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what grapics card is the BEST for a hp pavilion desktop

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March 24, 2014 5:33:48 PM

got a old hp pavilion a6742p, 2008. its got a Intel E5300 (dual core, 2.4ghz, hoping to upgrade to a better cpu as well, some input from you guys on a better cpu would be great), 6gb ram, 500gb hdd, and the graphics card, uses the GMA 3100. what graphics card can I use that's the best for this? hp says it can use a PCIx16
a b U Graphics card
March 24, 2014 5:48:38 PM

What is the purpose of this upgrade?
If gaming, then you would need a budget for both CPU and GPU upgrade.
What is your budget?
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March 24, 2014 5:53:52 PM

this gets tricky... what is the power supply, what connections does it have?

the easy answer would be ANYTHING is an upgrade for you. You could pickup a GTX 260 on ebay for $30 that would give you 50x the graphics power of that onboard gma 3100 (i didnt look that up, just a guess... but it's going to be a huge number!)

you'd also want to go into bios and disable onboard video so it knows to default back to the PCI slot
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March 24, 2014 5:57:47 PM

IDontUnderstand said:
What is the purpose of this upgrade?
If gaming, then you would need a budget for both CPU and GPU upgrade.
What is your budget?


my budget is unlimited, im doing this for a nephew and so for the knowledge of doing so. so I greatly appreciate the help. later on after this we will build a new dual xeon based pc. but for now I just need info on this.. water cooling, everything, etc.. im having a hard time looking up upgradeable components
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March 24, 2014 6:00:09 PM

lowriderflow said:
this gets tricky... what is the power supply, what connections does it have?

the easy answer would be ANYTHING is an upgrade for you. You could pickup a GTX 260 on ebay for $30 that would give you 50x the graphics power of that onboard gma 3100 (i didnt look that up, just a guess... but it's going to be a huge number!)

you'd also want to go into bios and disable onboard video so it knows to default back to the PCI slot


my budget is unlimited and im doing this for a nephew and the knowledge of it. I just don't know what I can upgrade to. the 'MAX' as he says, lol. water cooling etc.. im having a hard time looking up specs for upgrades since its old.
it says its got a 250watt psu
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a b U Graphics card
March 24, 2014 6:03:47 PM

If it is unlimited, then I recommend build a new one entirely.
If you think that's a plan, then I will go on and make a part list. In addition, I would like to know the monitor's resolution or if he needs a new monitor/OS/keyboard/mouse/whatever.
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March 24, 2014 6:21:51 PM

IDontUnderstand said:
If it is unlimited, then I recommend build a new one entirely.
If you think that's a plan, then I will go on and make a part list. In addition, I would like to know the monitor's resolution or if he needs a new monitor/OS/keyboard/mouse/whatever.


well I've never built one either, so its a learning experience, and I don't wanna spend 5g's on a xeon based system and not have a little experience. as for the monitor, I don't have one other than my LG 55" 3D hdtv that I can use for the moment. could you recommend one? or should I just stick with that? the reason I ask is BECAUSE of the xeon desktop we will build later in the year. for the keyboard and mouse I figure we would go wireless...
ALSO, I forgot about asking if you could recommend a SSD?
the motherboard is a asus IPIBL-LB (Benicia)
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a b U Graphics card
March 24, 2014 6:48:10 PM

Here is a build that will last him more than 5 years in the gaming industry. BTW the monitor is on sale and will go away very quickly if you are thinking about it.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Xeon E3-1230 V3 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor ($244.68 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-H87-D3H ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($95.24 @ Amazon)
Memory: A-Data XPG V1.0 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($67.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 250GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($139.99 @ Best Buy)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 780 3GB Video Card ($469.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair Carbide Series 300R Windowed ATX Mid Tower Case ($77.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Antec High Current Gamer 620W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ OutletPC)
Monitor: Asus VN248H-P 23.8" Monitor ($134.99 @ Newegg)
Keyboard: Logitech MK120 Wired Slim Keyboard w/Optical Mouse ($14.18 @ B&H)
Total: $1438.00
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-03-24 21:47 EDT-0400)
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March 24, 2014 6:58:43 PM

IDontUnderstand said:
Here is a build that will last him more than 5 years in the gaming industry. BTW the monitor is on sale and will go away very quickly if you are thinking about it.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Xeon E3-1230 V3 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor ($244.68 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-H87-D3H ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($95.24 @ Amazon)
Memory: A-Data XPG V1.0 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($67.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 250GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($139.99 @ Best Buy)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 780 3GB Video Card ($469.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair Carbide Series 300R Windowed ATX Mid Tower Case ($77.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Antec High Current Gamer 620W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ OutletPC)
Monitor: Asus VN248H-P 23.8" Monitor ($134.99 @ Newegg)
Keyboard: Logitech MK120 Wired Slim Keyboard w/Optical Mouse ($14.18 @ B&H)
Total: $1438.00
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-03-24 21:47 EDT-0400)

oh man I already had a build picked for my xeon pc. what I needed was a upgrade parts list for that old pavilion pc, can you help out on that?
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a b U Graphics card
March 24, 2014 7:01:54 PM

Well, I do not recommend keeping the CPU/motherboard/GPU because they are all too old to handle any kind of gaming.
I didn't quite get your purpose of this upgrade, what is the system going to be used for? What do you expect out of the upgrade?
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March 24, 2014 7:08:14 PM

IDontUnderstand said:
Well, I do not recommend keeping the CPU/motherboard/GPU because they are all too old to handle any kind of gaming.
I didn't quite get your purpose of this upgrade, what is the system going to be used for? What do you expect out of the upgrade?


for learning, as I said I don't wanna spend tons of money on a xeon pc if I don't know how to put one together, and its more for him anyway, seeing the advancements we've made in pc technology. I don't really expect much. but I've been told it can handle a gtx 260, is that right? it has a PCIx16 slot. and I think I remember asking if it could handle a 4 core and I believe the response was yes. if so, with water-cooling and a gtx260 im thinking I could play a few of the games right? even if its on low settings, like I said its just for learning, no price on knowledge for a young kid.
also I believe it can hold 8gb of ram. and maybe even ddr3
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a b U Graphics card
March 24, 2014 8:20:04 PM

I see.
Yea, any low end GPU will be able to run with it. Something like a R7 240 will do.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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