Need help Upgrading my PC

By Huggins
Feb 13, 2009
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  1. Hi guys i was wondering if any one could help me out.

    i recently just bought myself a New Pc and i am currently giving my son my Old One he plays Eve-online and Wow and he is a pretty Big gamer. His Pc has had it and i would like to upgrade my old one and Give it to him.

    But i havent got the foggist how to do it :S

    i have been looking into it all day and there are so many makers and maufactor's makes my head spin.

    I have recieved the following information on my system.

    System Manufacturer: HP Pavilion 061
    System Model: EV957AA-ABU t3470.uk
    Motherboard Manufacturer: ASUSTek Computer INC.
    Motherboard Model: LITHIUM

    * Maximum Memory Capacity: 4194304 MB
    * Currently Installed Memory: 1024 MB
    * Available Memory Slots: 2
    * Number of Banks: 4
    * Dual Channel Support: N.A.
    * CPU Manufacturer: GenuineIntel
    * CPU Family: Intel(R) Pentium(R) D CPU 3.00GHz Model 6, Stepping 2
    * CPU Speed: 3001 MHz
    of i am correct the Ram is DDR PC2-5200 to be honest i cannot find any or much of that RAM is there any compatible that i could Buy

    A T I Radeon x1300/x1550 series
    with the same secondary

    I would love to upgrade rather than just buy a new one would be a shame to chuck it out and i hope i aint being to stingy and its worth upgrading :)

    Thanks for taking the time to read and hopefully you guys can help?

    If you need any more info on the system tell me how and i will Reply ASAP
  2. rev_olie

    rev_olie TechSpot Maniac Posts: 598

    It would be helpful to get a bit more information is possible.

    Can you go here

    This will download sandra. It should tell you the type of RAM. If not we will use soemthing else.

    Overall you are best to upgrade your RAM and Graphics card. Sandra will give you information on this.
    Take a look at the graphics card type and slots available.

    Then we can look into upgrading.

    Also take a look at this guide ive written. It will give you some info on the different parts.
  3. Huggins

    Huggins Newcomer, in training Topic Starter

    reply

    SiSoftware Sandra

    Video Adapter
    Display : \\.\DISPLAY1
    Model : Radeon X1300/X1550 Series
    VGA Compatible : No

    Chipset
    Chipset : RV515

    Bus
    Type : PCIe
    Version : 1.00
    Width : x16 / x16
    Speed : 2.5Gbps / 2.5Gbps
    Maximum Bus Bandwidth : 3.91GB/s

    Video BIOS
    Date of Manufacture : 21 March 2006
    Version : 3A67608.116

    Direct3D Capabilities
    Interface Version : 9.00
    Model : Radeon X1300/X1550 Series
    Video Driver : ati2dvag.dll
    Library Version : 6.14.10.6869
    Has 3D Hardware Acceleration : Yes
    Hardware Transform & Light : Yes
    Heads : 1
    Pixel Shaders Version : 3.00
    Vertex Shaders Version : 3.00

    Video Driver
    Expected Windows Version : 4.00
    Screen Saver Active : 1 hour(s), 39 minute(s)
    Low Power Saving Active : No
    Power Off Saving Active : No

    Mode
    Mode : 1280x960 16M+ TrueColour (32-bit)
    Refresh Rate : 60Hz
    Virtual Desktop Size : 1280x960

    Device Mode Characteristics
    Physical Medium Width : 360 mm, 14 in
    Physical Medium Height : 270 mm, 11 in
    Recommended CRT/Panel Size : 22 in
    Horizontal/Vertical Resolution : 96x96 dpi
    Colour Bits/Planes : 32-bit / 1-bit
    Brushes : 4294967295
    Pens : 4294967295
    Colours/Shades : 4294967295
    Pixel Width/Height/Diagonal : 36 / 36 / 51

    Clipping Capabilities
    Can Clip Output to Rectangle : Yes
    Can Clip Output to Region : No

