I have a dimension E310 (bought for college back in the day) with these specs:
p4 single core 2.8ghz
512 mb RAM
I also have a GeForce 6150 PCI gfx card (in a diff computer so would require some tweaking) w/ 512mb
I'm looking to play Starcraft 2 on mid? settings... Can i just buy 2GB of RAM and put in the Geforce card or would I probably need a new graphics card as well? Its running on integrated gfx right now and the load times are horrible and the game is pretty choppy on single player. I feel like the RAM is the choke point though.
My other option is to just start from scratch and I've seen quite a few sub $600 gaming builds on this forum which would work without a doubt.
To sum it up: Im just trying to figure out if i can spend $50 and upgrade my current system instead of $600 on a new one and have a reasonable gaming experience
You have a single core processor, I'd say start from scratch. You can reuse the ODD drive, and if 80GB is enough you can reuse the HDD as well.
thanks for the quick response
agreed but im not a huge gamer and would basically be upgrading just for this game (i played the original for a good decade). Id rather spend 50 on upgrading it rather than $600 on a brand new system (even tho eventually i will have to do this)
Long term i definitely need to start from scratch but for now how unreasonable is it to buy RAM and (possibly) a low end graphics card for the above system? is it a waste of money even in the short term (just for this game)? or should i have a reasonable experience with those specs..
I'm pretty sure no matter what you do your CPU is going to limit you, Starcraft is pretty CPU heavy as far as I know.
Anway, DDR2 isn't that cheap anymore if I recall correctly. You can put in a cheap GT240, and get up to 1.5GB of ram if you want, there is a GT240 really cheap on Newegg for 39 dollars, they are usually about 70 or so.
If you want to go that route, however I can't gaurentee it will work out well. But it will be better then what you have.
Also I just re-read your first post, you said you have PCI graphics card you planned on trying, does that mean your motherboard does NOT have a PCI-e slot? And you only have a PCI slot?
yeah, unfortunately I dont think that there is a PCI-e slot which i know drastically limits what i can put in. to tell you the truth i dont know if they even make PCI graphics cards anymore.
by the way, how can i +rep on this site? cant seem to find a button
They don't, you would have to settle for an overpriced older card. I honestly think you should start from scratch. Starcraft II isn't the OEM computer buddy that Starcraft I was.
I can't find ANYTHING about your computer becuase Dell's support site sucks major.
Can you do two things for me. Download CPU-z and tell me what the motherboard on the computer is called, it will also tell you if you have a PCI-e or PCI slot. Next open the case and tell me how many ram slots you have, and what PSU you have (wattage and amperage on the 12v rail if possible).
motherboard: Dell 0JC474
cant find any info on pci vs pci-e in cpu-z. google told me I only have PCI-e x1 in addition to the PCI slot and I need PCI-e x16 for modern cards.
2 slots for RAM. looks like I have 256mb in each one (wow i feel old) my laptop has 4GB... but overheats within 20 min of playing the game.
In CPU-z on the "mainboard" tab at the bottom it tells you your graphical interface. If you have a PCI-e slot though, good. You can get that GT240 for 39 dollars, and up your ram a little bit. 2 1gig, or 1 2gig stick should suffice, which ever is cheaper.
its kind of a waste of money but it will "get you by", on very very low settings.
thanks helltech. the more i think about it the more im convinced i should just bite the bullet and build a new one.