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What do i need to upgrade so i can play Dragon age origins? here is my computer

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January 19, 2010 12:31:59 AM

what do i need to upgrade so i can play Dragon age origins? here is my computer info Intel D CPU 2.80 GHZ 2.00 GB of RAM and i have an ATI Radeon 9550/x1050 video card.
a b B Homebuilt system
January 19, 2010 12:39:36 AM

Are you only trying to play Dragon Age? The pentium D is kinda oldish so I'm not sure how much GPU muscle it can handle before it becomes a bottleneck. What monitor resolution are you using? What is your budget for the upgrade?
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a b B Homebuilt system
January 19, 2010 12:44:18 AM

Well I can guarantee you that it can do a heck of alot more than what its got.

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/geforce-310-5970,24...

Pretty much something around a x1950 Pro's performance would be my guess. You can get that specifically on ebay.

Is that an AGP thing? If it is, you'll pretty much have to go there. Alot of stuff near there in the chart are available on AGP and PCI-e
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January 19, 2010 12:45:48 AM

sigh am probly gonna have ta get something besides the pentium D anyways and i have no idea what res i use but uf need be i can always lower it. my bf bought me the game for xmas and i installed it and i got the wonderful message that my video card is not compatible so lol.
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a b B Homebuilt system
January 19, 2010 12:54:22 AM

That's probably similar to the original AMD dual cores, and those fall under the minimum requirements. Doing what I said would cost about $50-80 and you're done.
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January 19, 2010 12:55:59 AM

sighs i think i have a pci but i'm not sure i have 3 white slots and an orange slot and my vid card is in da orange one...
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January 19, 2010 1:57:28 AM

dang it i have a pci its not even a pci e version now what?...
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January 19, 2010 2:27:41 AM

no wait i have one agp slot its the one i'm currently using...i'm still sol tho...
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a b B Homebuilt system
January 19, 2010 5:24:42 AM

Yeah, they can color it any color. It usually says it in writing near the plug what it is.

If you know it's AGP just get an AGP version of what I was talking about. Why are you saying you're sol?
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January 19, 2010 6:42:24 PM

You might try to find a 3850 512mb card from ebay or elsewhere, used. Might be around $100.
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January 19, 2010 7:41:09 PM

You can get a 3850 card from Newegg for a little under a $100:

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

Dragon Age recommends a Core 2 processor for the minimum, so your processor might still be an issue. But, it is at 2.8GHz, so it should play. You'll just be on lowered video settings. Also depends on your resolution-how big is your monitor?
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a b B Homebuilt system
January 19, 2010 9:14:43 PM

It recommends a core 2 at 1.6 gigahertz. Then it usually says 'or equivalent' which just makes it need to be similarly performing to one of the slowest core 2 dual cores there are.
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January 19, 2010 9:45:31 PM

Is a celeron e3200 an upgrade from this Pentium d? They are only $50.
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a b B Homebuilt system
January 19, 2010 9:47:40 PM

Ideally, you should upgrade both. Both the CPU and GPU are at the low end of what MIGHT be able to run it, but no telling for sure. If it does run, your gaming experience will still suck the big Gonzalez.

One thing I know for sure -- the Radeon 9550 is only on Shader Model 2, and if Dragon Age needs Shader Model 3 (can't find a straight answer on that) it won't work. If not, maybe it will.


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January 20, 2010 5:29:44 PM

O ok i did the test and the only thing that failed was the video card the prob is that it is an agp card now i did find an agp card that is supposed to be compatible with the game but i don't know if it would be more worthwhile to just upgrade everything instead...
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January 20, 2010 5:38:48 PM

heh that link is also a good way ta really find out what your comp info is!CPU
Minimum: Intel Core 2 (or equivalent) running at 1.4 GHz or greater (Vista/7 requires 1.6 GHz or greater), AMD X2 (or equivalent) running at 1.8 GHz or greater
You Have: Intel(R) Pentium(R) D CPU 2.80GHz
PASS Speed
Minimum: Intel Core 2 (or equivalent) running at 1.4 GHz or greater (Vista/7 requires 1.6 GHz or greater), AMD X2 (or equivalent) running at 1.8 GHz or greater
You Have: 2.79 GHz
PASS RAM
Minimum: 1 GB (Vista/7 requires 1.5 GB)
You Have: 2.0 GB
PASS
Minimum: XP: 128 MB NVIDIA GeForce 6600 GT or greater; ATI Radeon X850 or greater (Vista/7: 256 MB NVIDIA GeForce 7600 GT; ATI Radeon X1550)
You Have: ATI Radeon Graphics Processor AGP (0x4153)
Upgrade Suggested: Unfortunately, your Video Card does not meet this requirement. Click here to see some recommendations.
Features: Minimum attributes of your Video Card
Required You Have
Video RAM XP: 128 MB, Vista/7: 256 MB 256.0 MB
Hardware T&L Yes Yes
Pixel Shader version XP: 2.0, Vista/7: 3.0 2.0
Vertex Shader version XP: 2.0, Vista/7: 3.0 2.0


Free Disk Space
Minimum: 20 GB HD space
You Have: 91.6 GB
PASS DVD-ROM
Minimum: Yes
You Have: Memorex DVD+-RAM 510L v1
PASS
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a b B Homebuilt system
January 20, 2010 7:17:43 PM

That just depends on how much you want to spend. Just buying a good graphics card for that system online would give a great deal of performance out of it. You could do a rebuild for like $350 more (if you went AMD, for CPU/mobo/RAM and a power supply) but if you're just wanting to play this game it would be best to just buy the graphics card. Don't expect stores to have AGP stuff that would be worth it for the price, you have to get one online.

The card that you have is a card that came out sometime in 2004~ish and is common to run across in old single CPU systems. Even those CPU's can get alot out of a much faster card before they top out. Your CPU is already a dual so it can go higher than those. A x1950 Pro or HD 4650 is what you should be looking for since these should maximize what this computer can handle.
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January 27, 2010 6:39:33 AM

Best answer selected by marcia_81.
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