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April 3, 2013 5:02:56 PM

hi I am new to this forum, I have a dx 4860 desktop with 8 gb ddr3, nvdia gtx 550 ti with 2gb ddr5, a 7200 rpm 500gb hd. I just got a Lenovo b570 with intel b960 processor at 2.2ghz intel hd graphics card, 8gb ddr3 ram windows 7 premium home 64 bit. I want to upgrade my graphics card and possibly ram. is this possible? I know I can upgrade the ram up to 16 gb but I think 8 should be enough. does anybody know of any graphics cards that will allow me to run empire total war, napoleon total war, shogun total war 2 , and battlefield 3 on highest settings possible save the latter which I would like to run on settings near high at 60fps? also would it be possible to replace the cpu and for how much?i would like to do all of these options but I want to limit my budget to 200$. I would be willing to forgo the ram in favor of the cpu and graphis card if it means better performace for my dollar. any help would be greatly appreciated



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April 3, 2013 5:28:03 PM

Yes 8 gigs ram is plenty, and no, you can't upgrade the graphics card, because, simply put, it doesn't have one, and it probly wouldn't have space. If you had a magic lamp maybe....
April 3, 2013 5:35:40 PM

feeblepenguin said:
Yes 8 gigs ram is plenty, and no, you can't upgrade the graphics card, because, simply put, it doesn't have one, and it probly wouldn't have space. If you had a magic lamp maybe....


ok my next question is would replacing the cpu have any effect at all at improving the graphics? currently I can only do medium on empire total war it wont even let me pick high , the highest settings I can pick on grass shadows, textures etc is medium. would a i5 cpu allow me to pick high as a setting or is it beign held back by the integrated graphics?
April 3, 2013 5:58:57 PM

It might MINIMALLY increase graphics, but check if the cpu is soldered to the mobo first. Laptops are just not upgrade friendly
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