Need to upgrade for Gaming

I need help, but I am a completely hardware illiterate. :( I have an HP Pavillion desktop that has always been fine for everything we have ever wanted to do, but a friend talked me into getting Guild Wars 2 and it is clear now that my computer is woefully outdated for this kind of a game.

I have read a bit on this forum so I knew to get the CPU-Z. I have both the screen shots and the TXT Report but the TXT report is long, and I am sure you dont' want me to post that whole thing. What should I post so you can tell me if you think that I can upgrade the graphics card on this computer?

thanks in advance,
holly
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  1. HardwareMonitor is a good program to show CPU/Mem/CPU all in one.

    im sure there are some upgrades available.
  2. hollyak said:
    I need help, but I am a completely hardware illiterate. :( I have an HP Pavillion desktop that has always been fine for everything we have ever wanted to do, but a friend talked me into getting Guild Wars 2 and it is clear now that my computer is woefully outdated for this kind of a game.

    I have read a bit on this forum so I knew to get the CPU-Z. I have both the screen shots and the TXT Report but the TXT report is long, and I am sure you dont' want me to post that whole thing. What should I post so you can tell me if you think that I can upgrade the graphics card on this computer?

    thanks in advance,
    holly


    Just tell us the CPU/GPU/motherboard using HWmonitor. http://www.cpuid.com/softwares/hwmonitor.html
  3. and you can just tell the name of the psu by reading the lable on the psu:)

    pls tell us ur budget also after listing the spec:)
  4. Thanks guys, I wasn't sure where to get that software. the report looks just like the other one and is pretty long here are the parts I think you need:

    CPUID HWMonitor Report
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------

    Binaries
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------

    HWMonitor version 1.2.0.0

    Monitoring
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------

    Mainboard Model NARRA2 (0x000001A6 - 0x0061A840)

    LPCIO
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------

    LPCIO Vendor Fintek
    LPCIO Model F8000
    LPCIO Vendor ID 0x1934
    LPCIO Chip ID 0x581
    Config Mode I/O address 0x2E
    Config Mode LDN 0x4
    Config Mode registers
    00 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 0A 0B 0C 0D 0E 0F
    00 FF FF 00 FF FF FF FF 04 FF FF FF FF FF FF FF FF
    10 FF FF FF FF FF FF FF FF FF FF FF FF FF FF FF FF
    20 05 81 29 19 34 00 00 00 FF FF 74 30 FF 0F FF FF
    30 01 FF FF FF FF FF FF FF FF FF FF FF FF FF FF FF
    40 FF FF FF FF FF FF FF FF FF FF FF FF FF FF FF FF
    50 FF FF FF FF FF FF FF FF FF FF FF FF FF FF FF FF
    60 02 95 FF FF FF FF FF FF FF FF FF FF FF FF FF FF
    70 00 FF FF FF FF FF FF FF FF FF FF FF FF FF FF FF
    Register space LPC, base address = 0x0290


    Hardware Monitors
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------

    Hardware monitor Fintek F8000
    Voltage 0 1.67 Volts [0xD1] (VIN0)
    Voltage 1 1.66 Volts [0xD0] (VIN1)
    Voltage 2 1.52 Volts [0xBE] (VIN2)
    Temperature 0 39°C (102°F) [0x27] (TMPIN0)
    Temperature 2 28°C (82°F) [0x1C] (TMPIN2)
    Fan 0 1303 RPM [0x47F] (FANIN0)
    Fan 1 1130 RPM [0x52F] (FANIN1)
    Register space LPC, base address = 0x0290

    00 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 0A 0B 0C 0D 0E 0F
    00 FF 03 40 00 FF FF FF FF FF FF 00 00 55 4C 00 FF
    10 FF FF FF FF FF FF FF FF FF FF FF FF FF FF FF FF
    20 D1 D0 BE FF FF FF FF FF FF FF FF FF FF FF FF FF
    30 FF FF FF FF FF FF FF FF FF FF FF FF FF FF FF FF
    40 FF FF FF FF FF FF FF FF FF FF FF FF FF FF FF FF
    50 FF FF FF FF FF FF FF FF FF FF 05 08 10 19 34 FF
    60 00 00 00 FF FF FF 00 00 00 FF FF FF FF FF FF 02
    70 27 FF 80 FF 1C FF FF FF FF FF FF FF FF FF FF FF
    80 46 3C 64 55 64 55 FF FF FF FF FF FF FF FF 2A FF
    90 00 04 04 00 2A FF 15 FF 44 02 FF 3F 55 05 FF 0A
    A0 04 7F 00 57 02 F1 42 30 30 30 FF B1 57 57 57 9E
    B0 05 2F 00 57 03 F3 42 30 30 30 FF B1 57 57 57 9E
    C0 0F FF 00 A6 03 FF 3C 32 28 1E FF D9 A6 80 66 0C
    D0 0F FF FF FF FF FF FF FF FF FF FF FF FF FF FF 00
    E0 FF FF FF FF FF FF FF FF FF FF FF FF FF FF FF FF
    F0 00 00 00 00 00 00 3D 3D 00 39 FF 00 FF FF FF FF

