Upgrading an old HP Slimline, could use some help!

By dwizzle
Jan 22, 2011
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  1. I'm new to this, and I was wondering if all my hardware is compatible with each other. Please give me your thoughts and opinions. I'm just upgrading an old HP Slimline that I've had for some time now. My budget is basically $350. It's all in a mini-itx form factor. I'm looking to get this Zotac motherboard: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813500043
    with this CPU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115065
    this ram: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231310
    and this PSU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817148044
    Please tell me your thoughts and opinions. I just got into this idea of upgrading my system so please no hate comments.Thank you! :)
  2. Route44

    Route44 TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 12,109   +21

    Yes, they should work together.

    However, forget that psu and go with this one: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371033

    For $10 more you can get an Antec Green that puts out 500w. Of course being a slimline you'll need to know the dimensions of a psu to see if it fits but 250W isn't enough.

    What video card will you be running?
  3. dwizzle

    dwizzle Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 34

    see that's the problem. the PSU has to be in a mini itx form factor such as the one i chose before, but there's other ones on here with atleast 300w im sure. and i was seeing if the onboard graphics could do me could for a little while.
  4. Route44

    Route44 TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 12,109   +21

    What are the dimensions of a psu that your slimeline could handle?
  5. dwizzle

    dwizzle Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 34

    L x W x H = 9" x 3.5" x 2"
  6. dwizzle

    dwizzle Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 34

    do you think amd would do me better?
  7. dwizzle

    dwizzle Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 34

    this is how much room i have..

    as you can see not much at all.

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  8. Route44

    Route44 TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 12,109   +21

    Okay, wow, I see what you mean. There are other power supplies at Newegg with more power that probably would fit your slimline but I am still concerned about what these upgrades will need power wise.

    The cpu alone requires 73w. Your motherboard needs a 24 pin connection and it will take some research to see if any of the mini-itx psu's provide that. Plus a video card upgrade will need to be brought into the power need.

    Have you considered a minitower case such as a Coolermaster Elite and another power supply?
  9. dwizzle

    dwizzle Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 34

    yeah, its itsy bitsy. and no not really:p
  10. Route44

    Route44 TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 12,109   +21

  11. dwizzle

    dwizzle Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 34

    alright thanks! but i already went to my local computer part store and for $441 i get a case with a 450w psu, an amazing asus motherboard, 4gigs of ddr3 ram, an amd phenom x2 955 processor, a nvidia gt 240 graphics card, a nifty old card reader that comes handy, an a asus wireless n card. man did that solve the problem.


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