    Raster Capabilities
    Supports Banding : No
    Supports Fonts Larger than 64Kb : Yes
    Can Transfer Bitmaps : Yes
    Supports Bitmaps Larger than 64Kb : Yes
    Supports Device Bitmaps : No
    Supports DIBs : Yes
    DIBs on Device Surface : Yes
    Flood Fills : Yes
    Supports Windows 2.x : Yes
    Stretch/Compress Bitmaps : Yes
    Stretch/Compress DIBs : Yes
    Supports Scaling : No
    Palette-Based Device : No
    Saves Bitmap Locally : No

    Curve Capabilities
    Can Draw Circles : Yes
    Can Draw Ellipses : Yes
    Can Draw Pie Wedges : Yes
    Can Draw Chord Arcs : Yes
    Can Draw Wide Borders : Yes
    Can Draw Styled Borders : Yes
    Can Draw Wide, Styled Borders : Yes
    Can Draw Rounded Rectangles : Yes
    Can Draw Interiors : Yes

    Line Capabilities
    Can Draw Polylines : Yes
    Can Draw Styled Lines : Yes
    Can Draw Wide Lines : Yes
    Can Draw Wide, Styled Lines : Yes
    Can Draw Markers : Yes
    Can Draw Polymarkers : Yes
    Can Draw Interiors : Yes

    Polygonal Capabilities
    Can Draw Alternate-fill Polygons : Yes
    Can Draw Winding-fill Polygons : Yes
    Can Draw Rectangles : Yes
    Can Draw Scan Lines : Yes
    Can Draw Wide Borders : Yes
    Can Draw Styled Borders : Yes
    Can Draw Wide, Styled Borders : Yes
    Can Draw Interiors : Yes

    Text Capabilities
    Supports Stroke Clip Precision : Yes
    Supports Stroke Output Precision : Yes
    Supports Character Output Precision : Yes
    Supports 90° Character Rotation : No
    Supports Any Angle Character Rotation : No
    Supports Independent X-Y Scaling : No
    Supports Doubled Character for Scaling : No
    Supports Integer Multiples for Scaling : No
    Any Multiples for Exact Scaling : No
    Can Draw Double-Weighted Characters : No
    Can Italicise : No
    Can Underline : Yes
    Can Draw Strikeouts : Yes
    Can Draw Raster Fonts : Yes
    Can Draw Vector Fonts : Yes
    Cannot Scroll Using BitBlt : No

    Performance Tips
    Tip 314 : Video BIOS is too old. Check for an update.
    Tip 2221 : Driver is not certified.
    Tip 319 : A refresh rate of at least 75Hz is recommended. Increase it if possible.
    Tip 2 : Double-click tip or press Enter while a tip is selected for more information about the tip.
  4. Huggins

    Huggins Newcomer, in training Topic Starter

    SiSoftware Sandra

    System
    Manufacturer : HP Pavilion 061
    Model : EV957AA-ABU t3470.uk
    Family : 103C_53316J
    Version : 00F0211RE101LITHI00
    Serial Number : CZX6186BT9 GB620
    ID : 23BCD080-1011494C-76A4C78F-25DBF6CD
    SKU Number : EV957AA#ABU

    Mainboard
    Manufacturer : ASUSTek Computer INC.
    Multi-Processor (MP) Support : No
    MPS Version : 1.40
    Model : LITHIUM
    Version : 1.04
    Serial Number : MB-1234567890
    System BIOS : 03/02/2006-LakePort-P5LP-LE-00

    On-board Devices
    Other : Other (Enabled)
    Video Adapter : Video Adapter (Disabled)
    Ethernet Adapter : Ethernet Adapter (Enabled)
    Sound Adapter : Sound Adapter (Enabled)

    System Memory Controller
    Location : Mainboard
    Error Correction Capability : None
    Number of Memory Slots : 4
    Maximum Installable Memory : 4GB
    Bank0/1 - A0 : None None None None DIMM Synchronous DDR2 512MB/64 @ 533MHz
    Bank2/3 - A1 : Empty
    Bank4/5 - A2 : None None None None DIMM Synchronous DDR2 512MB/64 @ 533MHz
    Bank6/7 - A3 : Empty

