Will my system be any good for gaming?

Hi there Guys,

Been planning on upgrading for a while now but cash is a bit tight. Just had it forced on me as my old pc packed in. I rely on it for work so I don't have time to spend ages speccing all the best parts and then building it up myself.

I've already ordered a Sapphire Radeon 4870 Card as I read these were very good. Just spotted a Dell Vostro system: Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600, 2 gig RAM, 250 Gig HDD etc. Its a good high tower with plenty of ports etc and its based on the Intel® G33 Express Chipset.

My question is if I grab that then drop a bit more RAM and my Radeon 4870 in - will that be a good gaming machine or are there any obvious bottlenecks (like the motherboard for example)

Cheers in advance.

Bowen
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  1. The g33 motherboard is fine - not fantastic for overclocking, but that rig should be fine for gaming, especially with a 4870 card. You need a new PSU, however. Your generic PSU is not going to be able to handle a 4870.

    This PSU should be fine:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817341012

    It's about $45 and pretty high quality. Also, if you're looking for more RAM:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820145177
    There's 2GB of RAM if you don't want to throw away your current RAM.

    If you want to buy a whole new set of RAM:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227269
    there's 4GB.
  2. +1 to the above, get a PSU and the 4GB ram kit, after that just put your old memory sticks on craigslist or ebay. You should have a pretty capable machine after that.
  3. Thanks very much for the advice guys.

    Can't wait to play crysis!

    Which OS would you go with at this point, Vista Premium or XP Pro?
  4. Depends on if you get the extra ram. Vista handles my quad better than XP did but also uses a lot more ram. At times I'm hitting 3.75gb used playing games so 2gb just won't cut it.
  5. If you're buying a new OS then definitely get Vista 64.
  6. Thanks for that guys - I think I'll get the extra RAM and dual boot just in case I get probs with any of my older stuff.

    My HD4870 card is huge - I picked the Vostro 410 because its got a pretty big case - does anyone know whether it will accomodate the 4870 without other components / parts of the case obstructing it?

    Also do I have to factor in the PSU dimensions or will they just be a standard size.

    Cheers again...
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