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Choosing the right budget gaming GPU

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October 7, 2013 12:53:33 AM

Hi, I just brought a Dell Optiplex GX620 (the slim tower) with these specs:

CPU: Intel Pentium D 2.80 Ghz Dual Core
RAM Memory: 2GB RAM
Hard Drive: 80 GB Hard Drive
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 32 Bit

I will be adding another 2gb of ram, and I want to be able to play Swtor. So I need suggestions on a low profile graphics card. My budget is only about $45 (I dont have to run swtor on the high. just be able to play with no lag if possible)

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October 7, 2013 1:11:45 AM

If you just bought it, take it back. You won't be able to game properly with that piece of garbage and it will cost too much for too little to upgrade it. Take it back and use your money far more wisely. You can have a decent gaming rig for $500 that will crush anything you could possibly do with that piece of junk. That CPU will bottleneck any modern GPU, that hard drive is too small and you don't have enough RAM. Moreover, the PSU will be between 200-250W which means you cannot add any video card, period. That was a horrible choice and I only hope you can get out of it.
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October 7, 2013 1:24:16 AM

I know its not anywhere near the best computer, and If i had $500 bucks to spare I'd buy the parts and build my own gaming rig, but this is all I have to work with. :/ 
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October 7, 2013 2:00:04 AM

sflakes said:
I know its not anywhere near the best computer, and If i had $500 bucks to spare I'd buy the parts and build my own gaming rig, but this is all I have to work with. :/ 

Well, I understand that you have limitations with money but you literally cannot do anything with that machine. The power supply won't work with any video card I can think of. It's too weak. In fact, the computer is so weak that if I were you, I would take Windows 7 off of it and put XP Professional back on it because I'm sure that's what it's meant to use. There is nothing you can do to upgrade it. I am sorry but that's just how it is. It's not even just the video card, the minimum CPU needed for SWTOR is a Core2Duo 2GHz or an Athlon X2 4000+. About the only thing that you could possibly put on there that would meet minimum spec is a Radeon HD 5450 but it still wouldn't matter because the CPU is too weak and you need more RAM with W7. There is nothing more I can tell you. Here are the minimum requirements for SWTOR:
http://www.gamefaqs.com/boards/951199-star-wars-the-old...
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