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Would this gtx 650 based build work as a gaming pc?

I want to adapt my old desktop PC for gaming but I have a very low budget and don't think this "project" would be worth it for more than €100. I understand this is ridiculously low but I'm optimistic that it could be done ha. Without replacing my dated motherboard I am limited to 2gb ram and a 2.4ghz core 2 duo processor. I have seen an Nvidia gtx 650 (non ti) for quite cheap online and so could buy a CPU and GPU for exactly my budget. Would the build below be able to play the list of games I am interested in, and if so at what kind of settings?

Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 2.40 GHz CPU 4MB / 1066 MHz CPU
MSI P4M900M2-L mobo
Nvidia GTX 650 1024MB GDDR5
2gb ram

List of games: alan wake, arkham asylum, fallout 3, grid, gta iv, half life 2, just cause 2, mirrors edge, portal 2, virtua tennis 4.

Thanks!! :)
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  1. You might want to buy 2 more GB of ram, 4 GB is the minimum for most of the games nowadays.
  2. looks like only GTA 4 could play in medium settings, others could in high or highest settings.

    Better upgrade your RAM to 4GB and OC your processor a little bit (says to 2.6-2.8Ghz)
  3. I'm afraid my motherboard will only support 2gb ram so an upgrade is impossible I'm afraid. Just how big an issue is this? P.S. I'm running vista
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    Use Windows XP, it'll save u some more memory for gaming (and it is still a good OS though, my 12-yrs-old Pentium III laptop still uses XP and I'm using it now to post in this forum). And increase your PF(Page File/Virtual Memory) size to 1.5x of installed RAM.

    Vista is a memory eater, many gamers have gotten rid of it now. Esp. you've only 2gig of RAM.
  5. Maxime506 said:
    Use Windows XP, it'll save u some more memory for gaming (and it is still a good OS though, my 12-yrs-old Pentium III laptop still uses XP and I'm using it now to post in this forum). And increase your PF(Page File/Virtual Memory) size to 1.5x of installed RAM.

    Vista is a memory eater, many gamers have gotten rid of it now. Esp. you've only 2gig of RAM.


    So if I changed the OS to XP and followed these steps then I should be ok? Is ram the only issue or are the processor and graphics card also below par?
  6. It will ease the situation but not a ultimate one. If u have budget I'll recommend u to build a completely new rig. RAM doesn't play much a issue in the old days but nowadays as the software renewed it would need more and more RAM, especially for games.

    Even for my old laptop I've mentioned, I got 512MB RAM (before it has only 128M) to make it barely usable. I love ancient things somehow but I don't know how my laptop could last lol.

    Processor may also drags you but it won't be too much problem IF u don't play games in HIGH SETTINGS. This XP solution will buy u some time 'till u have some money to build your new rig.
  7. Maxime506 said:
    It will ease the situation but not a ultimate one. If u have budget I'll recommend u to build a completely new rig. RAM doesn't play much a issue in the old days but nowadays as the software renewed it would need more and more RAM, especially for games.

    Even for my old laptop I've mentioned, I got 512MB RAM (before it has only 128M) to make it barely usable. I love ancient things somehow but I don't know how my laptop could last lol.

    Processor may also drags you but it won't be too much problem IF u don't play games in HIGH SETTINGS. This XP solution will buy u some time 'till u have some money to build your new rig.


    Thanks for your help just one more thing. Could you tell me if a game lists its minimum requirement as 2gb of RAM on vista, as some of those listed games do, will 2gb RAM mean they run smoothly? All I want to do is run the above games on a smooth framerate, graphics quality is less important to me
  8. The RAM Requirement for the games is the memory you installed. I've never seen my GTA 4 used up to 2GB memory. Because vista uses more memory, then if games has such requirement (2GB in Vista) your XP would run it quite smoothly.
  9. Maxime506 said:
    The RAM Requirement for the games is the memory you installed. I've never seen my GTA 4 used up to 2GB memory. Because vista uses more memory, then if games has such requirement (2GB in Vista) your XP would run it quite smoothly.


    That's great thanks a lot :)
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