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300$ Salvage Gaming PC

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January 15, 2011 9:50:53 PM

Hey guys I have a question... Well no i need some advice. I currently have an ok gaming pc. specs are a prebuilt gateway 2.20 core 2 duo processor, 2 gigs of 667 ram, an XFX Hd 56701gb Gddr5(i added this). More spec imformation can be found here: http://support.gateway.com/s/PC/DX400/2906025R/2906025R...

I need advice on what to replace, or buy to increase the performance of this pc. Currently I can play Fallout 3 Maxed settings at 1680x1050 resolution at 30 fps. But i would like to get atleast a solid 70 so there aren't any noticeable slowdowns .

All advice is welcome guys :D 

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January 16, 2011 1:48:29 AM

A new GPU will likely give you the best increase in performance.

Lets see if your CPU can run faster frames. Try lowering your resolution, this will lighten the load on the GPU. If your frames go up, then you should be ok for more GPU power. This of course isn't the best way to find out, but may be one of your only choices.

What operating system are you using? 2GB can limit you, but for gaming on a 32bit light OS it isn't bad.
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January 16, 2011 2:51:24 AM

With a better GPU you will need a better PSU!
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January 16, 2011 5:17:57 AM

k guys thanks for the advice so far, and my os is windows 7 64 bit, and @raidur, i did what you said on lowering resolution, and i only got a few more frames than usual.
January 16, 2011 6:08:29 PM

Take a look at this chart: Gaming: Left 4 Dead

Your E2200 using DDR2 would be at the bottom (possibly above the Celeron). It's a different game, but you can see how FPS doubles when you go from an E6300 to an i5-750. Your E2200 is maxed out, and a GPU upgrade won't help.
January 17, 2011 2:46:06 PM

hmmm looks like new processor is on the list then, thanks for pointing this out man
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