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January 14, 2012 3:49:19 PM

Hello,

I'm used to console gaming, but I wanted to play Star Wars: The Old Republic for the PC. I bought it, only to realize that my CPU isn't fast enough to handle the game. I was on a budget when I bought this PC, and I have a Pentium(R) Dual-Core CPU E6700 @ 3.20GHz. Apparently, I need an AMD Athlon 64 X2 Dual-Core 4000+ or better, Intel Core 2 Duo Processor 2.0 GHz or better. My chip socket is a LGA775, (which I was discouraged to find out is rather out of date). Are there any consumer processors out there that would work well?

Thanks much, y'all.
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January 14, 2012 3:53:01 PM

Your current CPU is better than the minimum specs so that should not stop you from playing the game!
What GPU (video card) do you have?
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January 14, 2012 3:59:48 PM

I have an Intel G45/G43 Express Chipset video card.

I installed the game and it "plays," but only barely, running at about 2FPS (yes. two.) I went to a website to check whether your computer meets minimum specs to run games, ("Can You Run It?"), and that's the one that told me my CPU was the issue. I connect to the internet wirelessly, even though I have a desktop, but when I ran a cord from my computer directly into the router, that didn't change the choppiness, so I don't think it's wireless-related.
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January 14, 2012 4:02:41 PM

If you are using the video built into the motherboard, you won't be able to play any modern games. To best determine what video card you'll need, we'll need to know more about the system you have now. If you built it, what motherboard does it have? If you bought it, what brand and model is it? What is the resolution of your monitor? What is the brand and model (not just wattage) of the power supply? And finally, what is your budget for upgrades?


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January 14, 2012 4:08:46 PM

You have no graphics card at all and integrated graphics is good for about solitaire and thats it. Cpu should be fine for that game as it is a Core 2 chip and running at 3.2Ghz while the minimum is a Core 2 at 2.0Ghz.
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January 14, 2012 4:23:40 PM

Onus said:
If you are using the video built into the motherboard, you won't be able to play any modern games. To best determine what video card you'll need, we'll need to know more about the system you have now. If you built it, what motherboard does it have? If you bought it, what brand and model is it? What is the resolution of your monitor? What is the brand and model (not just wattage) of the power supply? And finally, what is your budget for upgrades?


Alright, jtt283, *cracks knuckles*, here it goes:

I didn't build my computer myself. I got it from dell.com. It's a Dell Inspiron 560 straight out of the box. My Monitor is a LG W2240TV Monitor, whose resolution is 1920 x 1080. Upgrade budget is a couple hundred dollars (around $250, hopefully). As for the power supply, how do I figure that out? It doesn't seem to be located anywhere on my computer - is the only way to find that out really to crack open the tower itself? If so, that would take a few minutes....
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January 14, 2012 4:28:21 PM

Oh, and my Motherboard is Dell Inc. 018D1Y A00. Bus. clock 266 megahertz, if that helps....
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January 14, 2012 4:54:48 PM

Hi :) 

Your dell does at least have a PCIE slot so you can buy a graphics card....

All the best Brett :) 
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January 14, 2012 5:02:29 PM

So if my game is running graphically slowly (would the sound be choppy as well if it's the CPU? The sound seems fine here....), the consensus is that it's actually the graphics card that's causing me problems? What would be a good one to get?
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January 14, 2012 5:02:52 PM

Ok, I found this: http://support.dell.com/support/edocs/systems/insp560mt... and also poked around Dell's site.
Your situation is not hopeless by any means, but depends in part on how much you want to spend.
You have a PCIE expansion slot, so a discrete GPU can be added.
You have one of the older Dell 300W PSUs, which cannot handle a powerful card.
Your cheapest option would be to get a HD6570 or HD5670 (preferably with GDDR5 rather than DDR3) for ~$70-$80. You will be able to play on lowered settings and/or less than 1920x1080 resolution, but the game should be playable. This is absolutely the strongest GPU that will run on your OEM Dell PSU.
A better option, IMHO, would be to upgrade your PSU first. A 380W Antec Earthwatts is $45. Then add a HD6770 video card for another ~$110. You should be able to play at 1920x1080 with good settings.
If you'd like to spend $60-$70 on a good 500W PSU, you'll be able to install a HD6870 (~$160), which will play on high settings, but here you will have begun to hit a CPU bottleneck.
Beyond that, you'd be looking at building a new PC, which could be anywhere from $600 on up considering that you won't be able to re-use your Dell Windows license. Although it can be done for less, I'd expect to spend $800 to $1000 to build something nice.
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January 14, 2012 5:05:41 PM

Hmmm being a Dell out of the box machine, i dont have very high hopes for the PSU inside it, as these are usualy just enough to meet the system requirements of the hardware thats already inside, leaving no room for upgrades.
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January 14, 2012 5:14:28 PM

^+1

For your $250 you could actually afford a decent 550w PSU and an ATI 6870 GPU.
Which would give you enough graphical grunt for your games.



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January 14, 2012 5:16:06 PM

Best answer selected by jziese.
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January 14, 2012 5:16:36 PM

Both the above are also good components which could be carried over to a new PC build when you take the plunge, by the way how much memory has your Dell got ?
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