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November 12, 2012 3:44:46 AM

Hello I would like to know what the best possible upgrades would be for my pc in 3 categories
a, minimum
b, cost effective
c,maximum

I want to start playing more games in future and although my card normally passes at s.req I want an honest opinion on how my pc rates.

Thanks

I await instructions as I don't know what to do first how to take info for you etc.

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a c 105 B Homebuilt system
November 12, 2012 3:59:31 AM

Well, the best upgrade at this point is probably a computer to begin with I say.
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November 12, 2012 4:13:39 AM

Processor Processor
Processor name AMD Phenom(tm) II X4 940 Processor
Processor speed 3013 MHz
Processor vendor AuthenticAMD
Processor count (cores) 4
Processor ID AMD64 Family 16 Model 4 Stepping 2

Other Information Other info
RAM size 4.00 GB
DirectX version 4.09.00.0904
HDD - Windows partition 500 GB
HDD - Largest disk 500 GB
Video RAM 536870912
Windows version Windows 7 (6.1.7601)
Regional settings English United Kingdom
Windows language English United States
Last check for driver updates Nov 12 2012 8:10AM


Computer Computer
1. Computer name USER-PC
Description AT/AT COMPATIBLE
Model GA-MA790X-DS4
Manufacturer Gigabyte Technology Co., Ltd.
No. of physical processors 1
System type x64-based PC
Total physical memory 4.00 GB
Infrared supported False


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Manufacturer Gigabyte Technology Co., Ltd.


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Screen height 768
Screen width 1024
Availability Running or Full Power

2. Name Default Monitor
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Award Modular BIOS v6.00PG
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Int 9h, 8042 Keyboard services are supported
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USB Legacy is supported
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November 12, 2012 5:01:17 AM

A good starting place for recommended Graphics cards at different price points would be this article here >>>>> http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-graphics-car... <<<<<


Since you are at a pretty low screen resolution an HD 7770 would be enough to get the job done. just make sure your Power suppy is strong enough to support getting a more powerful card.
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a c 105 B Homebuilt system
November 12, 2012 5:04:02 AM

Ok, so you have a Phenom II processor, an AM3 mobo with 4GB DDR2 RAM. No graphics card I can tell and a 500GB Hard drive.
Can you give some info on the PSU, even if its just the brand name and its wattage? Whether its any good will impact what I can suggest.

At this stage, I would throw in a HD7750 (~$100) as it seems you don't have a graphics card and another 4GB of RAM.
If the PSU comes good, then I can suggest stronger cards.

EDIT: Just noticed the resolution. Wouldnt advise getting a much stronger card than the 7770 if you are sticking with that monitor.
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November 12, 2012 5:10:50 AM

I have a Sapphire x1900XT 512mb Graphics Card and my psu is Corsair GS700 at present
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November 12, 2012 5:11:48 AM

I have 2 dvd writers and 2x 500gb drives :) 
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November 12, 2012 5:13:30 AM

and I have it setup to my tv 42" so I may get another when this one dies but that may be a long time yet lol
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November 12, 2012 5:41:13 AM

thanks for your reply's so is the graphics card worth getting or are there alternatives and if i was to sell as is how much should I sell it for?
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a c 105 B Homebuilt system
November 12, 2012 5:42:46 AM

Wow, thats pretty old. I saw the x1900XT and thought it was referring to the integrated.
How old is the PSU? If its less than 3yrs, you should be good.

Basically same as before, a 7750 (or 7770) and another 4GB of RAM. To try and upgrade further (except on peripherals like monitor/keyboard/mouse) will require a whole new system.

Dont think you'l be able to sell the card, its nearly 7yrs old. Im sure a bottom of the barrel HD6670 (worth around $40) will outperform it by a bit.
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November 12, 2012 6:02:02 AM

it is a quad core lol so how much to sell pc for as it is now?
might trade it in
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a c 105 B Homebuilt system
November 12, 2012 6:07:59 AM

Oh, sell the rig...

You wont be able to sell it for much, maybe $400-500 at most. Might even be worth selling it off as individual components. As someone who wants a 700W PSU (That I assume isn't very old) wouldn't want an old processor to go with it for example.

Of course, you could always cannibalize it for parts (the HDD's, PSU, optical and Case if its any good are alright to carry over) and use them in your next rig.
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November 18, 2012 11:05:11 PM

Best answer selected by sebastiene.
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