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Is it my graphics card?

By ZeroSkating
May 18, 2010
  1. So this computer is new. about 1 month old now. it runs good. things run smooth and fast. WoW runs better than before on my old pc, but im still not getting the framerate or the graphic quality I'm hoping for.

    I play on the lowest graphic settings in game. I usually have between 25-40ish fps. I'd like to be getting 60. Or at leaste something consistent and high for when I do raids and BG's(when framerate tends to drop more than usual).

    Here are my computer specs:

    HP Pavilion a4310f PC

    AMD Athlon II X2 250 Dual-Core Processor
    4GB DDR3 Ram
    640 GB Hard Drive
    NVIDIA GeForce 6150 SE

    So, my question is how can I play on higher in game graphic settings and have constant good FPS? Im sure its my graphics card thats holding me back since its integrated. But is there anything else with my PC that could be holding me back as well? Let me know, Thanks
     
  2. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Posts: 5,219   +157

    Hi Zero,
    unfortunately not. the rest of your components are more capable than your IGP. you could vastly improve your gaming performance for as little as $50 with a graphics card if that's doable for you.
    do you have a budget for this? and at what resolution do you play/want to play at?
     
  3. ZeroSkating

    ZeroSkating TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 29

    1024x768 is the resolution i play at. Id just like to be able to crank up the graphic settings in game and have a higher FPS than what im running at. its as low as 15-20 in some areas, its frustrating. What graphics card could I get to meet these standards Im looking for? Something $100 or less would be the easiest for me to achieve, But if its needed I can go over that. (and would I need a larger power supply like some require?)
     
  4. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Posts: 5,219   +157

  5. Ritwik7

    Ritwik7 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,672   +9

    For WoW the HD 4670 will be plenty enough. In case you're looking to play some of the other newer games at that resolution, the Radeon HD 4770 is an excellent choice.
     
  6. ZeroSkating

    ZeroSkating TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 29

    Not sure what kind of slots my pc has. Like if it has PCI or not. How can i check?
     
  7. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Posts: 5,219   +157

    the HP Pavilion a4310f PC has PCIE slot.
     
  8. ZeroSkating

    ZeroSkating TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 29

    Thanks. So I guess it comes down to what graphics card im going to need. Im going to have to get a new power supply because mine isnt sufficient. So any links to a good sized powersupply (500w+)? That isnt over priced. I'm still not sure what graphics card im going to get. I just want good Framerate in WoW and play on good graphics settings. I got an awesome monitor, and I dont think I should settle with low quality. Considering how much i play.
     
  9. Relic

    Relic TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,379   +16

    A 4670 is a good choice, I used it on a machine and it works nicely for lower resolution gaming. But I personally would say go for this 4670 over the 1GB DDR2 one. Its also a bit bigger so make sure you have room.
     
  10. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Posts: 5,219   +157

    this is an excellent PSU. dont be concerned with the 400w rating, it has 30A on the 12v rail and if you decide to go to a 6 pin graphic card such as the HD 4850 or the 9800Gt you will have no problems.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139008
    if you have to have a 500w PSU i recommend this
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139004

    EDIT: Relic is right, the DDR3 version is the better choice ( i missed that ) :( I just prefer the XFX for the warranty they offer. also if you can save a few bucks on the 512Mb version, do it. 1gb of memory on a low/mid card will make absolutely no difference in performance.
     
  11. ZeroSkating

    ZeroSkating TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 29

  12. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Posts: 5,219   +157

    Good choices, the sapphires have very good cooling
     
  13. ZeroSkating

    ZeroSkating TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 29

    thanks for the help everyone. feel free to leave me any other suggestions
     
  14. Relic

    Relic TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,379   +16

    NP Zero, enjoy your new toys once they arrive! :D

    They are my preferred as well, their warranty offer is usually the best even if it comes at a little extra. They also have great customer support.
     
  15. ZeroSkating

    ZeroSkating TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 29

    do you think the power supply and graphics card will fit in my pc? Just worried cause some graphics cards havent fit in my previous pc. and my friends new power supplies jack didnt line up with the opening for the cable so he had to cut some of the metal around it.

    Also, should i ever increase my ram? I have 4GB currently. Two 2GB sticks in my only 2 slots. So should i get bigger sticks eventually? or is 4gb plenty?

    and on another note, how can i see if my pc can hold multiple hard drives? raid or something like that
     
  16. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Posts: 5,219   +157

    Firstly, the maximum memory for your system is 4 Gb, but you would not realize any performance gain from having more anyway. secondly you do have additional HDD bays available, here is the support page for the HP Pavilion a4310f.
    http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/...97&lc=en&dlc=en&cc=us&product=4107499&lang=en

    and lastly, HP, as most OEM computer sellers tell you nothing about the PSU except its wattage. for this revert to the old fashioned method. look up the dimensions of the PSU and card you want to use on newegg and do some measuring. It has been my experience with Hp pavilions and Compaqs that the PSU is often a bit smaller than the standard ATX PSU size, but have room for a standard PSU. (this excludes the slimline models)
     
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