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Hi forum,
I am a new member who is looking to buy a new desktop computer for multi-media and gaming purposes, I would like this computer to have a motherboard which is cross-fire capable for a dual graphics card upgrade later on, the problem is im not sure how to check whether the computer i am wanting to buy is crossfire capable.

the computer model which i am looking at is the HP HPE H8-1050 which has the following specifications:

Manufacturer's motherboard name: Pegatron
Motherboard name: IPISB-CH2
HP/Compaq name: Chicago
Chipset: Intel H67

could someone please find out whether this motherboard is AMD crossfire capable, or explain to me how to work this out?

thankyou in advance smile.gifcool.gif,

Miloman
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Hi Miloman,

I googled with your mobo model (HP brand right?): http://bizsupport1.austin.hp.com/bizsupport/TechSupport/Document.jsp?objectID=c02854392&lang=en&cc=us&contentType=SupportFAQ&prodSeriesId=5080764&prodTypeId=12454

I found that it has only 1 PCI-E x16 slot. So sorry, this mainboard cannot use 2 GPUs for Crossfire unless you gonna use video card like 2 GPUs on a PCB such as Radeon HD 6990 . and yes, that needs bigger Power Supply. smile.gif
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Hi 2metre,

Thanks, i didn't know that graphics cards could only be on the PCi-E x16 (but then again, i am a complete noob tongue.gif) i just checked the current graphics card on the HP HPE H8-1050 (Radeon HD 6850) and it says to have a recommended power supply of 500 watts or greater. The system has a power supply of only 460 watts... will this be a problem? and if so, why did the system come with insufficient power?
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I see that HD 6850 comes its spec. Don't worry I think that PSU can handle it. Symptoms of not enough PSU are lots of random BSOD, auto restarts, crashes, burns etc.
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Hello Miloman,

I think you'll find that the vast majority of people here on OCN build their own computers from components pieced together. The reason for this is that the enthusiast then has control over what type of capabilities and quality are built into the machine. The vast majority of pre-built systems use relatively sub-par components in the areas consumers are ordinarily unlikely to understand or care about. The result is generally a less capable, less upgradeable, and less reliable machine in the long run.

I think you should seriously consider taking this opportunity to dive into computer building. If you have the brain power required to run pro-media apps, then you are overqualified to build your own computer.

Just glancing over the specifications of the HP you are looking at, I see some major drawbacks for the price point. A 5400RPM HD? 10GB 1333MHZ RAM? Micro ATX board? Very pathetic looking VRM configuration for a powerful CPU? 460W questionable PSU?

Consider the following:

The HP you are looking at retails for $1200-1400

i7-2600 + 16GB 1600MHZ RAM: http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.746883
Same CPU as is included in the HP. More memory, Faster memory.

GigaByte UD4 MOBO + GigaByte 560Ti GPU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.751644
Remarkably better motherboard. Proper heat sinks, big power supply for CPU with heat sinks, full ATX size with plenty of expansion, including the ability to run dual GPU configurations no problem. The GTX560Ti included here is better than the 6850 in the HP by a noteworthy margin. The 560Ti trades blows with an HD6950.

Lian Li Lancool Case + Windows 7 prof: http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.722407.11-112-154
Very well made case with good air flow. You can add more fans to improve it. Windows Prof instead of Windows Home with the HP here.

Blue-Ray Burner (reads and writes CDs/DVDs also): http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827136226
The blue ray drive in the HP can only read blue ray. This can read and write, as well as take care of all your other optical needs.

750W Power supply: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817703027
This PSU has more than enough overhead and all the connections needed to power a dual GPU system without breaking a sweat, and it is one of the best build power supplies you can buy. 7 year warranty. How many years will HP stand behind that POS PSU they have in their machine?

1TB 7200RPM Hard Drive: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822145533
This is the fastest mechanical 7200RPM HD on the market right now. First single platter 1TB drive. You can expect speeds out of this thing 2-3X as good as the one in the HP unit. Much better for media related tasks.

Media Reader: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820132022
The HP has a card reader, this will blow that out of the water with more capability and compatibility and convenience.

Apply promo codes: EMCJKJG42, LLSneakOct11, PCP1010.

$1288 shipped.
     
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Hello Miloman,

I think you'll find that the vast majority of people here on OCN build their own computers from components pieced together. The reason for this is that the enthusiast then has control over what type of capabilities and quality are built into the machine. The vast majority of pre-built systems use relatively sub-par components in the areas consumers are ordinarily unlikely to understand or care about. The result is generally a less capable, less upgradeable, and less reliable machine in the long run.

I think you should seriously consider taking this opportunity to dive into computer building. If you have the brain power required to run pro-media apps, then you are overqualified to build your own computer.

Just glancing over the specifications of the HP you are looking at, I see some major drawbacks for the price point. A 5400RPM HD? 10GB 1333MHZ RAM? Micro ATX board? Very pathetic looking VRM configuration for a powerful CPU? 460W questionable PSU?

Consider the following:

The HP you are looking at retails for $1200-1400

i7-2600 + 16GB 1600MHZ RAM: http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.746883
Same CPU as is included in the HP. More memory, Faster memory.

GigaByte UD4 MOBO + GigaByte 560Ti GPU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.751644
Remarkably better motherboard. Proper heat sinks, big power supply for CPU with heat sinks, full ATX size with plenty of expansion, including the ability to run dual GPU configurations no problem. The GTX560Ti included here is better than the 6850 in the HP by a noteworthy margin. The 560Ti trades blows with an HD6950.

Lian Li Lancool Case + Windows 7 prof: http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.722407.11-112-154
Very well made case with good air flow. You can add more fans to improve it. Windows Prof instead of Windows Home with the HP here.

Blue-Ray Burner (reads and writes CDs/DVDs also): http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827136226
The blue ray drive in the HP can only read blue ray. This can read and write, as well as take care of all your other optical needs.

750W Power supply: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817703027
This PSU has more than enough overhead and all the connections needed to power a dual GPU system without breaking a sweat, and it is one of the best build power supplies you can buy. 7 year warranty. How many years will HP stand behind that POS PSU they have in their machine?

1TB 7200RPM Hard Drive: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822145533
This is the fastest mechanical 7200RPM HD on the market right now. First single platter 1TB drive. You can expect speeds out of this thing 2-3X as good as the one in the HP unit. Much better for media related tasks.

Media Reader: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820132022
The HP has a card reader, this will blow that out of the water with more capability and compatibility and convenience.

Apply promo codes: EMCJKJG42, LLSneakOct11, PCP1010.

$1288 shipped.

WOW. +rep for that post, alot of really useful information there
    
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