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Will Adding New Video Card Help??

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  1. BilTogg

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    I'm thinking of adding a video card to my 1 year old HP desktop. Is there a site or way to figure out if a card would give me a decent improvement? My HP is an AMD A8 6500 (3.5 GHz) with INTEGRATED Radeon HD 8570D graphics card, which seems pretty fast as it is, but I'd like to add a budget or midrange card ($50-$150). I don't need top end performance, just a decent improvement. Would a budget card even improve the performance at all? Also, if I add a card, do I have to reassign the memory that was used for the integrated card to the processor, or does that happen automatically? TIA
     
  2. flavallee

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    What's the model name and model number of your HP desktop?

    What's the part/product number(P/N) on it?

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    Many people who decide to upgrade from integrated graphics to a dedicated video card is because they want to use their computer for gaming.

    An often overlooked piece of hardware is the power supply.

    If the current power supply can't handle the demands of a video card and/or the demands of gaming, the computer will shut down or blue screen or have other issues.

    If your intent is to use that computer for gaming, you'll most likely need to upgrade to a better and higher wattage power supply.

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    You didn't say how much memory(RAM) is currently in your computer.

    As soon as its identified, we can determine how much RAM it supports and if it needs more.

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  3. Triple6

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    Improve the performance for what? Games? Videos? Something else? If games, which games?
     
  4. BilTogg

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    I already figured I'd need a better power supply. The computer is an HP Pavilion 500-164 (A8 6500 with 8 gb of memory, and I THINK it has 1 gb devoted to the graphics. I want to game, but they don't have to be the latest games, they can be from maybe the last 5-10 years. BTW it's a quad-core.
     
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    HP Pavilion 500-164 Desktop PC (H6U14AA)

    Here are the specs it came with that would have an effect on its gaming ability:

    AMD A8 6500 3.50 GHz quad-core processor

    8 GB DDR3-1600 RAM (upgradeable to 32 GB)

    AMD Radeon HD 8570D graphics (has no dedicated memory and is dependent on speed and type of system memory)

    300 watt power supply

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    Did you mean it SHOULD be hard to beat it's performance or it SHOULDN'T?
     
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    Shouldn't be hard. Edited post to fix.

    It just depends on exactly what games you wish to play and what their requirements are.
     
  9. BilTogg

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    What if I were to just add more memory. Would that give me a significant increase in performance?
     
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    Unless you are doing design work such as 3D modelling or similar design than 8GB of RAM is plenty.
     
  11. BilTogg

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    AMD A8 6500 3.50 GHz quad-core processor
    HP Pavilion 500-164
    8 GB DDR3-1600 RAM (upgradeable to 32 GB)
    1 PCI express x16 (Gen 2)
    3 PCI Express x1 (Gen 2)
    AMD Radeon HD 8570D graphics (has no dedicated memory and is dependent on speed and type of system memory)

    300 watt power supply (would have to upgrade)


    I'm looking for mid range improvement for games in last 5-10 years, but not the latest or greatest.
    I'm using older CRT monitor so I'll need VGA connection(?)
    BTW, is a second generation PCI Express the same as PCI ex 2?
     
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    Why did you start a new thread instead of continuing here?

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  13. flavallee

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    You should continue your questions here instead of starting a new thread.

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  14. BilTogg

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    It's a different question, really.
     
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    Actually it is not a different question. Since it pertains to the first thread, I am combining these threads.

    Do not start multiple threads for the same basic question.
     
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