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February 8, 2014 9:28:01 PM

Hi
I picked up a HP dv7 7227cl and i would like to upgrade it's processor,video ram.and video card. I'm new to upgrading pc's and cannot find any information about upgrading this certain pc. It has the AMD Quad-Core A10-4600M and 8gb of ram. 512mb of video ram. I want to upgrade this into a gaming pc. I do not really have a budget but i would like it to be a sensible amount. I'm just curious as to what my options are.
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February 8, 2014 9:49:29 PM

I take it the PC doesnt have a GPU then? the amd A10 APU's are decent for gaming but good enough. if you want a gaming pc an intel build will benefit you alot more as MOST games are single threaded and intel beats AMD over single threaded tasks anyday. unless you want to stay amd give me an exact budget if not state your motherboard and ill see what CPU's are supported for it.
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February 8, 2014 10:25:46 PM

This is a LAPTOP http://www.amazon.com/HP-ENVY-dv7-7227cl-RadeonTM-Audio.... Laptops are NOT made for upgrading, as the parts are customized SPECIFIC to the model and maker's design needs. Further as a APU you can't use ANY other CPU, as the entire mobo is designed ONLY for a APU. There is NO WAY to upgrade this, much less to a Gamer's Laptop.

A APU isnt' made for gaming, NorthernIrish, it is made as a 'low cost, low power, low end' solution for the general masses (Grandma able to get on facebook and play Bubble Pop without it crashing). http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/article/A10-5800K-vs-Cor...

Last paragraph "lags behind its competitors in general process performance. The Core i3-3220 is faster than the A10-5800K for day-to-day operations" also even in the gaming performance it is noted that while it did great in Starcraft II (a 2010 game made for low end systems) and okay on Far Cry 2 (2008) once you get to games past 2009-2010 (Bf3 was release end of 2011) the performance declines rapidly and FORGET anything just released (2013) as they don't work / unplayable (1-3FPS). Even if you added a GPU to a APU to try making up for it, the APU simply CHOKES the data that the GPU sits twiddling thumbs waiting for something to do.

Simply put APU is a nice tablet answer (the target market for the combination CPU+GPU processor) for low end, low cost, low power uses, but it won't be more then that marketspace.


OP: The simple answer is, this is just to get you online and able to do the basics, nothing more. If you want a gaming PC that is portable and DOESN'T overheat, weigh 12+lbs, fit in that formfactor, etc. you have to pay TWICE the normal price of a gaming desktop PC. Your looking at around $1200-$2000 normally, because it has to meet all those demands. If you have no money to save for that much, then get a Game Console (Xbox 360/PS3 are both under $200).

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February 9, 2014 9:46:11 AM

NorthernIrish said:
I take it the PC doesnt have a GPU then? the amd A10 APU's are decent for gaming but good enough. if you want a gaming pc an intel build will benefit you alot more as MOST games are single threaded and intel beats AMD over single threaded tasks anyday. unless you want to stay amd give me an exact budget if not state your motherboard and ill see what CPU's are supported for it.

Well I don't really have a budget. Just don't want to spend upgrading this computer for what I could buy a new one for. As for the mother board in not entirely sure. I'm new to getting into the PC hardware world. It seems most games do indeed say an i7 is the best for gaming.
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February 9, 2014 9:48:43 AM

So it sounds like I'm better off just picking up myself a desktop. Which is perfectly fine. I just needed a good answer to justify actually making the purchase. Thank you
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February 9, 2014 11:24:41 AM

Yes a desktop will be better i hate laptops for gaming as the hardware usually isnt that great too what you can get in a desktop for gaming and if you have integrated parts you are screwed go for an intel build if you have the money an intel i5 4670k is more than enough for gaming the i7 would be a waste of money in my opinion and for a graphics card get a nvidia 770. desktops are always the way to go when gaming.
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February 9, 2014 5:24:06 PM

Having had my i7 for the past 5 years (see my profile for my PC specs) I can attest to the 'value' of a i7 over a i5 if your a hefty beastly sort on the computer. I am, I often multitask alot of things at once and I push my hardware to the edge. For general gaming, if you want FULL ULTRA experience, yes ONLY i7 can deliver and will deliver long term (today purchase and the impact 4 years from now on BF 6 for example). I personally can't "settle" like NorthernIrish may do, especially as a i5 Haswell is only $100 or so less then a i7 Haswell system (no I am not talking PC Pick Parts, please read on).

