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Need to upgrade the computer to play swtor

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January 24, 2012 8:58:51 AM

not sure if its just my graphics card or my ram as well. im still running 32bit and everything is still what i paid for.I was thinking of getting it 64bit then adding more ram, but money is always an problem and dont feel like putting more money in the computer than its worth.

heres the model specs
http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/document?docname=c01...

Heres what i bought-3 years ago
- Genuine Windows Vista Home Premium with Service Pack 1 (32-bit)
- Intel(R) Core(TM) 2 Duo processor E7300 (2.66GHz, 3MB)
- 3GB DDR2-800MHz dual channel SDRAM (2x1024,2x512)
- 256MB NVIDIA GeForce 9300 and TV Tuner Card/PVR
- 320GB 7200 rpm SATA 3Gb/s hard drive
- LAN port on system board (10/100/1000Base-T), no wireless LAN
- LightScribe 16X max. DVD+/-R/RW SuperMulti drive
- 15-in-1 memory card reader, 2 USB, audio
- Integrated 7.1 channel sound with front audio ports
- Microsoft(R) Works 9.0
- No additional security software
- No speakers
- HP keyboard and HP optical mouse
- HP Home & Home Office Store in-box envelope

anyone have options too keep me under 200 bucks?

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January 24, 2012 9:13:15 AM

You have enough RAM I would say. The difference between DDR2 and 3 isnt that noticeable, and 3GB should be enough for most games.
So I think a graphics card upgrade would be best, the one you have now is basically an office/movie watching card. The problem then becomes, you only have a 300watt power supply in there. If you bought a newer, more powerful card, it probably wouldn't be enough.

Whats your budget?
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January 24, 2012 9:20:58 AM

Dont upgrade its waste of money and time. Save money for buy or build latest system. If the system is new and below 3months u can upgrade.otherwise worthless. Remove ur 512Mb x2 ram. It works in low clock rate so u cant get benifit of other 2x1gb ram
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January 24, 2012 9:20:59 AM

200 max. wanna try to keep it under 100 though
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January 24, 2012 9:25:05 AM

Well ok, as has been said you might want to consider a new system, but thats up to you. I have a friend who plays battlefield 3 on an intel core 2 duo and a gtx 460 without problems, so its not like its necessary to constantly build a whole new system.

I guess I would recommend an NVidia gts 450. Its low power but still packs a punch. Go on a power calculation site and see what you come up with.
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January 24, 2012 9:30:41 AM

512Mb run in 333mhz clock so al other 1gb ram also run at 333mhz , if u r 1gb ram is workable in 555 Or 800mhz but u get only 333mhz from that. So remove the 512Mb x2 ram. Gpu update is worthless for this system.because u upgrade gpu no performance variation because same processor and board,
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January 24, 2012 9:32:53 AM

You think he wont get higher fps from a new gpu with the same other components?
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January 24, 2012 9:34:15 AM

Any time u realise how much gpu memory u can use
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January 24, 2012 9:42:08 AM

I would say a new gpu would get him by for another year as long as hes not wanting ultra max settings..Too big a new gpu would bottleneck from cpu so watch what you buy..
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January 24, 2012 10:03:51 AM

hitechgowthaman said:
512Mb run in 333mhz clock so al other 1gb ram also run at 333mhz , if u r 1gb ram is workable in 555 Or 800mhz but u get only 333mhz from that. So remove the 512Mb x2 ram. Gpu update is worthless for this system.because u upgrade gpu no performance variation because same processor and board,


so just taking out the 512mb X2 Ram will help me? Then put one more stick of 800mhz in it?
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January 24, 2012 10:42:04 AM

What "hitechgowthaman" is saying is that if you have multiple RAM sticks with different speeds, they will all run at the speed of the slowest chip. So If you have 2x800mhz sticks, and one 333mhz stick, the one will slow down the other two.
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January 24, 2012 6:18:33 PM

Max1s said:
What "hitechgowthaman" is saying is that if you have multiple RAM sticks with different speeds, they will all run at the speed of the slowest chip. So If you have 2x800mhz sticks, and one 333mhz stick, the one will slow down the other two.


o i c. ill take the 2 sticks out and see how much that helps me. if so ill buy another stick of 1gig...


im possibily thinking about just adding on a motherboard and processor and try to sell my old stuff. Rather invest into the computer than through money down it like its a toilet
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