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Old 06-13-2009, 03:52 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hello all, I was recommended that this was a great site if you had computer questions. Which I do, lol.

First of all I currently have a:
HP Pavilion Intel(R)
Celeron(R) D CPU 3.20GHz
3.20GHz, 1GB Ram
ATI Radeon Xpress 200 Series
70GB Hard drive

I believe that's all that you'd need...if you need more let me know.

I got this computer from my parents back in 2007 for a graduation gift. Now I'm mainly a World of Warcraft player and I play occasionally some other games, like Navyfield, AirRivals, Sins of a Solar Empire, & Dungeon Siege 2. I had to install and CD-RW/DVD-RW on this because it came with just a CD-RW. Which sucked....alot...Now I'm wondering if it would be easier for me, since I'm on a limited budget to either upgrade this or save for a new computer....I'm not looking at getting a bigger Hard drive or anything just something that is going to make my 'gaming' experience better. Because as my friends get computers and/or laptops their graphics for these games are off the charts compared to mine and I want better. Normally I can save $50-100 a paycheck; I get paid every 2 weeks; and I have some money saved up. I don't want to spend alot but if it'd be more cost efficient to buy a new computer/laptop by **** I'd rather do that. Please help I'd greatly appreciate it! Thanks,

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Old 06-13-2009, 05:27 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Well if it was me I would save up a bit for a new build.
You could reuse the hard drive and dvd drives from your computer system.
You could also reuse your keyboard, mouse and monitor.

Somewhere in the $400 to $500 range would get you a nice machine.

Your other option would be to upgrade your graphics.
This most likely means a new gpu and power supply.
That could run you around $100 to $150 so I would save up.

Keep in mind this is my opinion.
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Old 06-13-2009, 09:13 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Yeah I'll go with hefemeister..

But anyways tell us ur budget hehe, that way we can work out what's better psu and gpu.. or save up for a new build.
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Old 06-13-2009, 12:25 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Well I'd like to keep it in the $100-$500 range but being cheap is the main thing. I have to admit I have no idea what is good or anything like that or even how to install graphics, etc. I know of a place that will do it for me for like a few bucks if I have any questions on that. Also I have no idea what you meant when you said "This most likely means a new gpu and power supply." Please explain i'm a newb lol
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Old 06-13-2009, 12:36 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I apologize about the double post but I was looking at IBuyPower - and I found this for $502. Let me know if it will be sufficient for my needs. Or if I should get something else with it...I didnt know what it meant by operating system so I chose XP. But do I have to have that or does it come standard or blank? Thanks, Cole

Case ( Nzxt Alpha Gaming Tower Case Black )
Case Lighting ( None )
Power Supply ( 450 Watt -- Standard Power Supply )
Processor ( AMD Athlon™ X2 7750+ Black Edition Dual-Core CPU w/ HyperTransport Technology )
Processor Cooling ( Certified CPU Fan and Heatsink )
Motherboard ( Asus M3A78-CM AMD 780V/SB700 Chipset w/Integrated ATI video, 8-channels, Gb LAN, S-ATA Raid, USB 2.0, Single PCI-E MB )
Memory ( 2 GB [1 GB X2] DDR2-800 PC6400 Memory Module Corsair-Value or Major Brand )
Video Card ( ATI Radeon HD 4550 512MB PCI-Express x16 )
Video Card Brand ( Major Brand Powered by NVIDIA )
Free Game for ATI Video Card ( None )
Hard Drive ( 160 GB HARD DRIVE [Serial-ATA-II, 3Gb, 7200 RPM, 8M Cache] )
2nd Hard Drive ( None )
External Hard Drives [USB 2.0/eSATA] ( None )
CD/DVD Drive ( None )
CD-RW/DVD-RW Drive ( [** Special !!! ***] LG 22X Dual Format/Double Layer DVDR/RW + CD-R/RW Drive Black )
Sound Card ( 3D Premium Surround Sound Onboard )
Speaker System ( None )
Network Card ( Onboard LAN Network (Gb or 10/100) )
Floppy Drive ( None )
Monitor ( None )
2nd Monitor ( None )
USB 2.0 Accessories ( Built-in USB 2.0 Ports )
Meter Display ( None )
Flash Media Reader/Writer ( 12-In-1 Internal Flash Media Card Reader/Writer Black )
Operating System ( MS Windows XP Home Edition w/ Service Pack 2 )
USB Flash Drive ( None )
MP3/MP4 Player ( None )
Video Camera ( None )
Headset ( None )
Power Protection ( None )
Warranty ( Standard Warranty Service Standard 3-Year Limited Warranty + Lifetime Technical Support )
Rush Service ( Rush Service Fee (not shipping fee) No Rush Service, Estimate Ship Out in 5~10 Business Days )
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Look I am not that smart about comps but I've learned like 70 % here at the forums .. In my opinion u can go .. and do the ibuypower or since u have a good budget get u a nice GPU and PSU do u have pci-e?

Lol this is the first time I recommend parts I hope I dont fail.

Power Supply -- - -- - - Newegg.com - Antec BP550 Plus 550W Continuous Power ATX12V V2.2 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Modular Active PFC Power Supply - Power Supplies $89.99 It's x-fire ready just incase for future..

GPU -- - - - - - Newegg.com - HIS Hightech H467QSS1GP Radeon HD 4670 1GB 128-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Desktop Graphics / Video Cards I love this card $89.99 ($10.00 MIR)

Total comes to be.. $169.98

Now, if u were to get another hard drive, notify me or someone and I'll find you one.
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idk what a pci-e is....

why would i need a new power supply with a new graphics card?

I'm sorry if I sound stupid b/c I know I do to me.

I really dont want to buy a new computer just looking for upgrade - I already plan on bumping my ram up to 2GB next paycheck. So Ram isnt a problem 2GB is enough for what I do. Just mainly graphics better.....

But will my processor handle it? 3.20GHz? Is that good or bad for how old it is?
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You would need a new power supply because most likely your hp came with a very low powered stock psu.
It would not have enough juice to run a new gpu.
Your cpu is ok for a midrange gpu which is what you would want. It would bottleneck a faster gpu.

what is the exact model of your hp? ie pavilillion dv6000t
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HP pavilion a series a1400e - is what i think it says...

Does anyone know how much ram this thing can hold? I've heard 4gb & 2gb from different sites...you guys seem like you know what alotta info is. Thanks in advance.
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According to HP it can use up to 4gb of ram. Keeping in mind if you have a 32bit OS it would not be able to utilize all 4gb.
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It comes with a 250watt psu which could cause some problems.
It does have a pci-e expansion slot so you are good to go there.

Edit: Something is wrong here. In your OP you stated you had an Intel CPU and the specs for the HP Pavilion PC name: a1400e show it as a AMD.
either your original specs were wrong or you gave us the wrong model number.
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