Can i upgrade this pc?

here is my current pc:

I need help as soon as possible...

With my current mother board (NVIDIA nForce MCP61P Chipset)
and my current cpu (AMD Athlon II X2 240(2.8GHz)

What kind of video card and how much ram can i add into my pc? i currently have 3gbs of ram but i'm going to replace them entirely with 8gbs of ram.

what kind of video card will work on my motherboard? (PCIe,PCI, etc) ?
I currently only have 250 watts of powersupply ( im upgrading to much more, about 700 watts)

basicly what i want to know is, what parts can be upgraded?
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  1. Thats meaningless download CPUZ and tell us the actual make and model of your motherboard
  2. wr6133 said:
    Thats meaningless download CPUZ and tell us the actual make and model of your motherboard

    everything was listed on the site i linked to my pc on if u insist...
  3. Here's the information from thh HP website that has all of the specifications and upgrade information.

    In addition, if you're willing you could upgrade the MOBO with a good quality MicroATX motherboard and then you would have more options. However, if you want to go that far you might as well get a new case, PSU, GPU, Memory, HDD, CPU, etc.
  4. I dont know how much RAM is supported by your motherboard but i think 8GB should work.
    Now about the Video Card.If you're going to upgrade the power supply and wan't good gaming performance this card is pretty great.

    Ohh and i worgot.
    PSU wattage isn't the most important thing!It's better to have a high quality 450W PSU than a low quality 700W.
    This is what i think you should buy.
  5. Max ram for that system is 4Gb via 2x2gb sticks of ram(system on has 2 ram slots), so 8Gb is most likely not going to work. Video card wise it has a 16x pci-e v1.0 slot and with a 700w PSU only your budget limits you on what video card you can get, but any of the high end card of the last 2 generations will be bottlenecked by your cpu. The CPU is upgradeable this linkwill show what cpu's the motherboard supports.
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    1st (1a.) buy this :VANTEC 4+1 SATA II 300 & PATA PCI-E Combo Model UGT-IS100R $24.49
    For some reason this link isn't working right for me, However if you go to Newegg and paste Model UGT-IS100R in their search bar it will take you to the product.

    1b.) OCZ Agility 3 AGT3-25SAT3-120G 2.5" 120GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) $94.99
    The reason I chose a sata III SSD is because it's backwards compatible to sata II so it can be run that way @ sata II speeds or at least close since your PCIe x1 can almost reach sata II speeds but not quite and if you get rid of this PC you will have a more up to date SSD you can keep.

    2.) AMD Phenom II X4 955 Deneb 3.2GHz Socket AM3 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor $89.99
    This is the best CPU you can upgrade your mother board to due to it's 95 watt TDP (Thermal design power) limitation. This cannot be overcome with a bios update or power supply only with a different mother board. Here is a link discussing that issue: You may also have to upgrade your CPU cooler if the CPU I linked to doesn't come with a fan.

    3a.) CORSAIR Builder Series CX500 V2 500W ATX12V v2.3 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply $59.99
    This PSU is already a little overkill for future upgrades. The only reason you would need 700w is if you wanted to use it for CLI/CF on another board or system in the future. If that's the case this one should do :

    3b.) Visiontek 900301 Radeon HD 5750 Video Card $114.99
    This video card is Similar to (also a HD 5750) the one I used to update an old dell with a similar MB. Since neither the dell or your motherboard has PCIe 2.0 this card won't reach it's full potential but it still will work great and it has HDMI with audio so you can hook it up to a TV through HDMI as well. If you want a better video card for future use on a upgraded MB or different PC you can do that as well but, for this board the card listed above is already over kill.

    4.) ASUS XONAR_DG 5.1 Channels PCI Interface Xonar DG Sound Card $25.00
    As far as the sound card goes this is a good "Cheap" card you can spend a little more if you want better sound.
    Personally I would get a much better card since that's one thing your MB won't limit but, I'm also kind of an audiophile so I'm trying real hard to tone that predisposition down. :pt1cable:

    5.) If you want to upgrade your ram this might be helpful "Crucial System Scanner tool" According to your motherboards specs 4gigs (2x2) is your max while this certainly is a Bios issue there may be other reasons as well and hacking your bios can brick your MB so I would save any large ram upgrades for a new system/motherboard.

    This leaves you with one PCIe x1 slot however you won't be able to use it since your video card will be in the way. :cry:

    The nice thing about this is you can upgrade the hell out of your Compaq a little at a time as you can afford it and then upgrade your motherboard to one that has at least PCIe 2.0, USB 3.0 and Sata III as well as the capability for more and faster Ram. Since most of these new components cannot reach their full potential on your current motherboard, I would definitely have a new motherboard as your end goal. Keep in mind that as soon as you upgrade your motherboard windows will consider your PC a different computer and you will most likely have to buy a new copy of windows.

    Finally here is a link to some of the upgrades I did to my Dell. :sol:
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