Hi im looking to upgrade my pc better for gaming and was wondering what are the most importnat things i need to upgrade to get better performance.
Component Details Subscore Base score
Processor Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Duo CPU E7400 @ 2.80GHz 5.6 5.6
Determined by lowest subscore
Memory (RAM) 3.00 GB 5.9
Graphics ATI Radeon HD 4600 Series 5.9
Gaming graphics 2303 MB Total available graphics memory 5.7
Primary hard disk 175GB Free (326GB Total) 5.9
Windows Vista (TM) Home Premium
Manufacturer Dell Inc.
Model Vostro 220 Series
Total amount of system memory 3.00 GB RAM
System type 32-bit operating system
Number of processor cores 2
64-bit capable Yes
Display adapter type ATI Radeon HD 4600 Series
Total available graphics memory 2303 MB
Dedicated graphics memory 1024 MB
Dedicated system memory 0 MB
Shared system memory 1279 MB
Display adapter driver version 8.821.0.0
Primary monitor resolution 1280x800
DirectX version DirectX 10
swapping over to a quad core would be a good move. a lot of new games today tend to use 2.5+ cpu cores as a recommended requirement, especially if there also available on console.
i would also consider a new gfx card. either a 98gt/250gts or ati 4850 as minimum with at least 1 gig of memory.
keep in mind that the bigger your pc gets the more power as a general rule it will require. for the above with a 2.4 quad you will need a minimum 450watt power supply pushing upwards of 28 amps.
lastly a wide screen monitor 16/9 or 16/10 remembering not to go to big for your gfx card.
try and aim for a balanced pc, 1 that isnt to heavy on the gfx side as not all games are gpu orientated, some need a decent cpu 2
so as an example a q8300 costs 90 pounds a 250gts costs 85-95 and a 450watt psu 45 pounds . so for about 230 pounds or less you can pretty much play any game at modest rez and medium (better than consoles) settings at 60 fps. which is ideal for entry level multi player gaming.
A better GPU would definitely make the better bang for the buck. I would hold the CPU a bit longer and simply upgrade the whole rig then. Even if new games do use multiple core, many still don't; I still play with an "old" E8400 but will upgrade by the end of summer.
Easy fix, you have 3 Gb of RAM. Open the case and count the RAM sticks. If there are three (3), you can add a 4th. That will get you running in Dual Channel mode and speed you up a bit. Download & install CPU-Z to see RAM channels, speed, and etc
Okay, the E7400 is a decent dual core but in a Dell you can't overclock it. Would need to know details on the motherboard for a possible CPU upgrade, but, since that processor is a "775" socket, and its a dead platform, I wouldn't advise it. Besides, they are charging a HUGE premium for the remaining inventory of 775 CPUs, you could by a new motherboard & CPU for less that would be FAR faster...
GPU YES... but, it's a Dell so you will need a power supply too
Start with a 5770 & a 600-650watt power supply about $200