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Trying to upgrade my old PC enough to last another year or two.

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I would like help upgrading my computer.
I bought my computer in 2010 and now I am just starting to have a lot of trouble with my compatiblity for certain games I would like to play. I usually play things like adventure or action adventure but the last year I find I'm needing DirectX 11 and more dedicated RAM for graphics. Here is my computer specs:

HP Model p6720f
AMD Phenom II X4 840T 2.9GHz
Ram: 6 Gig
64 bit Windows 7 sp1
Graphics: Radeon 4200 HD Integrated.. :(
HP Wide LCD Monitor with 1440X900 display capablility

Now before you all start telling me to just go buy a new PC, I would love to. But I am on a fixed income. The boyfriend is giving me $250 for a new modem and PC upgrade for Christmas. I know I have a power supply problem with this computer with the research I've already done, I think mine is only 250w. So, there is my situation. Is there anyone out there that could recommend a small graphics card to get me up to a GIG or two for dedicated graphics while keeping within my power supply problem. I don't have any idea how to increase my processor speed, if it is even possible with my current processor. Any and all suggestions would be appreciated. If it helps, I am looking at playing the new Life is Strange, and I already own the Batman Telltale Series I can't play. :( Things along those lines. I would like to upgrade as far as I can for the little bit of money I have. 


Edited by d.brack, 11 November 2017 - 07:23 PM.

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CPU - The fastest CPU upgrade the motherboard can handle is an AMD Phenom II X6 10xxT Six-Core. Refurb units on Newegg start at $82 for a 1045T on up to $119 for a 1075T.

HP's Motherboard specs: https://support.hp.c...ument/c02560084

Newegg's AMD Phenom II X6 Six-Core page: https://www.newegg.c...N=-1&isNodeId=1


Video - The motherboard has a PCI Express x16 slot for a video card. Low end models start at less than $85 on Newegg: https://www.newegg.c...ICE&PageSize=36


RAM - RAM can be upgraded to a maximum of 16GB of PC3-10600 (DDR3-1333). 1 8GB kit (2x4GB) is ~$80.00 at Crucial: http://www.crucial.c...0#memoryResults

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The boyfriend is giving me $250 for a new modem and PC upgrade for Christmas.



Can you tell us what type of modem you need, your computer specs say that it has onboard wireless, is that correct, if yes, is it working.

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