Sign in with
Sign up | Sign in
Your question

Bringing my computer closer to 2012

Last response: in Graphics & Displays
Share
August 29, 2012 6:16:10 PM

Hi guys, a bit new here. Just bought Guild Wars 2 and I'm a bit devastated I can't run it. Well i can run it, just not every well, a constant 10fps on the lowest possible settings. And i like the game that much i'm deciding to upgrade my computer just to get the most out of the game. But the computer is the problem. It's a bit old, ancient in computer years.

Obviously i want to upgrade it according to how well it will run the game, it's just knowing what to upgrade... My guess is obviously the graphics card is what needs replaced, but i'm sure you experts can tell me if i'm right or wrong.

Here's a brief speccy diagnostic:


Operating System
MS Windows 7 Professional 64-bit SP1
CPU
Intel Pentium D 820
SmithField 90nm Technology
RAM
4.00 GB Dual-Channel DDR2 @ 402MHz (5-5-5-18)
Motherboard
ASRock G31M-VS2 (CPUSocket)
Graphics
Dell E193FP (1280x1024@60Hz)
1024MB GeForce 9500 GT (XFX Pine Group)


And in more detail



CPU
Intel Pentium D 820
Cores 2
Threads 2
Name Intel Pentium D 820
Code Name SmithField
Package Socket 775 LGA
Technology 90nm
Specification Intel(R) Pentium(R) D CPU 2.80GHz
Family F
Extended Family F
Model 4
Extended Model 4
Stepping 7
Revision B0
Instructions MMX, SSE, SSE2, SSE3, Intel 64
Virtualization Unsupported
Hyperthreading Not supported
Fan Speed 2812 RPM
Bus Speed 201.2 MHz
Rated Bus Speed 804.7 MHz
Stock Core Speed 2800 MHz
Stock Bus Speed 200 MHz
Caches
L1 Data Cache Size 2 x 16 KBytes
L1 trace cache 2 x 12 Kµops
L2 Unified Cache Size 2 x 1024 KBytes
Core 0
Core Speed 2815.4 MHz
Multiplier x 14.0
Bus Speed 201.2 MHz
Rated Bus Speed 804.7 MHz
Thread 1
APIC ID 0
Core 1
Core Speed 2815.4 MHz
Multiplier x 14.0
Bus Speed 201.2 MHz
Rated Bus Speed 804.7 MHz
Thread 1
APIC ID 1

RAM
Memory slots
Total memory slots 2
Used memory slots 2
Free memory slots 0
Memory
Type DDR2
Size 4096 MBytes
Channels # Dual
DRAM Frequency 402.2 MHz
CAS# Latency (CL) 5 clocks
RAS# to CAS# Delay (tRCD) 5 clocks
RAS# Precharge (tRP) 5 clocks
Cycle Time (tRAS) 18 clocks
Command Rate (CR) 2T
Physical Memory
Memory Usage 39 %
Total Physical 4.00 GB
Available Physical 2.44 GB
Total Virtual 8.00 GB
Available Virtual 6.19 GB
SPD
Number Of SPD Modules 2
Slot #1
Type DDR2
Size 2048 MBytes
Manufacturer Unknown
Max Bandwidth PC2-6400 (400 MHz)
SPD Ext. EPP
JEDEC #3
Frequency 400.0 MHz
CAS# Latency 5.0
RAS# To CAS# 5
RAS# Precharge 5
tRAS 18
tRC 23
Voltage 1.800 V
JEDEC #2
Frequency 266.7 MHz
CAS# Latency 4.0
RAS# To CAS# 4
RAS# Precharge 4
tRAS 12
tRC 16
Voltage 1.800 V
JEDEC #1
Frequency 200.0 MHz
CAS# Latency 3.0
RAS# To CAS# 3
RAS# Precharge 3
tRAS 9
tRC 12
Voltage 1.800 V
Slot #2
Type DDR2
Size 2048 MBytes
Manufacturer Unknown
Max Bandwidth PC2-6400 (400 MHz)
SPD Ext. EPP
JEDEC #3
Frequency 400.0 MHz
CAS# Latency 5.0
RAS# To CAS# 5
RAS# Precharge 5
tRAS 18
tRC 23
Voltage 1.800 V
JEDEC #2
Frequency 266.7 MHz
CAS# Latency 4.0
RAS# To CAS# 4
RAS# Precharge 4
tRAS 12
tRC 16
Voltage 1.800 V
JEDEC #1
Frequency 200.0 MHz
CAS# Latency 3.0
RAS# To CAS# 3
RAS# Precharge 3
tRAS 9
tRC 12
Voltage 1.800 V

Motherboard
Manufacturer ASRock
Model G31M-VS2 (CPUSocket)
Version To Be Filled By O.E.M.
Chipset Vendor Intel
Chipset Model P35/G33/G31
Chipset Revision 10
Southbridge Vendor Intel
Southbridge Model 82801GB (ICH7/R)
Southbridge Revision A1
System Temperature 37 °C
BIOS
Brand American Megatrends Inc.
Version P1.00
Date 02/23/2010
Voltage
CPU CORE 1.112 V
MEMORY CONTROLLER 0.520 V
+3.3V 3.312 V
+5V 4.968 V
+12V 11.542 V
VIN5 1.712 V
VIN6 1.776 V
PCI Data
Slot PCI-E
Slot Type PCI-E
Slot Usage In Use
Bus Width Unknown
Slot Designation PCIE1
Slot Number 0
Slot PCI
Slot Type PCI
Slot Usage Available
Bus Width 32 bit
Slot Designation PCI1
Slot Number 1

