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Old 09-24-2009, 12:00 PM   #1
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Just bought this desktop. Any good? Suggestions to make it more powerful for gaming?

Base Features
Processor Type AMD Phenom X4 Quad Core 9650
Processor Speed 2.3GHz
RAM 8GB DDR2
Hard Drive Speed/Capacity 750GB (7200RPM) SATA
Optical Drives Blu-ray Player & LightScribe DVD Burner
Graphics ATI Radeon HD 4350
Pre-loaded Operating System Windows Vista Home Premium 64-Bit


Graphics
Dedicated Video Memory Yes
Shared Video Memory 3579MB
TV Tuner Dual-Format NTSC/Over-The-Air ATSC HD
Video Memory 512MB


Audio
Audio Output High Definition, 8 Speaker Configurable
Digital Input No
Digital Output Yes
Integrated Microphone No
Line Out Yes
Line-In input Yes
Microphone Input Yes
Sound Card AMD 780G/SB700

Networking
Ethernet Port 10/100/1000
Integrated Bluetooth No
Integrated WiFi 802.11 b/g


Inputs/Outputs
Card Reader Yes - 15-In-1
Component Output No
Composite Output No
DVI Output Yes
E-SATA No
FireWire (IEEE 1394) 1 - Back
HDMI Yes
Keyboard HP Multimedia
Modem No
Mouse HP Optical
Remote HP Media Center
S-Video Output No
USB 2.0 6 Ports (2 Front, 4 Back)
VGA Output No
Webcam No


Computing Features
Available AGP Slots Not Applicable
Available Hard Drive Bays See The Features Section
Available Memory Slots 4 DIMM (240-pin, DDR2) (Occupied)
Available Optical Bays 2 External 5.25" (1 Available)
Available PCI Slots No
Available PCI-E Slots See The Features Section
Power Supply Information Not Available
Processor Cache 2MB L2, 2MB L3
System Bus 3600MHz
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Old 09-24-2009, 12:12 PM   #2
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Default Re: n00b with computers!

add an aftermarket heatsink
overclock that CPU
and switch the GPU

but it all depends on what game(s) you want to play

EDIT: there is one good thing, your GPU uses a PCIe x16 slot. so the newer cards would work with a bigger PSU
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Old 09-24-2009, 03:14 PM   #3
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If it's a prebuilt brand name system as it seems to be, the BIOS is probably locked, so you can't OC the CPU...
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Old 09-24-2009, 11:05 PM   #4
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the GPU is still a possibility
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Old 09-25-2009, 12:32 AM   #5
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I hope you got that for real cheap.

All you can really do is get a faster GPU and i believe there is software to overclock the AMD phenoms
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