    Chipset
    Model : HP 82945P Processor to I/O Controller
    Revision : I2
    Bus : Intel AGTL+
    Front Side Bus Speed : 4x 200MHz (800MHz)
    Maximum FSB Speed : 4x 267MHz (1.07GHz)
    Width : 64-bit
    Crossfire Technology : Yes
    I/O Queue Depth : 12 request(s)
    Maximum Bus Bandwidth : 6.25GB/s

    Chipset 1 Hub Interface
    Type : DMI (Direct Media Interface)
    Version : 1.00
    Number of Ports : 4
    In/Out Width : 4-bit / 4-bit
    Multiplier : 3x
    Speed : 1x 100MHz (100MHz)

    Logical/Chipset Memory Banks
    Bank 0 : 512MB DIMM DDR2 4-4-4-12 1T
    Bank 4 : 512MB DIMM DDR2 4-4-4-12 1T
    Supported Memory Types : DIMM DDR2
    Channels : 2
    Memory Bus Speed : 4x 133MHz (532MHz)
    Maximum Memory Speed : 4x 167MHz (668MHz)
    Multiplier : 8/12x
    Width : 64-bit
    Memory Controller in Processor : No
    Refresh Rate : 7.80µs
    Power Save Mode : No
    Fixed Hole Present : No
    Maximum Memory Bus Bandwidth : 8.31GB/s

    APIC 1
    Version : 2.00
    Multiplier : 1/2x
    Maximum Interrupts : 24
    IRQ Handler Engaged : Yes
    Enhanced Support : Yes

    Memory Module
    Manufacturer : Infineon
    Model : 64T64000HU37A
    Serial Number : 03019212
    Type : 512MB DIMM DDR2
    Technology : 8x(64Mx8)
    Speed : PC2-4300U DDR2-534
    Standard Timings : 4.0-4-4-12 2-16-4-2
    Version : 1.01
    Date of Manufacture : 07 May 2006
    Memory DC Line : 1.80V
    Set Timing @ 267MHz : 5.0-4-4-12 2-16-4-2
    Set Timing @ 267MHz : 4.0-4-4-12 2-16-4-2
    Set Timing @ 200MHz : 3.0-3-3-9 2-12-3-2

    Memory Module
    Manufacturer : Infineon
    Model : 64T64000HU37A
    Serial Number : 03016416
    Type : 512MB DIMM DDR2
    Technology : 8x(64Mx8)
    Speed : PC2-4300U DDR2-534
    Standard Timings : 4.0-4-4-12 2-16-4-2
    Version : 1.01
    Date of Manufacture : 07 May 2006
    Memory DC Line : 1.80V
    Set Timing @ 267MHz : 5.0-4-4-12 2-16-4-2
    Set Timing @ 267MHz : 4.0-4-4-12 2-16-4-2
    Set Timing @ 200MHz : 3.0-3-3-9 2-12-3-2

    System Bus(es) on Hub 1
    Version : 2.30
    System Bus 0 : PCI
    System Bus 1 : PCIe 1.00 x16 2.5Gbps
    System Bus 2 : PCI66

    LPC Hub Controller 1
    Model : HP 82801GB/GR (ICH7) LPC Interface Controller
    Revision : A2
    ACPI Power Management Enabled : Yes
    Advanced TCO Mode Enabled : Yes
    High Precision Timer Support : Yes
    High Precision Timer Enabled : No
    Delayed Transaction Enabled : Yes

    LPC Legacy Controller 1
    Type : SMSC LPC v1
    Version : 77.03
    Number of Enabled Devices : 2

    Disk Controller
    Model : HP 82801G (ICH7) Ultra ATA Storage Controller
    Interface : ATA
    Revision : A2
    Maximum UDMA Mode : UltraDMA-5 / ATA100
    Channels : 2
    In Use Channels : 2
    Port : UltraDMA-2 / ATA33
    Port : UltraDMA-2 / ATA33

