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need advice on upgrading.

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i just want to know what should i upgrade on my computer cause then my computer restart when i try to play certain video games.
or should i just build a new comp?

Computer Type ACPI Uniprocessor PC
Operating System Microsoft Windows XP Professional
OS Service Pack [ TRIAL VERSION ]
Internet Explorer 7.0.5730.11 (IE 7.0)
DirectX (DirectX 9.0c)
Computer Name JOHNSON
User Name Administrator
Logon Domain [ TRIAL VERSION ]
Date / Time 2008-07-09 / 20:57

CPU Type AMD Athlon 64, 2200 MHz (11 x 200) 3500+
Motherboard Name ECS GeForce6100SM-M (2 PCI, 1 PCI-E x1, 1 PCI-E x16, 2 DDR2 DIMM, Audio, Video, LAN)
Motherboard Chipset nVIDIA nForce 6100-405, AMD Hammer
System Memory [ TRIAL VERSION ]
DIMM1: Kingston 512 MB DDR2-667 DDR2 SDRAM (5-5-5-15 @ 333 MHz) (4-4-4-12 @ 266 MHz) (3-3-3-9 @ 200 MHz)
BIOS Type Award (10/16/06)
Communication Port Communications Port (COM1)
Communication Port ECP Printer Port (LPT1)

Video Adapter NVIDIA GeForce 6100 nForce 405 (256 MB)
3D Accelerator nVIDIA nForce 6100-405
Monitor ViewSonic Q20wb [20" LCD] (QKN071503789)

Audio Adapter Realtek ALC660 @ nVIDIA MCP61 - High Definition Audio Controller

IDE Controller NVIDIA nForce Serial ATA Controller
IDE Controller Standard Dual Channel PCI IDE Controller
Floppy Drive Floppy disk drive
Disk Drive Maxtor 6L200R0 (200 GB, 7200 RPM, Ultra-ATA/133)
Optical Drive ARTEC WRR-52X (52x/24x/52x CD-RW)
Optical Drive LITE-ON DVDRW LH-20A1L SCSI CdRom Device (DVD+R9:8x, DVD-R9:8x, DVD+RW:20x/8x, DVD-RW:20x/6x, DVD-RAM:12x, DVD-ROM:16x, CD:48x/32x/48x DVD+RW/DVD-RW/DVD-RAM)
SMART Hard Disks Status OK

D: (NTFS) 154468 MB (30264 MB free)
Total Size [ TRIAL VERSION ]

Keyboard HID Keyboard Device
Mouse HID-compliant mouse

Primary IP Address [ TRIAL VERSION ]
Primary MAC Address 00-19-21-38-83-DA
Network Adapter NVIDIA nForce 10/100 Mbps Ethernet (192. [ TRIAL VERSION ])
Modem Standard Modem

Printer HP Photosmart C3100 series
Printer Microsoft XPS Document Writer
Printer Send To OneNote 2007
USB1 Controller nVIDIA MCP61 - OHCI USB 1.1 Controller
USB2 Controller nVIDIA MCP61 - EHCI USB 2.0 Controller
USB Device USB Composite Device
USB Device USB Human Interface Device
USB Device USB Human Interface Device
USB Device USB Human Interface Device

DMI BIOS Vendor Phoenix Technologies, LTD
DMI BIOS Version 6.00 PG
DMI System Manufacturer
DMI System Product
DMI System Version
DMI System Serial Number [ TRIAL VERSION ]
DMI Motherboard Manufacturer
DMI Motherboard Product NF-MCP61
DMI Motherboard Version
DMI Motherboard Serial Number [ TRIAL VERSION ]
DMI Chassis Manufacturer
DMI Chassis Version
DMI Chassis Serial Number [ TRIAL VERSION ]
DMI Chassis Asset Tag [ TRIAL VERSION ]
DMI Chassis Type Desktop Case
DMI Total / Free Memory Sockets 4 / 2
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Hi there,

It looks like you're running onboard video - which will not cut it at all, in any games requiring serious 3D power.

You have two choices, upgrading your current rig - which should see substantial yield, or building a new one.

I would suggest adding a discrete video card, and see how that goes - you may be happy with the extra performance found. To do this, we'll need to know two things:
  • Your budget
  • The power supply (PSU) make and model
If you don't know the PSU make/model, you can open the side of the case on your tower and have a look. The information needed is printed on a sticker which should be viewable. In specific, post the total watts, and the number of amps (A) on the +12V rail(s). An example of the information needed can be viewed below:

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Here we can see (for this example) the total watts is 460W (a bit hard to see on the bottom right side), and it has 2 +12V rails - 16A and 18A.


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haha i know i have a onboard video card but then i can set the video card ram by cutting off memory from my motherboard and the WATTS of my power supply is 450 WATT.
i was thinking of rebuillding a new computer because this one is getting old. but i have a 500 dollar budget so yea.
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Hi again,

$500 is a small budget, but even so we can get a decent build up and running here. Here's my take on it:

Case $27.99
Motherboard $59.99
DVD Burner $24.99
CPU $79.99
RAM $39.99
Hard Drive $47.99
Video Card $69.99
Power Supply $59.99
Operating System $89.99

Total comes to $500! This should give you some decent performance gains.

One point to note, though, that motherboard only comes with one PS/2 port for a keyboard, so you'll need at least a USB mouse as well, if you don't already.

Let me know what you think of this build.


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