Upgrading new desktop for gaming - budget $250

Hi all!

I have a new HP Pavilion p6-2100 with the following specs:

PROCESSOR AMD Dual-Core A4-3420 Accelerated Processor1
OPERATING SYSTEM Genuine Windows® 7 Home Premium 64-bit2
MEMORY (RAM) 4GB PC3-10600 DDR33
WIRELESS Wireless LAN 802.11b/g/n5
OPTICAL DRIVE SuperMulti DVD Burner6
VIDEO GRAPHICS AMD Radeon™ HD 6410D integrated graphics7

I am looking to upgrade the graphics card and perhaps the processor on this computer so that i can use it to play diablo 3 and other assorted games. I'm hoping to keep the budget around $250. Any help is appreciated thanks!
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  1. cannot find power supply for the case. would like to now watts and amperage of the psu(most prebuilt computer psus are trash). At the most, a simple build could use a 7750 if the power supply barely passes the required amount. if not, you have to use some of that 250$ on a new power supply that fits the case.
  2. I have a new power supply already, a CORSAIR Builder Series CX500 V2 500W ATX12V v2.3 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply
  3. the final thing i have to ask before recommending a card is to measure your case(because prebuilt cases are pretty small) literally with a ruler. measure the length between the back of the case(add on card bracket) in front of the pci express slot to the first obstruction in the case(such as a hardware bracket if its there.) because some modern gpus may not fit in the case

    edit short list of choices:

    Since your mobo is a fm1 slot mobo, that limits your apu choices to the a8 series.


    being the 3 strongest fm1 llano chips so if we took into account the strongest one, (the middle one is the non overclocking one if you dont want to overclock) the price is 120$ leaving you 130$ if you wanted both a new cpu and gpu

    At 130$ you have the option to go either: Nvidia GTX 460, Radeon HD 6850, or Radeon HD 7770(a bit weaker than the 6850, but a lot less power consuming and newer architecture)
  4. The dimensions of the case are 16.8 x 7 x 15.3 inches. I unfortunately do not have the desktop with me and can't measure the length between the back of the case and the first obstruction. There is about 3/5s of the space is open before reaching the hard drive bracket eyeballing the diagrams from the support manual.
  5. if its under 9 inches, then you should barely have enough room for certain brands of cards. different companies have different sized gpus, even if its under the same family of gpus
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