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Member Since: ‎05-31-2009
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HP Pavilion a6700f PC : Upgrading Video Card

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Hello everyone, I just recieved this computer as a present. I am a gamer, and I am having an extreme amount of difficulty playing any games with good FPS. I usually get anywhere from around 3-7 FPS on World of Warcraft, and that is almost intolerable. I was thinking about upgrading my Video Card in order to improve my FPS, but there are none that can run with my current PSU (unless i'm mistaken). My PSU is 300 Watts, and my video card is a NVidia GeForce 6150 SE (128MB). Obviously this machine wasn't built for the latest and greatest games, but I would like to upgrade it in order to do so. I was considering upgrading both my PSU and video card, but I would need some advise on what would be compatible and whether or not the following PSU's would fit inside my case, etc.


There were several cards that I found that are affordable, but I wasn't sure if my 300 Watt PSU could handle them/ or fit/ or work.





I also found a PSU that I thought would work, but I wasn't sure if it would be fit inside my case/be compatible(or even work).




 I'm not sure if this would help at all, but these are my system specs ; Link Here

  • AMD Phenom X4 9150e Quad-Core Processor (1.8 GHz)
  • 4GB DDR2 800 RAM Memory 
  • 500 GB Hard Drive


I would like to run my resolution at 1680x1054, because of my widescreen 22' Viewsonic Monitor


The Games I'd like to play on this machine include, but are not limited to : World of warcraft, Counterstrike Source, Half Life 2, Left 4 Dead, etc.


I really need some advise/insight on what I should do to fix my problem, and if any of you know of a good PSU and/or a Videocard that would be perfect for my PC, please share b/c I would greatly appreciate it!! Smiley Happy









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Re: HP Pavilion a6700f PC : Upgrading Video Card

PC is a Wally-World dog (1.8GHz with ECS MB and OBV).  Migrate the contents to a better case (Antec 300) to cool a decent GPU.  Radeon HD 4850 is $95.  Was $75 yesterday with bigger rebate and 10% off promo VGA5271.  You'll need a $40 Corsair 400CX to run this GPU.  The CPU is still the bottleneck with some games.


Next upgrade is a new board and E5200 CPU combo (~$140).  You should be able to overclock this chip north of 3.4GHz.

Honor Student
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Re: HP Pavilion a6700f PC : Upgrading Video Card

Is there any possible way to keep my current case and 300W power supply, and just get a better video card with low power consumption?
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Member Since: ‎05-04-2009
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Re: HP Pavilion a6700f PC : Upgrading Video Card

For those new card that you chose, you need atleast 450watts of PSU to run it. Anyways if your can budget can allow getting a Geforce 9800gt

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Re: HP Pavilion a6700f PC : Upgrading Video Card

FR, even with a new video card, your CPU is going to be a problem.  Your CPU is simply at WoW's minimum system requirements.  The fact is your computer is not a gaming machine.


Now, with that said, here is a card that should help your situation:


I like XFX because of its Lifetime Warranty.  Read the customer reviews.  One reviewer says that it is working with his 180W PSU.  Also, it has GDDR 3 memory.  This will make it faster.  Manufacturers always overrate the power requirements of their cards.


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Re: HP Pavilion a6700f PC : Upgrading Video Card

Hi, i'm looking to upgrade my cpu's video card.  The links on this page are outdated, and i was wondering if anyone could update? I want to optimize my cpu for World of warcraft play, with high graphics. Thank you  in advance for any help Smiley Happy

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Re: HP Pavilion a6700f PC : Upgrading Video Card

hey all,


i thought i would chime in given the recent post; i actually came across this several years ago when considering an upgrade to my a6700f. regardless, i ended up doing some research and making a few upgrades which drastically improved the performance of the machine and were not very expensive. As others have mentioned earlier in the thread, this is simply not a high end gaming machine however making the upgrades below will allow you to play current games at an acceptable graphics level with good framerate: 


1: Upgrade video card - I purchased an ATI 4600 series. The card I got was a Visiontek 4670. It is not for sale on Newegg (I made my purchase about 1.5 years ago) but there are several other 4670 cards available for under and around $100:


Alternatively, I did find the exact card that I purchased available on Amazon here:


You may be able to upgrade to a better card with success but I can only speak to my personal experience from the 4670; it definitely works for this computer. 



2: You will also need a bigger power supply as the stock one simply will not power this card. I decided to buy a good power supply that I could carry on to my next computer and went with the Corsair TX750W, on newegg for about $100 here:



I have been running this setup for about a year and a half now and, believe me, it makes a huuuge difference! I do not play WoW so can't comment on that however I have played Dragonage, Crysis, Warhammer online, the Witcher, Civ V, Lotr online, Starcraft 2, on high (not max) graphics settings without any issues. 


Hope this helps someone out! Ultimately the best solution would be to buy a new computer but for about $200 you can at least have a machine that is good enough to hold you over for a couple of years!



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