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aidor

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A few months back i built a pretty decent budget PC:

  • Gigabyte GA-P31-ES3G iP31 Socket 775 5.1 channel audio ATX Motherboard
  • Kingston 2GB 800MHz/PC2-6400 Memory Unbuffered Non-ECC CL6 1.8V
  • Intel Pentium Dual Core E6300 2.8GHz Socket 775 2MB Cache Retail Box Processor
  • Western Digital WD1600AAJS 160GB Hard Drive SATAII 7200rpm 8MB Cache - OEM
  • PNY 8400GS 256MB DDR2 VGA DVI out PCI-E Graphics Card
  • Zalman CNPS7500-ALCU LED Socket 478, 775, AM2, 754, 939 & 940 CPU Cooler
  • Sony AD-5240S 24x DVD±RW & DL SATA Optical Drive - OEM Black


i currently only play world of warcraft on medium-ish settings with some on the lowest, and probably am going to want to play other games in the future such as Starcraft and maybe even abit of COD. i was wondering if its worth just upgrading the graphics card or will i have to purchase any other components?


any advice is appreciated

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With only a new graphics card, you'd be cutting it pretty close. Modern games are now starting to recommend a very high end dual core minimum with a tri or quad core CPU preferred. Your RAM my also hold you back. For just WoW, you would be okay. You might cut it close with FPS and RTS games though.
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You did not list your PSU.

If a low wattage unit? this could be a limiting factor for a more powerful video card.
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sorry my bad, its a 460W PSU^^
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Hmm, I think your main focus should definitely be the video card, but adding in another stick of the same RAM to get some Dual Channel action would help!

I will say that for your games, your CPU should be fine- just make sure you calculate for enough power so if your current rig with a new graphics card starts to have times when it turns of randomly, you know you need some extra juice!
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The extra ram is a good idea.

Go for a card with 1GB of DDR 5 memory but not too powerful otherwise it will continuously ^wait^ whilst the CPU works.

Check that 450w will be enough for the system.

You can improve the performance by installing a second hard drive, moving your data too it and using your existing drive for the OS.
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cheers for all the advice, it was more than helpful :D i think I'll definitely look into getting a new graphics card now and an extra stick of RAM.

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Well too many things that are a big bottleneck on that build.

I would look into just selling all that and getting a new budget PC cheap AMD AM2+ procesor x3 or x4 and a new video card.

But seeing your build as it is, the biggest bottleneck is the Video Card that video card cant take any new game in fact i dont think the target is for gamers it is for watching videos etc.

Then the bottleneck would be your CPU... i have that CPU clocked to 3.4ghz and still it is my main bottleneck

Memory not so bad i dont think there is one game that will use all your memory. Unless u like to multitask a LOT and have a lot of stuff open on your tray. But if u close stuff when u play games u are okay.

It wouldnt hurt to get a 2gb stick. But it wont improve much.
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