Hi i bought a new computer a few months ago expecting to be able to play the latest video games.But have recently noticed that my graphics card is not so good. I have searched for a new one but have no idea what will work and what wont.Please help here is my computer info: HP Pavilion p6744y Desktop PC http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/document?cc=us&lc=en&dlc=en&docname=c02674978#N71
Motherboard H-I41-uATX (Eton/EtonL) Figure 1: Motherboard top view
Manufacturer: Foxconn Form factor: microATX - 24.4 cm (9.6 inches) x 24.4 cm (9.6 inches) Chipset: Intel G41 Express Memory sockets: 2 x DDR3 Front side bus speeds: 1333/1066/800 MHz Processor socket: 775 Expansion Slots: 1 PCI Express x16 slot for graphics card 2 PCI Express x1 slots 1 PCI slot 1 PCI Express x1 minicard slot For more details, see Eton/EtonL motherboard specifications . Processor Intel Pentium E5800 Figure 2: Intel Pentium Dual-Core logo
Operating speed: Up to 3.2 GHz Number of cores: 2 Socket: 775 Bus speed: 800 MHz Processor upgrade information Memory 4 GB Amount: 4 GB Speed: PC3-10600 MB/sec Type: DDR3-1333 Memory upgrade information Supports DDR3 DIMMs only Dual channel memory architecture Two DDR3 DIMM (240-pin) sockets DIMM types: PC3-10600 (DDR3-1333) PC3-8500 (DDR3-1066) PC3-6400 (DDR3-800) Non-ECC memory only, unbuffered Supports 2 GB DDR3 DIMMs Supports up to 4 GB on 64-bit PCs Maximum memory only if using 2GB DDR3 DIMM modules
NOTE:32-bit PCs cannot address a full 4.0 GB of memoryThis motherboard is not planned for use with a 32-bit OS Video graphics Integrated graphics using Intel GMA x4500 Integrated video is not available if a graphics card is installed. Integrated graphics using Intel GMA x4500 Also supports PCI Express x16 graphics cards
NOTE:Either integrated graphics or the PCI Express x16 slot are usable at one time; they are not usable concurrently. Sound/Audio Integrated Realtek ALC662 Audio Networking LAN: 10-Base-T Hard drive 1 TB CD/DVD disc drive SuperMulti DVD Burner drive Memory Card Reader 6-in-1 multimedia card reader Computer Case Mid-size ATX Height: 38.40 cm (15.12 inches) Width: 16.58 cm (6.53 inches) Length: 42.9 cm (16.89 inches) Bay size Total Bays 13.33 cm (5.25 inch) 2 8.89 cm (3.5 inch) 1 * Bays may be occupied by existing hardware. Power Supply 250W
asked Nov 07 '11 at 17:11
I currently have a nice one from EVGA. Its a Ge-Force GTX550 1GB GDDR5 which runs Portal, Portal 2, Minecraft, and Fraps for when I record games. Its a 130$ card. It performs very nicely. It has its own audio and video built in.(For the DVI and HDMI ports)
answered Nov 07 '11 at 17:25
Do you want to run the latest games at super high fidelity or just be able to run them? In either way you need a new PSU, 250W is not nearly enough for a powerful GPU. Also that case is rather small so you'll probably not be able to mount the fastest cards out there. If you just want to play the latest games at mid-low resolution then I'd suggest an AMD 5770 or Nvidia 550. Both of these cards perform on equal level and can handle just about every game you throw at it. If you want a higher resolution you should pick either an AMD 6970 or Nvidia 580, they will run the latest games at very good resolutions. If you want to completely max everything out you need a new case and an AMD 6990 or Nvidia 590. Those are the best cards on the market. (actually the most powerful card is ASROG Mars II but it'll cost you €1300)
answered Nov 07 '11 at 22:18
There isn't much more that needs to be said that hasn't already.
answered Nov 08 '11 at 09:14
I'd say, due to that horrible PSU, you don't have much of a choice in what you can get. A 6670 or GT520 is as much as you can get if you don't upgrade to a better PSU.
answered Nov 08 '11 at 12:16