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Upgrading my Video Card and PSU [Help Needed]

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mfenn

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The GeForce 600 and 700 series are actually the same chip, just with the model numbers shifted around a bit. For example, the GTX 770 is nearly identical to a GTX 680. Which card to get really depends on the pricing you're seeing. I don't see a price quoted for the GTX 670 you're looking at.
 

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I can get a refurbished 670 w/ 90 day warranty for the same price as a 660:
http://www.ebay.com/itm/R-MSI-N670GTX-PM2D2GD5-OC-2GB-GDDR5-GeForce-GTX-670-HDMI-PCIE-/350987492332?pt=PCC_Video_TV_Cards&hash=item51b87c1bec#viTabs_0

Though I've never bought anything refurbished so I don't know if I should. :/
Factory refurbished is usually OK, much better than retailer open box. If it works for the first week or so, it's likely to keep working for a while. Double check the return policy before you order though.
 

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This is close to what the inside of my computer looks like: http://imageshack.us/a/img152/4940/20120927172715.jpg
Based upon your picture, I hope you plan to clean out some of that dust before sticking the new video card in there. While you have it open, hit it with some canned or compressed air to clean it out (especially the dust in the fins of your CPU heatsink). Blowing out your video card fan and shroud might also solve some of your current overheating issues until you get the new card and power supply as well.
 
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Based upon your picture, I hope you plan to clean out some of that dust before sticking the new video card in there. While you have it open, hit it with some canned or compressed air to clean it out (especially the dust in the fins of your CPU heatsink). Blowing out your video card fan and shroud might also solve some of your current overheating issues until you get the new card and power supply as well.
That's not my computer; mine is the same model(Or looks the same), but it is not dusty like that.

I ordered the refurbished MSI card and the SeaSonic M12II 620 PSU. I'll post back here regarding how successful this upgrade is when I get them in. Thank you for the help everyone.
 
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Okay, so I got the card and PSU in. I installed the PSU, and it works. After I made sure that the PSU was working correctly, I installed the graphics card. When I booted the computer, it froze at the boot screen.

Edit: I updated my BIOS to version 7.12. Still doesn't work.
 

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I think the problem might be due to UEFI, but I don't really know anything about that. I'll give the 6850 a shot and see how it goes.

Edit:
The last post here:
http://h30434.www3.hp.com/t5/Desktop-Hardware/Has-Anyone-Here-Gotten-A-GTX-700-Series-Graphics-Card-To/td-p/3247229
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"For those that are having issues with the NVIDIA 780, I suspect the issue is in most cases a lack of not having the latest UEFI standard implemented in the bios . UEFI standard 2.3.1 is probably the required level and that might only be available in the later HP version 8 bios levels."
 
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