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February 25, 2012 11:34:26 AM


intel core2 due E8400 3.00GHz
4GB ram
Navidia GeForce GT430 2GB
240Gb HDD
win 7 ultimate 32bit

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February 25, 2012 11:44:25 AM

What resolution will you play at?
But no it probably won't be good for gaming.
February 25, 2012 11:47:45 AM

its 720 p
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February 25, 2012 11:56:04 AM

Chess, solitaire, mine sweeper will all run at 1080p with 200 fps. :p 

Sorry, what I'm trying to say is: what kind of games are you planning to play? You can compare the minimum/recommended system specifications of those games to this machine.
February 25, 2012 11:59:39 AM

lol games like battlefield 3 skyrim and many other games like the upcoming gta v :p 
February 25, 2012 5:34:42 PM

you can upgrade your graphic card to a 460 GTX and double your memory to 8gb atleast and ofcourse get a bigger hard drive then you will be able to play game like skyrim and medium- high settings
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February 25, 2012 7:23:48 PM

your cpu is getting on abit. your gfx is a little weak and you dont have a lot of ram... you will barley scrape minimum on most newer games and will be below minimum for games like BF3.(well it will run at 30 fps on minimum on single payer but will crumple on multiplayer big maps)

a stronger gfx card would help but as your using a dual core and not a quick 1 then i wouldn't recommend a card bigger than an gtx 450 (you will need a minimum of 450w for that card)
if your looking to play bf3 then getting a quad core 775 would be a wise decision. anything above a q6600 would be great for gaming and would give enough headroom to run a very decent gfx card like a 560ti or 6870 (550w psu required for the bigger single card setup)..
but as it stands you will be able to play some good older games like halflife 2 at high settings in fact almost any dx9 game at medium high settings. crysis is likely to struggle at anything over low medium on that gfx... as the 430 is a similar performaer to the 8800gs.

February 25, 2012 7:25:17 PM

babakamboora said:
you can upgrade your graphic card to a 460 GTX and double your memory to 8gb atleast and ofcourse get a bigger hard drive then you will be able to play game like skyrim and medium- high settings


Doesn't know what he's talking about. I can play skyrim on my 5750 (worse than a 460) at 1080p ultra settings comfortably. Your ram is fine as well. If that hard drive is a really old slow model, you might get stuttering when loading new areas and textures, and initial game loading will take much longer I'm sure, so that might be a good upgrade as well. A gt 430 could run it probably on medium or high at 720p.

Battlefield 3 will run at low comfortably, *maybe* over 30fps on high since you're running at 720p.

I have no idea how GTA5 will run as there are no benchmarks.

In conclusion: Yes, it will run games at decent settings. For Skyrim, if it stutters when loading new areas, a hard drive upgrade might help.
February 25, 2012 7:36:19 PM

From the looks all you need is a better graphics card ( I can run Battlefield 3 on high on my 550ti ) and a better hard drive just because it looks like you could do with one as games can take up quite a bit of space, however I have a 5400rpm and it runs games all my games fine.
February 25, 2012 7:36:42 PM

Then again you don't want your "hyper super bad ass GPU" to be bottlenecked by your CPU either. And BF3 likes such a GPU for sure. :D 

Anyway, in this case, I'd upgrade my GPU to something like a 6850, 6870 or 560TI.
February 26, 2012 6:45:22 PM

hey guys thanks for the advice but i think its good enough for battlefield 3 on (ULTRA) graphics really as i upgraded my hdd 500 (gb rp 7200) and well its works fine dont know why i think there was a problem with the hdd
February 26, 2012 8:37:03 PM

the graphics card needs to be upgraded
February 26, 2012 11:39:49 PM

The hard drive can slow games down because they have to load textures from it. A slow hard drive means slow texture loading.
February 28, 2012 7:58:22 AM

koolboy995 said:
hey guys thanks for the advice but i think its good enough for battlefield 3 on (ULTRA) graphics really as i upgraded my hdd 500 (gb rp 7200) and well its works fine dont know why i think there was a problem with the hdd


To be able to run BF3 AND max out all the graphics settings you need two GTX580s (which cost about £400 a piece) running in SLI, you would also probably need at least an i5 although an i3 may suffice.
February 29, 2012 3:23:17 AM

RationalInsanity said:
To be able to run BF3 AND max out all the graphics settings you need two GTX580s (which cost about £400 a piece) running in SLI, you would also probably need at least an i5 although an i3 may suffice.


Erm... no. He's playing at 720p, which is below 1680x1050, and even if he was at 1080p a single 570 would be mid 40s... For 720, a single 560 would probably be just fine for ultra with 4xmsaa and fxaa.
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/battlefield-3-graph...


CPU-wise, BF3 is perfectly happy with an i3. Toms noted specifically how little BF3 cares about the CPU.
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/battlefield-3-graph...
February 29, 2012 4:29:24 AM

Lol gt430 2gb? I gotgt430 and it's 1gb lol must be the model up but that should be ok for gaming considering my old gaming rig was a Pentium 4
February 29, 2012 6:08:52 AM

jryan388 said:
Erm... no. He's playing at 720p, which is below 1680x1050, and even if he was at 1080p a single 570 would be mid 40s... For 720, a single 560 would probably be just fine for ultra with 4xmsaa and fxaa.
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/battlefield-3-graph...


CPU-wise, BF3 is perfectly happy with an i3. Toms noted specifically how little BF3 cares about the CPU.
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/battlefield-3-graph...


I think you miss understood me, I was saying that to run everything to the max he would most likely need a 580 or two. Regarding the CPU I have read that article before but was suggesting at least an i5 so the GPU can perform optimally. My main point was that the 430 is definitely not good enough to run ultra settings.
February 29, 2012 9:27:43 AM

You are right about the 430 not being able to run ultra settings it may run medium with some notched on high depending on how much ram u have and the CPU but a core 2 can't playon ultra
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