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December 18, 2012 9:12:02 PM

Hello, Im planning to upgrade my desktop (Emachines W3609, People say its not worth it, but, Im wanting to see what other people think... if these components are good for some games...)

Graphics card from Intel GMA 946 to HIS radeon 5450 (http://www.memoryexpress.com/Products/MX42181) (Is this better then the Intel GMA 3000,965,950?)

Ram from 512Mb to 4 gb ram (I've been looking around, and, people state that they have been able to put 4gb ram in this machine... Since the board supports it..) (http://www.memoryexpress.com/Products/MX15596)

Powersupply from 300W to 500W (If i can find a powersupply, That i have, it might work, But is a bit outdated "only has IDE hard drive power connectors, So, I might just use both power supplys, But if i do, I can get a cheaper powersupply...) (http://www.memoryexpress.com/Products/MX35072)

(OPTIONAL: Fan controller, aftermarket CPU cooler)

Computer specs without upgrades:

CPU: Intel Celeron D 3.33 ghz,
GPU: INTEGRATED Intel GMA 950
RAM: 512 mb
harddrive: 120gb


Games planning to run:
Minecraft (dont have to if i cant)
World of tanks (TOTALY OPTIONAL)
nfs underground
LASR (L.A Street Racing)
Gt-Legends
Garrys mod (AGAIN, OPTIONAL)
Team fortress 2


Total (without OPTIONAL) 155$

I do have enough to upgrade this, Now, If i say "is it worth it" you guys are gonna be like "NO ITS NOT" or something similar. So, Please, My best computer in the house i have right now, Is:

Pentium 4, 3.1 Ghz
3.1 gb ram
Nvidia geforce 6600 (NOT GT) pci-e


So, Is this worth it, Better then the best computer i have?

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December 18, 2012 10:03:57 PM

It depends on the resolution. This is pretty old, but I mean it looks like you are running simple games at least. TF2 is the only one I would think would not run. Then again, it has low graphics settings.

What resolution are you playing at?
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December 19, 2012 1:30:33 PM

Hmm, I might be planning to use a 19 inch, if not, I might use a 17-16"... If not, Then i will use the monitor that it came with...
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December 19, 2012 2:32:58 PM

Hey, I found a Nvidia Geforce 9800 GTX on kijiji... will this be okay? will it be bottlenecked by the cpu?
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December 19, 2012 4:48:45 PM

I think the 9800GTX would be bottlenecked by the CPU yes, but at this point, I don't think bottlenecks would really be an issue anyway.
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December 19, 2012 6:20:21 PM

Is the other Gcard okay though?
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December 19, 2012 9:09:55 PM

The first one you listed is pretty slow.

Either way, I would really recommend just saving for a new computer.
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December 19, 2012 9:29:49 PM

.... Hmm.. Okay, I guess i should not upgrade this? how come? how would this be slow to a computer with similar upgrades? but, I guess, If i can, I will upgrade this... I will see if i can get the new one, but if i dont get it upgraded after the new year, I will just end up building my own... Thanks for the help!
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December 19, 2012 9:30:05 PM

Best answer selected by Xyloriuphon.
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December 19, 2012 9:31:47 PM

Well, as a first, you don't really need a new power supply for a 5450, if you want to buy it, it uses very little power.
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