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Need Advise to upgrade a pre-built HP Pavilion p7-1220's CPU, Graphic card, PSU

HP Pavilion p7-1220 Desktop PC Product Specifications
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64 bit Windows 7
Motherboard : AAHD2-HY (Holly)
Chipset: AMD Hudson-D2 FCH
Processor socket: FM1
Ram
mount: 8 GB
Speed: PC3-10600 MB/sec
Type: DDR3-1333
Power Supply
Internal 300W

Budget: $ 400
My Questions are :
What upgrade i can do to enhance gaming performance that wont cause bottle necking?
I would prefer upgrading CPU, Graphic card and the PSU
i also plan on getting a PC cooling unit but should i since i do not plan on overclocking

I was think about getting a AMD Athlon II X4 651 and for the graphic card a DIAMOND 6570PE32G Radeon HD 6570 2GB or XFX FX775AZNJ4 Radeon HD 7750
If u have any additional Question? i will answer as soon as possible
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  1. From looking at the link you have included you can only upgrade to
    AMD A8-3850 (Liano) quad core
    100W
    AMD A8-3800 (Liano) quad core
    65W
    AMD A6-3650 (Liano) quad core
    100W
    AMD A6-3600 (Liano) quad core
    65W
    AMD A4-3400 (Liano) dual core
    65W
    AMD E2-3200 (Liano) dual core

    To be honest on PCs like that its not really worth upgrading since you would get little performance gains. I would recommend a new PC. Heres an ok one that will run games at medium. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tgyI8bfrYt4
  2. Best answer
    First of all, you should upgrade your psu to a 550W or a 600W because the radeon GPUs need lots o'power to be cool. It will cost you around 80$ (I can't provide link now because my internet sucks). Then, from GPU you could choose the R9 270X at a price around 260$. In my opinion your CPU will not put limits in your gaming, so you don't need to upgrade it.
    For example, I have a celeron G1610 Dual-core at 2.6GHz. As I saw, it's power is only the 75% needed by crysis 3 minimum system requirements. And I play this game at 80 fps at medium settings at 1080p thanks to my GPU.
  3. http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/xGZ9wP get a thumbdrive and load steamos and you have yourself a (roughly) 400 dollar gaming pc
  4. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rQtUWjgxrd8 how to build a pc with similar parts to the list i provided
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bZZYgz3NzcA how to install steam os
  5. xrhstos7003 said:
    First of all, you should upgrade your psu to a 550W or a 600W because the radeon GPUs need lots o'power to be cool. It will cost you around 80$ (I can't provide link now because my internet sucks). Then, from GPU you could choose the R9 270X at a price around 260$. In my opinion your CPU will not put limits in your gaming, so you don't need to upgrade it.
    For example, I have a celeron G1610 Dual-core at 2.6GHz. As I saw, it's power is only the 75% needed by crysis 3 minimum system requirements. And I play this game at 80 fps at medium settings at 1080p thanks to my GPU.


    i was thinking of upgrading this PC then giving it to my younger when i build my custom pc in a few months. what cpus would u recommend for this PC. i been researching for a while and i want to hear opinions before make a purchase.
  6. well what cpu is it
  7. also it looks like a gtx 750 would fit nicely in your system yet i would recommend in replacing your psu
    heres a new parts list http://pcpartpicker.com/p/BZpzXL
  8. if you wanted a new cpu the max you could go is a a8 3850 which are discontinued I think, however there should plenty of used ones on ebay that you could use.
  9. jimmyjammywho said:
    if you wanted a new cpu the max you could go is a a8 3850 which are discontinued I think, however there should plenty of used ones on ebay that you could use.


    The Computer came with the factory A8 3850
  10. PcWilly said:
    xrhstos7003 said:
    First of all, you should upgrade your psu to a 550W or a 600W because the radeon GPUs need lots o'power to be cool. It will cost you around 80$ (I can't provide link now because my internet sucks). Then, from GPU you could choose the R9 270X at a price around 260$. In my opinion your CPU will not put limits in your gaming, so you don't need to upgrade it.
    For example, I have a celeron G1610 Dual-core at 2.6GHz. As I saw, it's power is only the 75% needed by crysis 3 minimum system requirements. And I play this game at 80 fps at medium settings at 1080p thanks to my GPU.


    i was thinking of upgrading this PC then giving it to my younger when i build my custom pc in a few months. what cpus would u recommend for this PC. i been researching for a while and i want to hear opinions before make a purchase.


    If you want your CPU to be cheap, then buy an A8 quad-core or an FX 4xxx, but if you have the money, go for an i5. For motherboard, it depends on your CPU. GPU Take the Radeon r7 260x if you have amd CPU or the gtx 750 if you have an intel cpu
    A celeron g1610 will work fine for a price at 40$, but it will limit you on Q4 2015 and 2016 games
  11. ok well your cpu is the best you can get for that motherboard so really the parts in this link is all you need http://pcpartpicker.com/p/BZpzXL
  12. to be honest if you budget is 400 dollars you may aswell get a new pc since it will have more upgrade options in the future.
  13. Thank you guy for ur feed back.i decided on Overclocking the AMD CPU 2.5 GHz to 3.2(max 3.6) and buying a cooling unit. for the graphic card i will mostly likely get the R9 260X. Also a PSU 550w. now im go check the prices.

    Thanks again!! Have a nice day
  14. Glad I could help
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