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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 187 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 187 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 187 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.
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