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Hi there,

I am a computer upgrading noobie. I have an HP Pavilion a1357c Desktop PC that I bought in 2006. I doesn't have a video card now. I want to play Civilization V on it with decent settings. Can anyone recommend the necessary upgrades I need to make to my computer to play this awesome game? I need help identifying what video card to get, if I need a chip upgrade, if I need a memory upgrade, or a psu upgrade. Thanks for any advice....


My computer:

CURRENT GPU: AMD Athlon(tm) 64 X2 Dual Core Processor 4200+
OPERATING SYSTEM: Windows XP
POWER SUPPLY: 300 Watts
OTHER RELEVANT SYSTEM SPECS: 3.0 GB DDR SDRAM PC3200
MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1080
GRAPHICS CARD: Internal crap, 1 PCIe slot 1.0
HARD DRIVE 250 Gigs 7200 rpm

Civ V

Minimum Requirements

Operating System: Windows® XP SP3/ Windows Vista SP2/ Windows 7
Processor: Dual Core CPU
Memory: 2GB RAM
Hard Disk Space: 8 GB Free
DVD-ROM Drive: Required for disc-based installation
Video: 256 MB ATI HD2600 XT or better, 256 MB nVidia 7900 GS or better, or Core i3 or better integrated graphics
Sound: DirectX 9.0c-compatible sound card
DirectX: DirectX version 9.0c

Recommended Specs

Operating System: Windows Vista SP2/ Windows 7
Processor: 1.8 GHz Quad Core CPU
Memory: 4 GB RAM
Hard Disk Space: 8 GB Free
DVD-ROM Drive: Required for disc-based installation
Video: 512 MB ATI 4800 series or better, 512 MB nVidia 9800 series or better
Sound: DirectX 9.0c-compatible sound card
DirectX: DirectX® version 11
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    that powersupply is not strong enought, also youll need a new cpu and memory and board. and a new graphic card and case.

    here a nice combo if your on a budget.

    power supply:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817207013

    56$ after mail-in-rebate

    memory:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820148498

    crucial ballistik 4 gigs kit 15$

    motherboard:

    ASUS M5A97 LE R2.0 AM3+

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131872

    80$ after mail-in-rebate.

    and processor:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819106009

    119$

    cooler:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103099

    25$

    graphic card:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127687

    110$ after mail-in-rebate

    and case:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811103045

    35$


    total:440+shipping+taxes and u can reuse ur dvd-rw and hd
  2. Wow iceclock, you are recommending that I basically buy a brand new computer from scratch. Is that the only option or can I just use what I have?
  3. u cannot run civ4 on that current pc its simply not good enought sorry.

    i know im recommanding that, but thats the only solution i see atm if u want to run the game decently.
  4. Best answer selected by allamerican02.
  5. thanks dont hesitate to pm me if u need further assistance :)
  6. allamerican02 said:
    Hi there,

    I am a computer upgrading noobie. I have an HP Pavilion a1357c Desktop PC that I bought in 2006. I doesn't have a video card now. I want to play Civilization V on it with decent settings. Can anyone recommend the necessary upgrades I need to make to my computer to play this awesome game? I need help identifying what video card to get, if I need a chip upgrade, if I need a memory upgrade, or a psu upgrade. Thanks for any advice....


    My computer:

    CURRENT GPU: AMD Athlon(tm) 64 X2 Dual Core Processor 4200+
    OPERATING SYSTEM: Windows XP
    POWER SUPPLY: 300 Watts
    OTHER RELEVANT SYSTEM SPECS: 3.0 GB DDR SDRAM PC3200
    MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1080
    GRAPHICS CARD: Internal crap, 1 PCIe slot 1.0
    HARD DRIVE 250 Gigs 7200 rpm

    Civ V

    Minimum Requirements

    Operating System: Windows® XP SP3/ Windows Vista SP2/ Windows 7
    Processor: Dual Core CPU
    Memory: 2GB RAM
    Hard Disk Space: 8 GB Free
    DVD-ROM Drive: Required for disc-based installation
    Video: 256 MB ATI HD2600 XT or better, 256 MB nVidia 7900 GS or better, or Core i3 or better integrated graphics
    Sound: DirectX 9.0c-compatible sound card
    DirectX: DirectX version 9.0c

    Recommended Specs

    Operating System: Windows Vista SP2/ Windows 7
    Processor: 1.8 GHz Quad Core CPU
    Memory: 4 GB RAM
    Hard Disk Space: 8 GB Free
    DVD-ROM Drive: Required for disc-based installation
    Video: 512 MB ATI 4800 series or better, 512 MB nVidia 9800 series or better
    Sound: DirectX 9.0c-compatible sound card
    DirectX: DirectX® version 11



    Iceclock is correct. His upgrade for a video card is quite modest and suits your needs. AMD's website wants a 400 watt psu and a 16x PCI-E slot for the card he recommend. Some OEM motherboards are propriertery and may not tax a standard ATX powersupply upgrade. Also, I don't think PCI 16x came about until 2007 and you purchased your machine in 2006. Also, AMD recomends a 64 bit operating system and this modern card does
    not support windows XP. So a drop in video card fix just wont work.

    There maybe other alternatives, but at this point they would be duct tape fixes, only offer marginal improvements at best, and would be basically throwing good money after bad money.
  7. theres no other solution if he wants to play that and new games. none that are good for his wallet anyways :)
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