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a b U Graphics card
January 27, 2010 2:15:40 AM

hello sir, im quite noob when it comes to computers and i am playing WoW a lot. i have an hp pavilion 9040n bought about 2 years ago and it always works well with my gaming although its not best. recently its been acting up and i got it to a shop to change the video card and i think they just installed a crappy ome coz sfter a week the comp begins to show choppy/broken and grpahics that you cant evenread, just boxes of colors. i think it got fried coz the power supply was broken too coz the fan aint working. a few days ago i changed the power supply, i got 500 before and now i got 750 watts installed, i dont know but i asked the shop and he said it is ok to use 750w. well to make the long story short, i still got the choppy graphics and boxed colors showing. sometimes it will work ok for 2-3 minutes when i start the comp, but will eventually turn to boxed colors again and to a blank dark blue screen. my question is:

1. what kind of grpahics would i get to upgrade my computer for better gaming? i dont trust the guy on the shop where i had it repaired for vid card.

please help me, thank you so much!

HP Pavilion Elite m9040n
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.Manufacturer: HP.Part Number:GN553AA#ABA. .
Platform Technology Intel VIIV Technology .Type Media center .Recommended Use Home use .Product Form Factor Tower .Built-in Devices LED panel .Localization English / United States .Desktop type Media center system .Processor
Type Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 / 2.4 GHz .Multi-Core processor technology Quad-Core .64-bit processor Yes .Installed Qty 1 .Max processors supported 1 .Cache Memory
Type L2 cache .Installed Size 8 MB .Cache Per Processor 8 MB .Mainboard
Chipset type Intel G33 Express .Data bus speed 1066 MHz .RAM
Installed Size 3 GB / 8 GB (max) .Technology DDR2 SDRAM .Memory Specification Compliance PC2-5300 .Form Factor DIMM 240-pin .Upgrade Rule Max 2 x 2 GB module .Storage Controller
Type 1 x Serial ATA - Integrated .Storage
Floppy drive type None .Hard Drive 2 x 320 GB - Standard - Serial ATA-300 - 7200 rpm .Hard Drive (2nd) None .Optical Storage
Type DVD±RW (±R DL) / DVD-RAM - Serial ATA .CD / DVD read speed 40x (CD) / 16x (DVD) .CD / DVD write speed 40x (CD) / 16x (DVD±R) / 8x (DVD±R DL) .CD / DVD rewrite speed 32x (CD) / 6x (DVD-RW) / 8x (DVD+RW) / 12x (DVD-RAM) .Disc Labeling Technology LightScribe Technology .Optical Storage (2nd)
Type None .Storage Removable
Type None .Monitor
Monitor Type None. .Multimedia Functionality
TV tuner type Digital and analog TV .Digital TV reception DVB-T .Graphics Controller
Type PCI Express x16 - Plug-in card .Graphics Processor / Vendor NVIDIA GeForce 8400 GS .Video Memory 256 MB / 256 MB (max) .Digital Video Standard Digital Visual Interface (DVI) .Audio Output
Type Sound card - Integrated .Sound card name Realtek ALC888S .Audio output compliant standards High Definition Audio .Speaker(s) None .Keyboard
Keyboard connectivity Wireless .Input Device
Type Mouse , Keyboard .Mouse
Mouse connectivity Wireless .Telecom
Modem Fax / modem .Max transfer rate 56 Kbps .Audio Input
Type FM tuner .Networking
Networking Network adapter .Wireless LAN Supported Yes .Data Link Protocol Ethernet , IEEE 802.11b , IEEE 802.11g , Fast Ethernet , Gigabit Ethernet .Compliant Standards IEEE 802.11b , IEEE 802.11g .Expansion / Connectivity
Expansion Bays Total (Free) 2 ( 1 ) x Front accessible - 5.25" x 1/2H , 2 ( 0 ) x Internal - 3.5" x 1/3H , 1 ( 1 ) x .Expansion Slots Total (Free) 4 Memory - DIMM 240-pin , 1 ( 0 ) x PCI Express x16 , 2 ( 1 ) x PCI , 1 ( 0 ) x Processor - LGA775 Socket , 2 ( 1 ) x PCI Express x1 .Interfaces 1 x Mouse - Generic - 6 pin mini-DIN (PS/2 style) , 1 x Keyboard - Generic - 6 pin mini-DIN (PS/2 style) , 6 x Hi-Speed USB - 4 pin USB Type A ( 2 in front ) , 2 x IEEE 1394 (FireWire) ( 1 in front ) , 1 x Network - Ethernet 10Base-T/100Base-TX - RJ-45 , 1 x Display / video - VGA - 15 pin HD D-Sub (HD-15) , 1 x Display / video - S-video output , 1 x Display / video - DVI-Analog/Digital - 29 pin combined DVI , 1 x Audio - SPDIF output , 1 x Audio - SPDIF input , 9 x Audio - Output - Mini-phone 3.5 mm ( 3 in front ) , 1 x TV antenna - Input - F connector .Printer
Type None .Miscellaneous
Included Accessories Remote control .Features Wireless LAN , TV tuner card , FM tuner , Remote control .Power
Power device type Power supply .Operating System / Software
OS Provided Microsoft Windows Vista , Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium .Software Drivers & Utilities , Microsoft Windows Movie Maker & Microsoft Windows DVD Maker , Roxio Creator 9 Basic , Roxio MyDVD 9 Basic , Rhapsody , HP Photosmart Essential 2 , Muvee autoProducer , Microsoft Works 8 , Microsoft Office Home and Student Edition 2007 , Norton Interne .Manufacturer Warranty
Service & Support 1 year warranty .Service & Support Details Limited warranty - Parts and labor - 1 year .Card Reader
Card reader 15 in 1 card reader .Supported flash memory cards RS-MMC , miniSD , Microdrive , Memory Stick , MultiMediaCard , SD Memory Card , SmartMedia Card , xD-Picture Card , Memory Stick Duo , Memory Stick Pro , MultiMediaCardplus , Memory Stick PRO Duo , MultiMediaCardmobile , CompactFlash Card type I , CompactFlash Card type II

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a c 376 U Graphics card
January 27, 2010 2:19:25 AM

What is your budget and the native resolution of your monitor
May 21, 2011 7:12:47 PM

jyjjy said:
What is your budget and the native resolution of your monitor

I have the same computer . My budget is $250. What can I do??! What's overclocking and how do I do it? Many thanks to all that can help me. Every thing is stick except I changed out the hard drive for (2) 500 gb westerns an upgraded ram to 4gb.
a b U Graphics card
May 21, 2011 7:26:18 PM

just get a HD5670, it will be a BIG upgrade from your current GPU!