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Upgrading stock computer to a decent gaming comp


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eljoey

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Hey, I am wondering if/how i can be able to upgrade my stock computer to be able to handle pc games, such as wow with 50+ fps with maxed graphics. comp specs are;

Pentium 4 CPU 3.06 ghz
960 MB of RAM
ati radeon xpress 200 series graphics card

any additional information needed? not really good with comps.
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To be honest, you'd be better of rebuilding a new system as your coponents are outdated and purchasing newer hardware will give you better performance for your dollar and will be better money spent in the long run. If you are not able to buy a new computer, how much are you willing to spend? What resolution do you game at and do you know whether or not your computer has a PCIe or AGP expansion slot?
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Edited by james_8970, 13 October 2008 - 05:39 PM.

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eljoey

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where would i be able to find out if the comp has those expansion slots? currently i run the game in 1024x768 resolution. and i dont really have the money to spend 1k+ building up a comp but i could spend 300-500 if its possible to get a upgrade.
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Hi there, and welcome.

If you know the make and model of your computer, post it here.

If not - or if it was custom made - then do the following:

Download and install Everest Home Edition

Once installed, start Everest Home Edition and click on the Report button up the top.

From the box that appears, select the following at each page:
  • Next
  • Check the System Summary Only option
  • Next
  • Check the Plain Text option
  • Finish
Copy and paste the second section (with the title Summary) in your next reply.

Cheers

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eljoey

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Computer:
Operating System Microsoft Windows XP Media Center Edition
OS Service Pack Service Pack 2
DirectX 4.09.00.0904 (DirectX 9.0c)
Computer Name JOE (Joe's Computer)
User Name Compaq_Administrator

Motherboard:
CPU Type Intel Pentium 4, 3066 MHz (23 x 133)
Motherboard Name Unknown
Motherboard Chipset ATI Radeon Xpress 200
System Memory 960 MB (PC3200 DDR SDRAM)
BIOS Type Award (05/19/06)

Display:
Video Adapter ATI RADEON XPRESS 200 Series (256 MB)
Video Adapter ATI RADEON XPRESS 200 Series (256 MB)
3D Accelerator ATI Radeon Xpress 200 (RC410)
Monitor Plug and Play Monitor [NoDB] (WJ7Y066009176)

Multimedia:
Audio Adapter ATI SB450 - High Definition Audio Controller

Storage:
IDE Controller Standard Dual Channel PCI IDE Controller
IDE Controller Standard Dual Channel PCI IDE Controller
IDE Controller Standard Dual Channel PCI IDE Controller
Disk Drive ST3200827AS (186 GB, IDE)
Disk Drive Generic USB SD Reader USB Device
Disk Drive Generic USB CF Reader USB Device
Disk Drive Generic USB SM Reader USB Device
Disk Drive Generic USB MS Reader USB Device
Optical Drive HL-DT-ST DVDRRW GSA-H21L
SMART Hard Disks Status OK

Partitions:
C: (NTFS) 182399 MB (141927 MB free)
D: (FAT32) 8363 MB (486 MB free)
Total Size 186.3 GB (139.1 GB free)

Input:
Keyboard Enhanced Mulmedia PS/2 Keyboard
Mouse HID-compliant mouse

Network:
Network Adapter Realtek RTL8139/810x Family Fast Ethernet NIC (10.0.0.4)
Modem Data Fax SoftModem with SmartCP

Peripherals:
Printer Fax
Printer Microsoft Office Document Image Writer
USB1 Controller ATI SB450 - USB Controller
USB1 Controller ATI SB450 - USB Controller
USB2 Controller ATI SB450 - USB 2.0 Controller
USB Device USB Audio Device
USB Device USB Composite Device
USB Device USB Human Interface Device
USB Device USB Human Interface Device
USB Device USB Mass Storage Device

Problems & Suggestions:
Problem Disk free space is only 6% on drive D:.
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Well that wasn't as helpful as I would have liked... :)

It says motherboard name: unknown...

But it says you're logged on as Compaq_Administrator, so if this is a Compaq computer, please post the model number.

Troy
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SR1936X

thanks again for the help
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Hi there,

Here is a link to your computers specifications.

Unfortunately, you have DDR RAM, which is old.

Fortunately, you have a PCI-Express x16 slot, for installing a video card.

My suggestions would be:
New PSU
New RAM
New Video Card

This should yield a definite improvement in the system, and there's no reason why it shouldn't last another few years if you are happy the way it works.

Of course, a brand new computer, as James suggested, would give much better improvements - at greater cost.

Let us know your thoughts.

Troy
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While Troy's suggestions are fine if all you are trying to achieve is WOW at 50fps, if you wish to play more demanding games (COD4, Crysis, etc.) you will want to invest in a better graphics card. As you have a budget of $300-$500, I would go with an HD4850 if you do plan on playing more demanding games. Also, with this graphics card you will need a slightly more powerful PSU, so I'd get this one, which is also made by Corsair, but delivers 50W more for only $5 more (after mail-in rebate). In fact, since it's just $5 more, I'd get that one in any case.
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i really apreciate the help, and i believe that i will prob go and buy these tonight after work.

i dont really plan on making for a high end game, as i only really intend this comp to be for wow and surfing. with that said how much of an improvement of the current build would those give me. and would they be easy to install?
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This should give you a fairly big increase in performance.

First and foremost, you will be installing a discrete graphics card. This will be freeing up your system RAM to its full capacity.

Furthermore, you will be upgrading the amount of system RAM.

Lastly, you will be ensuring all of these parts have plenty of power, so they can run stable.

I don't know how you would rate "easy to install", but if you are able to follow instruction, you'll do just fine. Patience is the biggest factor I need to remember, when building or upgrading a system. :)

Cheers

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Got the parts yesterday and installed them. love the results and ty for the help :)
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That's great news. :)
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