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Is my 1.60GHz to low for anything good?

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July 22, 2012 12:17:25 AM

Hello;

I own a Inspirion 530
Intel 2140 @ 1.6GHz
5.00 GB
32-bit Vista Home Basic
300w PSU
Acer 23inch 1920x1080p monitor

I am currently running the graphics off the motherboard and am content with it but would like to play DDO and sims 3 at higher settings (mid-low at the moment). Any LOW priced (under $70) suggestions for upgrade cards and are they worth it with my 1.60GHz processor?

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July 22, 2012 12:31:05 AM

wolfbane240 said:
Hello;

I own a Inspirion 530
Intel 2140 @ 1.6GHz
5.00 GB
32-bit Vista Home Basic
300w PSU
Acer 23inch 1920x1080p monitor

I am currently running the graphics off the motherboard and am content with it but would like to play DDO and sims 3 at higher settings (mid-low at the moment). Any LOW priced (under $70) suggestions for upgrade cards and are they worth it with my 1.60GHz processor?



guess i should add that i've looked at the forums and saw all the threads concerning the 5450 and 6670 but i'm not sure if either will make a difference in my machine. thx
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July 22, 2012 12:35:21 AM

It is a pretty low end processor by today's standarts but should be fine for some casual gaming like the games you listed.

This card: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... will work on your system and provide a pretty significant upgrade from the integrated intel, should be able to play sims 3 at high and then some. Don't expect wonders from it though your CPU is still below most modern games' minimum requirements. Seeing as you use 1080p the processor bottleneck won't be too noticeable.

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July 22, 2012 12:41:35 AM

Thx for the reply. the computers a hand-me down from my wife (she just got a Dell XPS) but its all i can afford for myself, sort of like wives getting the better car :p . anyway thx for the link its one of the ones i was looking at and now i'm more confident in getting it.
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July 22, 2012 1:08:54 AM

I appreciate the quick response from wiinippongami to my question.

I was looking through the forums and came across a discussion about the possible problems a 2.0 pci might have in my 1.0 pci so with no disrespect to wiin, I was wondering if I could see an improvment from a HD 5450? I only ask cause my machine is over 5 years old and I don't want to spend more money on it than I need to. (hopefully my wife's machine will pass down in less than 2 years). Thx again for the replies.
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July 22, 2012 1:44:26 AM

I think anything is a improvement over the integrated graphics.
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July 22, 2012 3:34:22 AM




My bad. It's PCIE2.1 cards that can have some problems with a PCIE1.0 mobo, even though 90% of the time they work fine. PCIE2.0 cards on the other hand have no issues with 1.0 mobos unless the mobo is defective or something.

This one: http://www.ebay.com/itm/NEW-Galaxy-Technology-GeForce-G... shouldn't have any issues from bus incompatibility, though it's a bit slower than the 6670. But yea anything will be an upgrade over the integrated card.
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July 22, 2012 8:46:37 AM

Thanks again wiinippongami, looks like I'll be getting the GT240.

Have a question though, my brother-in-law heard I was looking for a card and he had a PNY GeForce FX5200 DDR 256MB PCI sitting around and offered to send it to me. since i don't have a clue i was wondering if it would do the job? like you and rybo1227 said anything would be an improvement.
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July 22, 2012 2:46:49 PM

He meant anything in the current market would be an upgrade, but I doubt a fx5200 can play sims 3 at high :p 
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July 22, 2012 7:05:59 PM

Let me expand your options and narrow it again: those two cards you've linked have nothing to do with games. I'd be surprised if they were even a bit of an improvement.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

First card is still weak, but better than the ones you linked. The second card is the cheapest gaming card I could find. That's what would I recommend.
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July 22, 2012 7:44:54 PM

Thank you Sunius for spending the time looking for those. sadly i got tired of browsing and just ordered a

http://www.walmart.com/ip/Asus-GeForce-8400GS-1GB-DDR3-...

I really do appreciate the advice but for $36.50 (tax included) I had to settle. I'm not a big gamer and like i said in the op i was content for the time being to use my machine when the wife's on hers i just wanted a little more performance and eye-candy.

I will be back soon when I either get a new machine or upgrade the PSU on this one. Thanks again to all those who replied. :hello: 


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a c 291 U Graphics card
July 22, 2012 8:08:41 PM

Aw too bad. That card is 5 year old design.. They were first released in 2007 summer. Too bad you were so hasty. I hope it will give you some improvement.
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