XFX and Sapphire are both perfectly fine GPU makers. I've owned products from both companies. I did have a chance to RMA an XFX Motherboard that failed once and they were pretty good about it.
The ATI 5570 is probably a suitable video card for her system. Can you tell us what resolution her monitor is, and what power supply is in her system though? Just so we can help you make sure it's the best choice?
Edit: Wow 8GB of RAM in an Athlon II system? Impressed I think? lol
A 5570 would be good but for $30 more you can get a 5670 which would be 40-60% better in terms of performance.Although you don't need much for your 1600x900 res it would still be better to get a 5670.I think they did give the new expansion a little bit of a buff to the graphics.
Your old card 256mb,no wonder you would have problems.Get a good 1G card and you should be fine
Your Power Supply might be an issue,Since it's an HP computer i'm gonna guess it's a 250watt psu,they dont make quailty units but at 250watts it shouldn't be a huge problem,might want to get some more opinions on the PSU.
Thanks for adding that part to your OP. Your 300W PSU could manage for you, depending on some of it's other stats. Any way you can peak at the label on the PSU itself? Notably it'd be nice to see what the +12V amperage(s) are.
Really are cutting it close,i would suggest getting a new PSU is you can afford it,would be good for future use.An athalon ii x4 is still somewhat new and will go a long way.
You can run it but not safely, in my opinion.
Defenitly don't do any overclocking if you are going to not upgrade your PSU.
IF youre taling aabout Cactlyism, the 5570 may not cut it.
I mean its a low-end game, but the 5570 is a very low end card.
Keep in mind we're talking about a 1600 x 900 resolution too. So they don't need anything super powerful. Not to mention, we're talking a budget built PC. It's not like they're going to stick a GTX 580 in this thing.
That'll be a good way to go. She may not necessarily run the game at max settings, but it'll be a heck of a lot better than what's she's got now. And the Antec power supplies are good quality. So you should be set to go with that end of things as well.
The 430W Antec Basiq is only mediocre; a 380W Earthwatts would be a more solid choice. You could run a HD5750 or HD5770 with that if you wished. On your existing PSU, a HD5670 is the highest safe choice.
I can tell you that the HIS IceQ4 coolers are effective and quiet.
Mainboard : FOXCONN 2AB1
Chipset : AMD 785G
Processor : AMD Phenom II X6 1045T @ 2200MHz
Physical Memory : 8192MB (4 x 2048 DDR3-SDRAM )
Video Card : AMD RADEON HD 6450
Hard Disk : Western Digital WD15 EARS-60MVWB0 SATA Disk Device (1500GB)
DVD-Rom Drive : Hewlett-Packard DVD RW AD-7251H5
Monitor Type : Hewlett Packard HP 2311 - 23 inches
Network Card : Ralink Technology RT3090 802.11n Wireless LAN Card
Network Card : Realtek Semiconductor RTL8101 PCIe Fast Ethernet Adapter
Operating System : Windows 7 Home Premium Home Edition Media Center 6.01.7601 Service Pack 1 (64-bit)
DirectX : Version 11.00
Windows Performance Index : 5.1 on 7.9
is this good enough for WOW cata ?
i have kinda low FPS in game when i set good resolution its like 10-15fps which is not possible for play ..when i use fair resolution then goes up to 45-55fps can u help me ...