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November 24, 2012 6:50:58 PM

Hello,
I currently have a very basic desktop PC
here is a brief outline of the specs:

Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Duo CPU E7500 @ 2.93 GHz

4GB RAM

64 bit

Intel(R) G45/43 Express Chipset

I am getting into PC gaming and prefer to play on PC than console but, as you can probably tell my PC can't run a lot of games :p 
It can run counter-strike really well with no lag but games like left4dead and dayZ really push the limits.....

so I am going to buy a new video card but i was wondering if i should upgrade my duo core and go up to a quad core? is it worth buying these 2 things or should i may as well buy a new PC? Also will upgrading the core help the computer that much?

Thanks :) 

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a b U Graphics card
November 24, 2012 8:41:59 PM

your processor is not best, but not that slow that it will absolutely stop u from gaming.
would be a nice decision to upgrade the cpu.
for the video card, what resolution do u play in?? and wat games do u play?
a b U Graphics card
November 24, 2012 8:50:41 PM

I think it would be worth it to build a new PC. You just don't upgrade old CPU's.
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a c 198 U Graphics card
November 25, 2012 1:37:13 AM

Well, it really depends on budget.
November 25, 2012 3:09:36 PM

I Have to play on the lowest resolutions for games for example in DayZ i have to put everything on the lowest res and it looks really blurry and is still really stocky. I also recently brought Left4Dead2 which my computer can run on medium settings but gives me terrible frame rate.

In terms of a budget, well, i was just thinking about what would be cheaper and more worth it... buy/build a new PC or buy a new cpu and video card... I was looking to spend £800 MAX.
November 25, 2012 3:27:50 PM

llamasg said:
I Have to play on the lowest resolutions for games for example in DayZ i have to put everything on the lowest res and it looks really blurry and is still really stocky. I also recently brought Left4Dead2 which my computer can run on medium settings but gives me terrible frame rate.

In terms of a budget, well, i was just thinking about what would be cheaper and more worth it... buy/build a new PC or buy a new cpu and video card... I was looking to spend £800 MAX.





CPU Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core £169.20
Motherboard ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 £102.92
Memory Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 £30.96
Storage Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM £50.16
Video Card EVGA GeForce GTX 670 2GB £295.49 total:£774
Case Zalman Z11 Plus ATX Mid Tower £48.71
Power Supply XFX 650W ATX12V / EPS12V £65.30
Optical Drive Samsung SH-222BB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer £11.96
a c 315 U Graphics card
November 25, 2012 4:24:43 PM

Have I missed the part where llamasg tells us: Current video card, monitor resolution, EXACT powersupply and motherboard details?
Without that information we're really just shooting in the dark.
Wearing blindfolds. And thick earmuffs ;) .
Nice build by Andreas_vak BTW-although I'd swap the GTX670 for a HD7950 and use the £90 or so saved to get a nice, shiny 64 bit Win 7 OEM disc.
November 25, 2012 6:33:25 PM

Well i had a look in my PC (dell inspiron 560) which dosnt really have a distinct video card but when i looked at my graphics specs it said "Intel(R) G45/43 Express Chipset" where the graphics card ussually is....
and my resolution for my monitor (24') is 1680 x 1050.
a c 315 U Graphics card
November 25, 2012 7:16:09 PM

Better.
I'd steer clear of a CPU upgrade, finding a good one may take a little time and you'll almost certainly have to go through E-bay, something I would not recommend.
The specs show the system as having a spare PCI-E X16 slot (no installed card) and a 300 Watt powersupply.
As I see it you can:
Add a graphics card, the HD7750 is the most powerful you can add without a powersupply upgrade-yes, it will run off a 300 Watt unit, Dell powersupplies are good, solid units, and yours can easily run the system, with a 7750, whatever others may say.
Or you can go for a build like the one posted by Andreas_vak, but to stay within budget you WILL need to drop the GTX670 in favour of the HD7950 in order to purchase a operating system license (Windows disc-you can get Win 7/8 OEM for about £80 UK).
A final option would be to add an improved powersupply and a graphics card, no more than 500Watts and a GTX650Ti class of card, though, the CPU will limit a a faster card severely.
Have a look here to see how the different cards compare:

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-graphics-car...
November 25, 2012 7:30:01 PM

Oh ok thanks for the advice! i'll have a think about what i want to do!
a c 315 U Graphics card
November 25, 2012 7:52:07 PM

Sigh...
Decisions, decisions :) .
December 19, 2012 11:12:46 AM

OK! soo it's been a while and i have decided to buy the Sapphire Radeon HD7750 http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B00761YFPW/ref=s9_si...

And I am going to buy that between now and january.......

I'm going to see how well it runs stuff on my PC and if I need to upgrade the CPU after that.

Does that sound like the right thing to do? :D 
a c 198 U Graphics card
December 19, 2012 4:45:13 PM

Looks good to me.
December 19, 2012 8:35:13 PM

I looked more into a processor upgrade and the size that my PC fits is a Socket 775 LGA <--- is that going to be a problem?
Because i was looking online and it said that if i wanted to do a big upgrade I.E. from a intel core i2 duo to something like a intel core i5 that the socket size might not be right :??: 

I was just wondering if this would affect how high i could upgrade my CPU :/ 
a c 198 U Graphics card
December 19, 2012 9:09:03 PM

The best that you could put in there is a Core 2 Quad.
June 24, 2015 1:35:49 AM

samuelspark said:
I think it would be worth it to build a new PC. You just don't upgrade old CPU's.


I love this:
----Yes... you do.
Stop trying to comfort yourself. Just because you're too timid to install some memory modules, CPU's or video cards doesn't mean that others are. You're just saying that because you don't know how to upgrade a computer. I'd bet that if your operating system breaks down you probably rush off to wally-world and buy another computer...

Go ahead, upgrade your PC to the limit and shop wisely. You can get the parts on the cheap! Ignore all of these nay-sayers, they're lamer-noobs.