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Should I upgrade my HP Pavilion p6774y


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#1 Jf12

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Posted 10 September 2016 - 10:29 PM

Hi, so I have had a HP Pavilion p6774y for years now and haven't used it much at all and I have recently got into gaming and want to try PC gaming and I want to know if it is worth it for me to upgrade this PC or just build one? I have never built or upgraded a PC before but I have seen people do it and I have seen YouTube videos. My budget for the pc would be some where around 400$ to 500$ or more depending on what is the best bang for my buck. I am hoping to run 1080P high to mid (or low on very demanding games) on most games with this pc.

 

 

The specs on the HP Pavilion p6774y are:

 

  • Number of PCI Express x1 Slots: 3
  • Number of Total Expansion Bays: 5
  • Number of 3.5" Bays: 3
  • Number of Total Expansion Slots: 4
  • Number of PCI Express x16 Slots: 1

Memory

  • Maximum Memory: 16 GB
  • Standard Memory: 6 GB
  • Memory Technology: DDR3 SDRAM
  • Memory Card Supported: CompactFlash (CF)
  • Memory Standard: DDR3-1333/PC3-10600
  • Memory Card Reader: Yes
  • Number of Total Memory Slots: 4

Green Compliant

Yes

Green Compliance Certificate/Authority

RoHS

Network & Communication

  • Wireless LAN: Yes
  • Wireless LAN Standard: IEEE 802.11b/g/n
  • Ethernet Technology: Fast Ethernet

Power Description

  • Maximum Power Supply Wattage: 250 W

Storage

  • Optical Drive Type: DVD-Writer
  • Optical Media Supported: DVD-RAM/±R/±RW
  • Dual-Layer Media Supported: Yes
  • Labeling Technology: LightScribe
  • Hard Drive Interface: Serial ATA/300
  • Hard Drive RPM: 7200
  • Total Hard Drive Capacity: 1 TB

Processor & Chipset

  • Cache: 6 MB
  • Processor Speed: 2.90 GHz
  • Processor Type: Athlon II X4
  • Processor Model: 840T
  • Processor Core: Quad-core (4 Core)
  • 64-bit Processing: Yes
  • Processor Manufacturer: AMD
  • Chipset Manufacturer: AMD
  • Chipset Model: 785G
  • Number of Processors Installed: 1
  • HyperTransport Speed: 2000 MHz

Software

  • Operating System: Windows 7 Home Premium
  • Operating System Architecture: 64-bit

 

Interfaces/Ports

  • DVI: Yes
  • VGA: Yes
  • Network (RJ-45): Yes
  • Audio Line In: Yes
  • Audio Line Out: Yes
  • Total Number of USB Ports: 6
  • Number of USB 2.0 Ports: 6

Controllers

  • Controller Type: Serial ATA

Display & Graphics

  • Graphics Controller Manufacturer: ATI
  • Graphics Controller Model: Radeon 4200

General Information

  • Product Type: Desktop Computer
  • Manufacturer Part Number: BV546AAR#ABA
  • Manufacturer Website Address: http://www.hp.com
  • Manufacturer: Hewlett-Packard
  • Product Model: p6774y
  • Product Name: Pavilion p6774y Desktop Computer
  • Product Line: Pavilion
  • Product Series: p6700
  • Brand Name: HP

I/O Expansions

  • Number of External 5.25" Bays: 2


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#2 Drillingmachine

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Posted 11 September 2016 - 09:44 AM

Because that's HP motherboard, I doubt you can put PCI Expess 3.0 graphic card on it.

I suggest building cheap system using some parts from your current machine. So http://pcpartpicker.com/list/pvqPFd

CPU, memory, hard drive, optical drive and operating system from HP.

Now someone will say that your Windows 7 license is tied to motherboard, but you can use licence code from sticker glued on that HP case. It's unused. You can start another discussion in case you wonder if using that is legal in your country.

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Posted 11 September 2016 - 11:46 AM

Well...if you are willing to spend up to $500 on that system...you probably ought to look at some other systems

 

Here

 

and Here .

 

I'm not a gamer...I am not a fan of iBuypower or others...but it looks like some sellers have taken to Walmart as an outlet for some of their systems.

 

No point in throwing money into a system that is 5 years old and was not created to provide any gaming pleasure of that era.  A new system that isn't tied to OEM manufacturers would give you more options for updgrade/replacement of individual components in the future.

 

Drillingmachine or one of the other knowledgeable members frequenting this forum...can comment on the offerings that might be available.

 

Louis


Edited by hamluis, 11 September 2016 - 11:56 AM.


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Posted 11 September 2016 - 12:07 PM

hamluis: Problem with those machines is that while other parts are usually acceptable, video card is between useless and very slow. Getting decent gaming machine for $500 is pretty much impossible unless some parts can be salvaged from somewhere for free or very cheaply (like from old computer). As 1080p high requires graphic card at RX470 range that alone cuts at least $200 from budget. That leaves only $300 for other parts. If graphic card performance is heavily sacrificed, then those systems have some sense. However many of them have optical drive/DDR3 memory/1TB HDD that can be taken from that HP for free.

So I suggest that TS either save some more money for gaming rig or buy parts I listed and make cheap, decent gaming rig. That gives more time to grab money for bigger upgrade.

Not exactly great choices here.

Edited by Drillingmachine, 11 September 2016 - 12:07 PM.


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Posted 11 September 2016 - 02:13 PM

Understood, thanks :).

 

Louis






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