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March 17, 2013 4:39:52 PM

I have a crap desktop and i need to upgrade the graphics card and add ram how can i tell whats compatible with my pc?
a b U Graphics card
March 17, 2013 4:47:16 PM

Tell us what your pc is - details please.
-Bruce
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March 17, 2013 4:50:11 PM

its an older basic compaq i got for like 50 bucks. i trying to set it up for my son to play World of tanks and at the moment it runs at around 6-9 fps. 3g ram, 500gb hd and AMD Athlon II x2 215 dual core, and nvidia gpu
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March 17, 2013 4:53:30 PM

nvidia geforce 6150se nforce 430
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March 17, 2013 4:56:00 PM

main board is pegatron corporation, model: narra5 chipset: nvidia mcp61
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a b U Graphics card
March 17, 2013 5:03:58 PM

Ok we just about have everything now, what brand/wattage power supply do you have? what is your budget?
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March 17, 2013 5:14:14 PM

pwr supply is bestec model:atx-250-12z d7r 250 watt
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a b U Graphics card
March 17, 2013 5:17:47 PM

Ok, you will have to upgrade your Power supply as well. if you want to get a card that is worth anything. In order for us to make suggestions. It would be nice to know what kind of games/activites you are doing or plan to do with this computer. also still knowing roughly how much you have to spend will help to.


this is your memory upgrade information

Memory upgrade information

Dual channel memory architecture
Two DDR2 DIMM (240-pin) sockets
Supported DIMM types:
PC2-5300 (667 MHz)
PC2-6400 (800 MHz)
Non-ECC memory only, unbuffered
Supports 2GB DDR2 DIMMs
Supports up to 4 GB* on 32 bit PCs

*32-bit operating systems cannot address a full 4.0 GB of memory.
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a b U Graphics card
March 17, 2013 5:24:22 PM

Here is the cheapest compatible memory i can find on newegg.com
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Although with 3gigs of ram you may want to try and just start by upgrading the gpu+psu first. it might get you the performance you are after without paying for RAM 3gigs isnt horrible.
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March 17, 2013 5:26:39 PM

mostly for my son to play his games. at the moment he plays world of tanks, and wants to play skyrim. the OS is windows home premium 64bit. im trying to stay around 300 if possible if not then it is what it is and ill go a little more.
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a b U Graphics card
March 17, 2013 5:38:10 PM

Tell us how much $$ you can spend - the gpu & psu will make the biggest difference.
-Bruce
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a b U Graphics card
March 17, 2013 5:39:23 PM

Get a XFX 450W or 550W and an HD7770.
-Bruce
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a b U Graphics card
March 17, 2013 5:48:23 PM

You are kind of limited by your cpu. Anything to strong for a graphics card will just get bottlencked. this would be my suggestion with your current build. Unless you upgrade your processor spending any more on a graphics card would be a waste. i feel the 6670 might get bottlenecked a bit.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 6670 1GB Video Card ($52.99 @ Microcenter)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $112.98
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-03-17 20:47 EDT-0400)
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March 17, 2013 6:13:54 PM

sweet thanks gents. info is much appreciated.
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