Hello, first time poster. My question is as stated. I am wondering if I should upgrade my existing PC or is it time to build a new one. I had this system built for me by the now defunct PC Club (R.I.P.) and it has been a champ from day one. But it has been five years now and the games are starting to bog the system down. I recently got Battlefield 3 as a gift, and cannot even play it as the game crashes after a few minutes due to it running out of video ram. Would my mother board be able to take full advantage of the new gen pc-e cards? I believe my mobo is a first gen pc-e. Anyhow... opionions are appreciated.
Following are my specs:
Operating System: Windows 7 Professional 32-bit (6.1, Build 7601) Service Pack 1
System Manufacturer: Gigabyte Technology Co., Ltd.
System Model: P35-DS3L
BIOS: Award Modular BIOS v6.00PG
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Quad CPU Q6600 @ 2.40GHz (4 CPUs), ~2.4GHz
Memory: 2048MB RAM
"game crashes after a few minutes due to it running out of video ram"
that's funny excuse to update computer
i have to stop laughing before i can respond
ok i would say get more ram,
add 4GB kit 50$
AMD 6870 -150$ +
that would bring your system to good place, you can get any video card even if you change system later it still be good
so i say upgrade for now for 200$, mostly due to your good quad core CPU
whats your budget??
Definitely get 2 more GB of RAM. And PCIe 2.0/3.0 cards should work fine - I'd suggest an HD 6870 as best bang-for-your-buck right now. Check with Gigabyte's website to see if your slot will have problems.
Memory, check what you got and match it as close as you can (size does not matter) i mean Lettency and voltage. it will put you out of "suck" 2GB category into "sweet spot" 6GB, or 4GB , (from 2gb to 4gb is big performance increase, after that benefit of more drop dramatically anyway)
I still would recommend AMD 6870 HD video card, just check what power supply you got?
Umm...the guys are forgetting about the Windows 32-bit. You really need 4GB in a system now-a-days, which means needing Windows 64-bit to get full use out of it. I've got the same system except 64-bit, 4GB RAM, and HD 5770. I would upgrade the GPU(new GPUs coming out HD 7XXX and GTX 6XX in the next couple of months) and just know that in short, its about time for a new pc if you are trying to play modern games and the GPU can be carried over to your next pc. I plan on upgrading with Ivy Bridge and all. You may want to look into doing the same.
And as for the OS... This system started as a Win XP system, getting Win7 was a FREE upgrade through my schooling, so I can't complain really. Though I DID have the option to get the 64bit for free as well, I just didn't know any better at the time.