Hot to turn my pc into a gaming pc

i have a hp dc 5850 small form factor and i am running windows 7... i would like to upgrade my computer to play games..... i play far cry 2 with no problem .... i bought gta iv and it is almost playable but is slow and the graphics settings are as low as they go.......i would appreciate any info about this issue.... my computer specs ..... amd sempron(tm) Processor LE-1250 2.20 GHz, 1g RAM (i think its capable of 4g not sure ), 32 bit, my video card is ATI RADEON 3100 if you need any more info let me know thank you
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  1. Go for a complete upgrade. Spend some dough. That's the only way.
    ATI RADEON 3100... this wont do you any good for future games and even Crysis which is already an old game.
  2. agree
    it's an old sys
    todays games are very demanding
    check out phenom II or athlon II cpu's
    and a 790X chipset AM3 mobo
    and a 5000-series Radeon
    and DDR3
    and new PSU, CASE

    you are looking at 600-800 depends on choices.
    best to build your own, there's lots of help available. i tend to avoid the oem machines, you can build better cheaper yourself - but there's a lot to learn in the process. You need to do some research. AMD can give you lots of power for a better price.
  3. sighQ2 said:
    agree
    it's an old sys
    todays games are very demanding
    check out phenom II or athlon II cpu's
    and a 790X chipset AM3 mobo
    and a 5000-series Radeon
    and DDR3
    and new PSU, CASE

    you are looking at 600-800 depends on choices.
    best to build your own, there's lots of help available. i tend to avoid the oem machines, you can build better cheaper yourself - but there's a lot to learn in the process. You need to do some research. AMD can give you lots of power for a better price.


    thanks for the reply ..... i understand that i would want a good processor , lots of memory , and a good graphics card...... i was looking at a eMachines ET1331G-03W comes with AMD Athlon II X2 Dual-Core Processor 2.7ghz 6gb ram 750gb hard drive. would this be a good start or should i start from scratch
  4. The problem with trying to upgrade OEM machines is that the power supply is generally sized to support whatever came originally in the PC. If you get a more powerful Video card, or add RAM, or anything else along those lines, you should also consider replacing your PSU with a more powerful unit.
  5. Turning your PC into a gaming pc isn't easy. To get it a fantastic processor, graphics card and RAM are essential.
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