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Is this a sufficient gaming PC?

Ok i recently bought an HP Pavilion Slimline S5620f and have heard nothing but good things about it. BUT I cant seem to find a review about it on its gaming performance. I was wondering if it would be able to play these games at once. -WoW with all the expansions. With medium settings at least -Starcraft2. With medium settings. i am willing to drop about 300 dollars into it on a new graphics card and power system to boot but is its factory hardware good enough to play these games i would rather not spend the cash unless its neccesary. The PC also has a 3 GB ram. Thx -Mike

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  1. Bad idea.

    A slimline PC means you can't use most of the "standard" parts, as they often do NOT fit into such a case. You definitely can't use any of the standard power supply to bump up the power. That thing has at most 250W PSU.

    it does have a 16x PCI-E slot, but being a slimline compatibility is "doubtful". You won't be able to use any of the "double-wide" video cards (i.e. those with good heatsinks and fans) (well, unlikely, I wouldn't say completely no)

    And the video card... As soon as I saw "Intel HD video" I'll tell you that thing will NOT run Starcraft 2 at any reasonable performance, even at lowest settings.

    This is something good for surfing the web and playings music and such. but as a gaming machine it rates 3.5 out of 10.


    Kasey C, PC guru since Apple II days

    Hard work pays off later. Laziness pays off now.

  2. If you are running off of windows, Your in luck! just go to the program called "Run" (Search for it in the search bar when you hit the start key or whatever it is called) and type in dxdiag, you can get your graphic card status and stuff. Which you can compare these things to the games requirements.

  3. an HP Pavilion Slimline or any other Pavilion is not built for Gaming!!!

    I would return it for a full refund if you still can, and use the $$$$ towards a Custom Build.

    3GB of RAM is not good enough for gaming these days, would suggest going with at least 6GB DDR3

    for my Custom Build Rig, I'm running WoW Cataclysm with the following hardware:

    - Core i7 930 2.8GHz

    - 6GB DDR3 Kingston HyperX

    - PNY NVIDIA GTX 480

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