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#1 8 years ago

Hi guys i'm new to this fourm, anyways i have a very outdated computer the specs are:

pentium 4 2.8 ghz proccesor Nvidia geforce fx 5200 (256MB AGP) 75 GB IDE hard drive 1GB of ram DDR1 and a outdated mother board

I don't do any hardcore gaming starcraft 2 and wow are the only games i play, and i was wondering if i should go out and spend like 160$ on upgrading to 2 GB of ram and buy a radeon hd 1650 (512 MB AGP) I dont have a job right now so i am tight on cash at the moment so if i only play wow and SC2 should upgrading to that be ok?




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#2 8 years ago

Build a new computer. Throwing any money at all into that rig isn't worth it at all.




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#3 8 years ago

Don't upgrade that. You can find much faster GPUs for it than the one you mentioned, but it's not worth it. Besides you'd barely be meeting the Starcraft 2 minimum requirements even with the upgrade. The recommended spec for it is a fair bit higher.

You will also get best bang for the buck by building a rig from scratch vs buying one built. One option is to first buy a case and PSU and put what you have in it until you can afford the rest of the parts. Once you get the MB though, you'll probably have to pretty much buy everything else needed.




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#4 8 years ago

Alright thank you could you help me by maybe showing me what parts i should get seeing as i only want to play SC2 and wow on med-high settings

i have a tight budget so any help would be cool




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#5 8 years ago

Newegg.com - Computer Parts, PC Components, Laptop Computers, LED LCD TV, Digital Cameras and more!

Then you will need an OEM copy of Windows, and a good graphics card.

Figure about $650.




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#6 8 years ago

A machine that old is just not worth investing any more money into. Depending on your budget, you could save a bit by getting a slightly older Socket 775 motherboard and a Core 2 Duo E8400 or maybe a Core 2 Quad of some sort. Pair that with 4GB of some budget memory and maybe a 9800GT or so, and you've got a decent setup for fairly cheap.

How much money do you think you'll be able to spend on this?




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#7 8 years ago

I'm thinking around 300-400$ max you think i can do that with that much money?




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#8 8 years ago

ATI Radeon HD5750 512mb DDR5 2Gb RAM DDR 3 Intel Core2Duo 2.93 Don't know about the motherboard. Anyway,all together it cost me around 400$ (maybe a little more) I guess it's all cheaper in your country (sure it is =p)




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#9 8 years ago

Ok sweet thanks so much




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#10 8 years ago
Brko;5407993ATI Radeon HD5750 512mb DDR5 2Gb RAM DDR 3 Intel Core2Duo 2.93 Don't know about the motherboard. Anyway,all together it cost me around 400$ (maybe a little more) I guess it's all cheaper in your country (sure it is =p)

How is that going to work? He still needs a power supply that will push the 5750.

AMD build. Newegg.com - BIOSTAR MCP6P3 AM3 NVIDIA GeForce 6150 / nForce 430 Micro ATX AMD Motherboard $49 Newegg.com - AMD Athlon II X2 245 Regor 2.9GHz $57 Newegg.com - Kingston ValueRAM 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR3 $38 SeaSonic S12II 430B 430W $59 Newegg.com - SAPPHIRE 100253HDMI Radeon HD 4650 512MB $48

$251 not including operating system. That gives you a little room to finish the system.

------------------------------- Intel build

Newegg.com - MSI G41M-P33 LGA 775 Intel G41 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard $54 Newegg.com - Intel Core2 Duo E7500 $124 Newegg.com - Kingston ValueRAM 2GB (2 x 1GB) $38 Newegg.com - Antec earthwatts EA500 500W Continuous Power $89 Newegg.com - HIS H575FN1GD Radeon HD 5750 1GB $124

$429, not including the Operating System.

Worse the Radeon 5750 is likely to be bottlenecked by the lack of RAM, and possibly by the fact that this is only a dual core. You don't even know the resolution his monitor is capable of, it probably only goes up to 1280x1024. That is wasting money in my opinion.




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