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April 17, 2012 12:54:55 AM

so im looking to upgrade my e Machines desktop to make it better for gaming. I am thinking about upgrading the ram and get a new graphics card. would this be an easy project for someone not very experienced in this sort of thing.
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a b U Graphics card
April 17, 2012 1:00:15 AM

Upgrading the RAM and installing a new GPU isn't hard. But is it worth it?

Post your system specs and we'll see!
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April 17, 2012 1:17:53 AM

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System Information
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Time of this report: 4/16/2012, 19:07:13
Machine name: YOUR-2E5503E266
Operating System: Windows XP Home Edition (5.1, Build 2600) Service Pack 3 (2600.xpsp_sp3_gdr.111025-1629)
Language: English (Regional Setting: English)
System Manufacturer: EMACHINES
System Model: T5022
BIOS: Default System BIOS
Processor: Intel(R) Pentium(R) 4 CPU 2.93GHz
Memory: 1014MB RAM
Page File: 531MB used, 1908MB available
Windows Dir: C:\WINDOWS
DirectX Version: DirectX 9.0c (4.09.0000.0904)
DX Setup Parameters: Not found
DxDiag Version: 5.03.2600.5512 32bit Unicode


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Display Devices
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Card name: Intel(R) 82915G/GV/910GL Express Chipset Family
Manufacturer: Intel Corporation
Chip type: Intel(R) 82915G/GV/910GL Express Chipset
DAC type: Internal
Device Key: Enum\PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_2582&SUBSYS_4040107B&REV_04
Display Memory: n/a
Current Mode: 1280 x 1024 (32 bit) (60Hz)
Monitor: Plug and Play Monitor
Monitor Max Res: 1600,1200
Driver Name: igxprd32.dll
Driver Version: 6.14.0010.4764 (English)
DDI Version: unknown
Driver Attributes: Final Retail
Driver Date/Size: 1/13/2007 11:33:00, 57344 bytes
WHQL Logo'd: No
WHQL Date Stamp: None
VDD: n/a
Mini VDD: igxpmp32.sys
Mini VDD Date: 1/13/2007 11:33:18, 5672032 bytes
Device Identifier: {D7B78E66-66C2-11CF-5761-4A60A5C2CB35}
Vendor ID: 0x8086
Device ID: 0x2582
SubSys ID: 0x4040107B
Revision ID: 0x0004
Revision ID: 0x0004
Video Accel:
Deinterlace Caps: n/a
Registry: OK
DDraw Status: Not Available
D3D Status: Not Available
AGP Status: Not Available
DDraw Test Result: Not run
D3D7 Test Result: Not run
D3D8 Test Result: Not run
D3D9 Test Result: Not run

ok here are the specs for my desktop
please tell me what i can do

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a b 4 Gaming
April 17, 2012 1:23:37 AM

It's pretty easy. There are youtube videos that show you how to do it. Just search for something like "install video card", "install RAM". The procedure is very similar regardless of what kind of computer you have.

Installing a video card may require you to install a new Power Supply (PSU) as well since brandname PCs usually ships with a 220w to 300w PSU. Therefore, you should list the model of your computer and all the specs including the PSU. Replacing the PSU depends on which video card you want to buy.

A lowly Radeon HD 6450 is not really meant to play games only consumes 15w of power. A monster like the nVidia GTX 580 needs 326w of power just for itself, never mind what the rest of the PC needs.
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a b 4 Gaming
April 17, 2012 1:36:21 AM

Your PC is more or less obsolete for gaming purposes. Plus you need to provide the power supply (PSU) that comes with it. You need to open your PC look at the sticker on the PSU for total wattage and the amps (A) on the +12v rail.

Your PC is more or less obsolete because you only have a single core CPU and the Intel Pentium 4 is consider slow by today's standard. Many current games requires a dual core CPU. There are still some relatively current games that can be played with a single core CPU though.

While upgrading your PC with more RAM, a video card and PSU (depending on the the video card) can "breathe more life into your PC", it's more like extending life support. If you can afford to do so, I recommend you buy a new PC.
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April 17, 2012 2:29:23 AM

there is no way i can afford a new PC. say if i bought a new video card, upgraded the ram, and got a new power supply, would this boost my PC enough to run games like skyrim or battlefield 3 with no frame rate issues. because i currently use a dell insprion laptop (my e Machines PC has been out of commission for a while) and i get serious frame rate issues when i play newer games such as bulletstorm. when i seem to play these higher end titles i experience sluggish and unresponsive controls. will i experience these issues if i upgrade the PC.
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a b U Graphics card
April 17, 2012 4:17:47 AM

BF3 is out of the question. You definately need a dual core cpu and it requires Windows Vista or Win 7
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April 17, 2012 4:45:04 AM

ok, i see. can someone tell me what i should upgrade my ram, PSU, and video card to?
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