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July 25, 2012 4:16:33 PM

Hello all, I am wondering in this pc would be able to run games like Dead Island, Borderlands, Team Fortress 2 and Minecraft at medium to high graphics.

-AMD Bulldozer FX 4100 3.6ghz 8mb Cache
- 4gb Memory (I would probably upgrade this)
- Intergrated graphics (DEFINITELY Upgrade)

Also, please don't reply with "AMD are terrible, Intel are so much better". I really don't have enough money to afford an intel pc.

Many thanks.

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July 25, 2012 4:59:48 PM

are you asking us if your current PC (with integrated graphics) will play these games? if so then no, not very well at all. you have a good base though to build on and a good graphics card will make your PC very usable for gaming. 4GB RAM has been fine for me. I use 8 in mine but have only seen it go over 4 when playing BF3 (very demanding game).

Have you already got your PC with the specs below or is this a parts list at the moment?
I think either way we're going to have to suggest a graphics card for you.... that is if you are thinking of upgrading it soon. What is your budget, and also what is your power supply?
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July 25, 2012 5:03:03 PM

You don't mention the price of this setup but you know you can't afford Intel?

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July 25, 2012 5:06:12 PM

As it stands now, with those exact specs - not at all. You will not be able to run those games period. Especially Minecraft which is poorly optimized.

If you wish to do any sort of gaming beyond flash games, it is absolutely critical that you get an appropriately powered graphics card.

Still, we need to know your budget and your existing specs, such as your motherboard and your PSU.
July 25, 2012 5:21:56 PM

Cazalan said:
You don't mention the price of this setup but you know you can't afford Intel?


The price of this setup is £230
July 25, 2012 5:28:21 PM

Goden said:
As it stands now, with those exact specs - not at all. You will not be able to run those games period. Especially Minecraft which is poorly optimized.

If you wish to do any sort of gaming beyond flash games, it is absolutely critical that you get an appropriately powered graphics card.

Still, we need to know your budget and your existing specs, such as your motherboard and your PSU.


I plan on getting a better graphics card eg nvidia 550ti. The motherboard is a Gigabyte M68MT-S2P and the psu is a 550w.
July 25, 2012 5:32:26 PM

jwk3 said:
are you asking us if your current PC (with integrated graphics) will play these games? if so then no, not very well at all. you have a good base though to build on and a good graphics card will make your PC very usable for gaming. 4GB RAM has been fine for me. I use 8 in mine but have only seen it go over 4 when playing BF3 (very demanding game).

Have you already got your PC with the specs below or is this a parts list at the moment?
I think either way we're going to have to suggest a graphics card for you.... that is if you are thinking of upgrading it soon. What is your budget, and also what is your power supply?


This is a pc that I have bought for quite a good price (£230) of course it lacks an OS but that's not really a problem.

Anyway, I have roughly £100 to spend on a graphics card. Thanks in advance!
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July 25, 2012 5:33:05 PM

more details needed really what mobo/psu etc if its prebuilt and £230 i expect the motherboard is utter crap and the PSU will explode when you wave a power cable within 3 feet of it.... the case will likely be made from cardboard

However if the mobo is halfway decent and the PSU is not a doorstop with a switch stuck on then yes add a GPU and you can play most things depending on the GPU will depend on the settings

*Edit.... ok ignore half what I wrote as I typed it you listed the mobo, its ok... what is the PSU? and with a 550ti you will run the games you want to
July 25, 2012 5:55:11 PM

An AMD Radeon HD 7770 would be better than the 550 ti. It consumes less power and performs better. You can get one for about $120, if you want a card bellow it you should get the HD 7750 or the HD 5770/6770. AMD currently overall has better cards in $100 range so you'd be better of going with them. The 7750 and 5770/6770 perform about the same but the 7750 consumes a lot less energy. Even the 7770 consumes less energy then the 5770/6770. But these cards still consume less energy then the Nvidia 550 ti
July 25, 2012 6:03:08 PM

Phyrexiancure said:
An AMD Radeon HD 7770 would be better than the 550 ti. It consumes less power and performs better. You can get one for about $120, if you want a card bellow it you should get the HD 7750 or the HD 5770/6770. AMD currently overall has better cards in $100 range so you'd be better of going with them. The 7750 and 5770/6770 perform about the same but the 7750 consumes a lot less energy. Even the 7770 consumes less energy then the 5770/6770. But these cards still consume less energy then the Nvidia 550 ti


Hmm, maybe.
July 25, 2012 6:06:45 PM

wr6133 said:
more details needed really what mobo/psu etc if its prebuilt and £230 i expect the motherboard is utter crap and the PSU will explode when you wave a power cable within 3 feet of it.... the case will likely be made from cardboard

However if the mobo is halfway decent and the PSU is not a doorstop with a switch stuck on then yes add a GPU and you can play most things depending on the GPU will depend on the settings

*Edit.... ok ignore half what I wrote as I typed it you listed the mobo, its ok... what is the PSU? and with a 550ti you will run the games you want to


Here is the link to the product's page http://www.freshtechsolutions.co.uk/galaxy-3-amd-bulldo...

The power supply is a 550w.
July 25, 2012 10:21:18 PM

as someone has already suggested, a 7770 would be a great card to add to your system.

http://www.cclonline.com/product/84771/GV-R777OC-1GD/Gr...

you need to check though that your power supply has a 6 (or a 6+2) pin PCI-E cable to power it. If your PSU doesn't have any then the 7750 is the best graphics card than doesn't need a separate power cable. would you be able to tell us more about the power supply? what is written on the side of it? brand or model names? anything with "12v" written on it?
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