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October 16, 2010 2:58:49 AM

Hello,

I currently have:
Intel(R) Pentium(R) Dual CPU E2220 @ 2.40GHz (2 CPUs), ~2.4GHz
4096MB RAM
NVIDIA GeForce 9400 GT
Windows 7 Professional 64-bit (6.1, Build 7600)
Resolution of 1826 x 1006 at 1080p 30hz refresh rate

I'm currently looking around to find a powerful graphics for around $500 dollars max that will run on my HP Pavilion.
I can support a dual slot, and would prefer something quiet though noise isn't too important.

With my current set up I'm surprisingly able to run Fallout 3 at ~mid graphics though my system has trouble with Call of Duty: World at War.

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October 16, 2010 3:21:03 AM

You can build a new PC with an amd quad core for a little more money. Any recent video card over $120 will probably be bottle-necked by your processor.
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October 16, 2010 3:34:35 AM

Seriously? $500 is a waste to spend on a graphics card with such a slow CPU. You could upgrade the CPU to a faster core 2 e7500 or e8400 or something and then get a gtx460 to pair it with and it should be running sweet. First you should check the Power supply ratings. How many watts? how many amps on the 12v rail/rails. That may be the limiting factor as to what GFX card you can use. You may need a new PSU.
October 23, 2010 12:53:20 AM

Well, i have been considering building a computer myself, possibly case and all, though I have no idea where to start...
Honestly, I think I'd prefer an NVidia card, mostly because many of the games I have are "designed" to work best on them.
Another idea I was considering was getting an AlienWare and taking out the standard graphics card and placing something a bit more powerful in it.
Any ideas on motherboards, CPUs, ram, etc?
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October 23, 2010 12:57:00 AM

Whats your full budget? Also the planned usage? Parts you don't need? Parts you want?
We should be able to whip up complete builds if you gave us enough information.

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October 23, 2010 4:24:20 AM

Grymmas said:
Resolution of 1826 x 1006 at 1080p 30hz refresh rate
These numbers make no sense besides 1080p so I'll go with that.

You don't really need to build a new system, just upgrade the one you have. If your motherboard can handle an E2200 it can almost definitely use core 2 quads. One of those will run you $150-200. An HD6850(recommended) or GTX 460 is $180-200. You will likely need to upgrade your power supply as well. A 500w of a good brand can usually be had for $50-60. Does your current motherboard have overclocking options in the BIOS?
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October 23, 2010 9:40:59 AM

well e2200 is only 800fsb and most new quad cores are 1333, which I doubt the MB supports. so motherboard specs are needed. Its a HP so the computer is likely to be limited in both motherboard and PSU power.
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