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Dell Optiplex gx240 Gaming

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December 2, 2012 10:52:07 PM

Ok well i got this dinosaur computer from like 2002 and I no longer have my beast (2.4Ghz Core2 quad, 4gb ddr3 1333 ram, ati radeon hd 6770) and i am really quite sad but now im stuck with this optiplex gx240. Its current specs are 1.80 Ghz Pentium 4, 512 mb of sad SDR SDRAM, and a very very sad 1998 ATI Rage 128 pro ultra. I am wanting to know if i upgrade to geforce gt 610, will my sad 133Mhz ram prevent any gaming at all.
December 2, 2012 10:58:31 PM

There is no hope for that machine to play anything aside from farmville, even then it might start to lag pretty bad.

No modern graphics card will be compatible with that motherboard, the only option is to start from scratch.

That is all, sorry sir.
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December 2, 2012 10:58:35 PM

You won't even be able to run flash games, let alone anything using DirectX or OpenGL....
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December 2, 2012 11:00:24 PM

Well, with a Rage 128, you are probably running APG instead of PCI-E. Would you be able to look up what you have by chance?
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December 2, 2012 11:18:57 PM

What happened to the other machine?
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December 3, 2012 1:01:02 AM

livebriand said:
What happened to the other machine?


Sold it
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December 3, 2012 1:03:48 AM

Deemo13 said:
Well, with a Rage 128, you are probably running APG instead of PCI-E. Would you be able to look up what you have by chance?


I have AGP and PCI i have already found a Geforce gt 610 low profile for PCI. My only concern is the very slow single data rate ram at 133 Mhz. I feel it would just not load anything in fast enough and i am just looking at what other people think keep in mind that im just trying to get modern games to play at lowest settings and resolution.
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December 3, 2012 1:14:01 AM

Deemo13 said:
The 610 would not do very well in most modern games. The best PCI card I have seen is a 9400GT.

I would go for a APG card, but they are really rare in low profile guise.

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

This thing is really as fast as they get for PCI.


I already looked into AGP and they are just too expensive for what they are. But what do you think the outcome of this slow ram would be, the closest i have had before was a p4 system with 1gb of pc 2700 (DDR) ram 1.80Ghz p4, and an nvidia 8400 gs and that managed fallout 3 on low with like 20-40 Fps if i remember correctly, but the ddr ram was like 3 times faster than this SDR so i am not sure what to think of it.
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December 3, 2012 1:26:59 AM

Go for either if you like, but you might just want to save up for a while new setup. The 610 might hold over for a little while.

Go for the Radeon HD6450 or 5450, much better than anything Nvidia this low down.
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December 3, 2012 1:47:02 AM

Deemo13 said:
Go for either if you like, but you might just want to save up for a while new setup. The 610 might hold over for a little while.

Go for the Radeon HD6450 or 5450, much better than anything Nvidia this low down.


I planed on saving for a new setup anyways but i need something to get me through lol
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December 3, 2012 1:53:04 AM

I would go for the 6450 or 5450 then. My cousin had one and was able to play on low res pretty well.
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December 3, 2012 1:56:29 AM

iknowhowtofixit said:
You won't even be able to run flash games, let alone anything using DirectX or OpenGL....


Hey i can play morrowind which is directx so dont be so judgemental.
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December 3, 2012 2:04:47 AM

MORROWIND. Nice.
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December 3, 2012 2:11:20 AM

Deemo13 said:
MORROWIND. Nice.


I know right im just glad its actually fun and it runs on a video card from 1998 lol.
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December 3, 2012 3:26:39 AM

But yea, 6450 or 5450. Solid choices to hold you over.

Why did you sell your old one?
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December 3, 2012 9:57:01 PM

Deemo13 said:
But yea, 6450 or 5450. Solid choices to hold you over.

Why did you sell your old one?


Because I needed a new phone so i traded it for a samsund galaxy s3 plus i got $100.
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December 4, 2012 3:00:48 AM

Nice.
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December 4, 2012 3:21:01 AM

Yeah the phone alone was worth more than the computer. But my main question about my current machine is will my slow ram cause bottleneck with any game, i do plan to get a gig in it but like i sad its old fashon SDR ram. And also i tried playing quake 3 arena and i got like one fps at any video settings and i feel like the rage 128 ultra should do better than that in a game from its time so if you know what might be causing that i would like to know, but i really want to know about the ram because im not wanting to spend $60 on a new video card just to find that the ram will just destroy everything. I did manage to boost that p4 up to 2.6ghz stable :)  wasnt easy though considering its a dell.
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December 4, 2012 3:34:00 AM

Well, the Rage 128 is very very old. Even if you don't get a performance increase with the 6450 or upgrade, you can still use the computer for other things.

Still, Quake 3 Arena only requires like 64mb of RAM and any GPU.
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December 4, 2012 7:57:26 PM

Deemo13 said:
Well, the Rage 128 is very very old. Even if you don't get a performance increase with the 6450 or upgrade, you can still use the computer for other things.

Still, Quake 3 Arena only requires like 64mb of RAM and any GPU.

Well i got quake 3 working i had a bad driver and i have to say its pretty damn fun for how old it is.
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