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I have an HP a67201. I replaced the stock graphics card awhile back with a GEForce 8400 GS and am not really happy with it. I can only run Rift on low setting (I don't play that game anymore). Everything else in it is stock

I've tried to do the research myself and I'm not really sure which card to get or which card would even be an improvement (Probably any of them)

This is the Computer I use now.

I believe it has 1 PCI Express 16x slot which from what I understand is 8 gigs. I couldn't find what my power source was so I don't know what card is compatible with it. I also don't know how good my cooling is if I get a card that overheats easily. Basically what I'm looking for is something that can actually run in this rig and be able to play diablo 3 and Guild Wars 2 on at least med settings. I don't care if the graphics blow me away. I just want everything to look somewhat real and not just blobs. Thanks for any help you guys can give me!thumb.gif
post #2 of 29
Ouch man there is not much you can do with that cpu.. AMD Athlon™ 64 X2 Dual-Core Processor 4200+
• 2.2GHz, 512KB+512KB L2 Cache

you only have 1 gb of ram.. It is time for a new build man..

Any powerful gpu above like a gtx 9800 would suffer from being bottle necked..

I would suggest to you is to read up on how to build your own rig.. It is quite simple..

Visit the market place here .. I7s or 15 2500k are for sale all over the place and many times will be the mother board ram and cpu in a bundle..

After that all it really is ... is plug and play. if you have any issues you can use your other computer to search you tube for help.

Or ask in these forums.

Also people sale complete systems here in the market place for good price..

Much faster and better then anything you will ever get from hp/dell/gateway.
Edited by Hokies83 - 5/13/12 at 12:03pm
    
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What kind of money can you spend?
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post #5 of 29
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Just depends, I'd like to keep it from $300-$500 max. Thanks for the responses
post #6 of 29
sorry to say but it is time to put the ole hp in a back room somewhere....not much you can do with it that wouldn't be a waste of money....looks like a pretty good deal hokie linked ya to...pretty much ready to go...so systems like that are out there thumb.gif


by using your current keyboard, mouse, monitor, dvd, hd and even case you might be able to get something you can build on...... thumb.gif
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post #7 of 29
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So it sounds like it's my processor, is my graphics card good enough to play those games?
post #8 of 29
if your up for doing the build you can save money and have the self satisfaction of diy.....found this as an example and to maybe get some others looking for you:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboBundleDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.864873



this has an ssd which is a luxury you don't need right now...swap it for a gpu and with your parts you've got a decent system thumb.gif
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Quote:
Originally Posted by zsmitty3 View Post

So it sounds like it's my processor, is my graphics card good enough to play those games?


it's more than just processor....2g of ram would help alot....you may be able to upgrade to a quad core cpu...i'm having problems finding specs on your mb to see if it will handle it......power supply may not be up to a whole lot more....and no your current gpu isin't up to the task either


ok your mb (Narra GL8E) is not capable of doing anything better than what you currently have cpu wise
Edited by mrinnocent - 5/13/12 at 5:36pm
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post #10 of 29
Get a gtx 590

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