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Worth Upgrading My Dell XPS 420?

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December 28, 2012 9:07:21 PM

Hi,

I have an older Dell XPS 420 and I'm trying to figure out if it's worth getting a new graphics card, or if I should just wait until I can get a whole new computer in a year or so.

I play WoW and I can run it fine on mid-ish settings, with acceptable graphics quality. But with Star Wars: The Old Republic and The Secret World I have to put everything on low and it not only looks awful but it's still laggy anyway. I'm not expecting to be able to run everything on high, just better than what I can get currently.

Here's the specs:


Microsoft Vista 32-bit
Intel Core 2 Duo 3.16GHz processor
3GB RAM
375W power supply
GeForce 210 PCI-E graphics card


I'm looking to spend between $100-$150. I prefer NVIDIA cards; I was looking at the GTX 650 which seems as though it would work. I just don't know if it's a worthwhile investment to squeeze more life out of this system, or if I'd be better off saving the money and suffering for a year or two till I can get a whole new system.

I was also curious about RAM; I know I can only go up to 4GB with the 32-bit OS. Adding 1GB of RAM is cheap, but would I even notice a difference?

Thanks in advance for your time; you guys are awesome. :) 

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December 28, 2012 9:15:01 PM

1gb of ram wont make any noticeable difference at all.
a new gpu would do your system wonders and also transfer over to the new system to save you some $ on that. Just make sure your new system has a decent power supply.
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January 6, 2013 1:32:19 PM

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