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WintryElf

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So I got this laptop awhile ago, a HP Pavilion dv5 Notebook PC. Looking at its specs in my Device Manager, specifically the graphics card, it's definitely not suited to gaming. I'm not looking to replace a lot, but I definitely want a huge upgrade gaming-wise.

Video Card: ATI Radeon HD 3200 Graphics (Terrible FPS, lag while gaming, this is crap!)
Processor: AMD Athlon X2 Dual-Core QL-60
RAM: 3GB
Hard Drive: 250GB

I'm looking for a souped-up video card that will let me run hardcore games with minimal lag. A few suggestions from all around the board would be nice, for price diversity. I'm not sure how good my processor is, (again, I'm a complete noob at this) but if it's going to hurt my gaming, I'd like to get something better. I think 3GB of RAM is good, but if it's possible to upgrade that then that would be great. I'm also looking for a much bigger internal hard drive, something around the 350-500GB mark.

I'm looking at this hard drive: http://www.newegg.co...82E16822136280. For $60 it looks great and it SAYS that it's suited to gaming computers. I trust Newegg, but assuming 320gb was acceptable would that hard drive be a good one to get?



All suggestions and help are appreciated. If I missed listing a part crucial to gaming please tell me and I'll edit my post. I'm really fed up with this lag and running games in 640x480 with all the settings on 'Lowest' is just a slap in the face.

Edited by WintryElf, 19 September 2010 - 12:24 AM.

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SpywareDr

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The HD 3200 is an integrated-only GPU, (there is no separate video card version of it). It is part of the AMD 780g chipset that is soldered to the motherboard.

(Most laptops do not have separate, replaceable video cards).
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