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I am looking at upgrading the graphics card, memory and if needed the power supply on my current desktop. Here is a link to the specific specs of my computers build. This will be used to play Skyrim which my current set up runs on low settings without much problem. I would like to bump it up to maybe medium settings but I am unsure of compatibility with my system.

http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/document?docname=c01364441&cc=us&lc=en&dlc=en&product=3659712

Specifications in sections with multiple options:

- GeForce 8500GT
- Core 2 Quad Q6600 (K) (2.4GHz /1066 MHz) 8 MB L2 cache; Quad Core
- 2 GB (2 x 1 GB) DDR2 PC2-5300 with a max of 4 GB* (4 x 1 GB) (32-bit OS) available
- 750 GB 7200 rpm SATA 3G (3.0 Gb/sec)
- Windows Vista Home Premium


Any guidance on compatible upgrades would be fantastic. Again I am not looking to spend tons of money but a couple hundred would be ok. Thanks for any advice in advance!
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  1. Best answer
    A AMD 7770 would be a good improvement and add 2 more gig of ram.
  2. Ok so the AMD 7770 will fit my motherboard then?
  3. Double post...
  4. Yes, it will fit.
  5. Ok sorry, one more question is there a specific model I am looking for because when I look that thing up I get about 20 different options. I am new to this whole upgrade thing so I am not really that savvy as far as picking the parts.
  6. Are you getting a new PSU as well? If not, go with the 7750, if you are, go with the 7770.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814202011
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102969
  7. What wattage am I going to need to upgrade to? And will anything do in terms of an upgrade? If a new PSU will get me a better card than it is not out of the questions PSU do not seem to run that expensive so to answer your questions if it is needed then yes I am.
  8. the 7770 will require 1 6 pin pci-e power cable from the PSU. The 7750 will not. With your current set up, I would just go with a 7750 until you build or get a new PC.
  9. Alright then as far as the RAM is concerned is this what I am looking for?

    http://www.geeks.com/details.asp?InvtId=KTD-DM8400B-1G-DT
  10. that RAM should work. Since you are on windows 32 bit, you're limited to a total of 4 gig of ram.
  11. Wonderful thank you for all your help!
  12. Best answer selected by UnknownUser1022.
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