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February 25, 2011 9:52:19 PM

Hey first time user here and just wondering if this is a decent gaming rig. Also i know the graphics card sucks so any advice on what to upgrade to would be good too.

Processor: AMD Athlon II X3 445 (trying to unlock 4th core but can't find ACC in BIOS)

Graphics: ATI Radeon 4200

RAM: 4GB

OS: Windows 7 64

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February 25, 2011 9:55:59 PM

ATI Radeon 4200 does indeed suck @ gaming.
What power supply do you have installed? That determines what video card you can add.
What is the resolution of your monitor?

Athlon II X3 445 is a good CPU for gaming.
Not all pre-built systems include ACC for core unlocking.

What make/model of computer do you have?
February 25, 2011 10:01:15 PM

only have 250W power supply atm but willing to upgrade if its not too expensive.

Monitor resolution is 1440 x 900.

Its an HP p6632f.
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a b 4 Gaming
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February 25, 2011 10:24:26 PM

Antec Neo Eco 520w 80+ 40$
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
+
PowerColor 4830 60$
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total: 100$

OR if you have more money, you could get a 5770 (100$ AR) 130$ before rebate
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Or this one for 120$ Before rebate, 100$ after.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I like HIS though, so that's just me.
a b 4 Gaming
a b U Graphics card
February 25, 2011 10:26:32 PM

Probably the best thing to do is visit the HP community forums and see what other p6632f owners are using for a video card upgrade with that 250W PSU.


Sapphire HD 4650 website a $50 video card that would match the 1440x900 resolution OK. The MFGR recommends a 400W PSU for the whole system. But some research on the HP communnity website will let you know for sure if the 250W HP PSU can run a card like that.

ZOTAC GeForce GT 220 512MB Video Card $65 and $15 rebate recommends a 300W PSU and should work in your system.


a b 4 Gaming
a b U Graphics card
February 25, 2011 10:43:56 PM

^ I don't trust HP OEM power supplies AT ALL. They SUCK hard core. But hey, might as well give it a shot.
a b 4 Gaming
a b U Graphics card
February 25, 2011 10:50:53 PM

Best Graphics Cards For The Money: February 2011 will give you recommendation for several different price ranges and also mention what type of gaming experience that card would give you on different resolution monitors.
Radeon HD 4650 Great 1280x1024 performance in most games, 1680x1050 with lowered detail
Radeon HD 5670 Exceptional 1680x1050 performance in most games, 1920x1200 in most games with lowered detail
and so on.

The Radeon HD 5670 would give you that Exceptional performance on your 1440x900 monitor.
You could pick one up for around $65 after rebate: ASUS Radeon HD 5670 512MB Video Card
And it would require an 'average' 400W PSU or a very good 350W PSU.
a b 4 Gaming
a b U Graphics card
February 25, 2011 10:52:37 PM

IMO, only give that HP 250W PSU a a shot if you find the other HP owners have already been successful using it for a specific video card.

February 25, 2011 10:54:13 PM

aznshinobi said:
^ I don't trust HP OEM power supplies AT ALL. They SUCK hard core. But hey, might as well give it a shot.


ya im more than likely going to upgrade my psu
February 25, 2011 10:55:34 PM

WR2 said:
IMO, only give that HP 250W PSU a a shot if you find the other HP owners have already been successful using it for a specific video card.


I looked on the HP forums but couldnt really find anything for the p6632f at all, or i might not be looking hard enough
February 25, 2011 10:58:29 PM

aznshinobi said:
Antec Neo Eco 520w 80+ 40$
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
+
PowerColor 4830 60$
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total: 100$

OR if you have more money, you could get a 5770 (100$ AR) 130$ before rebate
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Or this one for 120$ Before rebate, 100$ after.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I like HIS though, so that's just me.



That psu would be a good option if i was in the states but i'm in Canada and its only 10$ off instead of 30$ and theres no free shipping on the canadian website..
a b 4 Gaming
a b U Graphics card
February 25, 2011 10:59:24 PM

Any local stores where you can pick up a PSU? The Canadian shipping charges are pretty high.
February 25, 2011 11:03:03 PM

WR2 said:
Any local stores where you can pick up a PSU? The Canadian shipping charges are pretty high.



I havent really checked out any stores yet but thats what i was planning to do.
a b 4 Gaming
a b U Graphics card
February 25, 2011 11:06:40 PM

Both are good at your resolution. But if the 4830 performs better at a lower price, why not get that? The 5670 offers DX11 but weaker perf.
a b 4 Gaming
a b U Graphics card
February 25, 2011 11:08:56 PM

HD 5670 has much stronger DX11 game support.
a b 4 Gaming
a b U Graphics card
February 25, 2011 11:26:58 PM

^ Good find.

I can vouch for Cooler Master here. They're Rebates are solid. Bought a Cooler Master Scout, Cooler Master Silent Pro 700w 80+, and a Extreme 460 I believe. All had MIRs (they really work with Fry's do get these deals). Total of like 30-50$ of MIRs got them all. I believe it was 15$ MIR for the scout, 25$ for the Silent Pro and 10$ for the Extreme 460.

Be patient though, took them like an interval of 1-3 months for each product. So after I bought it and sent the MIR took at least 2 months.
February 25, 2011 11:29:49 PM

ok so right now im looking at the cooler master for psu and the 4830 or 5670
a b 4 Gaming
a b U Graphics card
February 25, 2011 11:30:51 PM

You never did say what your budget was.
A bigger PSU gives you extra video card options, depending on the budget.
February 25, 2011 11:33:45 PM

My budget would would be max 150$
a b 4 Gaming
a b U Graphics card
February 25, 2011 11:45:53 PM

No surprise there why they sold out.
a b 4 Gaming
a b U Graphics card
February 25, 2011 11:49:51 PM

^ What? It's 260$ on the US site... WE HAVE THE MSRP at 100$ MORE!
a b 4 Gaming
a b U Graphics card
February 26, 2011 12:04:41 AM

I suspect it was a $100 posting error and they got snapped up before NewEgg got a chance to correct it.
Or that 'Sold Out' notice might or might not have been true if they wanted to stop sales @ that price.
February 26, 2011 12:09:40 AM

lol oops forgot this one is already up.. fail
a b 4 Gaming
a b U Graphics card
February 26, 2011 12:13:13 AM

SAPPHIRE 100287L @ $79.99 $4 shipping & $10 rebate looks good.
February 26, 2011 12:20:18 AM

Ok so I think im gonna go with the 5750 and the cooler master. comes to 148.98 after rebate.
a b 4 Gaming
a b U Graphics card
February 26, 2011 12:31:42 AM

Sounds good.
Should be really strong on a 1440x900 monitor.
February 26, 2011 1:11:12 AM

Thanks for the help guys.
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