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Just Bought an HP Pavillion Elite HPE-410y

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April 22, 2011 4:40:25 PM

Just Bought an HP Pavillion Elite HPE-410y and im not sure if the graphics card is upgradable. I wanted a Computer primarily used for gaming or thats above average. I

play games like WOW and FPS. My graphics card is an ATI Radeon HD 5570, and im not to sure how to find out what is the BEST one i can obtain regardless of cost. I can

still turn in the computer but im not sure if its a good gaming comp so i need your opinion guys!!! please help. IS MY GRAPHICS CARD ALREADY TOPLINE FOR GAMING? CAN

I UPGRADE IT TO A WAY BETTER ONE? IM COMPLETELY LOST!!! LOL.. ALSO I HAVE A HP HP 2011X MONITOR, RESOLUTION IS 1900 X 600 AT THE MOMENT WHICH IS HP

RECOMMENDED FOR ME.

I JUST WANT TO HAVE A DOMINANT GAMING EXPERIENCE AND FLAWLESS GRAPHICS. SHOULD I TURN THIS COMP IN AND SEARCH FOR SOMTHING ELSE OR SHOULD I TRY

UPGRADING THE GRAPHICS CARD ( IF POSSIBLE?? IM NOT SURE ) Below are the computer specs


SPECS:

Introduction date
06-Aug-2010
Country/region sold in:
•United States
Hardware
Base processor
Phenom II X6 1045 (T) 2.7 GHz (95W)
•4000 MHz HyperTransport 3.0
•Socket AM3
Chipset
AMD 785G
Motherboard
•Manufacturer: Foxconn
•Motherboard Name: H-ALVORIX_HF-RS880-uATX
•HP/Compaq motherboard name: Alvorix-GL8E
Power supply
•300W
Memory
Component Attributes
Memory Installed 8 GB
Maximum allowed 16 GB (4 x 4 GB) (64-bit OS)

4 GB* (4 x 1 GB) (32-bit OS)

*Actual available memory may be less
Speed supported PC3-10600 MB/sec
Type 240 pin, DDR3

Hard drive
•1 TB SATA 3G (3.0 Gb/sec)
•7200 rpm
SuperMulti Blu-ray Player with LightScribe Technology drive
•Interface: SATA
•Data buffer memory: 2 MB minimum
•LightScribe: yes
•Disc diameter: 120 mm
•Write and read speeds for supported formats and disc types are shown in this table:
Formats/Disc types Write speeds Read speeds Storage capacity
Blu-ray Disc
BD-ROM SL NA up to 6X up to 25 GB
BD-ROM DL NA up to 4.8X up to 50 GB
BD-R SL not supported up to 6X up to 25 GB
BD-R DL not supported up to 4.8X up to 50 GB
BD-RE SL not supported up to 2.3X up to 25 GB
BD-RE DL not supported up to 2X up to 50 GB
HD DVD not supported
DVD
DVD-ROM SL NA up to 16X up to 4.7 GB
DVD-ROM DL NA up to 8X up to 8.5 GB
DVD+R SL up to 16X up to 12X up to 4.7 GB
DVD+R DL up to 4X up to 8X up to 8.5 GB
DVD+RW SL up to 8X up to 10X up to 4.7 GB
DVD+RW DL not supported
DVD-R SL up to 16X up to 12X up to 4.7 GB
DVD-R DL up to 4X up to 8X up to 8.5 GB
DVD-RW SL up to 6X up to 10X up to 4.7 GB
DVD-RW DL not supported
DVD-RAM up to 5X up to 5X up to 4.7 GB
CD
CDROM NA up to 40X up to 700 MB
CDR up to 40X up to 40X up to 700 MB
CDRW up to 24X up to 40X up to 700 MB
CD-DA NA up to 32X up to 700 MB
Video CD NA up to 10X up to 700 MB

