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Attempting to upgrade my computer

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I am currently attempting to upgrade my computer for better game play.

My computer specs....

HP EliteDesk 800 G1 Small Form Factor PC Product Number: F8T90UC

heres the issue... I recently purchased a GeForce GTX 1660Ti super compact to fit into my HP SFF.

problem #1 BTX motherboard... after buying all components need for my upgrade, i discover i have a BTX motherboard. and it seems as though the new PSU will not be able to supply power to the BTX due to the fact that there are direct lines from PSU that cannot be disconnected (proprietary component).

is there a way to be able to bypass this? without doing a total motherboard and CPU and other components?

or do i just bite the bullet, return all my new toys and break down and buy the expensive new gaming tower?
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According to that serial number, you have a HP EliteDesk 800 G1 Small Form Factor PC which was purchased new in June 2014.
It originally came with Windows 7 or Windows 8, but yours has since been refurbished with Windows 10.

It also came with a 4th generation Intel Core i5 or i7 processor - which you didn't describe.
It's my guess its processor doesn't have enough "horsepower" - which will handicap the full potential of that graphic card.
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It also isn't a good idea to convert a small form factor(SFF) computer for hardcore gaming.
Besides the lack of space for hardware upgrades, there's an increased risk of overheating because of the lack of ventilation.

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My apologies, i meant to include the fulls specs. You are correct in windows 10 and im running i5 currently.
The video card I purchased is a low profile and will fit the case, along with the PSU.

I know its not an ideal case to upgrade but she runs well currently, just wanted to balance thr work load while gaming and get better graphics.

Looking at all alternatives before having buy a new tower. Any recommendations?
There are numerous Intel Core i5 processors.
Which one does your PC have?

What's the brand name and model number and wattage of its replacement PSU?

The more information you provide, the easier it'll be for the hardware/gaming experts to help you.

My apologies, here are the specs for my computer:

HP EliteDesk 800 G1 Small Form Factor PC Product Number: F8T90UC
Processor: Intel Core i5-4570 CPU @3.20GHz
Installed Memory (ram): 8.00 GB (7.89GB usable)
System Type: 64-bit operating system, x64-based processor
Windows 10 installed
current cpu: HP 320w
power needed to supply new GPU: 450 or higher

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These are the performance scores for the processor(CPU) and graphic card(GPU) in your computer.
I'm not a hardware/gaming expert, but I don't believe the processor will allow the graphic card to run at its full potential.

If your computer currently has a 320W power supply unit(PSU), it definitely needs a quality replacement PSU with at least 450W.

You might also consider adding another 8 GB of RAM and running your computer with 16 GB.

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Can he even put a decent PSU in that system? It is a SFF HP EliteDesk. I'm thinking that may be a somewhat proprietary PSU.
I was wondering about that too, considering the small size of the case.

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