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December 16, 2010 1:13:08 PM

Hi

I have a d330 ut HP
230watt psu
1gb ram
9200 ati

I am looking to upgrade the Graphic card 1st and would like to know what would be the best card to run battlefield many thanks

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December 16, 2010 2:03:00 PM

Does this look right? => http://h18000.www1.hp.com/products/quickspecs/11647_na/...

IMHO... Do not spend any money upgrading that old of a system. Even if you did upgrade the video card you will need to upgrade the PSU as well. ...then you will start playing a "new" game and see that a memory upgrade past 1GB is in order. ...then you will find that your CPU can't keep up. Etc... Snowball effect with a myriad of spending. Building / buying new may be your best option.

At A Glance :
-Intel® Pentium® 4 and Celeron™ processors
-Microsoft® Windows® XP Professional, Microsoft Windows XP Home, Microsoft Windows 2000, and Mandrake 9.1 Linux
-Intel 865G chipset with Integrated Intel Extreme Graphics 2
-Integrated Broadcom NetXtreme Gigabit ethernet for HP
-400, 533 and 800-MHz front side bus support
-Dual Channel Memory with 4 available color coded DIMM slots
-Intel HyperThread support
-SMART III Ultra ATA/100 Hard Drives
-SoundMax Digital AC97 Integrated Audio with Internal Speaker
-Color coded cables for ease of use
-Maximum serviceability with tool-less covers, drives, PCA, PCI, and AGP slots
-Energy Star compliance with energy-saving features
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December 20, 2010 9:36:39 AM

Thanks for help and info I sort of guessed that I would need to upgrade psu at least it can take up to 4 gig of ram. thanks again
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December 20, 2010 6:30:41 PM

Yes...it is all about $$$$.....adding a new PSU, and RAM will likely cost $50+
Selling it for $100 and getting a new refurbished $350 pc from HP ($250 net cost) would be a better option I think...compared to what you have now.
Example...
Pavilion p6570t W7HP-64 i3 540 3.06GHz 600GB SATA 4GB DVDRW(LS) NIC 15-in-1 Rmkt PC $351.20
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December 21, 2010 8:00:59 AM

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what's your budget for upgrades.?

30-40 GBP for psu and 20-40 GBP for GPU. Only wanted to upgrade this old pc to lan Battlefield 2 (not bad company)
with my main comp.
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December 21, 2010 8:05:00 AM

sadams04 said:
Does this look right? => http://h18000.www1.hp.com/products/quickspecs/11647_na/...

IMHO... Do not spend any money upgrading that old of a system. Even if you did upgrade the video card you will need to upgrade the PSU as well. ...then you will start playing a "new" game and see that a memory upgrade past 1GB is in order. ...then you will find that your CPU can't keep up. Etc... Snowball effect with a myriad of spending. Building / buying new may be your best option.

At A Glance :
-Intel® Pentium® 4 and Celeron™ processors
-Microsoft® Windows® XP Professional, Microsoft Windows XP Home, Microsoft Windows 2000, and Mandrake 9.1 Linux
-Intel 865G chipset with Integrated Intel Extreme Graphics 2
-Integrated Broadcom NetXtreme Gigabit ethernet for HP
-400, 533 and 800-MHz front side bus support
-Dual Channel Memory with 4 available color coded DIMM slots
-Intel HyperThread support
-SMART III Ultra ATA/100 Hard Drives
-SoundMax Digital AC97 Integrated Audio with Internal Speaker
-Color coded cables for ease of use
-Maximum serviceability with tool-less covers, drives, PCA, PCI, and AGP slots
-Energy Star compliance with energy-saving features

yes that is correct i dont mind spending a little as this is not my main computer. I only wanted to upgrade this comp a little so it can run battlefield 2(not bad company) on medium settings as it is not a demanding game ram gpu and cpu wise.
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December 21, 2010 8:06:41 AM

kitaware said:
Yes...it is all about $$$$.....adding a new PSU, and RAM will likely cost $50+
Selling it for $100 and getting a new refurbished $350 pc from HP ($250 net cost) would be a better option I think...compared to what you have now.
Example...
Pavilion p6570t W7HP-64 i3 540 3.06GHz 600GB SATA 4GB DVDRW(LS) NIC 15-in-1 Rmkt PC $351.20

That would seem the best idea but to be honest I dont mind spending a little to upgrade it then maybe selling just want to lan battlefield 2 (not bad company)
what gpu is the best agp and compliant with a 240 watt psu ?
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December 30, 2010 11:04:51 PM

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December 30, 2010 11:47:04 PM

You can get a 512mb AGP video card on Ebay for $25 and less but with a 240wt psu I'd recommend getting one with NO FAN...a passive fin-cooled card will not tax your low watt PSU......
...though the ATI 5450/512mb PCI card in my new PC has a teeeeny-tiny fan that seems to work just fine in my i7 with its puny psu...
If you can find cheap RAM to bump the RAM to 4gb ($40 or so also on Ebay) you can improve the system since your running a 64bit OS right?

That would be a $60-75 upgrade.....not bad.
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December 31, 2010 12:06:19 AM

kitaware said:
You can get a 512mb AGP video card on Ebay for $25 and less but with a 240wt psu I'd recommend getting one with NO FAN...a passive fin-cooled card will not tax your low watt PSU......
...though the ATI 5450/512mb PCI card in my new PC has a teeeeny-tiny fan that seems to work just fine in my i7 with its puny psu...
If you can find cheap RAM to bump the RAM to 4gb ($40 or so also on Ebay) you can improve the system since your running a 64bit OS right?

That would be a $60-75 upgrade.....not bad.

no the d330 ut what where are referring to is a single core CPU. so not 64bit unfortunately but thanks for the info on that card many thanks
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