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Hello and good Morning,

I recently made the mistake of buying this Hp6653w out of total anger when my old dell crapped out on me mid game..I literally left my home at 3am and went and got this thing..

I know a little about pc's..enouygh to install ram and other small things but i am no means an expert.. Im looking to upgrade my video card and psu .. i know i will need a faster processor.. So i started googling upgrade for the HP6653W

My link

I ended up finding another members post on this forums and thought i would join..heres his link
My link

Now.. im willing to spend whatever money needed to get this thing moving along.. I understand the Phenom II x4 970 processor is the way to go.. i would like something MUCH faster is possible ( please help here ) can i use a quad core? please explain more here this is where i get lost lol.. ( looking to play Battlefield 3 with 200+ fps ) which would make my counterstrike source in the 500-600fps range.

will need a bigger psu im told and heat sink... reading the other guys post.. the Corsair's A50 and A70 heat sinks are the way to go.. which of these 2 are better

now for psu and video card.if i have to stay with ati.. im looking for the 3870 or better..willing to spend 350-400 on a good card. Would LOVE NVIDIA'S
GTX580 OR 590.. or something ati makes thats near one of those.. ideas please!!! can i even run Nvidia?

what else am i missing? system requirements says i need a quadcore.. but will the Phenom run it? (BF3 )


Im just the average joe coal miner..2 kids and when i get home.. its family time..after 830.. its my time and i love to game when the wifes at work.. keeps me out of trouble :)

thanks for your time and consideration helping me with this.. your help and ideas are much appreciated.


Edited by PennCoalMiner, 20 December 2011 - 11:18 AM.

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:welcome: PennCoalMiner
CPU http://www.newegg.co...N82E16819103871 Do not go for the cheaper OEM (see below why not) $99.99
GPU http://www.newegg.co...N82E16814130657 I suggest this over the 6950 as it is 3" smaller and many of the reviews at Newegg state the 6950 is huge with some saying they struggled for space with a Mid Tower which is the size of your PC case, it is also faster than the stock 560 $239.99 - $219.99 after mail in rebate.
Also worth mentioning is that unless you intend using a screen larger than 32" or multiple (3 or more) screens a 1GB video card is adequate.
My personal opinion only but the 580 and 590 are overpriced compared to the specs and the performance of the 560Ti.
PSU http://www.newegg.co...N82E16819103871 I used a PSU calculator for the required output
but as the 560 was not listed I input 580 for the graphics card http://www2.corsair....lse&vc_oc=False I chose the higher output to allow for possible future upgrades and the mail in rebate makes it worthwhile $79.88 - $59.99 after M.I.R.
Total cost = $419.97 or $379.97 after M.I.R and all items are free shipping :happy:

will need a bigger psu


and heat sink... reading the other guys post

Incorrect and the reason why I recommend not purchasing the OEM CPU, if you use anything other than the heatsink and fan supplied with a new processor you will invalidate your warranty, both AMD and Intel are clear on this;

From AMD policy;

This Limited Warranty shall be null and void if the AMD microprocessor which is the subject of this Limited Warranty is used with any heatsink/fan other than the one provided herewith.

Full article @ http://support.amd.c...earLimited.aspx
The stock heatsink and fan are tested over and above the CPUs normal operating temperature so unless you are overclocking you do not need an aftermarket cooler, I know there is no HS and fan supplied with the OEM type CPU but at least you know if you purchase a CPU in a box type the HS and fan will both fit and keep the CPU cool, you also have less chance of installing the HS and fan incorrectly.

Cautionary notes: The Phenom II x4 970 is not compatible with your MB as the MB is rated at Max TDP: 95W whereas the 970 is 125W and the extra heat will be dangerous. http://www.newegg.co...henom II x4 970 before you purchase any component double check that they are compatible and not too large for you case, see the Details Tab for the products @ Newegg for the PSU and video card dimensions, and finally don`t forget to purchase some TIM for the CPU and heatsink, see the tutorial courtesy of Digerati for guidance http://www.geekstogo...rface-material/
I hope you find the above helpful, let us know what you decide or if we can assist you in any way.
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