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December 25, 2009 6:39:44 AM

Hi,

I was planing on buying a new PC, and started wondering if i should just upgrade what i have now.

Right now i have a HP computer, i use it to play L4D2 and TF2, both on the lowest settings :( 

My specs: http://reviews.cnet.com/desktops/hp-pavilion-a6230n/450...

So i was thinking if i could just buy a new PSU and a new graphics card? or should i just buy a new computer?

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December 25, 2009 6:50:36 AM

well buy a new computer look at toms build at 700 bucks, pwns all games at 1920x1200 and even crysis in very high with no AA. 30 fps or something.
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December 25, 2009 6:51:12 AM

A new computer would be worthwhile but you can probably throw an HD4670 in there and it will let you play games well with good settings at low resolutions(1280x1024 and below.) The card is many times more powerful than your IGP if that's what you are using now.
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December 25, 2009 7:04:04 AM

It all depends on what you want to be able to do with the computer. What applications do you use and what level of gaming do you want to be able to do? What size of monitor will you be using?

Do you have a video card in the PC now?
What size, make and model is the PSU (I did not see it listed on the specifications)?

That CPU is getting old - but still can handle general applications, and as suggested above, if you are only using integrated graphics then a light gaming card would increase peformance substantially. Although whether it can handle even a 4670 depends on the size of the PSU.

Would you consider building your own instead of buying? It is really not hard to do and would open another option - to upgrade the PSU (if necessary) and graphics card now and carry them into a new build. Of course the graphics card could be carried forward even if you buy rather than build.
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December 25, 2009 7:28:18 AM

My PSU has 300 watts max, and i am useing the integrated graphics, my monitor is a 1280x720 i think, not sure.

I use the PC to generally play Tf2 and L4D, and i map for Tf2 on my free time.
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December 25, 2009 10:42:40 AM

Yeah, the HD4670 is what you want.
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December 25, 2009 1:26:33 PM

The HD 4670 would be a good choice.

The specs say the power requirement is 400w but I ran a power calculator on your system and, assuming it has not been modified and nothing else connected to it other than 2 USB devices, the power requirement with the 4670 is only 212w.

This would be a good choice for a specific card due to the rebate:

MSI R4670-MD512 Radeon HD 4670 512MB 128-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card - Retail - $55 AR
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Here is a review for a MIS 4670 card that might give you some idea what it will do - note that it is not the exact same model number but the results should be similar:

http://www.hardwarezone.com/articles/view.php?cid=3&id=...

The 4670 was one of the special items (out of all PC components) that were listed on Tom's Holiday Buyer's Guide 2008. It lists the Sapphire Radeon card rather than the MSI one, but the inclusion is really for the 4670 card and not that of a specific manufacturer:

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/core-i7-x58,2087.ht...

If there is a budget issue, a lower priced but slower option is the 4650:

ASUS EAH4650/DI/512MD2/A(LP) Radeon HD 4650 512MB 64-bit DDR2 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Low Profile Ready Video Card - Retail - $35 AR
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

It will still provide a substantial upgrade from onboard audio, but may be noticeably slower than the 4670 in games.
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