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October 11, 2010 10:56:48 PM

Hey guys!

I have a decent..'ish' computer that my parents use to check e-mail and do a little YouTube stuff like that.

I was going to to some upgrades like installing 4gb RAM and a new video card. I was going to up this up a bit and then go head and sell it to get some start off money to get a home build goin. Here are the specs of it right now:

Operating System: Windows 7 Professional 32-bit (6.1, Build 7600) (7600.win7_gdr.100618-1621)
Language: English (Regional Setting: English)
System Manufacturer: Dell Inc.
System Model: OptiPlex GX620
BIOS: Phoenix ROM BIOS PLUS Version 1.10 A05
Processor: Intel(R) Pentium(R) 4 CPU 3.40GHz (2 CPUs), ~3.4GHz
Memory: 1024MB RAM
Available OS Memory: 1014MB RAM
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Display Devices
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Card name: Intel(R) 82945G Express Chipset Family
Manufacturer: Intel Corporation
Chip type: Intel(R) 82945G Express Chipset Family
DAC type: Internal
Device Key: Enum\PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_2772&SUBSYS_01AD10…
Display Memory: 251 MB
Dedicated Memory: 0 MB
Shared Memory: 251 MB
Current Mode: 1280 x 1024 (32 bit) (60Hz)
Monitor Name: Generic PnP Monitor
Monitor Model: DELL 1703FP
Monitor Id: DEL3010
Native Mode: 1280 x 1024(p) (60.020Hz)
Output Type: HD15

I am going to upgrade to a 64 bit windows 7 ultimate (MSDNAA).

Now my questions are:
Will by processor be sufficient enough to play games like COD4 and/or WoW?
Will this RAM

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

and this video card

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

be compatible with my existing parts? Are they any good?

Thanks in advanced,
Haris

BTW If you need any more info just ask because I'll be checking this frequently!

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October 11, 2010 11:41:22 PM

You're running Win 7b with 1GB? OUCH! Anyway, you cannot use DDR3 with that computer. It looks like you're stuck with DDR2. Also, your chosen video card ain't going to cut it for playing games. Get a Radeon 5570 if you have a slimline case

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

If you have a full size case though get at least a 5670.
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October 11, 2010 11:45:52 PM

Well, the video card you've listed (a HD5450) is not a gaming card.
Also, the power supply will be limited. The strongest card you could safely add is a HD5670. You could turn it into a reasonably decent home-use machine that can also muddle through some games, but it will never be great.
I'm not certain, but I suspect it uses DDR2, not DDR3.
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October 12, 2010 2:03:41 AM

Let's say I got a bigger case and a new power supply.

What would I be able to do with that?

I would like to spend maybe less than 200 bucks to upgrade, but maybe above is OK.

So you both said I should use the HD5670 but that's for a smaller case right? What would be the better choice if I get the bigger case and power supply?

BTW what power supply would I get that would go good with this?

I don't want to be obnoxious or anything but was my processor good enough?
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October 12, 2010 3:01:01 PM

Your pc is not worth much as a PC. Do not put any more money into it.
You will do better by selling off the parts you can't reuse separately. Go to ebay and check completed listings to get an idea of what they could fetch. You might get $30-40 for the cpu.
Save up for a new build. Or, look on craig's list, you can usually get a decent used pc for a song.

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