Wireless
802.11 b/g/n PCI express wireless half-length mini card
Video Graphics
Radeon HD5570 (1 GB)
•1 GB onboard memory
•I/O Ports: HDMI, DVI, and DisplayPort (DVI-to-VGA adapter cable)
Sound/Audio
High Definition 8-channel audio
•ALC 888S-VD chipset
Network (LAN)
Integrated 10/100 Base-T networking interface
Memory card reader
•Supports the following cards:
◦Compact Flash I
◦Compact Flash II
◦IBM Microdrive
◦Secure Digital (SD)
◦mini-SD
◦MultiMediaCard (MMC)
◦Reduced size MultiMediaCard (RS-MMC)
◦MultiMediaCard Plus (MMC plus)
◦MultiMediaCard Mobile (MMC mobile)
◦Memory Stick
◦Memory Stick Pro
◦Memory Stick Duo
◦Memory Stick Pro Duo
◦SmartMedia
◦xD Picture Card (xD = extreme digital)
External I/O ports
I/O ports on the front panel
Port type Quantity
15-in-1 (4 slot) One
USB One
Headphone One
Microphone One

I/O ports on the back panel
Port type Quantity
Electrical S/PDIF Output (RCA) One
VGA One (disabled due to the installation of a graphics card)
DVI-D One
USB 2.0 Four
LAN One
Audio (side speaker out, rear speaker out, center/subwoofer-out , line-in, line-out, microphone) One Each

Expansion slots
Slot type Quantity
PCI Express x16 One (None available)
PCI Express x1 Three (Three available)
PCI Express x1 minicard socket One (None available)

Drive bays
Bay type Quantity
13.33 cm (5.25 inch) external Two (One available)
8.89 cm (3.5 inch) internal Two (One available)
8.89 cm (3.5 inch) external One (One available)

Keyboard and mouse
•HP USB keyboard
•HP USB optical mouse
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Software
NOTE: HP provides basic support for software that comes with the computer. For in-depth feature assistance, refer to the help section in the software or on the software vendor's Web site.

Software titles that shipped with PC Software Category Software Title
Operating System •Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit)

CD/CD-RW/DVD/DVD+RW •HP MediaSmart DVD
•Windows DVD Maker
•CyberLink DVD Suite

Entertainment, Music & Games •HP Games
•HP MediaSmart Software Suite

Productivity •Microsoft Office Starter 2010
•Windows Live Essentials
•PDF Complete Special Edition

Security •Norton Internet Security 2011 (60-day security update subscription)
•Norton Online Backup (30-day trial)

Support •HP Advisor
•HP Vision Diagnostic Tools
•HP Help & Support Center
•HP Support Assistant

Recovery •HP Recovery Manager

Internet Solutions •Microsoft Internet Explorer


ALSO I HAVE A HP HP 2011X MONITOR, RESOLUTION IS 1900 X 600 AT THE MOMENT WHICH IS HP RECOMMENDED FOR ME.
I JUST WANT TO HAVE A DOMINANT GAMING EXPERIENCE AND FLAWLESS GRAPHICS. SHOULD I TURN THIS COMP IN AND SEARCH FOR SOMTHING ELSE OR SHOULD I TRY UPGRADING THE GRAPHICS CARD ( IF POSSIBLE?? IM NOT SURE )
a b U Graphics card
April 22, 2011 6:05:04 PM

The card you have (sorry to say) sucks. The 5570 is really bad. How big is your wallet :) ? I can reccomend a 400-600$ setup or a 150$ setup or a 90$ setup. The good news is, if i'm reading your specs right, you have enough room for pretty much any PCI-e x16 card.

I would keep it and just upgrade if you have enough $$ for at LEAST 130$ worth of upgrades. 1900x600 is a weird resolution, but somewhat large which, if you want to max out current games would require at least a 6950 1GB (~220$). If you have a highly limited budget, I would take it back...
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a b U Graphics card
April 22, 2011 8:46:46 PM

The 1045T is a horrible processor. It performs around the Phenom II 920.
Return the computer. If you can't build yourself(which is easy), Get something with at least a Phenom II 955. If not then get a 6850. It is great for that res.
is 1900x600 your native resolution?
Check by right clicking on the desktop and going to screen resolution.
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a b U Graphics card
July 16, 2011 10:22:14 PM

RETURN YOUR PC AND BUY A PRE- BUILT Gaming PC!

It'll be much cheaper and easier to swamp out hardware!
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a b U Graphics card
July 17, 2011 4:02:29 AM

The Halo Don said:
RETURN YOUR PC AND BUY A PRE- BUILT Gaming PC!

It'll be much cheaper and easier to swamp out hardware!


Agreed... :)  But OP seems set on upgrading, not returning
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a c 273 U Graphics card
August 3, 2011 1:25:10 PM

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