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HP Pavilion 2006 A1647C Upgrade.

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December 30, 2009 2:57:45 AM

I currently am wanting to upgrade my HP Pavilion with 350$ - Wait, there isn't a section for everything?

What I want to upgrade is:


Memory.

Graphics Card.

Processor.

Hard Drive.

Power Supply.

Motherboard (If graphics card doesn't support)

I won't buy these all at once but later in the future. <---- Important
Or Buying some now and some later, that explains the 350$

I'm looking towards Graphics Card and Power Supply
More on the gaming side.

My Processor is an AMD Dual Core 2.2 Ghz (Tell me if this is overclockable)

Sadly I only have 1024MB of Memory/RAM.

Graphics card is *Sigh* Nvidia GeForce 6150LE.

Hard drive is 250GB @ 5,400 RPM I believe, 7,200 RPM is required for gaming.


The Graphics card is a Galaxy - NVIDIA GeForce GTS250 1GB GDDR3 PCI Express Graphics Card, (I believe that the card isn't compatible with my 2006 motherboard)



Q: Why not just buy a new PC.
A: To expensive, I heard upgrading is cheaper. If buying a PC is the only choice then I'll deny.


My motherboard however, supports PCI Express 2.0 x16 and it look's like any manufactured PC's motherboard.


Also

What should I upgrade first ( If possible ) on my PC?

RAM

Processor

Hard Drive

Graphics Card

Motherboard

Power supply


I also will be using it for gaming purposes.


~Cheers

Zepla.



December 31, 2009 1:26:36 AM

I'm in the same boat in trying to upgrade my brother's computer. The first thing you want to do is check the memory via CPUz (free download). It showed his comp of only running at 991mhz. When I removed the 2 sticks of PC4200 and replaced them with my OCZ PC9200 Reaper, it jumped to 2.2ghz which blew me away. Must be an AMD thing with the Ram vs. processor speed. If you have the same results, toss that old ram for some good low latency DDR2-667 or above (especially above if planning to upgrade the motherboard).

You seem to be headed in the right direction. After the ram, get a good power supply to power the graphics card. The Galaxy card you have should work.

If you have the slower 5400rpm hard drives, replace both with SATA 7200rpm drives: one for the OS, one for games.

The stock Athlon 64x2 is overclockable, but not with the factory motherboard and not really that far (looked into it and found most only getting 2.4~2.5ghz). If you plan to overclock with a new motherboard, get an aftermarket cooler and a good quality motherboard (Gigabyte, Asus, Foxconn). You can find good Micro ATX sized motherboards with PCI Ex 2.0 for between $50-$80 on Newegg.com. That has always been my favorite place to shop in that they have good equipment, lots of info and customer reviews. Remember Micro ATX if you plan on using the factory case.......other larger sizes like ATX won't fit.

I've done a bit of research on this computer and have built/overclocked a few computers, so let me know if you want any help.


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April 29, 2010 6:45:02 PM

hey i got the same system and broke the power button which i need a new case to replace it so im looking into getting some things to help power up (beef up my system so ram and a power supply are big issues what about my on board 6150 grafix card should i upgrade that with a expencive model and do i need to replace both my drives or can i get away with buyng just one for gaming????
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April 29, 2010 8:42:29 PM

which model is it
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April 30, 2010 5:59:37 PM

505090 said:
which model is it

its a pavilion a1647c :( 
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May 1, 2010 7:28:56 PM

first thing would be another gig of ram, get the exact ram you have now

that graphics card should work fine but you will need too upgrade to at least a 450 what power supply to use it

two hard drives are better but for gaming you won't see much of a difference, just pick up a single drive the fastest standard drives at the moment are the f3, caviar black, and barracuda xxxxxx.12

you can't overclock with that mb, you could upgrade the cpu but i doubt you would see a worthwhile gain
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