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New Motherboard?

by aaron912 / January 21, 2006 1:45 PM PST

Was just given an HP Pavilion a1240n as a gift, but it only has PCI slots! I was told I'm pretty much SOL if I want to play any games on it. I am new to upgrades and building and I would like to know what options I have.

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(NT) (NT) amd or intel?
by nathanpsz2 / January 21, 2006 11:16 PM PST
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intel
by aaron912 / January 22, 2006 6:15 AM PST
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Intel Pentium 4. I want more powerful graphics than this setup can offer with no AGP or PCI-E slots.

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price range?
by nathanpsz2 / January 22, 2006 6:27 AM PST
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how much total do you have to spend on the graphics card and motherboard? oh yeah; you'll want a pci-e motherboard; all new cards are for pci-e.

one more thing; you might need a new psu if you want to get a new video card; hp puts crappy, low-wattage ones in their computers (trust me; i have one), and good video cards can be power hogs.

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whatever it takes
by aaron912 / January 22, 2006 4:16 PM PST
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Yes, that is exactly what I was looking at, a new motherboard, PCI-E card, and PSU, I just wasn't sure about the compatibility with the HP computer and all. Probably between $400 and $500 for all 3 things I think is what I'm looking at. Nothing too crazy, just enough for me to play new games on, I wouldn't really use it for much else. Thanks for your help

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With proprietary os
by damasta55r / January 22, 2006 2:10 AM PST
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you need to purchase windows again

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