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Can a 7 Year Old PC Play Next-Gen Games?

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August 15, 2013 7:19:44 PM

Ok everyone, so I have this friend who believes that his once powerful 7 year old workstation is still mighty enough to play modern and next-gen games, such as Battlefield 4. I kept telling him that he's out of luck because of: 1. Workstations are not really meant to play games.
2. IT'S FREAKING 7 YEARS OLD!

His PC has Windows XP 32-bit and I tried to run an older game, GTA 4. And let me tell you, I got a max of 20 frames with everything turned down at 800x600 resolution. And GTA 4 was only released one year after he bought his workstation.
However, he started blaming that his operation system was too "old" and that GTA 4 (and modern games) would run fine if he had upgraded to Windows 8.
Even more, guess what? His GPU only has 256 Mb and is not DirectX 11 supported!

I really need you to help me convince him to give up. Btw, here's his system specs:

GPU: nVidia Quadro FX 3450/4000 SDI (256Mb)

CPU (x2 dual core CPUs): Intel Xeon 5140 @ 2.2 Ghz (4Mb L4 cache and

Ram: 12 Gb

Thats all I know. Oh and also, he doesn't believe that the GPU is that important in gaming, which is another problem. Thanks in advance.

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August 15, 2013 7:26:47 PM
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You are completly right. His processor just cant handle a modern game, even less his GPU. It's a joke! Let me tell you, a 140 bucks APU will blow away his complete rig. Actually, a simple Pentium G processor will be stronger. I mean, your friend really needs to read about how much hardware has chance. Be a good guy, just throw battlefield at that computer and hope it to blow and burn, so your friend will be forced to get a new rig lol
August 15, 2013 7:27:47 PM

horaciopz said:
You are completly right. His processor just cant handle a modern game, even less his GPU. It's a joke! Let me tell you, a 140 bucks APU will blow away his complete rig. Actually, a simple Pentium G processor will be stronger. I mean, your friend really needs to read about how much hardware has chance. Be a good guy, just throw battlefield at that computer and hope it to blow and burn, so your friend will be forced to get a new rig lol


Thank you! I will let him read this thread and teach him a lesson. :) 
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August 15, 2013 7:28:14 PM

Your buddy is out to lunch man. That thing can't run any game that is out there now. It's way, way passed it's prime for gaming...PLAIN AND SIMPLE!!!
August 15, 2013 7:29:33 PM

ern88 said:
Your buddy is out to lunch man. That thing can't run any game that is out there now. It's way, way passed it's prime for gaming...PLAIN AND SIMPLE!!!


Exactly! Upgrading the GPU and that stuff will cost alot of money, so why not just start fresh and build a new gaming rig.
August 15, 2013 7:54:38 PM

Windows XP won't run games significantly slower than Windows 7 or 8. That is largely dependent on his CPU and GPU processing power and RAM capacity to actually view what you are trying to see.

I guarantee you your buddy is running an HDD. He might bloat about having 3.5 gigs of RAM but that is easily tipped over the top and spills overs into the HDD compounding the horrible frame-rate in your games. A 7 years old system is likely using DDR1 or DDR2 which is no where near DDR3 which is bad enough he is limited to 3.5 max!

Recycle that old thing and get something updated IMO

Make sure he has the latest AutoCAD drivers for that workstation lol
August 15, 2013 9:05:33 PM

InfernalSurge said:
ern88 said:
Your buddy is out to lunch man. That thing can't run any game that is out there now. It's way, way passed it's prime for gaming...PLAIN AND SIMPLE!!!


Exactly! Upgrading the GPU and that stuff will cost alot of money, so why not just start fresh and build a new gaming rig.

I agree, if he wants to game he should build a new gaming rig. Upgrading components is pointless as everything is outdated, and won't help. Starting fresh is the way to go in this case.
August 16, 2013 5:48:57 AM

fil1p said:
InfernalSurge said:
ern88 said:
Your buddy is out to lunch man. That thing can't run any game that is out there now. It's way, way passed it's prime for gaming...PLAIN AND SIMPLE!!!


Exactly! Upgrading the GPU and that stuff will cost alot of money, so why not just start fresh and build a new gaming rig.

I agree, if he wants to game he should build a new gaming rig. Upgrading components is pointless as everything is outdated, and won't help. Starting fresh is the way to go in this case.


Thanks for the help! :)  I'll definitely make him read this thread today :D 
August 16, 2013 6:25:42 AM

Windows XP is significantly faster playing games (the ones that will run on it) than windows 8. However. Are you saying it has 2 dual core cpu's.. i.i. 4 cores in total? If so it could play some more recent games if it had a decent graphics card in it, but finding out what would be supported by his board would be irksome.it would never be as good as a modern gamer cpu. He could build a much better games pc for $400.
Already owning a case,power supply, dvd ,, he would only need mboard, cpu, ram,hdd and graphics card. Nice. oh, and i seen windws 7 on ebay $35.
August 16, 2013 7:16:38 AM

chriss000 said:
Windows XP is significantly faster playing games (the ones that will run on it) than windows 8. However. Are you saying it has 2 dual core cpu's.. i.i. 4 cores in total? If so it could play some more recent games if it had a decent graphics card in it, but finding out what would be supported by his board would be irksome.it would never be as good as a modern gamer cpu. He could build a much better games pc for $400.
Already owning a case,power supply, dvd ,, he would only need mboard, cpu, ram,hdd and graphics card. Nice. oh, and i seen windws 7 on ebay $35.


Yea, I would just build a new one and start fresh lol.
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