Hello, I have a Hp a1600n with 160gbhd,512mb ram and the Nvidia Geforce 6150 LE(All from factory) Im looking to make it a gaming pc. I have mouse,monitor, and keyboard so I dont need those. Looking to be able to play at least Call of Duty Waw on at least medium graphics smoothly. Got a budget of 300$
If you can order from newegg, they might have an amd shellshocker combo deal in the next two days. But your budget is pretty low, and changing the motherboard will require a new windows coa. So for your budget, if you don't get the shellshocker deal, all you have is enough for a video card and power supply upgrade such as these:
Your original windows installation only works with your geniune hp motherboard; there's a small bios string that id's it when windows loads. I've experienced this issue first hand; windows is around $100 for 7 home edition; craigslist might have one for less. You won't have enough for extra ram, but check craigslist anyway for ram deals. You might find 2 gb of ddr2 for $25. If you can order from newegg, the shellshocker specials are your best upgrade. The new onboard amd graphics should play your games at medium settings; here's today's special $280 before rebate including shippping: http://www.newegg.com/Special/ShellShocker.aspx?cm_sp=S.... Here's a new Lenovo pc that's $330 with coupon code: http://slickdeals.net/permadeal/70024/staples-lenovo-h4...
They're both about the same; the lenova has a quad core cpu but not the latest amd cpu with the graphics on the die. You can still buy a separate video card later; you can also wipe your hp hardrive after making a backup copy of your windows installation, and sell it intact to pay for part of your purchase. You might get $80-100 for it after reinstalling windows.