    Hardware monitor ACPI
    Temperature 0 27°C (80°F) [0xBBA] (THRM)


    Processors
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------

    Number of processors 1
    Number of threads 2

    APICs
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------

    Processor 0
    -- Core 0
    -- Thread 0 0
    -- Core 1
    -- Thread 0 1

    Timers
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------

    ACPI timer 3.580 MHz
    HPET timer 25.000 MHz
    Perf timer 25.000 MHz
    Sys timer 1.000 KHz


    Processors Information
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------

    Processor 1 ID = 0
    Number of cores 2 (max 2)
    Number of threads 2 (max 2)
    Name AMD Athlon 64 X2 5600+
    Codename Windsor
    Specification AMD Athlon(tm) 64 X2 Dual Core Processor 5600+
    Package Socket AM2 (940)
    CPUID F.3.3
    Extended CPUID F.43
    Brand ID 4
    Core Stepping JH-F3
    Technology 90 nm
    Core Speed 2814.6 MHz
    Multiplier x FSB 14.0 x 201.0 MHz
    HT Link speed 1005.2 MHz
    Stock frequency 2800 MHz
    Instructions sets MMX (+), 3DNow! (+), SSE, SSE2, SSE3, x86-64, AMD-V
    L1 Data cache 2 x 64 KBytes, 2-way set associative, 64-byte line size
    L1 Instruction cache 2 x 64 KBytes, 2-way set associative, 64-byte line size
    L2 cache 2 x 1024 KBytes, 16-way set associative, 64-byte line size
    FID/VID Control yes
    Max FID 14.0x
    Max VID 1.350 V
    # of P-States 7
    P-State FID 0x2 - VID 0x12 (5.00x - 1.100 V)
    P-State FID 0xA - VID 0x10 (9.00x - 1.150 V)
    P-State FID 0xC - VID 0x10 (10.00x - 1.150 V)
    P-State FID 0xE - VID 0x10 (11.00x - 1.150 V)
    P-State FID 0x10 - VID 0x0E (12.00x - 1.200 V)
    P-State FID 0x12 - VID 0x0C (13.00x - 1.250 V)
    P-State FID 0x14 - VID 0x0A (14.00x - 1.300 V)


    K8 Thermal sensor yes
    K8 Revision ID 5.3
    Attached device PCI device at bus 0, device 24, function 0
    Attached device PCI device at bus 0, device 24, function 1
    Attached device PCI device at bus 0, device 24, function 2
    Attached device PCI device at bus 0, device 24, function 3


    Graphic APIs
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------

    API NVIDIA I/O
    API NVIDIA NVAPI

    Display Adapters
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------

    Display adapter 0
    Name NVIDIA GeForce 6150SE nForce 430
    Revision A2
    PCI device bus 0 (0x0), device 13 (0xD), function 0 (0x0)
    Vendor ID 0x10DE (0x103C)
    Model ID 0x03D0 (0x2A58)
  5. power supply and budget?
  6. sunnk said:
    power supply and budget?



    Ok opened the computer and found a Bestec PSU that is 300W. Also found the model (HP 6330f PC) of the computer and based on some reviews, the fact that it has a low power supply and integrated graphics(?) might make it hard to expand :(


    http://reviews.productwiki.com/hp-pavilion-p6330f/

    As for budget, I guess up to 200.00, or a bit more if that is what it takes to expand it ...

    Thanks again for your patience and help!!
  7. a hd 6570 will be good for you nothing above that.:)

    but seriously that cpu is too weak and it comes in the minimum requirments of a game and in some games it isnt in the minimum requirment so it would be better to upgrade the whole system and your psu is also not that good but i had myself that psu 3 years ago when i got a compaq prasario and i didnt got any problem with it i think it will just power up a hd 6570 nicely but it would be better if u upgrade ur system first.
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