12-26-2013 04:02 PM
i bought the HP Pavilion 500-164 recently mostly for gaming (i understand it's not a fully capable gaming computer)
But i was wondering if this computer could have the graphics card upgraded to the AMD Radeon HD 7970 in order to make it a fully functional gaming rig.
what else would i need to upgrade? the Processer on this computer seems to be a very good one from my research..
it is the AMD Elite Quad-Core A8-650 w/ 8GB Ram....
please help! don't want to return and search for a new computer when i can just upgrade this one.
12-26-2013 04:42 PM - edited 12-26-2013 04:45 PM
Most 7970 are 10.8-11" long, and require a min of 500W. I would prefer 600-650W. No one will likely recommend a PSU over 650W, as there can be problems. You might want to cut a cardboard template to check if the card can fit. See here for an excellent guideline for fitting a card by Big_Dave.
Do it in steps. I would recommend you install the PSU first, and run your system. Once it's stable, deal with the BIOS and the card.
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