    Disk Controller
    Model : HP 82801GB/GR/GH (ICH7) Serial ATA Storage Controller
    Interface : SATA
    Revision : A2
    Maximum SATA Mode : G2 / SATA300
    RAID Support : Yes
    RAID Enabled : No
    Channels : 4
    In Use Channels : 2
    Port : G1 / SATA150
    Port : G1 / SATA150

    Audio Device
    Model : HP 82801G (ICH7) High Definition Audio
    Revision : A2
    Type : HD (High-Definition) Audio
    Version : 1.00
    Number of In / Out / Bi-Directional Streams : 4 / 4 / 0
    Number of Serial Data Streams : 1

    USB Controller 1
    Model : HP 82801G (ICH7) USB Universal Host Controller
    Revision : A2
    Version : 1.10
    Interface : UHCI
    Channels : 2
    Speed : 48MHz
    Supported Speed(s) : Low (1.5Mbps) Full (12Mbps)
    Legacy Emulation Enabled : No

    USB Controller 2
    Model : HP 82801G (ICH7) USB Universal Host Controller
    Revision : A2
    Version : 1.10
    Interface : UHCI
    Channels : 2
    Speed : 48MHz
    Supported Speed(s) : Low (1.5Mbps) Full (12Mbps)
    Legacy Emulation Enabled : No

    USB Controller 3
    Model : HP 82801G (ICH7) USB Universal Host Controller
    Revision : A2
    Version : 1.10
    Interface : UHCI
    Channels : 2
    Speed : 48MHz
    Supported Speed(s) : Low (1.5Mbps) Full (12Mbps)
    Legacy Emulation Enabled : No

    USB Controller 4
    Model : HP 82801G (ICH7) USB Universal Host Controller
    Revision : A2
    Version : 1.10
    Interface : UHCI
    Channels : 2
    Speed : 48MHz
    Supported Speed(s) : Low (1.5Mbps) Full (12Mbps)
    Legacy Emulation Enabled : No

    USB Controller 5
    Model : HP 82801G (ICH7) USB 2.0 Enhanced Host Controller
    Revision : A2
    Version : 2.00
    Specification : 1.00
    Interface : EHCI
    Channels : 8
    Companion Controllers : 4
    Supported Speed(s) : Low (1.5Mbps) Full (12Mbps) High (480Mbps)
    Addressing Support : 64-bit
    Legacy Emulation Enabled : No

    FireWire/1394 Controller 1
    Model : HP VT6306 VIA Fire II IEEE-1394 OHCI Link Layer Controller
    Revision : I1
    Version : 1.00
    Interface : OHCI
    Enhanced Support : No
    Channels : 64
    Speed : 400MHz

    System SMBus Controller 1
    Model : Intel 801xx/63xx SMBus
    Version : 0.01
    Specification : 2.00
    Advanced TCO Mode Enabled : Yes
    Slave Device Enabled : Yes
    PEC Support : Yes
    Speed : 100kHz

    Expansion Slot(s)
    PCI1 (1h) : PCI 32-bit +5V PME Half-Length Used
    PCI2 (2h) : PCI 32-bit +5V PME Half-Length Available
    PCI3 (3h) : PCI 32-bit +5V PME Half-Length Used
    PCI4 (4h) : PCI 32-bit +5V PME Half-Length Available
    PCI5 (5h) : PCI 32-bit +5V PME Half-Length Available
    PCIEX16 (6h) : PCIe x16 +5V PME Half-Length Used

    Port Connector(s)
    PRIMARY IDE : ATA
    FDD : 8251 FIFO / Floppy Disk
    LPT1 : Parallel Port ECP/EPP / DB-25 pin female / DB-25 pin female
    PS/2 Keyboard : Keyboard / PS/2 / PS/2
    PS/2 Mouse : Mouse / PS/2 / PS/2
    USB1 : USB
    USB2 : USB
    USB3 : USB
    USB4 : USB
    USB5 : USB
    USB6 : USB
    USB7 : USB
    USB8 : USB
    VIDEO : Video / DB-15 pin female
    Line In : Audio
    Back Surround L/R - Back Surround L/R : Audio / Mini-jack
    Side Surround L/R - Side Surround L/R : Audio / Mini-jack
    Center/LFE - Center/LFE : Audio / Mini-jack
    ETHERNET : Network / RJ-45

