Noob trying to upgrade graphics card for gaming

By nalga
Jan 28, 2013
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  1. IvanAwfulitch

    IvanAwfulitch TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 239   +11

    Your HP Pavillion desktop has a 250 Watt power supply. The components in that system are using about 220 Watts. That means you have 29 Watts to play with at MOST!

    Let me put that into perspective. There isn't even a SINGLE graphics card by Nvidia that you can safely put into that system. Even their oldest card, the GeForce 5600 requires too much power to be able to add into that system. The only cards you can even think about adding are from ATI from 13 years ago.

    Like this one.
    http://www.amazon.com/ATI-Technologies-Radeon-Adapter-100-437009/dp/B0000T70TK/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1359774795&sr=8-2&keywords=radeon 9600

    And even this, in my opinion, is a dangerous idea. If it even uses a couple extra Watts, you might have a power-shortage shutdown and you could end up breaking your computer. And to add insult to injury, I don't think it would even benefit you very much to add such an old card to your system. I think it's time to face facts and admit that, unless you're willing to buy that old PC another power supply on top of another graphics card, you can't upgrade it.
  2. nalga

    nalga Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 16

    Lol naa if your saying that mean this pc is bs XD I'll just give it to him as it is maybe add w7 64 bit to it which will have to buy the freaking thing cuz I lost the recovery dvd and had to install a w7 32bit on it getting that 0xc00000000f errror but yea I'll go with the building pc will buy part and collect them within 2-4 months I'll have it XD
  3. IvanAwfulitch

    IvanAwfulitch TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 239   +11

    That's what I thought. Go ahead and get the parts for your new build and let us know how you're doing when you're finally ready to build it.
  4. nalga

    nalga Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 16

    Oki thanks^^
  5. nickc

    nickc TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,623

    Nalga, Have got all the drivers for the PC? if u don't that can cause things to be slower in itself.
  6. IvanAwfulitch

    IvanAwfulitch TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 239   +11

    If you do need them, I think you can find the only major 3 or 4 you will need right here:

    http://www.driveridentifier.com/sca...name=HP-Pavilion / NY799AA-ABA p6243w drivers

    You would need:
    -NVIDIA nForce Serial ATA Controller
    -Realtek High Definition Audio Driver
    -NVIDIA nForce 10/100 Mbps Ethernet Driver
    -NVIDIA GeForce 6150SE nForce 430 Driver

    Do not download anything else... not that you can, anyway. Most of those options don't have hyperlinks, and you don't need them.

    I'm also fairly certain these drivers can be used in Windows 7, so you shouldn't come across any problems.
  7. nalga

    nalga Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 16

    Wait what? have got all my drive? you mean update drices on the pc I have atm or the build I am starting?
  8. St1ckM4n

    St1ckM4n TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 3,383   +607

    The links above are drivers for your current PC. Your new build will come with lots of CDs that will include drivers and software.

    As for your question: "St1ckM4n: So your saying the build is good but I be better of using the "G.skill Are series 8GB (2x4GB 240-pin DDR3 SRRAM 1600 (PC312800) Desktop Memory Model F3-1600C9D-8GAO", "Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000 BX80637I53570K" and "CORSAIR Professional Series HX650 650W ATX12V v2.2 /EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready 80 PLUS GOLD Gertified Modular Active PFC Power...""

    Yes, these parts would be better. The CPU you listed before is now 2 years old and no longer manufactured. Why not get the latest and greated for the same amount of money? :D
  9. nalga

    nalga Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 16

    Ah
    Ah oki thx lol did know that... XD will do ^^
  10. irsoldier337

    irsoldier337 Newcomer, in training

    Amd would be a good start. The asrock 970 am3+is a good start for $85 with crossfire and is backwards compatible with your cpu.
    Then get some 8gb $50 ram, a corsair 750w psu worth $110 and get yourself a good $60 to $70 case. Then I recommend something minimal of a 6870 for video card.


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