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Upgrading ATI Radeon HD 4200

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January 25, 2014 1:57:56 PM

Hi, I want to upgrade my graphics card to a better one for gaming(Sims 3). What would be my options?Compatability?

Here are the specs:
OS:Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit (6.1, Build 7601)
Manufacturer: Hp-Pavilion
AMD Athlon(tm) II X4 630 Processor (4 CPUs), 2.8 GHz
Memory: 8192MB RAM
ATI Radeon HD 4200
Monitor: HP 2009 Series Wide LCD Monitor

Also these are the specs when i first got it
HP Pavilion p6331p AMD Athlon II X4 630 2.8GHz, 8GB DDR3, 750GB HDD, DVDRW, Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit. There was something wrong with my hard drive and now all i have is the C drive wich has a 931 Gb capacity, sorry i dont know if this helps :( 
a c 98 U Graphics card
January 25, 2014 2:01:06 PM

What is your budget and how much wattage is your PSU.
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January 25, 2014 3:37:51 PM

300 watt. $200-300
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a c 98 U Graphics card
January 25, 2014 3:51:06 PM

well at 300W the most you can do with a 7750. You would need to upgrade your psu to go any higher. If you are willing to let me know and I can advise a gpu+psu combo.
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January 25, 2014 4:05:22 PM

Alright. But is there anyway for me to upgrade to an Nvidia graphics card?
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a c 98 U Graphics card
January 25, 2014 6:40:32 PM

Yea, what you'll need to do is uninstall the amd or ati drivers, turn off and install the new card, power on and go to nvidias website and download their latest drivers.
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January 25, 2014 7:56:45 PM

Ok, so what kind of combo's can I buy?
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January 25, 2014 8:48:25 PM

What CPU can I update to then if I get it?

sorry for all the questions :( 
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a c 98 U Graphics card
January 25, 2014 8:58:03 PM

To upgrade your cpu you'd have to get a new mobo as the socket your current set up runs on is discontinued. It would be about $200 for a new good gaming cpu and a supporting mobo.
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a c 98 U Graphics card
January 25, 2014 8:58:41 PM

The fx 8320 would be a good upgrade, performs well and is around $150 with a low end supporting mobo around $50
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January 25, 2014 9:15:00 PM

Ok. Thank you so much for the help :) 
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