Graphics
Monitor
Name Dell E193FP on NVIDIA GeForce 9500 GT
Current Resolution 1280x1024 pixels
Work Resolution 1280x984 pixels
State enabled, primary
Monitor Width 1280
Monitor Height 1024
Monitor BPP 32 bits per pixel
Monitor Frequency 60 Hz
Device \\.\DISPLAY1\Monitor0
GeForce 9500 GT
GPU G96
Device ID 10DE-0640
Revision A2
Subvendor XFX Pine Group (1682)
Current Performance Level Level 1
Current GPU Clock 550 MHz
Current Memory Clock 400 MHz
Current Shader Clock 1375 MHz
Technology 66 nm
Die Size 144 nm˛
Transistors 314 M
Release Date Jul 29, 2008
DirectX Support 10.0
DirectX Shader Model 4.0
OpenGL Support 3.0
Bus Interface PCI Express x16
Temperature 67 °C
ForceWare version 306.02
BIOS Version 62.94.4b.00.81
ROPs 8
Shaders 32 unified
Physical Memory 1024 MB
Virtual Memory 2816 MB
Bus Width 128 Bit
Count of performance levels : 1
Level 1
GPU Clock 550 MHz
Memory Clock 400 MHz
Shader Clock 1375 MHz
OpenGL
Version 3.3.0
Vendor NVIDIA Corporation
Renderer GeForce 9500 GT/PCIe/SSE2
GLU Version 1.2.2.0 Microsoft Corporation
Values
GL_MAX_LIGHTS 8
GL_MAX_TEXTURE_SIZE 8192
GL_MAX_TEXTURE_STACK_DEPTH 10

In terms of my PSU, i'm not entirely sure what the wattage is, 300, 200, or 180. But i've took a quick photo, hopefully you can identify it:
http://img225.imageshack.us/img225/4349/psuf.jpg


Also, here's a few stats i found on game debate regarding guild wars 2 requirements that might help, seems puzzling why i get such shocking performance. I have the latest beta drivers and i also run it with game booster which gets rid of all unessasary background processes outside of the game.

Minimum Requirements
Core 2 Duo E4400 2.0GHz
Athlon 64 X2 Dual Core 4600+

GeForce 7800 GS
Radeon X1800 Series 256MB

2 GB
Win Xp 32
DX 9
25 GB



GD Adjusted Requirements
Core 2 Duo E8190 2.6GHz
Athlon II X2 235e


GeForce GT 240
Radeon HD 5570 512M
B


Recommended Requirements
Core 2 Quad Q6400 2.13GHz
Phenom 9650 Quad-Core

GeForce GTS 450 2GB DDR3
Radeon HD 5670 1024MB

4 GB
Win 7 64
DX 10
25 GB



Anyway, thanks a lot for viewing, and i'd be very grateful if you could help!
August 29, 2012 6:31:30 PM

Problem you may have is finding a video card capable of running the game well and still be able to be used on that MOBO. Plus that CPU is really weak for what you want. Sorry to say but I think your looking at a new CPU/MOBO/RAM/Video/PSU.
a b U Graphics card
August 29, 2012 6:33:54 PM

+1 price_th,

You need to change everything.

This way you'll get less trouble.

Related resources
August 29, 2012 6:35:57 PM

Yeah i know, money's really tight at the moment though unfortunately or i'd just get a new computer to be honest.
a b U Graphics card
August 29, 2012 6:36:01 PM

You have a 300w Delta PSU (280w in reality). Your CPU should be fine EDIT: My mistake, I was thinking of the i5-750 for some reason. That CPU is going to hold you back. Your problem is your video card, it's weak. The super powerful video cards will require a PSU upgrade. But a radeon 7750 is a very low power card that destroys your other card and doesn't require a separate power connector and should work given your PSU constraint. It is cutting it close, but there just isn't a decent other card you could upgrade to without a PSU upgrade too.

The 7750 will play GW2 nicely. But if you are willing to upgrade the PSU, there are numerous other options. Also - make sure your computer case will accept a full-height graphics card otherwise you'll need a low-profile (half-height) graphics card.

EDIT: Considering my mistake on your CPU - Your best bet is to put together a new budget gaming build if you can. The CPU is pretty weak for CPU-intensive games like GW2.
August 29, 2012 6:51:18 PM

I totally agree with a complete change or a new rig, i simply can't afford it. It's really easier said than done. The Radeon 7750 does look very promising though. A new PSU upgrade might be a bit steep in terms of price though.

I found a card on ebay, also seems promising, a fraction of the price of the 7750 aswell.
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/PALIT-nVidia-GeForce-GT-520-2...

Is this good, and could I run it?
August 29, 2012 8:11:35 PM

Regarding your edits, there's not way i could play guild wars 2 with this processor basically? even with the 7750?
!