HP Pavilion p6365sc - Upgrade or Replace?

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Helith

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In 2010 I went out and bought a desktop, an HP Pavilion p6365sc and for the first 3 years I had no issues whatsoever. However, last year problems started to arise, black screen, blue screen, different types of screens, all screens and it's gotten so bad that the computer can't even boot up properly. There's a weird sound from of of the fans and the screen goes to black almost instantly with the "no input signal" message.

I play a lot of games and I know many here would tell me to buy a proper gaming computer, but as I'm short on money, I simply can't afford it.

Here's a bit about the computer itself.

Product number
WL282AA

Release date
25-Feb-2010

Country/region sold in
Scandinavia

Motherboard

MS-7613 (Iona-GL8E)
Manufacturer: MSI
Form factor: microATX - 24.4 cm (9.6 inches) x 24.4 cm (9.6 inches)
Chipset: Intel H57 Express
Memory sockets: 4 x DDR3
Front side bus speeds: 2.5 GT/s DMI
Processor socket: LGA1156
Expansion Slots:
1 PCI Express x16 slot for graphics card
3 PCI Express x1 slots
1 PCI Express x1 minicard slot

Processor

Intel Core i3 530
Operating speed: Up to 2.93 GHz
Number of cores: 2
Socket: 1156
Bus speed: DMI (Direct Media Interface) - bus speed not applicable for DMI

Processor upgrade information
Motherboard supports the following processor upgrades:

Intel Core i7-8xx (Lynnfield core)
Intel Core i5-7xx (Lynnfield core)
Intel Core i5-6xx (Clarkdale core)
Intel Core i3-5xx (Clarkdale core)
NOTE: Maximum processor core frequency <= 2.93GHz

Memory

8 GB
Amount: 8 GB
Speed: PC3-10600 MB/sec

Memory upgrade information:

Supports DDR3 DIMMs only
Dual channel memory architecture
Four DDR3 DIMM (240-pin) sockets
DIMM types:
PC3-10600 (DDR3-1333)
PC3-8500 (DDR3-1066)
Non-ECC memory only, unbuffered
Supports up to 16 GB on 64-bit PCs
Maximum memory only if using 4GB DDR3 DIMM modules.


Video graphics

NVIDIA GeForce GT230
Interface: PCI Express x16
Maximum resolution:
HDMI TV resolution: up to 1080p*
HDMI PC resolution: 2560x1600 at 60 Hz
DVI TV resolution: up to 1080p*
DVI PC resolution (dual-link): 2560x1600 at 60 Hz
DVI PC resolution (single-link): 1920x1200 at 60 Hz
VGA resolution: 2048x1536 at 75 Hz
* Use NVIDIA software to optimize display
1.5 GB onboard memory
Supports two displays at the same time*
* Two of the three ports are usable at any one time
Supports HDCP
Integrated Intel H57
*Integrated video is not available if a graphics card is installed.

Integrated graphics using Intel H57 chipset (when compatible CPU is installed)
Intel HD Graphics
Sound/Audio

Integrated Realtek ALC888S Audio
Integrated High Definition audio

Audio CODEC: ALC888S
6-channel high-definition audio
AC97: no
TV-Tuner

AVerMedia DVB-T/PAL
Figure 5: TV Tuner card top view
Interface: PCI Express x1
Supported transmission standards:
DVB-T (digital)*
PAL (analog)
* Requires an antenna
Either DVB-T or PAL signal is available. You cannot use both at the same time.
A 10-pin header on the card provides additional S-Video, composite video, and audio inputs for multimedia connections on the front of some PC cases.
Built-in IR controller: Yes

Networking

LAN: Gigabit 10-Base-GT
Technology: Realtek RTL8111DL 10/100 Mbps
Data transfer speeds: up to 10/100/1000 Mbps
Transmission standards: Gigabit 10-Base-GT Ethernet
802.11 wireless b/g/n half-length PCI-Express Mini card


Interface type: PCI-e half-length mini card socket
Data transfer speeds: up to 300 Mbps
Transmission standards: 802.11 b/g/n
Antennas: 2 (internal)
Operating band: 2.4 GHz single band
Supported security protocols:
WPA-PSK
WEP


Hard drive

2 x 750 GB

Size: 1.5 TB (2 x 750 GB drives)
Interface: SATA
Transfer rating: 3.0 Gb/sec
Rotational Speed: 7200 RPM
CD/DVD disc drive

SuperMulti DVD Burner with LightScribe Technology drive

Memory Card Reader

15-in-1 multimedia card reader
Figure 10: View of memory card reader


Supports the following cards:

Compact Flash I
Compact Flash II
IBM Microdrive (MD)
Memory Stick (MS)
Memory Stick Duo (Duo)
Memory Stick Pro (PRO)
Memory Stick Pro Duo (Pro Duo)
MultiMediaCard (MMC)
MultiMediaCard Mobile (MMC mobile)
MultiMediaCard Plus (MMC plus)
Reduced size MultiMediaCard (RS-MMC)
Secure Digital (SD)
Secure Digital miniSD (Mini)
Smart Media
xD Picture Card (xD)

Computer Case

Mid-size ATX
Height: 38.7 cm (15.23 inches)
Width: 17.5 cm (6.89 inches)
Length: 41.4 cm (16.29 inches)
Bay
Total Bays*
13.33 cm (5.25 inch)
2
8.89 cm (3.5 inch)
3
Pocket Media Drive
1
* Bays may be occupied by existing hardware.
Power Supply

300W
300W power supply

I/O Ports

Front I/O ports
USB: 2
Headphone: 1
Microphone: 1
Back I/O ports

I've been searching the net thin on this subject and I know in the long run, I'll be better off with a new computer - but it's simply not an option in this case right now.

So, I ask.

Is it at all possible to upgrade and if yes, any advice on which parts/with what? I've thought of a PSU 450W and Asus GeForce 640 graphics card, but could my computer handle that?

Thanks in advance.
 

Macboatmaster

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1. Welcome to Tech Support Guy

2. This
There's a weird sound from of of the fans
together with the no input signal message MAY indicate damaged hardware but MAY also indicate that the computer case is totally choked with dust

That is your starting point to open the case - usually but not always a side panel is removable, you want the side panel that is furthest from the I/O plate where the mouse, keyboard, Ethernet etc connects

Unless you know how to proceed examine that aspect first, just visually and when you reply with how dusty it is, I will offer you further guidance
 

Helith

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I make it a habit to always dust off my computer every 2-3 week, there's no dust in there, however I've never been able to reach the video card as it's placed in the most ridicoulous way.
 

Macboatmaster

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With the side of the case off - ascertain where exactly the noise is coming from
That Intel CPU has integrated graphics
connect to those and see what happens
 
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