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Help with Desktop: HP Pavilion 500-223w

genkam 42 10 February 8, 2016 at 01:03 PM
Hi all,

Just needed some opinions on this desktop I've recently bought from Walmart for $260 including tax. It was on clearance. Should I keep this and put a $100 video card for it to be HTPC (60%) + some gaming - 40% (hoping to play xcom 2 at medium or low setting?) or build one under $350 that meet the needs? Suggestions of graphic cards or builds are welcome.. I'm not too proficient in the PC world..

Thank you in advance!! Smilie

Below are the specs:

Intel Core i3-4130 processor 3.40GHz 3MB Cache
8GB DDR3 SDRAM system memory (expandable to 16GB)
1TB SATA hard drive
SuperMulti DVD Burner
10/100/1000Base-T Gigabit Ethernet
Connect to a broadband modem with wired Ethernet
Intel HD 4400 Graphics
With up to 1792MB total graphics memory dual-link DVI and VGA capabilities
7-in-1 memory card reader
4 x USB 2.0 ports 4 x USB 3.0 ports 1 x DVI-D port 1 x VGA port 1 x headphone jack 1 x microphone jack 1 x RJ-45 Ethernet port
1 x PCI Express (x1) mini slot 1 x PCI Express (x16) slot 3 x PCI Express (x1) slots 1 x external 5.25" bay 1 x internal 3.5" bay
The Pavilion Desktop PC with Intel Core i3-4130 Processor and 8GB memory is 15.35" x 6.91" x 14.48"
Genuine Microsoft Windows 8.1




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Looks like Xcom 2 has pretty low requirements -

Since there is no info on the PSU in your system, maybe look for a low-power 750Ti or similar? That should definitely do it for you. Or even a GT 730.
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xcom 2 requirements []:

The Sectoid:
OS: Windows(R) 7, 64-bit
Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo E4700 2.6 GHz or AMD Phenom 9950 Quad Core 2.6 GHz
Memory: 4 GB RAM
Graphics: 1GB ATI Radeon HD 5770, 1GB NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460 or better
DirectX: Version 11
Storage: 45 GB available space
Sound Card: DirectX compatible sound card

The Mechtoid:
OS: Windows(R) 7, 64-bit
Processor: 3GHz Quad Core
Memory: 8 GB RAM
Graphics: 2GB ATI Radeon HD 7970, 2GB NVIDIA GeForce GTX 770 or better
Storage: 45 GB available space
Sound Card: DirectX compatible sound ca
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