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12-10-2008 05:08 PM
There are several questions that I would like to ask.
First of all, I've been lurking around and reading the threads about other a6614f owners' desires to upgrade their hardware. No one seems to have responded to any successes that they may have had, so I am a bit worried.
- I was wondering if anyone would know if the ATI Radeon HD 4850 GPU (with or without an anftermarket cooler) would fit inside without any conflicts. I have read that there is only one PCI-E slot available, which could possibly conflict with a cooling unit's placement.
- Is there a better alternative to the Radeon 4850 within the US$150 - US$200 price range?
- Additionally, there have been reports that the Radeon 4800 series get extremely hot. Would the stock tower and fan provide adequate cooling and airflow to keep everything within safe operating temperatures? Would I need to upgrade the stock fan?
- The next question pertains to the PSU. Does anyone know whether or not the Corsair HX series fans fit inside? Has anyone had luck with any other reliable power supplies in the 450-600W range?
- What other modifications would you guys recommend?
Thank you for the replies.
12-11-2008 06:18 AM
12-11-2008 10:42 AM - edited 12-11-2008 10:45 AM
I've been looking at the Palit 4850 512MB. It is also a dual slot card (due to the aftermarket cooler), but is fairly short. Good to hear that the space seems plentiful. If you don't have any problems with your setup, then I'm sure mine will be fine.
Does the heat from your XFX 9600GT cause any problems? Have you found the airflow inside the case to be adequate?
12-12-2008 07:35 AM
Yep, HP usually makes its PCs upgradeable....well some PCs more than others due to the size and style of the PC, but for yours, here is an article with a video and step by step instructions for upgrading the processor:
Here is your product page that contains all the articles related to upgrading your PC:
Ease of upgrading components is one of the things I usually like about HP desktops.....
01-05-2009 08:29 PM
since HP is not looking too good for a fix on my problem, could one of you folks please check out the last post I made in this thread here: http://h30434.www3.hp.com/psg/board/message?board.
If you can do so, I'll give you my email address, or you can just upload to one of those free upload site and just provide a link for it.
01-06-2009 03:00 PM
i owne a radeon HIS 4670 that take up 2 slot but havent been able to install it my hp a1540n does not reconize it even after i disable the MB integrated graphics and driver any of you that have ati have an idea why this happens. i installed ati driver but for some reason ati display driver never install ati control panel does
02-05-2009 09:07 AM - edited 02-05-2009 09:23 AM
i'll try my best to answers some of your questions:
- for the price range of $150 - $200 the 4850 IMHO is the "bang for the buck". but you might also want to consider a 9800 GTX.
- yes, they can get really hot. i just upgraded to a 4850 (MSI R4850 2D512 OC) and during noon, the idle temp is stable at 60-63C and goes 74-80C during load.
- you might want to check out ATi's list of certified PSU's.
- if you're going for the 4850, you might want to install an aftermarket cooler like a Zalman VF1000 or GV1000 (im planning to buy one for my vcard). it's quite efficient according to some reviews and it doesnt take up much space (just another slot) compared to other 4850 aftermarket coolers. also, try to organize the cables inside your pc to incease the airflow.
hope this helps.