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Will my computer ever game?

I am on a quest to make my PC "Game-Capable" and I have to come realize I require some sage advice.

What is my goal? My goal is to turn the PC I have...

This is the PC I have:

http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/document?docname=c01969879&tmp_task=prodinfoCategory&cc=us&dlc=en&lc=en&os=2093&product=4120648&sw_lang=#N1106

...Into one that I can use to game.

What type of games are we talking about? You might ask. To which I would reply, "Oh I don't know maybe some Call of Duty, maybe some Skyrim type of stuff I guess".

But what is your budget lad? Whatever it takes, girl. Nothing more! ;)

Monitor Resolution? 1600 x 900? Yes.

In case you would rather not click on the link here are the specifications:

Motherboard: H-RS880-uATX (Aloe)

Processor: AMD Athlon II X4 620

Memory: 6 GB

Graphics: Integrated ATI Radeon HD 4200 graphics :pfff:

Computer Case: Mid-Size ATX

Power Supply: 300W

I say that to ask this: Will you guide my sleigh tonight?

Meaning how would you go about this achieving this objective?
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  1. You can upgrade that PC, Its not a bad CPU, it would play Battlefield 3 if you get a new Video card.

    #1. Upgrade the Power supply no lower then a 550Watt to be on the safe side, and make sure its a good brand like Corsair, OCZ ect. (Don't go to cheap on this, you will regret it) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371016

    #2. Here is a HD6770 for $119.99 which will fit in that case (I worked on a similar HP with that case that had a 6770 in it) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150560

    Here is a HD6850 which is faster at $149.99 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161363

    (I don't know your price range so I can't limit what you should get, and Nvida I wouldn't get anything lower than the 550Ti, use this website to compare speeds of the cards http://www.hwcompare.com/5893/radeon-hd-6770-1gb-vs-radeon-hd-6850/ )

    The 6850 should fit in that case.

    #3. Your monitor is fine, thats more of a personal choice, I upgraded to a 21 inch HP 2159m 1920x1080 and I still like my older 19inch 1440x900 LCD monitor, lol.


    Now if you want to go all out, I would get a different case and better PSU, and a better Video card, but that could lead to thousands if you know what I mean.
  2. #1: If you're gonna upgrade your PSU go to a 650 minimum. This will give you greater stability if you xfire/sli down the road.

    #2: 6770 for 120$ is a ripoff; get a 6850 MINIMUM they go for 140$ and are FAR superior to the 6770. I've had a 6790 and then upgraded to two 6850s because the price was right (140 -20$ rebate at newegg)

    IMO look at the new 7000 series or the 6900 ATI cards. Additionally you should look in to a new motherboard; if you get something like the Asus m5a99x EVO (which is what i have 130$ CAD) you get tonnes of over clocking options. I OC'd my Phenom II x6 1065t from 2.9ghz, to 4.102 ghz stable @ 1.5125v (max is 1.6-1.65v so Im pushing it) this is with 3rd party cooling.

    With stock cooling I could hit 3.85ghz no problem.
  3. bobusboy said:
    #1: If you're gonna upgrade your PSU go to a 650 minimum. This will give you greater stability if you xfire/sli down the road.

    #2: 6770 for 120$ is a ripoff; get a 6850 MINIMUM they go for 140$ and are FAR superior to the 6770. I've had a 6790 and then upgraded to two 6850s because the price was right (140 -20$ rebate at newegg)

    IMO look at the new 7000 series or the 6900 ATI cards. Additionally you should look in to a new motherboard; if you get something like the Asus m5a99x EVO (which is what i have 130$ CAD) you get tonnes of over clocking options. I OC'd my Phenom II x6 1065t from 2.9ghz, to 4.102 ghz stable @ 1.5125v (max is 1.6-1.65v so Im pushing it) this is with 3rd party cooling.

    With stock cooling I could hit 3.85ghz no problem.


    #1. I'm pretty sure he can't crossfire with that motherboard, and I'm also pretty sure it's a mATX case. get the antec PSU that was recommended

    #2. I agree that a 6770 is a ripoff... spend the extra $20 for a 6850, you'll be much happier, the performance difference is huge for the price difference.

    #3 the 7000 series are not worth looking at over a 6850 unless you're willing to spend $230 for a 7850 or above.
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    His Pavilion would not be able to crossfire or SLI. You could either get a Radeon 7750, which would work with the current power supply you have but be the noticeably less powerful option.

    If you were to get a new power supply and say get a new video card, you could get something like a Corsair CX500 and a Radeon 6850 and that would be a great upgrade path. If you have the budget you can get something even bigger as well.
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  6. Thank you very much brosephsons
  7. No prob
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