Hi I've recently got a new computer, but the current graphics card in it cannot run a lot of the games I want to play.
I don't really know anything about stuff like this so I really would appreciate it if someone could help me figure out what would be best for me to get. All I know is that I need a better graphics card and a new PSU.
Here is the info:
Approximate Purchase Date: hopefully this week, next week latest
Budget Range: up to $300 (including the new PSU) (preferably after tax)
What Kinds of Games I'd like to Play on it: Black Ops, Assassins Creed 2 Brother hood, Dead Rising 2, Fallout New Vegas, WoW Cataclysm
Current GPU: Nvidia Geforce 6150SE nforce 430
Current PSU: 250W
Model of CPU: Compaq Presario Cq5521f
Motherboard: (sorry I don't know what any of this means but this is what showed up in the CPU-Z program that tells u your specs. this was everything that showed up under the motherboard tab)
Pegatron corporation Narra5 5.00 LPCIO Fintek F8000
Brand is Phoenix Techolhies LTD version 5.58
Memory: (sorry again, I don't know what this means, but this is what showed up under the memory tab in the CPU-Z program)
size 3072 Mbytes
Channels # Dual
DC Mode Unganged
2009mhz Frequency for NB Frenquency
DRAM Frequency 401.8mhz
FSB dram 1:2
CAS latency 6.0 clocks
RAS to CAS Delay 6clocks
RAS precharge 6 clocks
cycle time 18 clocks
bank cycle time 24 clocks
command rate 2T
Monitor Resolution: 1280 x 1024
Overclocking: Sorry, I don't know what this means
Sorry if some of that was confusing. I tried my best to put everything, hopefully it was helpful. Thank you for your time and help!
Your CPU will hold things back a bit, but a good upgrade would be a Radeon 4650 (cheap, lower power, will run well at your resolution). It may even run with your current power supply. If not, first make sure your power supply is the standard from factor, and something like this will work well http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
The 500 watter will give you enough power for any future CPU/video card upgrades, and not be too pricy or power hungry.
Are you telling me that I also need to upgrade my CPU in order to be able to run future games good?
At anything over medium or so settings, yes. Although you did not list what CPU you have, the one listed on the web site for your model is not very good for gaming. It will match the 4650 card OK, but don't expect high framerates at over med settings. Just don't get the 4350 card.
If you are plainning for future games like you posted, go up a few levels for the card, to a Radeon 5670 or nvidia GTS 450 to stay in budget, get the new power supply, and check your performance. If you don't like it, you will have some cash for a new CPU.