Solved I am looking to upgrade my graphics card for PC gaming

April 23, 2013 at 16:00:22
Specs: Windows 7 Home Premium, Intel Core 2 Quad CPu 2.50 GHz/ 8.00 gigs
DxDiag Graphics Info
How do I upgrade my graphics card? I have to be honest, I don't really have any idea what I'm doing when it comes to this. I want to play more games on my PC (as of right now, primarily a console gamer) but I get horrific Frames Per Second. I would like to be able to play games such as Planetside 2, War Thunder, Left 4 Dead 2, etc. A mix of games. Problem is I have decent computer knowledge when it's on, but have no knowledge of the hardware, specs, and tech stuff. I am looking for some guidance on what to do here. Do I need to buy a gaming computer ( I would prefer not to since I'm looking to spend $100-$300 at most), or can I just replace the current graphics card? If I can just replace the card, how do I do it, and what kind of card should I get. Thank you. My current graphics card is below in the Product section. Also, I attached a screen capture of my system information from DxDiag in case it helps. Thanks in advance for your time.

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#1
April 23, 2013 at 18:08:05
I cannot read any specs from that, it is too small and zooming just tends to blur things.
Post the make and model of the system if it is a manufactured system (HP, Dell, etc) or all components if it is a custom or locally built system. We will need to know details on your power supply (overall wattage as well as specific amperage on all of the different voltage rails), which may not easily be available in mfg's specs, depending on your system make.
Some links:
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews...
http://www.systemrequirementslab.co...
http://www.videocardbenchmark.net/h...
Chances are something along the lines of these:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...
Plus:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...
But your specs will help us to better recommend something.

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#2
April 23, 2013 at 18:20:16
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These are what we need: system specs, motherboard specs.

Your HP doesn't have a graphics "card", it has integrated graphics. It also has a 300W power supply so you'd have to limit the graphics upgrade to within it's capability otherwise it would need to be upgraded as well. If you don't want to get into that, the best card for you is a Radeon HD 7750 with GDDR5 memory: PowerColor AX7750 Radeon HD 7750 1GB 128-bit GDDR5

If upgrading the power supply isn't a problem, the sky's the limit! This article should be helpful in selecting an even better card than the above: Best Graphics Cards For The Money: April 2013.


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#3
April 23, 2013 at 18:44:54
riider posted the links to the system specs, I checked and those are the correct ones. If I bought a product similar to the one riider mentioned would I be able to install it fairly easily myself (by opening up the tower and simply swapping the cards)?

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#4
April 24, 2013 at 16:34:03
Installing a graphics card in most desktop systems is not particularly difficult, but if it makes you more comfortable, a local shop will be able to sell, install, and test the installation for you.

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#5
April 24, 2013 at 17:33:04
Ok, thank you very much for your help!

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