrade with these specs:

HP Pavillion Elite HPE
CPU-- 2.3 GHz Quad Core processor 
CPU Speed-- 2.8 GHz
RAM-- 7.9 GB
OS-- Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium Edition Service Pack 1 (build 7601), 64-bit
Graphics Card-- ATI Radeon HD 5450
Sound Card-- Kinoni Audio Source
Processor-- AMD Phenom(tm) II X4 925 Processor

Assuming my computer can be upgraded at all, I've gotten a few reccomendations to upgrade to a Radeon HD 5850. If I've heard wrong or the Radeon 5850 isn't a viable option for me, I'd like to know before I do anything drastic.

Also, I've never attempted to change my computer's hardware but if it's possible I'd rather do it myself than pay someone to do it. Is it not advisible to do that? How difficult is it to swap my graphics card? Any tips?

Thank you.

 08/13/2013 07:21 PM
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Extremely doubtful you would be able to do it with the stock power supply HP puts into their machines, but if you put in a name brand 450-550w you shouldn't have an issue.

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 08/20/2013 02:26 PM
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A 500W or greater Power Supply Unit is recommended if you are going to the Radeon HD5850 or any of the latest Radeon HD7700 series and above graphics cards.



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 08/20/2013 07:19 PM
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My Power Supply Unit is only at 300W; what exactly are my upgrade options from here without having to purchase a new Power Supply? Would a Radeon HD 5570 be okay?

Also, If I do end up upgrading, is there any saftey precautions I should take if I install it myself? I have a grounding cable, but that's it.



Edited: 08/20/2013 at 07:31 PM by Wizard of Iz
 08/20/2013 07:56 PM
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You will have to upgrade the power supply if you want to be able to do any meaningful upgrade. The Corsair TX650 is a popular choice for $80 and will be fine for any single card setup.

As for safety precautions, there really aren't any. Being summer unless the humidity is low the grounding cable isn't necessary.

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 08/20/2013 08:14 PM
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Thank You! I'll look into it right away.

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