Upgrading a stock HP Tags: Homebuilt Hewlett Packard Systems Product Last response: December 28, 2008 8:09 PM in Systems Share OnWithTheShow December 28, 2008 7:56:36 PM Sorry for the OT post but this forum gets a lot more traffic than the HP forum. Anyway my brother has a HP mediacenter M8330F http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/document?docname=c01... that bottlenecks really bad on modern games. I reviewed the specs and think most of the problem is in the video card. I was thinking of getting a GeForce 9800 GT http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... I have them taking a picture of the inside of the case for me so I can make sure it will fit. Is the axiom that memory should be installed in pairs still true? This system has 3 1gb sticks so I would get a fourth (actually get two so they will match) if it is still true. Any other recommendations? More about : upgrading stock alvine a b B Homebuilt system December 28, 2008 8:03:48 PM does your power supply have pcie connector? also make sure it has pcie slot before you buy, I bet it does but just make sure. I would personally go for ati 4850, faster than 9800gt since its exact same as 8800gt just a dieshrink. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... OnWithTheShow December 28, 2008 8:06:51 PM The board has a PCI-E x16 slot (currently used by the stock video card) so I imagine it has a PCI-E power cable also but I will check. Can't find your answer ? Ask ! Get the answer Proximon a c 113 B Homebuilt system December 28, 2008 8:09:24 PM You might get some slight speed increase on the memory, but if it's a 32 bit OS you will not get much more actual usable memory. Maximum usable memory in 32-bit XP or vista is around 2.8-3.4GB, depending. You may not want to use that exact card because it will dump it's hot air inside the poorly cooled HP case. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... or http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... Would be good choices, but you may need to upgrade your PSU as well. Can't find your answer ? Ask ! Publish Related resources SolvedUpgrading the stock PSU on my HP pg-2127c Forum Upgrading stock HP desktop Forum SolvedLooking to upgrade a stock HP p6720f's Graphics Forum Cpu upgrade on stock hp motherboard Forum Video card upgrade options in stock HP pavilion Forum SolvedWhich is better? Stock HP 3000 Pro Intel (r) g45/g43 graphics or an old ATI X1950 Pro pci express? Forum SolvedNeed help with a Stock HP Computer.. Gaming wise! Forum SolvedUpgrading stock gt 630 to a gtx 760(+ is a 500W psu enough for gtx 760)? Forum SolvedGeforce gt 640/ gtx 550 ti for an HP stock computer? Forum Solved400W GPU on stock 300W HP PSU Forum Solvedcan i play battlefield 3 on a stock hp pavilion p7-1446s? Forum SolvedUpgrading that Stock PC to an awesome rig Forum SolvedUpgrading Dell Inspiron N5050 stock RAM (2048 MB DDR3-SDRAM (1333 MHz) +1024 MB DDR3-SDRAM (1333 MHz)) Forum SolvedUpgrading stock PC to mid-high end GPU Forum SolvedI'm thinking about finally upgrading from stock! Need help! Forum SolvedUpgrading from Stock fans from my Hyper 212 Forum SolvedHelp Upgrading Stock Parts Forum SolvedUpgrading HP Pavilion 15 Forum SolvedSuggestions on upgrading my HP Compaq nx9010's CPU, Ram, and anything else cheap? Forum SolvedUpgrading Motherboard on Standard HP Computer Forum More resources Read discussions in other Systems categories Homebuilt New Build Prebuilt Cases Power Supplies RAM CyberPower !