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Old 11-05-2008, 12:28 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default not sure what i'm able to upgrade to

I'll start out by saying that i'm not the best when it comes to knowing about motherboards, and processors and there compatibility with certain products. I'm wanting to buy a new video card so i could play newer pc games such as fallout 3, and dead space. I have around 200$. I'm also wondering if i'm able to upgrade my processor to a good dual core or quad core. My computer is a Gateway 825GM and here are its specs:



OS Information:
Property Value
OS Name Microsoft Windows XP Professional
Service Pack 3.0
OS Manufacturer Microsoft Corporation
Windows Directory C:\windows


Processor:
Property Value
Current Clock Speed 3400
Description x86 Family 15 Model 3 Stepping 4
Manufacturer GenuineIntel
Name Intel(R) Pentium(R) 4 CPU 3.40GHz


Memory (RAM):
Property Value
Bank Label CHAN A DIMM 0
Capacity 536870912

Bank Label CHAN A DIMM 1
Capacity 1073741824

Bank Label CHAN B DIMM 0
Capacity 536870912

Bank Label CHAN B DIMM 1
Capacity 0

Total Memory Deteced in Hardware: ~2048 MB
Memory Reported to Operating System: 2046MB

Disk Drives:
Property Value
Description Disk drive
Manufacturer (Standard disk drives)
Model WDC WD2500JD-22HBB0
Media Type Fixed hard disk media
Size 250056737280 (~233 GB)
Number of Partitions 1

Description Disk drive
Manufacturer (Standard disk drives)
Model eM Bay Reader USB Device
Media Type
Number of Partitions

Description Disk drive
Manufacturer (Standard disk drives)
Model eM Bay Reader USB Device
Media Type
Number of Partitions

Description Disk drive
Manufacturer (Standard disk drives)
Model eM Bay Reader USB Device
Media Type
Number of Partitions

Description Disk drive
Manufacturer (Standard disk drives)
Model eM Bay Reader USB Device
Media Type
Number of Partitions

Description Disk drive
Manufacturer (Standard disk drives)
Model Sony Storage Media USB Device
Media Type Removable media other than floppy
Size 501742080 (~0 GB)
Number of Partitions 1

Description Disk drive
Manufacturer (Standard disk drives)
Model WDC WD800BB-00FJA0 USB Device
Media Type Fixed hard disk media
Size 80023749120 (~75 GB)
Number of Partitions 1


Installed Printers:
Property Value
Name Send To OneNote 2007
Port Name Send To Microsoft OneNote Port:
Default True
Driver Name Send To Microsoft OneNote Driver

Name Microsoft XPS Document Writer
Port Name XPSPort:
Default False
Driver Name Microsoft XPS Document Writer


Motherboard:
Property Value
Manufacturer Intel Corporation
Model
Name Base Board
Part Number
Product D915GSE
Serial Number BTSE44200773
Version AAC77848-103

INTEL P/N D915GSE
SUPPORTS INTEL PENTIUM 4 SKT. 775 533/800 MHZ FSB CPU'S.
4 MEMORY SLOTS FOR DDR SDRAM DDR 333/400 MHZ DIMMS.
UP TO 4 GIG SYSTEM MEMORY.
D915GSE: BTX FORM FACTOR
INTEL 915G CHIPSET


BIOS:
Property Value
Manufacturer Intel Corp.
Name Default System BIOS
Release Date 20041012000000.000000+000
Version GATEWA - 6f2


Monitor:
Property Value
Description Plug and Play Monitor
Name Plug and Play Monitor
Screen Height 1024
Screen Width 1280

Description Default Monitor
Name Default Monitor
Screen Height
Screen Width


Keyboard:
Property Value
Description Standard 101/102-Key or Microsoft Natural PS/2 Keyboard


Pointing Device:
Property Value
Manufacturer Logitech
Name Logitech USB Wheel Mouse


Sound Card:
Property Value
Manufacturer Realtek
Description Realtek High Definition Audio
Device ID HDAUDIO\FUNC_01&VEN_10EC&DEV_0880&SUBSYS_08600000& REV_0900\4&1CC34645&0&0201


Video Card:
Property Value
Adapter Compatibility ATI Technologies Inc.
Adapter RAM 134217728
Description ATI Radeon X300/X550/X1050 Series
Installed Display Drivers ati2dvag.dll
Driver Version 6.14.10.6869
Driver Date 9/24/2008 3:09:07 AM
Video Mode Description 1280 x 1024 x 4294967296 colors

Adapter Compatibility ATI Technologies Inc.
Adapter RAM 134217728
Description ATI Radeon X300/X550/X1050 Series Secondary
Installed Display Drivers ati2dvag.dll
Driver Version 6.14.10.6869
Driver Date 9/24/2008 3:09:07 AM
Video Mode Description


DirectX Installation:
Property Value


Modem:
Property Value

Network Adapters:
Property Value
Description Marvell Yukon 88E8050 PCI-E ASF Gigabit Ethernet Controller - Packet Scheduler Miniport
Description 1394 Net Adapter
Description RAS Async Adapter
Description Packet Scheduler Miniport
Description WAN Miniport (L2TP)
Description WAN Miniport (PPTP)
Description WAN Miniport (PPPOE)
Description Direct Parallel
Description WAN Miniport (IP)
Description Packet Scheduler Miniport

External Ports:
Property Value
External Reference Designator
External Reference Designator
External Reference Designator

Expansion Slots:
Property Value
Slot Designation PCIE X16 SLOT
Slot Designation PCIE X1 SLOT
Slot Designation PCI SLOT
1
Slot Designation PCI SLOT 2
Slot Designation PCI SLOT 3

Thanks in advance for the help.
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Not sure about the CPU but you do have 2 gigs of ram and it has PCIE x16 slot for the video card, You may not need to upgrade the cpu (although it would help some games) but may not be necessary to still play most of them. I would send an email to Gateway and get the CPU support info for your particular system and for a video card you can get a ATI 4850 that would handle any of the current games out there rather well. This one is $139 after rebate. Newegg.com - SAPPHIRE 100245L Radeon HD 4850 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Desktop Graphics / Video Cards I did just do a little research on your PC and I don't think it will take any of the newer breed duel cores, yours also has the older DDR memory so I don't think upgrading would do you tons for the cpu, The video card would however do tons for playing the games and would transfer over to a new computer if you got a newer one. Sorry I didn't have better news for you, so I would upgrade the GPU (video card) and start saving for the parts for a newer PC.

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