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coolduderyan07

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#1 11 years ago

Alright so I can play half life 2 on medium, and battlefield 2 on medium.. but all the newer games expect so much out of my PC. I tried playing Armed assault the other day, and while it looked alright, I had about 3 FPS on the lowest setting in single player.

My specs are: Manufacturer: Dell Inc. Processor: Intel(R) Pentium(R) 4 CPU 3.20GHz Memory: 510MB RAM Hard Drive: 249 GB Video Card: RADEON X300/X550 Series Sound Card: Sound Blaster Live! 24-bit Operating System: Windows XP Home Edition (5.1, Build 2600) Service Pack 2 (2600.xpsp_sp2_gdr.070227-2254)

Now im thinking about 1gb of ram should do it, but for 80 bucks i can get 2gb which is great. My graphics card is pretty out of date, so Im guessing a new one aswell? I honestly have no clue what I need to upgrade, but it looks like first off I need some Ram.




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#2 11 years ago

Before I recommed a video card for you i need to know 2 things 1) Is you're video card pci expressX16 or AGPX8 2) How much are you willing to spend on a video card?




coolduderyan07

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#3 11 years ago

It looks like a PCI, and Im not exactly sure what my price ranges are.. but I would say under 200.




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#4 11 years ago

Just remember the old adage : "you get what you pay for". If you can get 2 gigs for 80 bucks, the timings on them would probably be 3-2-2-6 or something along those lines. While the casual user may not realise the difference, after a while you will kick yourself in the nuts over it.




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#5 11 years ago

I think you are right about your ram, if you spend the $80 you would be able to back it up with something along these lines. Newegg.com - XFX PVT73GUGF3 GeForce 7600GT 256MB 128-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 Video Card - Retail

Newegg.com - PNY VCG85512GXPB GeForce 8500GT 512MB 128-bit GDDR2 PCI Express x16 Video Card - Retail Both are pretty good and within budget, the 7600gt is faster but if you ever want dx10 gfx in the future the 8500gt has that ability in it.

Or if you stick an extra 15 dollars to it you could get this Newegg.com - SAPPHIRE 100199L Radeon X1950GT 256MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Video Card - Retail

Which is faster than both and will outperform either of them easily.




coolduderyan07

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#6 11 years ago

The x1950GT looks nicee, would I need 2GB ram? or just 1GB




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#7 11 years ago
~Merrick;3705869Just remember the old adage : "you get what you pay for". If you can get 2 gigs for 80 bucks, the timings on them would probably be 3-2-2-6 or something along those lines. While the casual user may not realise the difference, after a while you will kick yourself in the nuts over it.

QFT. If I were you, I would spend a couple extra bucks and get something a little higher performance. Replace your existing RAM with it, don't add to it. The CAS Latency would have to be the same on both. If you added to it and they didn't match up you might end up with the dreaded Blue Screen of Death.




coolduderyan07

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#8 11 years ago
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#9 11 years ago

That's DDR2 memory. You have DDR1.




coolduderyan07

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#10 11 years ago

Damnn, alright so is this what I'm looking for? CT12864X335 - 1GB, 200-pin SODIMM , DDR PC2700 from Crucial.com