What is the bes tway to upgrade a HP Media Center PC?

Richard Geertson December 31, 2011
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I am trying to make an older HP Media Center PC (1050e) perform better as a gaming PC. I added a Radeon AGP 4650HD and 500W p/s, but performance is still poor. The PC has an AMD Athlon 64 CPU.

I have a virgin copy of Windows Vista. Can I plug 8GB of RAM into the two motherboard slots and upgrade to Windows Vista 64 bit OS?

  1. FIDELIS
    December 31, 2011 at 6:12 pm

    Hello, the processor can definitely handle a x64 system.  Is this the brand Name and model of your media center HP m1050e Media Center?  If this is the right model, it uses the K8S-LA (salmon) motherboard.  Maximum memory allowed for it is 2 GBs.  So you definitely can not add 8 GBs of memory to it.  With regards to using a x64 operating system you can install it but I do not see any benefits to it with only 2 GB of memory.  The only physical upgrade that can make your media center/gaming rig faster is installing an SSD drive in your SATA port. 

    http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/document?cc=uk&lc=en&docname=c00257657

    http://www.ctechinfo.net/manuals/salmon_manual.pdf

    If you want to find out all the specs for your media system, check from pages 35 - 37 in next .pdf file included in link:

    http://www.principledtechnologies.com/clients/Reports/Intel/MediaPCBTO.pdf

    • Mike
      December 31, 2011 at 9:24 pm

      If the specification found by FIDELIS are correct I honestly suggest to let it go.

      The CPU simply doesn't have the power for current games which means you would have to upgrade it. To get a capable CPU you'd also need a new motherboard and with that new RAM.

      The only original parts left would be the case, hard drive and optical drive.

      Also your added graphics card doesn't strike me as a good choice for gaming. The AGP slot is dead and this Tomshardware benchmark shows that it's barely capable to run a 3 year old game.

  2. Anonymous
    December 31, 2011 at 5:22 pm

    is the processor 64bits compatible? if yes then you should be able to do that. look also for the motherboard compatibility with 8go ram
    run this crucial scanner and see the result
    http://www.crucial.com/systemscanner/