B830 upgrade — Micro Center

B830 upgrade

I have a B830 and am interesting in upgrading the graphics card and the memory.  Is this possible on this particular model? 

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  • Welcome to the forum, @jfeuer. The B830 can definitely be upgraded with a new graphics card and some memory, but there are a couple things to keep in mind.

    First, the included power supply is only 300W and does not include any additional power cables. This will limit your options considerably, but with modern hardware you can still see a very strong performance boost. If you do not intend to upgrade the PSU, I'd strongly recommend a GTX 1650: https://www.microcenter.com/product/606545/msi-geforce-gtx-1650-ventus-xs-overclocked-dual-fan-4gb-gddr5-pcie-30-graphics-card. These are going to be the fastest graphics cards you can use without a 6 pin PCIe power cable and are priced quite well for their performance.

    Secondly, memory is going to be limited to a max configuration of 4x8GB and up to DDR3 1600mhz speed. Here is a list of DDR3 1600mhz memory we carry: https://www.microcenter.com/search/search_results.aspx?Ntk=all&sortby=match&N=4294966965+4294821353+4294820831&myStore=false.

    Lastly, make sure you install new drivers when you upgrade your graphics card. With such a large jump in graphics generations, your current drivers may not support the newer GPU's. If you have any further questions, let us know!
  • And if I upgrade the PSU, what card could I upgrade to?  And what power supply would you recommend that MicroCenter carries?
  • @TSMichaelB Made a good recommendation with the GTX 1650. It's a solid upgrade for you, and it's not limited very much by the CPU in your system. Above that, you're going to run into a more serious CPU bottleneck and you're not going to get as much performance for your dollar out of it.

    As for the power supply, 400W+. Availability is pretty limited right now. If you want to do more upgrades down the road and plan to keep the power supply I would go with 650W unit. Our Powerspec brand PSU's work just fine. EVGA and Corsair are always solid choices.

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