What Kind of GFX Card & Processor can i upgrade to??

Can i make my RIG into a medium gaming computer for today's standards??
Like what kind of Graphics Card and Processor Can i put into this desktop to be able to make it run a lot faster? It was given to me as a gift. Obviously i doubt that i can run modern games at High/Ultra Settings, even after upgrading it; but i want to be able to at least run most newer games on medium. So I look forward to hearing from you guys about what i can do/ put in my computer to turn it into a Decent/Medium Gaming Rig
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  1. You forgot to post the specs.
  2. Sorry i thought i had them in my SIG guess not... i have a Compaq Presario SR5807C with an AMD Athlon x2 4850e+ Dual Core Processor 3gb Ram 250gb HD. So im not working with much. I can upgrade the RAM to 4gb unless i get a 64 bit OS then i can upgrade it to 8GB
  3. VANNIMAL said:
    Sorry i thought i had them in my SIG guess not... i have a Compaq Presario SR5807C with an AMD Athlon x2 4850e+ Dual Core Processor 3gb Ram 250gb HD. So im not working with much. I can upgrade the RAM to 4gb unless i get a 64 bit OS then i can upgrade it to 8GB

    Sorry but that computer will not be worth upgrading if you're looking to game. I would try and save up at least $600 so you can build a decent rig.
  4. Really?! Even if i upgrade the CPU to something halfway decent, the cooling unit, and 4GB of RAM seems to be enough.. i mean can you guys even throw in some links to hardware that i could put into it to make it better? Like a newer CPU, Cooling Unit, etc. whatever it takes for the least amount of $$ just to make a mid-level gaming PC?

    On another note: I find it hard to believe that if I upgrade the Graphics Card to something like this:
    that I can't at least play Skyrim on Medium settings. Or is it just wishful thinking?? I know the PC is originally from 2009 but i see people all the time take $400 walmart desktops, put a decent/pretty good Graphics card in it and run games at high levels.

    Anyways if it REALLY would be polishing a turd, could you guys give me some advice on a cheap pc i could buy and upgrade with a new Graphics Card or something?

    PS.. The computer is completely Factory Reset. I got it for free from my dad's house because no-one used it, it was INFESTED with spyware/malware/viruses you name it, and just generally not taken care of because i seem to be the only one in my family who knows the first thing about computers. I thought i saw a Diamond in the rough, But if you think that i should just ditch it and get another one instead of upgrading this one...then i guess i'll take your word for it.
  5. On another note I don't have much money right now to build a rig or buy a computer to fix up right now unless I could find one off of craigslist. Which is why i'm working with what i'm working with. If i had the money i would build a pretty amazing $1,000 plus gaming rig; but obviously not all of us have that kind of money ( to spend on a computer anyway)

    PS...Just saw this post on craigslist, do you guys think this Gaming Laptop is a good deal? http:// ...IDK why it just says http but the links work fine
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    How about this setup? It's only $225.
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    It really depends. I mean, you don't have to throw out the whole thing.
    The HDD is fine for now.
    The motherboard is going to limit you and may end up costing you more money in the long run since it'll make upgrades more complicated, but for now your CPU can still be upgraded without replacing the motherboard.

    People are probably going to tell you to toss it and start over, but that's really making too many assumptions about how much money you have.

    That laptop would be better than your current PC, it's worth the money, but you could still do better for less money upgrading the desktop.

    These would be my recommendations. They will *probably* work, and if they work then you'd be running games on medium settings.
    You'll want to double check your power supply and measurements though.

    The HD 5450 you suggested wouldn't hit medium settings. I used to have one, it was okay for low settings in 2012.
  8. Thank you Rationale!! That's exactly the kind of answer i was looking for.. $75 for CPU+$155 for Graphics card=$230. Which IMHO makes RazerZ point of just getting a new rig. I think craigslist is the way to go i mean a Aluminum Alloy case
    1000W power supply
    DVDRW Drive
    Nvidia SLI Motherboard
    Nvidia GeForce PCI-E
    Intel Core2Duo (supports a Quad)
    4GB RAM!
    120GB and 80GB SATA Hard Drives
    7-COLOR switchable BIOS controlled LED lighting
    Dual 120MM case fans
    USB Keyboard and mouse

    ...hopefully would be better when i upgrade the RAM & Graphics Card Right? I mean it says Nvidia GeForce PCI-E...yet not the type so that cannot be a good sign i will contact the seller for more details, i suppose. Thank you very much to both of don't think that is a good deal either?? I used to build computers a little back in the day i mean back in 2003-2004 when i was 13 and AGP was the sheeeitttt so idk what's considered good anymore
  9. Yeah, GeForce PCI-E doesn't really mean anything. It's just a generic named that means it's some sort of Nvidia graphics card. It's a highly mismatched PC, between the tiny HDDs, the SLI capable mobo, the massive PSU, and the 7 color LEDs. It looks like something made from as many spare parts as he had.

    It's probably not a whole lot better than your current PC overall. It looks like it has just a couple unusually good parts.
  10. The other option is to get these parts.
    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Pentium G3220 3.0GHz Dual-Core Processor ($61.99 @ Amazon)
    Motherboard: ASRock H81M-HDS Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($59.98 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($39.30 @ Amazon)
    Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 650 1GB Video Card ($99.99 @ Amazon)
    Power Supply: EVGA 500W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($51.22 @ Amazon)
    Total: $312.48
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-04-09 03:09 EDT-0400)

    You could use your same case, disk drive, HDD, and possibly the same WIFI card.
    If you call Microsoft tech support, you may be able to get them to allow you to switch your OS to the new board.
    The advantage of this build is that it'd actually be upgradable. You wouldn't have to mostly start over in a couple years. The CPU is a Haswell LGA1150 socket, it'll perform a ton better than your current CPU and the LGA1150 socket means that in the future there's still a lot of room to ugprade.
    The board is DDR3 and all around higher quality.
    The PSU is many times better than yours and will support higher end video cards, if it fits in the case, which is not certain.

    Keep in mind, there's no way for me to know whether your case is proprietary. It will probably fit those parts, but I want you to know there's a chance I'm wrong, so if you want certainty you'll probably have to measure your case and check.
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