Replacement for HP 751n

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pricek
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I have this http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/documentSubCategory?tmp_rule=25162&tmp_task=prodinfoCategory&lc=en&dlc=en&cc=us&product=77570&lang=en

 

I added scythe fans and new HD. As well as a radeon 3650 HD video card.

I maxxed out its ram at 2gigs.. it still has the 1.8ghz pent 4

 

I'm looking to upgrade. What is a decent pc that can be found for a decent price with modern specs. dont worry about video card and sound card.. i got the hookup for those.

 

So my main question. What would be a good modern day replacement that would allow me to add video cards and audio?

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What will you be using it for? This will determine what I will be recommending. Also, a budget would be useful since any new computer is loads faster. The word "decent" is relative.

I would also recommend you build one yourself instead. If you can add a video card to a system and upgrade the ram and hard drive, you are more than capable.

So fill me in, and I'll do my best to help.

Also, very important about the video card: Is it in the AGP slot or the PCI slot? If it is in the AGP slot, you will not be able to reuse it. No modern computers have AGP anymore. PCI though has not yet been phased out.

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Hmmm.. an i5-750 would be a good processor replacement. 4GB of DDR3 and Windows 7 home.

http://www.cyberpowerpc.com/

Maybe this one might work, just customize it to your needs.

http://www.cyberpowerpc.com/system/CyberPower_P55_Configurator/

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pricek
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It will just be used for basic office like work, surfing, playing battlefield 2, and watching videos.

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pricek wrote:

It will just be used for basic office like work, surfing, playing battlefield 2, and watching videos.

Then I would still say the same thing as before. BFBC2 makes it a gaming computer and those can do basic office like work, but a basic office like work computer most likely can't play BFBC2.

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If you plan t o play BFBC2, do not plan on keeping the video card you have now. So the question now is: What is your budget?

pricek
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I don't mean Bad Company 2. I mean just Battlefield 2

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ok. well 2005, the system requirements are less. Questions:

1. Are you happy with your current performance in that game? If so, you can look at current low end cards or keep your current one.

2. What slot does the 3650 fit into? if it is AGP, it will not work in a modern computer regardless of if you want to or not.

3. (most important) What is your budget?

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The 3650 is AGP because it's a P4 system. That old stuff should remain with that system and not used again.

I figure he is on a tight budget. Look at the Core 2 Duo rigs with at least a 5750 and 2gb of DDR2 or 3.

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Meh cyber power is overpriced-I could build that for $550-Just do it ureself

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pricek
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Maybe $700. The card I have no is an AGP card. I'm not happy with the performance... grahpics are great, but my ram and CPU limit me

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If your card is installed in your current system, it means it's an AGP one

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Your ram is definitely not limiting you. That game is from 2005. Trust me, I've played a lot of games with a 3870, Athlon IIx4 and 2GB of memory. The only games I felt limited in were Dragon age and Crysis past medium settings. 1920x1080.

You are right that your CPU is limiting you though.

And no, graphics card is not great. Albeit, it is better than current integrated solutions. I'd recommend a least a 4670/5570 for your new computer. But if you are looking at $700, you'll be looking at 4850/5750 no less than a 5670 anyway.

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Why not build it yourself instead of wasting money?

One of my gamerfriends can play BF2 max'd up on his AMD Athlon 64 X2 system with GeForce 9500GT. So a GeForce GT 220 is more than enough, and still one of the best budget cards out there.

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True! I used one once and was able to run Crysis at good configuration for the price of the card..

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Take it from a man that held on to his AGP system too long. Upgrade away from the AGP as soon as you can. It's true that AGP was never maxed out, but the CPU architecture is a very limiting bottleneck. AMD X4 would make a nice cheap CPU upgrade, but don't keep the AGP card.

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Not everyone has the aptitude to build their own computers. I could do it in my sleep, but then again I'm a pro. CyberPower PC is better than a Dell or HP system IMHO.

pricek
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I could probably build it. It's a lack of patience and time that is the problem.