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Buying a HP Pavilion desktop computer and replacing the video card

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well if you can afford it i would personally buy this over the hp... http://www.staples.ca/en/ASUS-Desktop-3 ... CA_1_20001
ASUS Desktop, 3.2GHz Intel Core i5-3470, 10GB RAM, 2TB HDD (CM6340-CA001S)

it is an Asus and has a slightly faster CPU, more memory, better vid card gt620 and the psu is 350w and a better brand by far. 689.19 but other than that if your not willing to buy a build your own you better make sure you can upgrade that psu.
Poor Grammar and being long winded don't fit well together, Oh well.
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Arkeron wrote:
Feb 12th, 2013 6:17 pm
well lest compare what you would get if you build it yourself
I hear what you are saying alright but I don't want to shop around and go through the trouble of assembling myself and the hassle with mail-in rebates.
All I want is get that HP Pavilion system and replace the video card and most likely the PSU as well.
I just hope my plan works.
I know that system that you build yourself is 1000X better than this HP Pavilion but it's just fine for me.
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Ya MIR sucks, but its really easy to build a system. Take your time, watch some guides. (its better but not by a factor of 1000X...)

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Just tough about something, its probably easier to build a system from the start, instead of changing the PSU and Video card on a already built system....
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Arkeron wrote:
Feb 12th, 2013 6:39 pm
its probably easier to build a system from the start, instead of changing the PSU and Video card on a already built system....
I guess it is as painful to replace the PSU as building an entire system. I remember once I had to replace a dead PSU, I had to unplug about 10 connectors and remove the dead PSU, put the new PSU in, reconnect everything.
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Arkeron wrote:
Feb 12th, 2013 6:39 pm
its probably easier to build a system from the start, instead of changing the PSU and Video card on a already built system....
You are exaggerating, to put it mildly.
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So if my plan fails (unable to replace the video card and the PSU), I wonder if I can still return the HP Pavilion. If not, I have to throw away the computer case and this H-Joshua-H61-uATX foxconn motherboard. So I would have essentially gotten the CPU, the RAM memory and the HDD for the price (Intel Core i5-3450 / 2TB HDD / 8GB RAM), assuming I can reuse those parts. :facepalm:
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bgallagher wrote:
Feb 12th, 2013 6:35 pm
I hear what you are saying alright but I don't want to shop around and go through the trouble of assembling myself and the hassle with mail-in rebates.
All I want is get that HP Pavilion system and replace the video card and most likely the PSU as well.
I just hope my plan works.
I know that system that you build yourself is 1000X better than this HP Pavilion but it's just fine for me.
ncix charges $50 for assembly and they provide you with 1 year warranty included
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bgallagher wrote:
Feb 12th, 2013 7:39 pm
So if my plan fails (unable to replace the video card and the PSU), I wonder if I can still return the HP Pavilion.
I don't see why it would fail or why you would be unable to return the PC.
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Feb 12th, 2013 7:57 pm
ncix charges $50 for assembly and they provide you with 1 year warranty included
Do the install the OS too?
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bgallagher wrote:
Feb 12th, 2013 9:10 pm
Well, in a perfect world, it would be fine, everything would work as expected but look at this guy, not so lucky:
http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/38711 ... card-start

Exact same system that I am about to get :facepalm:
Could be that he didn't connect all PSU wires properly. In any case, you have a higher chance of hardware incompatibility or user error when building a system from scratch.
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bgallagher wrote:
Feb 12th, 2013 9:15 pm
Do what?
add a aftermarket GPU into a HP......... Especially something budget line like what you are buying
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george__ wrote:
Feb 12th, 2013 9:22 pm
add a aftermarket GPU into a HP......... Especially something budget line like what you are buying
I see nothing wrong here. The video card that comes with the HP Pavilion is a AMD Radeon HD 7450, not suitable for gaming. I replace it with my 5-year old GeForce 9800 GTX+ graphics card.
Not budget line, the Intel Core i5-3450 CPU in the HP system is retailing at $200.

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