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Old 05-07-2014, 03:10 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hey guys,

I've been playing on a low-end Dell all-in-one desktop PC for the last few years and it's been okay for the games I play. I'm a fan of a lot of older games such as the Half Life 2 series, Ghost Recon, and Arma 2. Now, my online community has added Arma 3 to their game list and I also would like to play some newer titles such as Fallout 3, Far Cry 3, Just Cause 2, etc. Unfortunately, my video card can't handle them.

According to the information and "can you run it?" websites I've been looking at, it seems my CPU is good enough:

Intel(R) Core(TM) i3-2120T CPU @ 2.60GHz

I have 6.1gb of RAM, so that seems to be more than enough. My problem is my video card, which is probably fairly common. I currently have:

Intel(R) HD Graphics Family

As you've probably already figured out, I'm not a genius when it comes to PC tech stuff, although I have been gaming for a long time. However, it doesn't take a computer genius to read "Graphics Family" and not be impressed. Lol.

So I've been told I need, at the minimum, something like a Nvidia 8800 GTX or higher. The problem is that I only have 64mb of dedicated video RAM. So what would be the best option for playing games like those mentioned above, while still not getting into extremely expensive hardware? I'm not one of those guys who cries when his framerate drops under 60FPS, so I don't need the best video card in the world. I just want to be able to get by with a decent framerate.

Thanks in advance!
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Old 05-07-2014, 03:48 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Firstly, what model of Dell do you have? Secondly, what brand/wattage of PSU is in there? If you upgrade to a more powerful card, you may have to upgrade the PSU as well as the GPU to compensate for the extra power draw. Thirdly, what's your budget?
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Old 05-07-2014, 04:19 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Your first issue is it's an all in one. Probably not upgradable.
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Old 05-07-2014, 04:50 PM   #4 (permalink)
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So we're talking a whole new system? Okay. If that's the case, what would be my best option? Alienware?
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So we're talking a whole new system? Okay. If that's the case, what would be my best option? Alienware?
Hardly or rather far from it lol.

By all in one, you're talking a screen with a system plastered to the back of it right? If that's the case, then we will need a specific model. Some can be upgraded, but most can't.

If it comes to a new system give us a budget and we'll list parts out for you to build.
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Yeah, my all-in-one is definitely not upgrade-able. Fair enough

As for a budget, $500-$1000 is my max.
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Old 05-07-2014, 10:28 PM   #7 (permalink)
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CPU:
Newegg.com - Intel Core i5-4430 Haswell 3.0GHz LGA 1150 84W Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics BX80646I54430

Motherboard:
Newegg.com - ASUS H81M-K LGA 1150 Intel H81 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard

RAM:
Newegg.com - Team Vulcan 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model TLD38G1600HC9DC01

GPU:
Newegg.com - EVGA 02G-P4-2761-KR GeForce GTX 760 2GB 256-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 SLI Support Video Card

PSU:
SeaSonic M12II 520 Bronze 520W ATX12V v2.3 / EPS 12V v2.91 SLI Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply - Newegg.com

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Corsair Carbide Series 200R Black Steel structure with molded ABS plastic accent pieces ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Newegg.com

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ASUS Model DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS 24X DVD Burner - Bulk Black - Newegg.com

OS:
Newegg.com - Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit (Slim Envelope) - Operating Systems

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Sounds good. Could someone else post their thoughts on PP Mguire's suggestions? Thanks guys!
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PP Mguire's build is a solid system, will handle any game on the market well, If you can afford a little more the only thing I would want to change (Even though it's not really needed) But would get a higher power power supply. I like to have more than needed so if I ever do need it or upgrade, it's there. I would get this one myself for the extra $10 SeaSonic S12II 620 Bronze 620W ATX12V V2.3 / EPS 12V V2.91 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply - Newegg.com
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So do I just select those pieces on the Alienware website when it asks me to build the system? Sorry, I'm sure this is an obvious question haha.
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