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Big_Dave
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Powerlift,

 

Look for a OCZ and chose a modular model.   Look at the 12+ volt amperage needed by the 470 and chose a PSU that can support that need.  You might consider the EVGA NVIDIA 460 1GB with External Exhaust to help deal with the heat being generated by a high wattage video card.

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Powerlift
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Thanks for the link, I found this one rated for 40A and the GTX 470 requires 38:

 

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817171036

 

Looks like a pretty good PSU.

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Powerlift,

 

That PSU should work just fine.

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Powerlift
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Thanks for the help.  I know the OCZs were cheaper but the reviews on this unit are good.

 

With a serious card like this hopefully I can just upgrade to the best processor this board can use (Q9650) and 8GB of DDR3 RAM next year and be good for a few years again.

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Powerlift,

 

A bit of caution.  Your new potential video card and PSU is going to generate more heat so be prepared to deal with that issue.  I typically like to see lower wattage video cards in the smallish HP mini-towers as heat has a tendency to shorten the life of the electronic components.

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dcrutgers
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Quck question:

 

I just bought a HP Pavilion Elite HPE-300z series. Just like most here, I want to upgrade the PSU because I also want to put a better video card in. Will I have a problem fiting the following PSU and Video card in the HPE-300z case?

 

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139004

 

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130567

 

Thanks guys!

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dcrutgers,

 

The best thing to do is to open open up your PC and do some measuring.  The 460 length wise should fit but it's a double wide card so the slot next adjacent to the PCI-E x16 needs to be open. 

 

You might run into a heat issue with the smallish HP mini-tower cabinet so be prepared to deal with it. 

 

Otherwise, good choices.

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dcrutgers
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Thanks, I haven't received the computer yet, but thanks for getting back to me. Happy to hear that I shouldn't have any problems fitting the PSU and the video card. As for the heat issue, anybody else have experience with this setup and heat?


Thanks!

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Kantucki
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I play lots of games like Crysis, COD, BBC. My upgrade was almost identical to yours and I've had no heat issues.

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dcrutgers
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Thanks, that's good to know. I needed this rig to play Bad company 2 on high! lol

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