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December 12, 2010 6:31:40 AM

Hi, I have a computer that I got a year ago, and it can't even run starcraft 1 properly. It freezes when I'm playing, and I just felt like I needed to build a new computer, or either buy one unless I can replace some parts to make it better. It's a slimeline so I dont know if its possible to add a videocard, and I was just not sure about what to do.

Would it be better to just build one ? or upgrade the one I have, and what would I need to replace?

http://www.frys.com/product/6242510?site=sr:SEARCH:MAIN...


HP Pavilion Slimline s5302f PC with AMD Athlon II 240 Dual-Core Processor, 4GB Memory and 750GB Hard Drive


It's this one right here.

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December 12, 2010 6:53:06 AM

Ouch that Slimline not only restricts GPUs to low profile ones it screws peeps over with a pathetic 220W PSU @@

The good news is SC2 high (not ultra) no AA is actually a tame beast so maybe

EVGA GT 240 $35AR Free Ship
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

$25 Free Ship mATX case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

$30AR Free Ship Antec ECO 400W/80+
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

$90AR total and transplant over to new case? This upgrade would also allow you to play WOW Cataclysm under "Good Quality" (again not ultra) settings i reckon ^^

HP Pavilion Slimline s5302f Desktop PC
http://www.hphardware.com/page/model.asp?model_nu=BK444...
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504966-001 Regulated power supply 220-Watt, 100V-240VAC (Bardolino)
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December 12, 2010 10:46:30 AM

Other bad thing about a slimline too, not as much airflow. So things overheat more quickly. Also, batuchka, my question is will he run into form factor issues on the case? I thought most of the oem stuff was now atx standards, am I correct on that?

Not a bad setup that batuchka has recommended. What kind of budget do you have?

I also would consider a stronger power supply than the one in batuchka's build though. The reason is simply to allow you more headroom for upgrades later. Though that one may do fine to. With the video card, it should be good, it's supposed to be about equivalent to a 9600gt. I currently have one of those, and it will run most games decently depending on the resolution. What resolution do you want to play at? If you need a little more gaming power, I'd recommend looking at the 450, or a gts 460 if you really want a big step up.
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December 14, 2010 2:24:24 AM

The problem with your system is simply that it doesn't have a GPU. I find it -very- odd that it would freeze during starcraft one,that can't possibly be due to it being too weak, my pentium MMX 166mhz ran starcraft 1 perfectly. This is not normal, this is not due to your processer or video card being too weak or anything, something in the system isn't functioning properly.
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December 14, 2010 3:13:26 AM

deltadevil said:
The problem with your system is simply that it doesn't have a GPU. I find it -very- odd that it would freeze during starcraft one,that can't possibly be due to it being too weak, my pentium MMX 166mhz ran starcraft 1 perfectly. This is not normal, this is not due to your processer or video card being too weak or anything, something in the system isn't functioning properly.



hmm. so i've thought about getting a new case, along with a new graphic card, and just upgrade it.
but, I think i'd rather build one. my budget is 600~800 dollars.
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December 14, 2010 5:04:06 AM

I would suggest following the advice in this thread and transplanting your build, you really sound like you're new to PC gaming, so I wouldn't recommend spending $800 on a computer right off the bat. I've been PC gaming for seven years now and I only have a modest $450 build. If you spent a mere $165, getting a GTS450 instead of the card batchuka suggested, you could have pretty much the same build as this experienced PC gamer ;) .

If you still want to make your own system - not reusing the hard drive, memory, and dvd drive (if possible) is just silly. Replacing the motherboard and processer is indeed a good idea if you want to spend a good chunk of money, at microcenter you can get a phenom x4 and a motherboard for $170. Pair that with a $250ish 6870, a nice power supply and a case and you can get a substantially better system for around $500.

Personally I wouldn't go for such a build though, it's $165 vs $500, and what I suggested will net you pretty darn high settings.
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December 14, 2010 5:06:48 AM

If u merely want to *play* SC/SC2 just hit that $90AR upgrade but if u planning to play, with higher res/settings this and other games then yes an overhaul would be a better move hehe
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