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Roofpigeon

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Hi guys,

First off let me tell you about my situation.
I've been out of gaming for a while , and just recently got back into it after I got my pc gifted (you read it right) to me from my parents who decided to switch over to an iMac.
The PC is a few years old, but still holds some nice components I think. but please, correct me if I'm wrong.

Here are the specs:
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OK so i'm wondering, is it a good idea to just change the graphics card and memory? Or is this system too old and would it be a better call to save up for a whole new pc?
i'm a student, my budget isnt that big yet so i'm really weighing the pros and cons.

In example, i should be able to play PAYDAY 2 with my current specs but i cant get it to work smoothly (lowest settings everything and latest drivers)

I know my graphics card is [bleep], and buying a new one would be better, but would I still be able to use this new graphics card for In example, an i7 system as a proper card?
In other words, would the latest graphics cards for current high end systems function in this sytem?

ty
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Gday Roofpigeon, Posted Image.
The system is a bit old but still serviceable. It is possible to upgrade the GPU as they are backwards compatible and you can reuse it in a new build later. Other main parts I would leave as is, Except, possible the PSU which may not be powerful enough to drive a new video card.

The specs posted are helpful but could apply to hundred of computers so please let use know the Brand/model of the computer.

It looks like it may be a HP similar to this one, > http://h10025.www1.h...=c01612530#N101
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With the correct graphic and and psu and up the ram to 8 gigs, you could get in to midrange to high mid range gaming easy...IMHO...

Edited by Veeg, 27 August 2013 - 03:21 AM.

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[quote name='Veeg' timestamp='1377595267' post='2326535']
With the correct graphic and and psu and up the ram to 8 gigs, you could get in to midrange to high mid range gaming easy...IMHO...
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I did not include a RAM upgrade for the following reasons.

A RAM upgrade would only be useful with a 64bit OS and most likely make no difference to the majority of games,, (games only using resources.)
The $60 outlay would be better spent on the GPU.
The RAM could not be moved to a modern system.

> http://www.techbuyer...m/RAMgaming.php

Had it been a new build, I would definitely have gone for 8GB.
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Yes it would have to be a 64 bit system to handle more ram,i do agree that a graphics card would be the first thing on my list to buy,but the consensus from the OP's in the Gaming/Hardware forums that i have talked to is,if you have 8 gigs of ram you can play any game and seems to be a standard across the board for gaming rigs... I have noticed that Roofpigeon,didn't say if any gaming would be involved,my post was an option..
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hi guys

Thanks for all the help so far
OK so to answer the questions asked thus far:

Its a COMPAQ cq5020NL http://h20000.www2.h...eriesId=3884644

its a fossile.. i know

OK so the next thing:
OS = Windows 7 64Bit, so an increase in RAM would be helpful yep, but could it be taken to the next system.. nope :/


Little update:

Graphical card decided to make a lot of noise (could be the fan just, but what would you recommend for a card for games that I could take to a next system and would fit in this, the motherboard supports PCI Express x16 cards
its a m2n78-la pegatron motherboard. (never heard of it either. dont worry)
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Gday.

OS = Windows 7 64Bit, so an increase in RAM would be helpful yep, but could it be taken to the next system.. nope :/


NO, could not be moved.
Providing it will physically fit, you could use almost any GPU, but would need a new PSU as the one you have is only 300 watt. Both could be used in a new build later.
Any options for adding fans to the case?
What is your budget?
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ohh very helpful tip about the PowerSupply ty!
uhm, well seeing as i'm a student im gonna have to save up :)
i'd say about max 350 euro's (i live in the Netherlands) otherwise i'd just as rather save up for a new pc x)

Edited by Roofpigeon, 31 August 2013 - 12:44 PM.

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Dgay.
Sorry for the delay in responding.
Given the parts that would be transferable to a new system at a later date. Site from France to give you some idea of prices.
You will need to measure the dimension of the existing PSU to make sure the new one will fit.
> http://fr.pcpartpick...parts/partlist/
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