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Old 12-21-2012, 03:06 AM   #1 (permalink)
 
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Hey, my computer has been giving me a little trouble lately because I've been trying to watch more HD videos and play more games, but there's sooo much lag sometimes. I don't know what to do. Here is my computer.
http://reviews.cnet.com/desktops/hp-pavilion-p6610t-customizable/4505-3118_7-34205422.html
I really don't know much about computers at all. I've heard upgrading ram and a new graphics card helps?

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upgrade your video card
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Well considering that you have a PC, then you should be able to run a program called a defragger, that comes with every windows 7 and 8 PC. It will gather all files from around your computer and organize them. Then to make it go even faster, delete any files that you haven't used in a while, and will probably never use agian.
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This information might or might not help you. So you defiantly want an AMD processor. I have always used them except one time I was giving a computer with an Intel processor it was to slow for me. Any way right now all the tech writers are down on AMD probably because intel sent them all on cruises. This makes the AMD processors cheaper than they should be, its a supply and demand thing. If your budget allows you try to get a quad core with at least 2.5 GHz worth of speed anymore speed than that you can't really tell. The secret of quick and fast computers is RAM. I won a very cheap laptop at work about 4 years ago and it was so slow we just put it in the closet. Now after 3 surgery's and 2 heart attacks later without a job I found my self liking the slow cheap computer and all I did was change the RAM form 1GB to 4GB and now it is lighting fast. You will need at least 6 GB or RAM. You can buy a computer with less RAM but you must be sure you can add more RAM in the future. If possible you need a 64 bit computer because almost all of the old computers with 32 bit tech can only have a maximum of 3-4 GB of RAM. Be careful on the 64 bit computers also make them show you where the empty RAM slots are and also make sure that you can buy RAM in 2-4-6 GB bars. The Graphics card is important but if you only have 2 GB of RAM then the graphics card doesn't matter because your computer will not be able to play good games with only 2 GB of RAM. DDR2 has to be in a used computer because they have been using DDR3 for a while now. So you need DDR3. If any way possible get a graphics card with 1 GB of DDR 5 anymore than 1 GB is a waste of money because the computer just won't use it. If you have to want a while to buy a computer like I advised it is worth it because this computer will last you a long long time. I got my son an HP HPE 570 f and it can handle any game on any internet connection. So look it up and get as close to it as possible. Good Luck and Merry Christmas!!!
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you have an Intel G41, G43 or G45 motherboard (GMA X4500) with Intel LGA775 socket. therefore it's sure that the motherboard has a pci-express x16 socket for a dedicated graphics card.

theoretically you can get any graphics card that will fit in the case but there is a catch - the power supply. normally PC's coming with an integrated graphics have a very weak power supply that can't power a dedicated graphics card.

in order to upgrade your PC you will have to replace very likely the psu. for a computer of that age I would recommend to get these 2 components
- graphics card: EVGA 01G-P4-2650-KR GeForce GTX 650 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130827
- power supply: Antec VP-450 450W http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371045&Tpk=Antec%20vp-450

the graphics card is that tiny so it will fit in almost any case (except in slim line cases). the power supply is of a pretty good quality and will power that graphics card with ease.
upgrading the ram isn't necessary because 3GB is normally enough.
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And you would have to upgrade your power supply because HP always comes with poor low power PSU. And now you got the parts, you think it's fixed? Nope, HP case is not designed for performance and gaming so you'll have heat problems, and what is more, restricted BIOS. In all honestly, save up and get a proper machine and keep that computer for light usage or something or even sell it on ebay to make some money towards the fund. It really isn't worth upgrading an OEM machine in my view.

HP has more details of your specs

http://h20000.www2.hp.com/bizsupport/TechSupport/Document.jsp?objectID=c02583675&lang=en&cc=us&taskId=115&contentType=SupportFAQ&prodSeriesId=4269976&prodTypeId=12454
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Your current Video Card/GPU is integrated... meaning that it is very very bad on a rating of all other Video Card's/ GPU's. I suggest you buy a new one. I doesn't really matter which one to me since you didn't really tell me what kind of games your playing but just search GeForce.COM. Your starting point should be a GTX 650 and just move up in performance depending how your budget is.

Next... You should check your screen size (go to Google and type in "What Is My Screen Resolution"). Unless you know it, click on the first link, Or just click on the one i provided at the end of this answer. If your screen size is "1280x1024" or any numbers below such as "800x600" then your video card of choice could be a 1gb model. If your Screen size is "1680x1050" or higher it needs to be a 2gb model to make sure of no lag. Unfortunately the GTX 650 only comes in a 1gb model so if you have a big screen size you will need to start at a GTX 650 Ti which does support 2gb.

As for your RAM... You are alright for most things. Newer games recommend 6gb of RAM so if you want to upgrade to that then of course it would be a good idea... but not completely necessary.

Screen check: http://www.whatismyscreenresolution.com/

GeForce: http://www.geforce.com/
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