For example if you buy this:
http://slickdeals.net/f/6666266-dell-inspiron-660-deskt...
you have this to choose from for only $250 more:
http://slickdeals.net/f/6657778-lenovo-h530-desktop-pc-...

Both still add PSU (600w $90) and GPU (Nvidia 7xx or AMD Rx for $149-$499) and you get a kick ass system, but the difference will be longer term. Will the $250 saved for a i5-3xxx (older platform) over i7-4xxx (newest platform) really benefit you long term, history shows it makes a BIG difference in performance and no you basically shorted yourself.
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February 9, 2014 6:25:11 PM

Like you're saying Tom it's more logical for me to spend the extra $250 and get a good desktop I can use for a few years rather than get one that will be good for a year or so. Thank you guys for all your help.
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June 8, 2014 3:50:11 PM

Tom Tancredi said:
This is a LAPTOP http://www.amazon.com/HP-ENVY-dv7-7227cl-RadeonTM-Audio.... Laptops are NOT made for upgrading, as the parts are customized SPECIFIC to the model and maker's design needs. Further as a APU you can't use ANY other CPU, as the entire mobo is designed ONLY for a APU. There is NO WAY to upgrade this, much less to a Gamer's Laptop.

A APU isnt' made for gaming, NorthernIrish, it is made as a 'low cost, low power, low end' solution for the general masses (Grandma able to get on facebook and play Bubble Pop without it crashing). http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/article/A10-5800K-vs-Cor...

Last paragraph "lags behind its competitors in general process performance. The Core i3-3220 is faster than the A10-5800K for day-to-day operations" also even in the gaming performance it is noted that while it did great in Starcraft II (a 2010 game made for low end systems) and okay on Far Cry 2 (2008) once you get to games past 2009-2010 (Bf3 was release end of 2011) the performance declines rapidly and FORGET anything just released (2013) as they don't work / unplayable (1-3FPS). Even if you added a GPU to a APU to try making up for it, the APU simply CHOKES the data that the GPU sits twiddling thumbs waiting for something to do.

Simply put APU is a nice tablet answer (the target market for the combination CPU+GPU processor) for low end, low cost, low power uses, but it won't be more then that marketspace.


OP: The simple answer is, this is just to get you online and able to do the basics, nothing more. If you want a gaming PC that is portable and DOESN'T overheat, weigh 12+lbs, fit in that formfactor, etc. you have to pay TWICE the normal price of a gaming desktop PC. Your looking at around $1200-$2000 normally, because it has to meet all those demands. If you have no money to save for that much, then get a Game Console (Xbox 360/PS3 are both under $200).



The AMD Quad-Core A10-4600M (notice the "M") is not the same apu as the desktop A10-5800K. You are right The 5800K without a video card won't play much. It's graphics are not as good as the intel 4000's "on chip" graphics. Don't know why AMD did this but the latest mobile A10 MOBILE APUs run graphics much better. (I guess K means crap but spelled wrong) I have the same laptop as sturgill53 and I am running Portal 2 and Guild Wars 2 just fine. I thought I'd be lucky to get 15fps on these programs but I am getting around 59fps at full graphics mode. It is weird but I see it work.
There are some upgrade options for this laptop. Without messing with the motherboard you can up the RAM and switch out the drive for SSD or Hybrid drive to improve performance. If the CPU/APU is removable, the newer A10-5750M has a better graphics core. Also keep your system clean and run game booster to shutdown background programs. Like the man said the AMD CPUs aren't good at multitasking.
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