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Can I Upgrade My Graphics Card?

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August 6, 2012 7:16:52 PM

Hey all. Im kind of a noob with computer mechanics as it were so bear with me. I am trying to upgrade my graphics card in my computer but have no idea if i can or not. I have a PCIEX-16 slot in my mother board but i need help to know what it can support. Im trying to play games like Diablo3 and SC2 and WoW along with Civ5, AOE3, and other stuff.
Here are the specs i know of:
Its an HP Pavilion p6207c
Processor: Pentium(R) Dual-Core CPU E5300 @ 2.60GHz
Memory: 5120MB RAM
OS: Windows 7
Motherboard: IPIBL-LB
Here is a link to a website with motherboards specs: http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/document?docname=c01...
if it doesnt link then just copy and paste.
Current Graphics Card (Chipset): Intel(R) G33/G31 Express Chipset Family
Its Memory is only: 256MB

Please help and i thank you for any insight you can provide me:) !

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August 6, 2012 7:34:20 PM

yeah you can upgrade it, and it can support whatever your power supply can handle, but your processor will potentially hold you back when it comes down to it. I read that your computer has a 250 watt power supply, which wont get you far with a graphics card. I would upgrade to a good 500 watt power supply and go from there, or save the money and put it towards a newer build.
August 6, 2012 10:32:49 PM

Thanks now that i know that i think i should shop for a new comp and give this one to my mom. Can i get a decent gaming laptop thats not expensive (Alienware) or should i just go for the better performing desktops cause i want the portability to take to friends houses but if it costs to much or take to much preformence away ill just get a good desktop. Should i look at ASUS and Alienware or build my own?
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August 6, 2012 10:43:18 PM

Build your own desktop this will offer you exceptional value for money, better satisfaction, and much more powerful than most prebuilt setups, especially over gaming laptops.
August 6, 2012 10:47:20 PM

I've never been a fan of gaming laptops but that's me. If you do go the desktop route, you can build a good system that you can over time upgrade the individual parts and stay with the times and advancement in games without having an completely outdated system in a few years and will more than likely cost less than a gaming laptop to begin with.

Don't think I'm trying to force you into a desktop though. If your fairly mobile, go for the laptop.
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