Upgrading ATI Radeon HD 4200

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 :(
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  1. What is your budget and how much wattage is your PSU.
  2. 300 watt. $200-300
  3. 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.
  4. Alright. But is there anyway for me to upgrade to an Nvidia graphics card?
  5. 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.
  6. Ok, so what kind of combo's can I buy?
  7. GPU PSU

    It's a little over $300 but it's the best GPU in your price range. That being said, your CPU is a bit dated and will slow down this GPU so you should either look into an overclock or a cpu upgrade when you can.
  8. What CPU can I update to then if I get it?

    sorry for all the questions :(
  9. 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.
  10. Best answer
    The fx 8320 would be a good upgrade, performs well and is around $150 with a low end supporting mobo around $50
  11. Ok. Thank you so much for the help :)
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