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Windows 7: Advice on pc upgrades

04 Aug 2012   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
Advice on pc upgrades

Im getting sick of not being able to play alot of games on my pc, and the ones i can play are on the absolute lowest settings possible. So i decided to get my pc some upgrades instead of buying a new one, since this one is only 1 year old. My computer is a hp p6715f you can find it on hp the website and specs are in my profile also, what should you advice me on getting?

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04 Aug 2012   #2
Microsoft MVP

Win 7 Ultimate x64

HP Pavilion p6715f Desktop PC Product Specifications HP Pavilion p6715f Desktop PC - HP Customer Care (United States - English)

A video card and a new power supply is what you need. Power supply because the 250W one that HP put in there won't be enough to run much more than what the computer shipped with, it definitely won't be enough to run any video card that requires an external power connection (and doubtful for the ones that don't either),

How much are you looking to spend?
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04 Aug 2012   #3

Microsoft Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit

In addition to the advice above:

Start slow. No need to blow all your money at once. Try simply upgrading the graphics card, which is the most critical unit in playing video games. You have a PCI-e x16 slot, it looks like, so you should be able to upgrade to the latest graphics cards available. Depends what is in your budget. Go AMD if you want a really good card for cheap.

You'll have to look through and determine what you want based on the pricing: AMD Radeon
amd graphics: compare prices and read reviews - Bing Shopping
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04 Aug 2012   #4

Windows 7 Pro X64 SP1

Be sure to get a decent power supply if you wish to upgrade.

Antec, Corsair, and Seasonic are good places to start. I'm sure that there are lots of other worthwhile ones, but avoid the real "bargain" units.
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05 Aug 2012   #5

Win7 Ultimate x64

Totally agreed. A lot of people buy a whole new computer while they can just simply buy a better graphic card.
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05 Aug 2012   #6

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

I agree that what you need the more is a real graphic card, as it have only an on-board one, which aren't particularly good for newer games. At the same time you'll probably need a bigger power supply to power it all as the one you have is really small.
I may suggest as a third, last step, and even if needed, to consider a bigger CPU instead of an i3, but only if the GPU alone can't cope with the games.
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05 Aug 2012   #7

Microsoft Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit

Also, something I had forgotten to mention. I am not sure about your case, but make sure the case is not smaller than the graphics card you are looking to buy. Some cards are bigger than others. There needs to be plenty of room, including any wires that might be in the way. Measure it, and don't buy a card that doesn't fit.
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05 Aug 2012   #8

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit

Hey thanks for all the answers, my budget is really low so some thing lower than 200 or mid 200, also i really wanted to get a nvidia card instead of ati ( just personal preference) what would be the best one for me, oh and my psu unit which would you advice me on getting since i dont want anything cheap that might mess up my pc
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05 Aug 2012   #9
Microsoft MVP

Win 7 Ultimate x64

As long as the case for your HP is the same as in the link I posted above (standard ATX size), then something like this, - MSI N550GTX-Ti MD1GD5 V2 GeForce GTX 550 Ti (Fermi) 1GB 192-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card - Antec NEO ECO 520C 520W Continuous Power ATX12V v2.3 / EPS12V 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply

would allow you to play most games at a mix of medium and high (and all high depending on the game), and come in right around your $200 budget.
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05 Aug 2012   #10

Microsoft Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit

^ I like what he said
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