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Is my pc to old for an upgrade ?? :(

Last response: in Graphics & Displays
October 21, 2010 10:13:17 AM

Hello guys, I am the owner of quite a dinosaur of a PC. The specs are as follows:

- Intel Pentium D (dual core) 3.0 GHz Processor (Intel 925)
- 2G RAM DDR2,

It has an integrated 128MB graphics Video plus PCI Express slot so obviously was not built for gaming. However I am curious whether, with this old motherboard it would be an absolute waste of time putting a new graphics card in to play some of the latest games ?? I'm not asking to play the latest COD on full resolution, just get the pc to a standard where games are able to be played without a ridiculous amount of slow choppy frame rates.

I would appreciate any help, obviously I am not very knowledgeable when it come to computers :) 

Thanks guys !!

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a b U Graphics card
October 21, 2010 10:14:46 AM

Can you tell us the exact model of the mobo?
a c 189 U Graphics card
October 21, 2010 10:28:31 AM

Hmm, i guess not, you can do some games with your current setup.
Does your mobo support PCIE card? AGP? PCI?
We need more info here... Also, what is your PSU? brand? model?
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October 21, 2010 2:26:13 PM

Please list all specs so that we may all assess this properly.
October 22, 2010 8:47:35 AM

Hi guys !

wow thanks for the quick responses, what a good forum!

My specs are listed , I'm sure 95% of the following info was unnecessary for me to post but I ran one of those generic 'detect you're systems specs' programs.

Thanks again for the help :) 

Operating System

Windows XP Home Edition Service Pack 3 (build 2600)
Install Language: English (United States)
System Locale: English (United States)

System Model

Cyclone Computers Ltd Intel D945Gxxxx BIOS 3592 D945GTPL_GCZL BIOS 3592
System Serial Number: 56131
Chassis Serial Number: B3570


3.00 gigahertz Intel Pentium 4
16 kilobyte primary memory cache
2048 kilobyte secondary memory cache
64-bit ready
Hyper-threaded (2 total)

Main Circuit Board

Board: Intel Corporation D945GTP AAC97834-305
Serial Number: LATP61908665
Bus Clock: 200 megahertz
BIOS: Intel Corp. NT94510J.86A.3813.2006.0411.1332 04/11/2006


120.02 Gigabytes Usable Hard Drive Capacity
69.31 Gigabytes Hard Drive Free Space
COMBO IDE5232CO [Optical drive]
3.5" format removeable media [Floppy drive]
WDC WD1200JS-00MHB1 [Hard drive] (120.03 GB) -- drive 0, s/n WD-WCANP1005179, rev 10.02E01, SMART Status: Healthy

Memory Modules

2038 Megabytes Usable Installed Memory

Slot 'J6H1' has 512 MB (serial number 0x00001108)
Slot 'J6H2' has 512 MB (serial number 0x35000000)
Slot 'J6J1' has 512 MB (serial number 0x35000000)
Slot 'J6J2' has 512 MB (serial number 0x35000000)

Local Drive Volumes

c: (NTFS on drive 0) 120.02 GB 69.31 GB free
a b U Graphics card
October 22, 2010 10:07:12 AM

Well the best thing you can add is probably a HD 5670, the PCIe 2.0 version. Anything else would be bottlenecked by the CPU.
a c 189 U Graphics card
October 22, 2010 10:17:53 AM

Even HD5670 is already hold back by your Pent.4 CPU...
It's okay if you want to buy HD5670, you can use that card on your next PC.
Just make sure your board support PCIE card...
October 22, 2010 1:33:03 PM

I would be worried about the PSU. I wouldn't be surprised if the PC has a 280w PSU
a b U Graphics card
October 22, 2010 2:03:35 PM

its a Pentium D...

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a b U Graphics card
October 22, 2010 3:18:17 PM

Your motherboard supports the Core 2 Duo 65nm Processors.You would have a hard time finding one these days.A used Core 2 duo E6600 or e6700 from eBay is your best bet.Then add a HD 5670 as others have said.If money permits get a new 400 or 450 W power supply form Corsair, Antec, Seasonic, etc and get a HD 4850 or GTS 250.
October 24, 2010 7:41:23 AM

Thank you so much guys ! the advice is much appreciated :) 
October 31, 2010 5:43:21 AM

Best answer selected by richy9999.
February 25, 2011 3:47:15 PM

Hi richy,
I have got bad luck and my Harddisk WD1200JS-00MHB1 is brocken with my holliday-pictures.
I hope to repair it with the board from antother WD1200JS-00MHB1.
When I saw, that you will update your computer, I thought you will built in a bigger Harddisk an offer me your old Disk (befor it crashes) for a cheep price. Do you?