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November 30, 2011 5:58:01 AM

I have a HP Pavilion Elite m9400f from I believe 3 years ago. I am interested in playing the new Star Wars MMO, and Battlefield 3 on medium-high settings. I would like some advice on if it would be worth the money to update my video card, and if so what I should be looking for.

Would something like this be a quality upgrade?
I realize anything beyond this I would need a new power supply as well.

Base processor
AMD Phenom X4-9750 Quad-Core (A) 2.4 GHz (95W)

2000 MHz HyperTransport 1.0
Socket AM2+

GeForce 6150SE nForce 430
Motherboard name: Narra3-GL8E or Nettle3-GL8E

Power supply

Component Attributes
Memory Installed 8 GB
Maximum allowed 8 GB (4 x 2 GB) (64-bit OS)

Speed supported PC2-6400 MB/sec
Type 240 pin, DDR2 SDRAM

Hard drive
750 GB SATA 3G (3.0 Gb/sec)
7200 rpm

Video Graphics
AMD Radeon HD3650
512 MB DDR2 memory
I/O Ports: HDMI, VGA, DVI-I (dual-link)

I'm using a 27" Monitor with 1920x1200.

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November 30, 2011 6:02:44 AM

Oh yeah I would like to stay under $150, but I could justify going to $200 if there is bang for my buck.
November 30, 2011 6:32:42 AM

Your psu is only 350watt and your cpu is only 2.4 ghz so it is better to have a gpu lower than 100$ because bigger gpu requires more powerful psu atleast 500watt and a powerfull cpu like 3.2 ghz dual or quad core . So i'd suggest you buy a 5670 or 6670 . They don't require additional power pin . And also overclock your cpu to 3ghz atleast
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a c 105 U Graphics card
November 30, 2011 6:34:46 AM

Or use the 200 bucks to upgrade psu and gpu ?
a b U Graphics card
November 30, 2011 7:43:02 AM

with your native video resolution, i don't think you can achieve middle-high performance for under 150, unless you're willing to lower the resolution (1680x1050 or lower). Also, your power supply might not be able to support the graphic card.
Decent power supply will cost at least $70, that left you with $130 (assuming you spent $200).
November 30, 2011 3:39:02 PM

Thanks for the responses people. I am a little more confused now though. My processor is a Quad Core, so if I overclock it would that solve the cpu problem?

It sounds like it wouldn't be worth it unless I definitely upgrade the power supply. So I guess my budget would need to be increased.

What kind of performance could I expect if I dropped around $200-230 on a card. $70 on a new power supply, and overclocked my cpu to 3ghz?

a c 105 U Graphics card
November 30, 2011 5:22:38 PM

Pretty good performance.