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July 21, 2012 9:45:44 AM

hi my aunt has a very old computer that is really bad it wont even run league of legends,blackshot,sudden attack properly because of the crappy on board graphics i just want it to run online games no cod or bf3

here are the specs

processor
pentuim e2160 1.8ghz

mobo
ms-7387

memory
1gb kingston ddr2 ram

graphics
on board via chrome 9 hc igp family,memory 128mb

all the info comes from cpuz

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a b U Graphics card
July 21, 2012 9:47:21 AM

How much are you willing to spend?

Also, what are the specs of your PSU?
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July 21, 2012 9:57:10 AM

not more than 50
psu 200watts
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July 21, 2012 10:00:38 AM

i dont mind a gpu that dosent run mw3 cuz i will just be playing league of legends,sudden attack those types of games and watching youtube thats it
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July 21, 2012 10:02:01 AM

An SSD, 2 or 4gb of Ram and a GT640 can make that computer worth another 2 years at least, i would buy an Antec Earthwatts 430 (something goood but cheap)

on the SSD front something not mor than 80dlls like a Crucial M4 64 gb and make the SSD (OS) +HDD (storage) configuration

more ram is absolutley needed, since you go for an SSD 2gb should do just fine

and finally a GT640
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July 21, 2012 10:05:40 AM

dosdecarnitas said:
An SSD, 2 or 4gb of Ram and a GT640 can make that computer worth another 2 years at least, i would buy an Antec Earthwatts 430 (something goood but cheap)

on the SSD front something not mor than 80dlls like a Crucial M4 64 gb and make the SSD (OS) +HDD (storage) configuration

more ram is absolutley needed, since you go for an SSD 2gb should do just fine

and finally a GT640


whoa thats way out of my budget i just wan to play online games
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a b U Graphics card
July 21, 2012 10:06:27 AM

You are going to need to upgrade the PSU to even use a HD 6650 and that GPU can barely play those games you mentioned.
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July 21, 2012 10:06:59 AM

haha lol just making plans :p , well what about the gt 640 alone?
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July 21, 2012 10:38:47 AM

my psu is a powerlogic magnum 250
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a b U Graphics card
July 21, 2012 10:43:57 AM

It's still not enough for the GT640. You would need to upgrade the PSU to even have a chance at decent gaming.
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July 21, 2012 10:47:30 AM

El Tigre said:
It's still not enough for the GT640. You would need to upgrade the PSU to even have a chance at decent gaming.

how much watts does it produces?its not just 200 watts
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a b U Graphics card
July 21, 2012 10:50:33 AM

A GT 640 produces about than 140W at full load and you have to take into account the CPU, motherboard, HDD's, Optical Drives like CD/DVD, fans. That's why a 350w+ is needed if you wish to game.
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July 21, 2012 10:54:36 AM

El Tigre said:
A GT 640 produces about than 140W at full load and you have to take into account the CPU, motherboard, HDD's, Optical Drives like CD/DVD, fans. That's why a 350w+ is needed if you wish to game.

i googled it says it is a 450 watt psu
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a b U Graphics card
July 21, 2012 10:57:20 AM

There you go, you would need to upgrade your PSU first before you even think about upgrading the GPU.
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a b U Graphics card
July 21, 2012 10:59:50 AM

Dont forget that thats a no brand PSU.It will probably catch fire if you pull more than 200w from it.
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a b U Graphics card
July 21, 2012 11:00:08 AM

A 640 doesnt produce anything but an output. It wont use anymore wattage than the pci-e lane can supply. So your 140w at full load would be incorrect. I power a 430, which is the same as a 440 which is what a 640 is, just rebadged, and an E-350 chipset, SSD, optical drive with an 85w power supply for the custom HTPCs I build. Also various USB devices. 430 I believe uses like 45-55 watts under full load. Or something close to that cant recall off the top of my head.
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July 21, 2012 11:01:59 AM

Best answer selected by tigeryeow.
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July 21, 2012 11:12:29 AM

the antec EA430 that i suggested before is the bare minimum

Another thing, if you plan to game and putting an entry graphic card you really need more ram otherwise it will bottleneck if you go for an SSD, 2gb but if not 4gb , DDR2 prices are quite high this days since its a discontinued technology
id personally go for SSD+2gb

seriously youll need to spend more than you thought
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July 21, 2012 11:20:56 AM

tiger...if it permanent where your living now i would talk to your aunt. see if see go in with some cash to help you make a new pc. one thing keep an eye out on sell and hp return and outlet center the same for best buys. if you can get a pre built at a cheap price...all you need to do is toss in a larger ps and a video card. keep an eye out in creglist and local newspaper..a lot of times companys sell there off lease pc and printers for pennies on the dollars or there computer swap meets. sometime find a good deal on used parts. keep an eye out for going out of biz sales and auction. for a low end gaming build look for combo deals at micro center and new egg. ati ones most times will get you more bang for the buck. need is one 4 gig dimm and a hard drive.
mini atx case and mb. with ati cpu some of them have good gaming gpu built into them. intel g line you need an after market gpu to play some online games.
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July 21, 2012 12:26:55 PM

How about going with a Radeon 7750? Very low on power, doesn't even need a 6-pin power connector... a good deal more powerful than the joke of a GT640 for the same price.

He might be even be able to get away with getting another power supply, seeing as how low the 7750 is on power.
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