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Can I upgrade the graphics card on my PC

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Pavilion P6-2317c
Microsoft Windows 10 (64-bit)

Is it possible to turn this machine into a reasonabe gamer. I know I can add ram and a SSD but wondering if I can add a graphics card to this AMD A6-5400K processor? Would I need more power? Am I wasting money; should I just buy a new PC?

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@Zeke4231 , welcome to the forum.


The best place to begin determining what upgrades are necessary to play game/s is the System Requirements for the game/s:


This is the system requirements for COD Cold War.  The Minimum requirements will run the game at lower settings.  The Recommended Requirements will run the game at maximum settings which is what we want.


The computer is 8 years old.  Every three years in computer life is like light-years.  You can make some improvements, but I am not certain that you will be satisfied with the performance in games.


The newer video cards require UEFI in the motherboard instead of a standard/Legacy BIOS:


HP didn't begin using UEFI until mid-October, 2012 in most of their computers.  Since your computer came with Win 8 it may be possible that you have UEFI.  You can check in the System Information for the BIOS Mode.  If you have UEFI you can use a better video card.  The motherboard has a "PCI Express x16 (Gen 2.0)" slot.  It will require a power supply unit (PSU) upgrade.  I normally recommend at least 500W, depending on the requirements of the video card.  I like Corsair products.  Full modular PSU's are good for smaller mid-size cases.  They allow you to use only the cables that are absolutely necessary.  This allows for better airflow.


Here is the Product Specifications page for the comptuer:


You can look at the sections titled "Processor/Processor upgrade information" and Memory/Memory upgrade information" for a list of compatible processor upgrades and memory upgrades.  You current processor has 2 cores.  You can upgrade to a "Trinity Quad-Core A10-5800K":


The motherboard has "Dual channel memory architecture" which means that the memory should be installed in matching pairs to get the best performance.  You can run CPU-Z to find the manufacturer and timings of the current memory:


This information is in the section titled "SPD".  Once you have this information you will be able to determine if you can match the memory exactly or if you will have to replace it with new matching pairs.


You suggestion of upgrading to a SSD boot drive is great.  This is the best upgrade for the least amount of money.  It will boost system performance significantly.


You will have to decide if spending the money for these upgrades is worth it or not.  I can only give you the information.


Good luck!


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