Good for mild Gaming?

Hello I am re-building a cheap (free) xps 400 for my friend to game on.
It has a pentium D 820
HD 5450 (I upgraded it :D )
4GB DDR2 RAM
and a dedicated sound card.
Am I bottlenecking anything? Also will it run minecraft (max settings) on far render distance? and tf2 at a decent visual quality without any lag? or do I need to upgrade the CPU to a better one? if so what CPU should I get? We will be running this on a 720P HD Tv btw.
Edit:
Also I am going to be running windows 7 64-bit
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  1. PresD said:
    Hello I am re-building a cheap (free) xps 400 for my friend to game on.
    It has a pentium D 820
    HD 5450 (I upgraded it :D )
    4GB DDR2 RAM
    and a dedicated sound card.
    Am I bottlenecking anything? Also will it run minecraft (max settings) on far render distance? and tf2 at a decent visual quality without any lag? or do I need to upgrade the CPU to a better one? if so what CPU should I get? We will be running this on a 720P HD Tv btw.

    No-one here has a answer?
  2. I honestly don't think it will, that is a very slow computer.
  3. Hi,


    I would say nothing is bottleneck, but it is an older machine and not much can be done to improve it at this time.

    It should be ok for minecraft,

    tf2 takes Recommended: Pentium 4 processor (3.0GHz, or better), 1GB RAM, DirectX® 9 level Graphics Card, Windows® 7 (32/64-bit)/Vista/XP, Mouse, Keyboard, Internet Connection

    so it should run ok if not push to high graphics, and it should be ok for 720P HD Tv.

    But don't expect miracles
  4. Actually, my Pentium D, coupled with an 8600 GT and 2GB of DDR2 Ram played Minecraft at around 255+ fps. It was pretty sweet.

    Dunno about the 5xxx card. If all he wants to do is play games like minecraft, nab an 8600gt. Should be dirt cheap. Last I checked, they went for £20.
  5. Something better than the 5450 would have been more appropriate. I agree with getting something equivalent to an 8600GT or 8800GT.
  6. Would those run on a 375W PSU with no PCI-E connections?
  7. If that's the case, then just get a GT 240. It's like the 9600GT, which is a rebranded 8600GT. The difference is that it's more power efficient so it doesn't use the power connection the -600GT's use.

    I have one in my old desktop, it's pretty good.
  8. KenwoodGT said:
    If that's the case, then just get a GT 240. It's like the 9600GT, which is a rebranded 8600GT. The difference is that it's more power efficient so it doesn't use the power connection the -600GT's use.

    I have one in my old desktop, it's pretty good.

    Just checked the performance on the GT 240 looks GREAT!
    Bidding on it on ebay now thanks for your help :D
    (link to performance: http://www.hwcompare.com/377/geforce-gt-240-gddr5-vs-radeon-hd-5450/)
    Also, will a pentium D 820 be good enough? or should I just get a cheap pentium D 975 (with a higher clock speed)?
  9. dextermat said:
    Hi,


    I would say nothing is bottleneck, but it is an older machine and not much can be done to improve it at this time.

    It should be ok for minecraft,

    tf2 takes Recommended: Pentium 4 processor (3.0GHz, or better), 1GB RAM, DirectX® 9 level Graphics Card, Windows® 7 (32/64-bit)/Vista/XP, Mouse, Keyboard, Internet Connection

    so it should run ok if not push to high graphics, and it should be ok for 720P HD Tv.

    But don't expect miracles

    Understood, also should I purchase a Pentium D 975 for a higher clock speed? My board does not support anything else :(
  10. The 820 should be fine. It's not worth buying a new processor for such an old system. I'm pretty sure a $40 Sandy Bridge Celeron would blow the Pentium away (both in power efficiency and performance).
  11. KenwoodGT said:
    The 820 should be fine. It's not worth buying a new processor for such an old system. I'm pretty sure a $40 Sandy Bridge Celeron would blow the Pentium away (both in power efficiency and performance).

    I would totally agree but My friend's budget is so low :fou:
    Plus it would be a pain in the ass to take at the MOBO and put in a new one, especially considering the case may actaully have a BMX mobo, which would really suck :(
  12. This topic has been moved from the section CPU & Components to section Systems by MouseMonkey
  13. I have a that processor and with on 1gb ram and an nvidia 210 512mb and it runs games like Left 4 dead 2 on high and counter strike global offensive on medium so I imagine that would run minecraft? also! I've played TF2 and it runs fine on mine at medium settings but at 1080 x 720 res so yeah you should be fine.

    Quick note: you won't be able to run JC2, Metro 2033, BF3 and so on...
  14. ipressbuttons said:
    I have a that processor and with on 1gb ram and an nvidia 210 512mb and it runs games like Left 4 dead 2 on high and counter strike global offensive on medium so I imagine that would run minecraft? also! I've played TF2 and it runs fine on mine at medium settings but at 1080 x 720 res so yeah you should be fine.

    Quick note: you won't be able to run JC2, Metro 2033, BF3 and so on...

    Thanks. And of course you won't be able to run that stuff! I'm not that stupid! :D
  15. KenwoodGT said:
    If that's the case, then just get a GT 240. It's like the 9600GT, which is a rebranded 8600GT. The difference is that it's more power efficient so it doesn't use the power connection the -600GT's use.

    I have one in my old desktop, it's pretty good.

    Thanks for all your Help here are the results I decided to rip out the mobo and re-do it all http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tm-AvmhLnAA&feature=plcp
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