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Old 05-03-2012, 06:05 PM   #1
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Default PC hardware upgrade help.

I would like to upgrade the video card on my computer, however with so many different cards out there I don't really know where to begin. My current video card is an AMD Radeon HD 6450. My PC is an HP Pavilion Elite HPE-500f Desktop.

Link: HP Pavilion Elite HPE-500f Desktop PC (BV535AA) specifications - HP Home & Home Office Products

I'd like to be able to run Diablo 3 cleanly. The beta ran pretty clean but at a low video setting. I've never done anything internal on a PC other than adding RAM. Is it just as simple? And if I upgrade the video card do I need to upgrade the power supply or anything else?


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Old 05-03-2012, 10:19 PM   #2
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Yeah just as simple as putting in more ram but you would put the card into the pci express slot.
I think you will need to upgrade the power supply if you get a new card like a radeon hd 6790, 6850, or even a 6950 ( Nvidia cards would be like the 560, 580)
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Old 05-05-2012, 01:25 AM   #3
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Your computer just needs a new graphics card, it doesn't need any more RAM than 8GB for games really. I have 4GB and mine runs the D3 beta perfectly. I have a Nvidia GTX260 which runs it on high settings so you should be great if you just buy a GTX560. Reading the specs on the 560 on Nvidias website it says that the minimum PSU should be 450W and your HP has a 460W power supply so you're cutting it tight on power. If you have the cash, go out and get another power supply, a 550W I'd recommend. Also, make sure that you have 2 6-pin PCI-E power connectors to power the GPU!
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