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upgrading pc to play new games

bmmj

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#1
hi im new to this so i would appreciate as much help as possible i have a
windows xp
home edition
version 2002
service pack 2
amd athlon (tm) xp 3000+
2.17 ghz 512 mb of ram

and would like to know how to update it to play all the new games coming out as non of them work on it.
do i need to buy i graphics card or buy more ram i really dont no. or is it worth just buying a new computer

danks for your help matt
 

danzil

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#2
what graphics card do you have installed at present.......
i would have at least 1gb of ram. your cpu is 2ghz am i correct,i rarely use AMD chips. 2 ghz is ok for most games...
memory cpu and graphics is the main hting to look at.
regards
danzil
 

bmmj

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#3
thanks for your help danzil. yes my cpu is 3 ghz. also i do you recomend any particular graphic cards

matt
 

danzil

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#6
unfortunatly you will be able to get a really good card for £40, but you will be able to get a card that works good enough.
i only paid £60 for mine and it plays all i throw at it.
downlaod everest from http://www.majorgeeks.com/download4181.html
this will tell you what you already have installed.
post back your specs and i will see if i can help more.
regards
danzil
 

hiko

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Nov 26, 2007
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#7
the 3000+ is actually just about 1.2ghz as i have a 3500+ and it only shows 1.6ghz

you can check this by right clicking on my computer it will show in brackets how many ghz it is

cheers
 
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#8
go on to www.crucial.com and run the pc test and it will tell you how much more ram your motherboard can support and which ram you need to buy - as for your processor i would say try overclocking in the bios or via jumpers on the motherboard but you may need to update your pc's cooling system - otherwise you could fry your little baby. if you looking for good deals on equipment try www.dabs.com- you can get a geforce 8400 for under 50 euro on the site - its not the highest end card but its what im using and runs games well and supports full 1080 high def. you will need a graphics card to play the latest games - you cannot rely on your motherboard to run your graphics as it will dramitcally decrease your processing power on the pc which will show up in games. i would also recommend that you stick with xp at the moment - vista is far too new at the moment to fully rely on it to run things smoothly- just keep your drivers updated and you should be fine.

or you could throw it out the window and buy a new one! you get to watch it smash everywhere!