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What parts of my pc need an upgrade to play last year's games on max settings?

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March 1, 2014 8:29:14 AM

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System Information
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Time of this report: 3/1/2014, 17:12:45
Machine name: VICTOR
Operating System: Windows Vista™ Ultimate (6.0, Build 6002) Service Pack 2 (6002.vistasp2_gdr.130707-1535)
Language: English (Regional Setting: Dutch)
System Manufacturer: System manufacturer
System Model: P5E Deluxe
BIOS: BIOS Date: 12/08/09 21:16:00 Ver: 08.00.12
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Quad CPU Q8200 @ 2.33GHz (4 CPUs), ~2.3GHz
Memory: 3326MB RAM
Page File: 1662MB used, 5184MB available
Windows Dir: C:\Windows
DirectX Version: DirectX 11
DX Setup Parameters: Not found
DxDiag Version: 7.00.6002.18107 32bit Unicode

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Display Devices
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Card name: ATI Radeon HD 4600 Series
Manufacturer: Advanced Micro Devices, Inc.
Chip type: ATI display adapter (0x9498)
DAC type: Internal DAC(400MHz)
Device Key: Enum\PCI\VEN_1002&DEV_9498&SUBSYS_040110B0&REV_00
Display Memory: 2425 MB
Dedicated Memory: 1017 MB
Shared Memory: 1407 MB
Current Mode: 1920 x 1080 (32 bit) (60Hz)
Monitor: Algemeen PnP-beeldscherm
Driver Name: aticfx32.dll,aticfx32.dll,atiumdag.dll,atidxx32.dll,atiumdva.cap
Driver Version: 8.17.0010.1129 (English)
DDI Version: 10.1
BGRA Supported: Yes
Driver Attributes: Final Retail
Driver Date/Size: 7/4/2012 07:27:08, 918528 bytes
WHQL Logo'd: Yes
WHQL Date Stamp:
Device Identifier: {D7B71EE2-D7D8-11CF-6977-0B24BEC2C535}
Vendor ID: 0x1002
Device ID: 0x9498
SubSys ID: 0x040110B0
Revision ID: 0x0000
Revision ID: 0x0000
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Also I'm not sure when buying parts if they will fit into my case. My case is a Thermaltake Armor Jr.
Two years ago my video card melted for a reason i still don't know :p  but i used to be able to play games of that year fine on max settings. My question now is if i only have to upgrade my video card or the other parts aswell?
March 1, 2014 8:37:48 AM

What is your budget
What games do you want to play.
What psu do you have.
What do you expect out of upgrading
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March 1, 2014 8:49:54 AM

You need to upgrade your video card, which could force you to also upgrade your PSU (which one do you have?), also it would be good to get at least 6GB of RAM.

Finally, you should look into overclocking your CPU so it won't bottleneck as much your new video card.

Which parts........ will depend entirely on your budget.
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March 1, 2014 9:30:05 AM

my budget as cheap as possible i guess :p  i can spend like 400 or so. My PSU is the LC6550 v1.3 550W i believe, the main reason i want to upgrade my pc is so i can be able to play dragon age inquisition when it comes out.
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March 1, 2014 9:44:03 AM

If your aiming to a game that will come out this year you should consider saving for an entire new pc, new games are more CPU&GPU demanding and the architecture of your Q8200 might not be able to deliver a decent performance.

Having said that, upgrading GPU and PSU it's an investment into the future if you buy the right parts, I'd suggest at least a GTX 760 and some Quality 650w+ 80+ Bronze/Silver certified PSU from brands like Seasonic, Antec or Corsair among others.
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March 1, 2014 9:49:46 AM

So if i upgraded my gpu and psu in the ones you said i should be able to run present games and also will they be compatible with the rest of my pc?And the 6g of RAM thats upgrading my processor right? ( sorry for all these questions just want to be sure and thorough :p  )
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March 1, 2014 11:29:29 AM

Modern GPUs and PSUs will be compatible with your current pc and of course you'll be able to reuse them whenever you build yourself a new pc.

a New GPU like the GTX760 will allow you to run present games though it will be somewhat bottlenecked by your cpu, still, you should notice a big improvement.

Following the info you've posted, you seem to have 3GB of RAM, most likely one module of 2GB + 1GB.

Assuming your motherboard has 4 memory slots you should be able to add another 2GB module, or change that 1GB module for one of 4GB (assuming DDR3).

For better info regarding your type of RAM and available slots, download CPU-Z and see the info available in the "memory" and "SPD" tabs.
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