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I need to upgrade the graphics card for a ASUS Essentio CG1330. link

It has a low-end Phenom II X6 and the original graphics card was replaced with something else which ended up dying. My co-worker took it back and the MB was replaced AND the graphics card with something very cheap. Her daughter uses it to primarily play WoW.

I plan on upgrading the PSU as well. Budget is $175. I will float the rebates for her.

Here is what I am thinking...

ASUS EAH6850 DC/2DIS/1GD5/V2 Radeon HD 6850 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 - $139.99 after MIB

CORSAIR Builder Series CX430 V2 430W ATX12V v2.3 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply - $34.99 after MIB

Not many options at this price.

I have a few concerns:
  1. Is the 6850 shooting to high with this rig and intended use?

  2. Is 430w sufficient? I checked the specs on "Phaedrus Quick'n'Dirty PSU calculator" and the PSU seems adequate for the graphics card despite AMD's recommendation of a 500w.
  3. I am not 100% sure of the compatibility of the expansion slots. The Asus website doesn't list specifics of the slots, but the original card looks like it was a 2.1.
  4. Do you think the cooling is adequate in that case to run this card in there?

Any other suggestions? Thanks in advance!
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That Corsair is enough but I would go for this instead: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817182202 More on the 12v rail and is a great unit.
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16gb 2133mhz G.Skill Sniper  Kingston SSD Western Digital R4 Seagate Barracuda 
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EK Supremacy acetyl/Nickel XSPC EX240 Phobya DC-12 400 Windows 7 
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Asus 23.5" Corsair K70 Antec True Power Quattro 850w Coolermaster Storm Trooper 
MouseMouse PadAudioAudio
Logitech G400 Steelseries QCK Schiit Magni Schiit Modi 
Audio
Hifiman HE-400 
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Originally Posted by nbmjhk6 View Post
That Corsair is enough but I would go for this instead: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817182202 More on the 12v rail and is a great unit.
Thanks for the input. Puts me slightly over, but if it saves me from an extra trip to her house, I will eat the cost.

Gotta go to bed, I will check this again in the morning.
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OP, 6850 and a 430w is a perfect choice, the 6850 is a very power efficient card, and only needs one 6 pin. You'll be plenty fine. Great choices
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OP, 6850 and a 430w is a perfect choice, the 6850 is a very power efficient card, and only needs one 6 pin. You'll be plenty fine. Great choices
Thanks for the reassurance.

I'm gonna buy these this morning. I'll update after I get them installed.
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i5 2500K Asus P8P67 Pro MSI GTX 480 8 Gb G.Skill 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
Crucial 60 Gb SSD, Samsung 1Tb LG Blu-Ray Win 7 Samsung 24" 
PowerCase
Corsair 850AX Cooler Master HAF-X 
  hide details  
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i5 2500K Asus P8P67 Pro MSI GTX 480 8 Gb G.Skill 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
Crucial 60 Gb SSD, Samsung 1Tb LG Blu-Ray Win 7 Samsung 24" 
PowerCase
Corsair 850AX Cooler Master HAF-X 
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