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November 9, 2012 5:50:08 AM

hey guys i was wondering, i have an HP Pavilion Slimline s3860. i know its a stink computer but i was wondering is it possible to buy a new graphics card so i can play mid level games? for example dota 2, hon, skyrim? thanks and if its possible can you guys lead mo to which graphics card i should buy thanks because im new at this and im trying to learn thanks :D 

My specs are:


Motherboard
Irvine
Figure 1: Motherboard top view
Image of motherboard
Form factor: Custom - 19.05 cm (7.5 inches) x 17.27 cm (6.8 inches)
Chipset: GeForce 7100/nForce 630i
Memory sockets: 2 x DDR2
Front side bus speeds: 800/1066/1333 MHz
Processor socket: 775
Expansion Slots:
1 PCI Express x16 graphics slot
1 PCI Express x1


Intel Core 2 Duo E7400
Figure 2: Intel Core 2 Duo logo
Image of Intel logo
Operating speed: Up to 2.8 GHz
Number of cores: 2
Socket: 775
Bus speed: 1066 MHz
Processor upgrade information
Socket type: 775

Motherboard supports the following processor upgrades:
Intel Core 2 Duo (Wolfdale) E8xxx
Core 2 Duo E6xxx (Conroe) up to E6850
Core 2 Duo E4xxx (Conroe) up to E4400
Pentium E2xxx series (Conroe) with Dual Core technology up to E2160
Celeron 4xx series (Conroe) up to Celeron 440

Memory
2 GB
Amount: 2 GB
Speed: PC2-6400 MB/sec

Memory upgrade information
single channel memory architecture
Two 240-pin DDR2 DIMM sockets
Supported DIMM types:
PC2-4200 (533 MHz)
PC2-5300 (667 MHz)
PC2-6400 (800 MHz)
Non-ECC memory only, unbuffered
Supports 2GB DDR2 DIMMs
Supports up to 4 GB* on 32 bit PCs (using two 2 GB DIMMs)
32 bit PCs cannot address a full 4.0 GB of memory.

Video graphics
Integrated graphics using GeForce 7100
*Integrated video is not available if a graphics card is installed.
Integrated graphics using GeForce 7100
One VGA port on backplate
Also supports PCI Express x16 graphics cards

Power Supply
160W
160W power supply

http://h20000.www2.hp.com/bizsupport/TechSupport/Docume...

thanks :D 
a c 291 U Graphics card
November 9, 2012 5:52:45 AM

It's possible, but you'll need a new power supply as well. How much do you plan to spend? Around $160 would get your a graphics card and a power supply that will let you play HoN/Dota 2 maxed out and skyrim on high settings depending on your resolution.
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a b U Graphics card
November 9, 2012 7:20:01 AM

get a decent cheap corsair psu cx430 or vs450 and get a 7750 or 7770 .
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a c 291 U Graphics card
November 9, 2012 7:25:15 AM

Don't be so fast getting them though. Provide pictures of inside the case first: we must make sure the new components will fit inside; the case seems to be small.
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November 10, 2012 3:38:29 AM

Sunius said:
It's possible, but you'll need a new power supply as well. How much do you plan to spend? Around $160 would get your a graphics card and a power supply that will let you play HoN/Dota 2 maxed out and skyrim on high settings depending on your resolution.


hey thanks for the reply heres the picture that your asking for. i dont know if a new power supply would be able to fit coz the current power supply looks like its quite long and there wouldnt be enough space but what do you think? thanks

http://tinypic.com/r/33a6o37/6
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a c 291 U Graphics card
November 10, 2012 9:45:36 AM

DO NOT get CX 430. Mohit please don't suggest something that will totally be waste of money. It will not fit inside of his PC case. Neither will the graphics card that you linked.

@OP: You have two options: either get a full size case, a normal power supply unit and a decent card, or upgrade to a similar form factor power supply unit (might be hard, you'll have to measure its dimensions so I could find a perfect fit), and then get a low profile card (which has to be low profile or it will not fit either).
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