So I'm very new to the hardware area but would like to upgrade my pre-built HP Pavillion PC.
I am looking to buy a 700w PSU so the power should not be a problem, however I don't really know if a graphics card is compatible with the motherboard. I don't want to buy something knowing I have to return it right back.
Well I think we actually might have some problems fitting a good card in your PC.The thing with HP is that they like to use Micro-ATX boards(A really small and compact motherboard) in almost all of their computers which makes upgrading a pain.I helped someone before that had the same PC and they were having trouble fitting a large card like the 5770.
Thank you very much for your help. I'll probably be going with that card as soon as I know what power supply I'm getting. I wanted the 700w one because eventually I'll just try to build my own computer from scratch, and would like to scavenge some stuff off my old one
Also I forgot to add,since i'm not sure if your motherboard's x16 lane is actaully 1.0 or 2.0 i'm just gonna assume it's 1.0 and make sure you get a 2.0 so you can avoid any problems.Their have been known issues between 2.1 cards and 1.0 mobo's,so we best stay clear of that.
I wouldn't even know where to start with a processor, I myself know how to replace a GPU or a PSU but a processor just intimidates me. I've seen it get replaced once and I'd be afraid I'd damage something haha. Also I have no clue what to look for in a processor, I know there's much more than just speed.
So it looks like you already have an Athlon II dual core already in your mobo which is a AM3 socket processor.Don't know why but on the HP specifications it says only AM2+ processor can be used.I'm guessing it was orignally disgined that way but since your computer is newer they might have just updated the BIOS and put in AM3 socket capbility.
So you can now choose a processor up to a max TDP of 95 watts.The most powerful processor you can use would be a AMD Phenom II X4 840.