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Old 01-22-2009, 03:06 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hello there,

I am really rather enjoying playing computer games at the moment but I think that my PC is not up to scratch. To me it sounds fantastically fast but it doesn't run games as quickly as I reckon it should. I think it is the graphics card that is letting me down. But I was hoping someone would be able to help me decide that...!

This is what I have (I'm pulling this directly of a 'dxdiag' because Im not sure about some of the stuff!):

Intel(R) Pentium(R) D CPU 2.80Ghz (2CPUs);
2046MB RAM;
Radeon X1300/X1550 Series (ATI)

I think they're the main three things I have to be concerned about?

So, is it the graphics card? Can you tell from that information what I would need to upgrade in order to run games like 'Crysis' and, the one I'm really rather looking forward to "Medieval II: Total War"? (Diverse tastes... I know!)

I hope you can help!!!

Thank you!

Best,
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for crisis def the GPU.... im shocked you can play it at all to be honest
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The graphics card is the biggest problem but a cpu upgrade wouldn't hurt either.
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That's an LGA 775 dual core Pentium D correct? If so, then yes I would recommend getting a newer CPU and a better video card if your motherboard has a PCI-e x16 slot (not sure if those old cards are PCI-e x16 or not).

Get this CPU: Intel Pentium Dual Core E5200
And this GPU: HD 4830 512mb

That will get you any game on max settings and Crysis on high settings with good frame rate up to 1680x1050 resoultion.
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Do you know what chipset your motehrboard uses and is the system a prebuilt?
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with out a doubt you need to start with a new graphic card, i think the rest is fine unless you want your system to FLY, then make the ram 4 gigs and get yourself a faster cpu
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As long as his system can support a newer CPU and that much RAM with out throttling the ram down.
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That's an LGA 775 dual core Pentium D correct? If so, then yes I would recommend getting a newer CPU and a better video card if your motherboard has a PCI-e x16 slot (not sure if those old cards are PCI-e x16 or not).

Get this CPU: Intel Pentium Dual Core E5200
And this GPU: HD 4830 512mb

That will get you any game on max settings and Crysis on high settings with good frame rate up to 1680x1050 resoultion.
Sorry, but i doubt that would be playing crysis on high. Medium maybe.

PWCraddock, have you got a budget we can work to??
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Wow! I didn't expect so many people to respond so quickly. Thank you - that's all fantastic. I don't know anything about the chip set, only it is pre-built. I will have a look into those particular upgrades and have a bash with them. I'll need to update my knowledge a little bit, too, I think. Last time I knew what I was talking about with computers, I was running DOS and was 14...!!!

Thank you all for your help!!!
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Give us the make and model of the computer and we can look up what it can, or cannot, handle.
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