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Need help upgrading my PC to a higher spec for gaming

these are my specs for my PC currently.
I have a hp slimline desktop PC 270-p0xx
Motherboard is a HP 82F2
Memory is DDR4 SDRam 8GBs
Processor is a Intel(R) Core(TM) i3-7100 CPU @ 3.90Ghz

I need to upgrade the video card and maybe add a sata drive to boost the computer performance but I need to know what's compatible and how high I can upgrade it.

I need to upgrade the power supply and add the EVGA Geforde GTX 1050 Ti SC Gaming video graphic card it needs 300watt my PC specs only have 150watt in it at the moment.

I have the money to upgrade it. Just need to know how high and how far I can upgrade it too.

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upgrading my PC to a higher spec for gaming

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It'll be best if you contact with a professional expert. And 1 thing I am damn sure you have to upgrade your Processor.

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I'm going to disagree.

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Read my recent upgrade where I watched the Watts at
https://www.cnet.com/forums/discussions/im-upgrading-some-old-iron-what-would-you-like/

https://support.hp.com/us-en/product/hp-slimline-270-p000-desktop-pc-series/13823526/document/c05536423 shows the PSU to be 180W. So to see how close this is, you'll need to get the P3 Watt Meter first.

Or just replace the PSU.

https://h30434.www3.hp.com/t5/Gaming-Accessories/Upgrading-Video-Card/td-p/6343353 gives the nod to the 1030 since it's power draw is only 30 Watts or about what the onboard graphics consumes.

-> Frankly I think doing this is a bad idea. Have you tried the new Cloud Gaming systems. Here's the video.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0BQ4bXNdEQI or

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Any ideas

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I was hoping I could go with a higher psu Power supply but knowing it's a slimeline finding one that's going to fit is going to be hard.

I wanted to make this slimline into a gaming desktop if it's more affordable than buying a $800+ desktop. Since I already have 200+ games installed. I can transfer them but it's such a pain in the **** to do.

If I could buy a compact size psu to replace with a higher watt that'd be supported than I could use the video graphics card

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When I transfer I don't transfer 200+ games.

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(I don't have 200+ games.)

I use this as a time to clean house. There are only a few games I really play so I install then when I want them. You learn to use this as your opportunity to clean up.

So in short this isn't a good PC to upgrade but you can do the 1030 as others have and at least get out of the basement of gaming and your 200+ games will work better.

As to new games, it's time to move up or sideways to the new cloud gaming which does work on what you have now.

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PS. Check out this link.

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Upgrade

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reply to bob's message

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Ok

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That's a 180w psu not 150w which you said.

Now go back and run that speccy as was asked.

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Link posted

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Ideas?

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Also, would moving to a standard case and regular psu and the graphics card be cheaper than buying a $500+ custom built gaming pc?

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Upgrade

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Unless HP has a psu upgrade for that machine your stuck.
Your not going to put a gtx 1050 in the machine.

Price this out.
2x4GB of ram @ 2400
256GB ssd......for the OS and apps.
Gt 1030 gpu.
That will give you a very nice bump from where you are.

Price this out.
2x4GB of ram @ 2400
256GB ssd......for the OS and apps.
Gtx 1050 ti gpu
Mid tower case.
500w single rail psu.
That will give you a bigger bump from where you are.

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If here was a compatible case for the motherboard I could just transfer the components to the new machine and just upgrade the psu and gpu

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Define compatible?

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I've hacked a few and most of the time it comes out fine. Just don't look at that back of the new desktop as the rear area doesn't get a plate for the motherboard I/O area.

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Compatibility Tower case

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I was trying to think of a tower case to fit the motherboard in and I dont want to buy any random case for it to not fit in it.

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Then no case may do for this.

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Here I think nothing of getting a standard size case then putting in the motherboard, lining it up so the boards work with the rear area and then putting in the standoffs where needed even if I have to drill and tap the screws.

I am not going to go as cheap as https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SzcCi72UupM

That was horrible and I would not go that far.

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Case

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The mobo seems to be a custom size....perhaps something HP had made just to fit that case.

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Reply to Bob's msg

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So just upgrading to a new system would be better because the only downfall is upgrading the GPU to the 1050ti? Otherwise only thing I can use 1030?

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Unless

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HP has an upgrade to that psu you will need to stay with the 1030.

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Any idea?

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Since the 180w is the default how high is the max psu that would fit in the system? And is it listed under benchmark?

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The max is what you find.

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Small form factor desktop cases usually have no alternative PSUs. This is why we look at the motherboard as to form and PSU connections and see if we can fit it into a normal case. Even if we have to customize it a little.

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Ok, as to a case does it have to be specific to the motherboard itself in order to fit properly?

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Yes and no.

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I offered a link to that video to show one can do almost anything to fix a bad case.

In your situation I can't know if you are a DIY person. Here, I'm been in and around the PC scene since the 70's so we didn't have ready made choices back then and had to make parts at times.

Today you see most folk bail out over what could be a single adaptation job. That is, if the motherboard PSU connection is standard then it's nothing to pop that board into a run of the mill case and if you are lucky the motherboard mounting posts line up and the card slots too. If not you drill and tap the new spots for the standoffs.

This is entry level work. But I accept that many folk are still learning mechanical basics.

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For replies

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I can buy a decent $30-$50 tower no problem as I said I'm fairly familiar with the hardware setup to build a PC.

As to Bob's reply maybe it's a custom size that fits only in the slimline pcs for hp specifically
I wouldn't mind upgrading to a different case. If I can get the psu and GPU upgraded for 1050ti

As for the processor and motherboard would I need to upgrade those to work with the psu and gpu to run smoothly knowing the specs is already around 3.8Ghz for the i3?

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Psu

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The psu that's in the machine now is some odd physical size.

So you would need to remove it from the case and measure it.

Then go shopping to see if you can find something that will fit and has the proper plugs.

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