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GPU upgrade for HP Pavilion a6130n

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February 1, 2011 2:08:14 AM

Hey everybody. I just bought an HP Pavilion a6130n from a buddy of mine. I know it's not a good rig for any sort of serious gaming, but I was hoping I could get it to the level where I could play games like Dragon Age Origins or Mass Effect 2 on decent (but obviously not great) settings. Here are the specs, however, I've upgraded to Win7 64bit and installed 6GBs RAM already.

So in short, what I really want to know is, what GPU would you recommend in the neighborhood of $100-200? Also, I'm sure I'll need a new PSU... any recommendations there? Thanks for the help!
a c 153 U Graphics card
February 1, 2011 2:15:43 AM

So you need a GPU + PSU both for 200 dollars?
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February 1, 2011 2:18:14 AM

PSU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... GPU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... I am not sure the system requirements on those games, but with that CPU that is the best you can get.
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February 1, 2011 2:19:53 AM

No, just For the GPU.
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a b U Graphics card
February 1, 2011 2:24:34 AM

With that CPU you don't want to spend more than $100. I would do what I recommended because you are not going to get better FPS (due to CPU speed) and the GPU and PSU fit within the $200. (lower than you wanted to spend ;)  )
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February 1, 2011 7:46:55 AM

I have the computer put into an Antec 900 case. With that one I upgraded the power supply which you will need to do if you do a bigger card. I put a 450 watt MSI Turbostream in mine and an 8800gt OC from BFG. I was running 4 gb of DDR2 and an AMD Athlon x2 5200+ also. Its been a while and I am unsure about todays numbering system and the cards require a lot less power then the 8800gt. I am upgrading my GFX card as well and trying to find a suitable one near or better then the 8800gt that a 500 watt supply can run.
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February 1, 2011 5:31:36 PM

slvryaris said:
I have the computer put into an Antec 900 case. With that one I upgraded the power supply which you will need to do if you do a bigger card. I put a 450 watt MSI Turbostream in mine and an 8800gt OC from BFG. I was running 4 gb of DDR2 and an AMD Athlon x2 5200+ also. Its been a while and I am unsure about todays numbering system and the cards require a lot less power then the 8800gt. I am upgrading my GFX card as well and trying to find a suitable one near or better then the 8800gt that a 500 watt supply can run.


You should start your own thread.
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February 1, 2011 5:45:51 PM

Thanks for the replies!
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a b U Graphics card
February 1, 2011 5:51:59 PM

So, what you are getting?
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February 2, 2011 1:53:09 AM

I'm leaning toward that 5670 that you recommended. Even if I upgraded to say the HD 5770 would I get the same performance that I'd get from the 5670 b/c of my processor?
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February 2, 2011 3:36:33 AM

You have a 5000+? I dont know if thats enough to feed a 5770, as I am not a expert in that. A 5670 may be able to fit in your system without a new PSU but it depends on the wattage of your PSU and you would be cutting it close.
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February 2, 2011 5:24:13 AM

Yes, the hd5670 is going to be basically the best.
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February 2, 2011 4:46:59 PM

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February 2, 2011 5:07:33 PM

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