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upgrading hp 735n

by drtalks / January 13, 2007 12:25 PM PST

I have an HP 735n with all of the following installed and 512 mb of ram. I would like to upgrade this computer so that I may be able to play the newer games available. I know I can max out the ram at a 1 gig but what else can I do with this machine to improve it? If I need to change the mother board what would be a good recommendation and also which processor?

AMD Athlon XP 2600+
Advanced 266 MHz front side bus
Socket A
nForce2-IGP
ASUS A7N8X-LA
NVIDIA nForce2

Thanks in advance.

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(NT) What video GPU do you have ?
by VAPCMD / January 13, 2007 12:59 PM PST
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(NT) Integrated nVidia GeForce4 MX graphics
by drtalks / January 13, 2007 11:37 PM PST
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Info I was able to locate indicates
by VAPCMD / January 14, 2007 2:11 AM PST

you can add an AGP 8X video card to your system. The only thing is, higher performance video cards sometimes require more power from the PSU than the current system offers. So be careful in choosing the AGP card unit as the best and the fastest my also force you to buy an new PSU too.

I'd look over at NewEgg.com and see what APG 8X cards they offer.

VAPCMD

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PS...found some third party indicating the PSU in the 735N
by VAPCMD / January 14, 2007 3:15 AM PST

was 200W. If it were my PC...I'd check my system docs or open the PC and get the info right off the power supply unit. That's the only way to be sure what PSU you have. And if it is 200W ... you're probably going to need a new (more robust) PSU to go with that new video card.

VAPCMD

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you are right
by drtalks / January 14, 2007 9:05 AM PST

I found out that the newer 8x cards require 250 watts and up also 18 amps on the +12. So appears I have some more research to do. Should I crank the RAM up to a gig as well? This seems like a not to expensive upgrade. Not sure which of the 8x cards I can handle as well as which psu. I think a bigger psu is better as it will allow me to upgrade later. Is a 400w good enough?

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My suggestion ...look at the alternatives
by VAPCMD / January 14, 2007 10:05 AM PST
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