    SiSoftware Sandra

    System Buses
    Interface Version : 2.30
    PCI Bus(es) : 3
    PCIe Bus(es) : 1

    System Bus 0
    Type : PCI
    Multiplier : 1x

    System Bus 1
    Type : PCIe 1.00 x16 2.5Gbps
    Multiplier : 3x
    Bridge : Intel 82945G/GZ/P/PL PCI Express Root Port
    Device Connected to Port : MSI Radeon X1300 Series

    System Bus 2
    Type : PCI66
    Multiplier : 1x
    Bridge : Intel 82801GB Hub Interface to PCI Bridge (ICH7 A1)
  5. Huggins

    Huggins Newcomer, in training Topic Starter

    RAm

    i got really confused about the RAM normailly you can count 1 side of RAm then double the pins to get both sides but one side looked long than the other
    hence i got 56 on the first strip then after many counts i got 63maybe 64 :S
  6. rev_olie

    rev_olie TechSpot Maniac Posts: 598

    Afraid not. Both sides would be the same.
    Right another thing to try then.
    you can either try counting again, use something as a guide eg a pin just try not to touch the contacts but it will make is easier to count the pins, i usually use a paper clip with the rubber caseing on. It allows you to count the contacts easily and doesn't matter if you touch the RAM as its rubber.

    Also if the RAM has a sticker on it then it will have a load of numbers etc. If there is a serial number or a product number on it then post them in your next reply. This will give us your RAM from and then we can just match it :). Almost there
  7. Huggins

    Huggins Newcomer, in training Topic Starter

    correct the Ram is DDR PC2-5200
  8. rev_olie

    rev_olie TechSpot Maniac Posts: 598

    Ah your back :),

    Is there anything else on the RAM. For example a white stickers with part number or anything. I would like to point you to RAM that will fit perfectly.
    Just for an example if you go to this post here:
    http://www.techspot.com/vb/topic121908.html

    If you look at the first picture there is a long string of numbers and such on the ram chips.
    It would be great if you could copy all of those to the post OR even better could you take a picture?
    If you could take a picture and post it to the thread as an attachment then it would be really really useful and we could get you upgrades in hours :)
  9. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 7,280   +23

    You would need a new video card and RAM. Your currently installed RAM is PC2-4200, as per the HP website. You can install any RAM that is of that speed.

    I recommend this RAM stick and this card.

    BTW, what resolution does your son usually play his games at?
  10. 9Nails

    9Nails TechSpot Paladin Posts: 939   +82

    Sweet computer! Upgrade it a little bit, wipe and reinstall Windows XP and that baby would rock. Be sure to visit HP and get all the latest driver updated for the computer. (Network, Audio, Chipset, etc...) That would help ensure you a stable system. If you can, burn them on to a CD-Rom just in case some of the critical drivers aren't auto detected by the XP setup.

    You definitely have PC2-4300U DDR2 RAM in there. Rage_3K_Moiz gave you links to to correct RAM. You probably could install PC2-5200, but you'd snarf the timings on your RAM a bit. It's better to try to match your RAM sticks to prevent memory errors. A lot of the time Windows XP will correct those errors, but that will cost you some speed.

    I can't confirm the video card interface on that computer. I'd assume that Rage_3K_Moiz was able to when he recommended that ASUS card. All looks well if that's the case.

    I learned something new: I didn't know that ASUS made the boards in HP computers! No wonder why they work so well.
  11. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 7,280   +23

    It's also stated on HP's website.
     
  12. Huggins

    Huggins Newcomer, in training Topic Starter

    Thanks for the help guys sorry i was away working
    next ill post the code on there for ya

    also my power supply has started to sound like a Tractor :(
    and good links for a compatable one

    i think he plays in 1280x1024 if i am correct
  13. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 7,280   +23

    Are you sure the PSU is going bad? Is the fan actually rattling in place? If it is you need a new PSU and I recommend this PSU as a suitable replacement.

    And the HD 4670 will be just perfect for that resolution.
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