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xailorg

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OK, so I play a lot of Blizzard developed games. (Mainly SC2 and wow) and I get really, really, really bad FPS. I need to know if its the ram, or the graphics card I should upgrade.

Things I know:
Operating System: Windows Vista™ Home Premium (6.0, Build 6002) Service Pack 2 (6002.vistasp2_gdr.101014-0432)
Language: English (Regional Setting: English)
System Manufacturer: Compaq-Presario
System Model: KT526AA-ABA SR5505F
BIOS: Phoenix - AwardBIOS v6.00PG
Processor: AMD Athlon™ 64 X2 Dual Core Processor 4200+ (2 CPUs), ~2.2GHz
Memory: 894MB RAM
Page File: 1389MB used, 664MB available
Windows Dir: C:\Windows
DirectX Version: DirectX 11

Card name: NVIDIA GeForce 6150SE nForce 430
Manufacturer: NVIDIA
Chip type: GeForce 6150SE nForce 430
DAC type: Integrated RAMDAC
Device Key: Enum\PCI\VEN_10DE&DEV_03D0&SUBSYS_2A5B103C&REV_A2
Display Memory: 313 MB
Dedicated Memory: 122 MB
Shared Memory: 191 MB
Current Mode: 1280 x 720 (32 bit) (60Hz)
Monitor: HP w1907 Wide LCD Monitor
Driver Name: nvd3dum.dll
Driver Version: 8.17.0012.7061 (English)
DDI Version:
BGRA Supported: Yes
Driver Attributes: Final Retail
Driver Date/Size: 4/8/2011 00:14:00, 10071656 bytes
WHQL Logo'd: n/a
WHQL Date Stamp: n/a
Device Identifier: {D7B71E3E-4090-11CF-1968-570A1CC2C535}
Vendor ID: 0x10DE
Device ID: 0x03D0
SubSys ID: 0x2A5B103C
Revision ID: 0x00A2
Revision ID: 0x00A2
Video Accel:
Deinterlace Caps: n/a
DDraw Status: Enabled
D3D Status: Not Available
AGP Status: Enabled

Things I don't know:
The power.. thing.
Or the card acceptance... thing. I'm not sure if its listed above, I don't know what any of that means x[


I just want to know what I should get (links :)?) so that I can play it on moderate (I don't need insane or great)i just want settings and get 60+ fps in a high populated area with good graphic settings.

Edited by xailorg, 12 June 2011 - 05:49 PM.

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Hi xailorg, :)

You would get a more responsive system with a RAM upgrade.

At the moment your video output is via the integrated graphics, not very good for playing higher end games.

You can upgrade to 1 or 2 discrete PCI Express video cards but there is a catch.

According to the specifications ( > http://h10025.www1.h..._R1002_UKEN#N79 ) you only have a 250w power supply which would have to be upgraded to support an add on video card also,
Unless you have upgraded your hardware, for playing games on-line your network is a bit low powered. you only have a 56K Modem.
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According to the specifications ( > http://h10025.www1.h..._R1002_UKEN#N79 ) you only have a 250w power supply which would have to be upgraded to support an add on video card also,
Unless you have upgraded your hardware, for playing games on-line your network is a bit low powered. you only have a 56K Modem.

According to the very specifications you linked to, the system also came with an ethernet connection. I don't believe WOW is even playable with a dial-up connection.

I would agree though, the system could use another GB of RAM (at least) and a discrete video card (which would most likely necessitate a new power supply).

Another note would be that the system does not support SLI or CrossFire. It only has one PCI-Express x16 slot.
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Thanks stettybet0.
Only read this from the first page
2 PCI slot <LI>2 PCI Express x16 graphics slot<LI>1 PCI Express x1 slot

did not click the link for the Ivy8 motherboard specifications also missed the Realtek RTL8201N. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

xailorg.

Sorry for the mistakes in my previous post.

Corrections. Only able to install 1 video card and Please ignore my comment about your Network.
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http://www.bestbuy.c...customerreviews Would that work for my computer :)?
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Corrections. Only able to install 1 video card and Please ignore my comment about your Network.

ALl right :). http://www.bestbuy.c...customerreviews do you know if thats compatible with my computer :unsure:?
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Your first upgrade should be the RAM, it would greatly improve e the performance of the PC. I think you should ditch the existing stick as not getting an exact match may cause compatibility problems. 2 sticks x 2GB = 4GB.

http://www.newegg.co...2E16820145184

That network gaming card would work but, If you read reviews, both professional and user. those type of Network Gaming cards are refereed to as "marketing BS" and are considered to be a waste of money which would be better spent on other upgrade hardware. You would get almost indiscernible performance from a standard card like this.

http://www.newegg.co...N82E16833166002

If you are still not satisfied with the performance you will need to install an add on video card and upgrade the PSU
I will give a link to a suitable video card and if you decide to go that way, let us know and then we can find a PSU.

http://www.newegg.co...0-467-_-Product

Edited by iammykyl, 17 July 2011 - 04:14 AM.

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