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June 26, 2011 9:53:35 AM

I have a computer from Bestbuy I got quite a while back that I use for everything but gaming. With the 360 becoming dated, I'm thinking of just upgrading my PC.

I'm curious what it would cost to upgrade it so it could play contemporary games like Mass Effect 2.

Processor: AMD Athalon II X4 620 ~ 2.6GHz
Memory: 6144MB RAM
Display: ATI Radeon HD 4200

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June 26, 2011 12:16:01 PM

What is your PSU and mobo and screen res?
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June 26, 2011 7:38:10 PM

Pyree said:
What is your PSU and mobo and screen res?

Power supply isn't an issue, I have that handled.
My screen resolution is 1920x1080.
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June 26, 2011 8:37:16 PM

That system looks really old i would instead recommend a new build. You need to tell us your budget, tomshardware itself has very good systems listed ranging between 500usd to 2000usd. I suggest you check the main page.

This months 500usd PC alone can play Crysis 1 @ near 60fps @ 1080p which awesome value imo.
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June 26, 2011 9:04:23 PM

What is your budget?

Minimum recommended card is a Radeon HD 5770 (Rebrand to HD 6770) which can be bought for as low as $90 after rebate. It will give you pretty decent performance.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Prices goes up from there depending on how much performance you want. Here's the benchmarks for ME 2 with an Intel Core i7-975 Extreme Edition processor (3.33 GHz):



Source:
http://www.xbitlabs.com/articles/graphics/display/xfx-r...


Here's a review of more recent and powerful (and expensive) video cards:
http://www.xbitlabs.com/articles/graphics/display/msi-r...

The Athlon II X4 620 from late 2009 is not really considered old. It will still provide good performance and will not bottleneck the HD 5770 which I recommended if you are on a budget. The Athlon shouldn't really hinder the video card unless you buy one of the more powerful video cards; like the Radeon HD 69xx series or the GTX 560 (and higher).
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June 27, 2011 6:09:35 AM

My budget is about $250 (roughly the price of a new console).
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June 27, 2011 11:48:06 AM

then just buy a gtx460 you have a quad core cpu so thats a good starting point adding a decent gfx card will make your system sing. as long as you have a decent psu.
i know your gpu isnt particualry powerfull but it will be fine for most games as they often only require 2.2 to 2.4ghz dualcore cpus for minimum onf 2.0 quads for recommended.
so banging in a 460 should bring your rig to life... like fitting grannys wheel chair with a rocket motor...
it may be loude but it will put a grin on her face :) 
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