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Need help to improve my PC for better gaming

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May 26, 2012 4:36:06 PM

Hello,
I've had my computer for the past 4 Years and when I look back on the new games and try to play them, well... 3fps isn't a good sign :/ 

So I am looking for parts to replace/not replace but don't know what to do. My budget is around £200 but i appreciate if you try to find something as low as possible but giving the best performance.

Thanks for any suggestions!

My Current pc is this:

(I MIGHT BE GIVING TOO MUCH INFO BECAUSE I AM JUST COPYING AND PASTING FROM A SOFTWARE THAT DETECTED WHAT I HAVE)


SYSTEM INFORMATION

Computer Manufacturer-ASRock
Computer Model-G41C-S
Operating System (O/S)-Microsoft Windows 7 Enterprise Edition Service Pack 1
Operating System Build (O/S)-(build 7601), 32-bit
Operating System (version) -6.1.7601
System RAM-1.8 GB
CD or DVD Device- ATAPI iHAS122 B ATA
CD or DVD Device- YVI E7WPEBSDEF SCSI

CHIPSET INFORMATION

Chipset Software Status-
Intel® Chipset Installation File (INF) detected Intel® 6, 5, 4, 3, 900 Series Chipsets
Latest Version Available 9.2.0.1021

Detailed Chipset Information-Intel® Chipset Identification Utility

GRAPHICS INFORMATION

Graphics Product [1]-Intel® G41
3D Acceleration Yes
Hardware Transform & Lighting Support-Yes
Video Memory-766.5 MB
Vertex Shader Support-4.0
Pixel Shader Support-4.0
Microsoft DirectX* Version-11.0

MOTHERBOARD INFORMATION

Manufacturer-ASRock
Model-G41C-S
BIOS Version American Megatrends Inc. P1.10
System Memory 1.8 GB
Built-in Audio Driver Version 6.1.7601.17514

PROCESSOR INFORMATION

Manufacturer Intel-Model-Pentium(R) Dual-Core CPU E5700 @ 3.00GHz
Intel Processor analysis tools- Intel Processor analysis tools
CPU Speed-3.0 GHz

Thats all i could get out of.

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a b B Homebuilt system
May 26, 2012 6:19:52 PM

That CPU looks fine, 2GB of RAM won't be great though, I'd upgrade to 4GB. Then I'd get a graphics card, something like the HD 6850 should be good. You would likely need to upgrade the PSU after adding a GPU too. The Corsair CX-430 430W should be great, the 500W one is good too.
May 26, 2012 9:07:39 PM

Thanks for the reply.

About the HD 6850, just for the sake of it is there anything better without a large price margin or is the 6850 enough?

And could you give me an example of what RAM to get? 4GB wasn't specific for me enough because there was hundreds of the same things with slightly better or worse than the original.

430W and 500W, is the larger number better? ( >.> instinctive thought).
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a b B Homebuilt system
May 27, 2012 4:29:39 PM

The hd 6850 should be good for ultra high settings on the vast majority of games at the moment. For the RAM I would look at the memory support list for that board on asrock's site. Anything on there will be compatible. With the PSU, a decent 430w unit is fine for the hd 6850 but 500w is good if you plan on adding more hard drives or something.
a b B Homebuilt system
May 27, 2012 5:09:49 PM

This would be my choice assuming you have a standard tower style case that will physically fit these components.

4GB (2x2GB) Mushkin Enhanced Silverline 1333Mhz

ASUS HD 7770 1GB (The HD 6850 is a last gen card that is becoming harder to come by, this should give comparable performance with lower power consumption.)

Corsair CX-430 430W

Total - £171.72 including VAT and delivery on www.aria.co.uk
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