Solved Can I upgrade my HP Pavillion H8-1213c?

December 21, 2012 at 02:47:34
Specs: Windows 7
So, this Christmas, I am planning to get a gtx670 or a gtx660ti. I'm using an HP Pavillion H8-1213c and i'm worried that my power supply would not handle either seeing as how it has a max wattage of 460w (according to sticker on side of PSU).

After learning this I thought about upgrading my PSU so that I can support these cards, unfortunately, I haven't found any information pertaining to the HP Pavillion H8-1213c and upgrading. I have no idea what PSU would fit in the case or if I can even upgrade this PC in particular.

Help is appreciated.

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December 21, 2012 at 04:32:22
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Your Hp Pavilion H8-1213c has an ATX form-factor motherboard, so any ATX PSU will fit inside it since ATX is a worldwide standard which defines the size and dimensions of the motherboard and the PSU.

The only thing that you need to make sure of is that the PSU you buy has SATA connectors for the internal drives in your PC, and all new PSUs have those anyway.

You will need to buy a PSU which has an output wattage of 600-watts minimum for either of those cards, to allow for the power required by the other components in your PC. I would play it safe and get a 700-watt PSU to be sure that there's enough power for everything without causing the PSU to be working flat out all the time. The PSU will also have a longer life if it's not working at it's maximum output capacity.

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December 21, 2012 at 06:08:12
Power supply choice should not be based solely on wattage. There are several other specs that you'll need to pay close attention to. Look for an ATX12V/EPS12V unit with a single +12v rail of at least 35A (more is better), active PFC, at least 80 Plus certified, single 120mm (or larger) cooling fan, & from a reputable manufacturer that offers a 3-5 year warranty. You should expect to pay between $50-100 for a decent quality 600-750W PSU that fits the above criteria.

For example, here's a 750W Corsair for approx $62 after 15% off code & $10 rebate:

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