Computer hardware suggestions for gaming

By Blkfx1
Oct 18, 2010
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  1. Hello Everyone, I'm new to this forum so please forgive me if this post is in the wrong threads.

    Anyway, I'm looking to do some gaming, not really high graphic demanding games but decent. Id like for some good advice on hardware upgrades, Ive listed my system specs below. I think i need a new graphics card ,but im not sure seeing as Ive never play a game on this computer.

    Motherboard: ASUStek Model:Salmon Chipset: HPSIS760 Anthlon 64
    Processor: AMD Sempron(tm) Processor 3000+
    Graphics Card: SIS 760
    RAM:1.2GB
    OS: Windows XP Service Package 3

    Let me know if any other information is needed to make the suggestions.
  2. JMMD

    JMMD TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,177

    Assuming your PC has a PCI-Express slot you could upgrade the graphics but you may also need to upgrade your power supply and your CPU is pretty low end so you want to find a video card that would match the CPU.

    What's your budget for upgrades? What games do you want to play?
  3. Blkfx1

    Blkfx1 TechSpot Addict Topic Starter Posts: 884   +171

    Well what graphics card would you recommend for my CPU.

    Power Supply : 250Watt Bestec ATX

    I'm really only looking to spend nothing over 250$

    And for Games, I'm not sure, Maybe COD or WOW not sure, Id like to run the games Pretty decently.
  4. hellokitty[hk]

    hellokitty[hk] Hello, nice to meet you! Posts: 4,351   +122

  5. Blkfx1

    Blkfx1 TechSpot Addict Topic Starter Posts: 884   +171

    Thanks for the response HelloKitty[hk],

    I was looking at the PSU and the graphics card u posted. Wouldn't i need a better PSU to run the SAPPHIRE 100284L, and will it work fine with my current CPU?
  6. hellokitty[hk]

    hellokitty[hk] Hello, nice to meet you! Posts: 4,351   +122

    No, and yes.
  7. Blkfx1

    Blkfx1 TechSpot Addict Topic Starter Posts: 884   +171

    Well Then, Thank you ! Both things are within my budget. In which i will most likely buy unless something better comes along.

    To anyone else who might reply to this thread, I'm still open to any other suggestions.
  8. redk

    redk Newcomer, in training Posts: 135

    CPU + Mobo + RAM

    GPU

    PSU

    If built yourself, there's a new system that will play some newer games on lowest settings. About the best you're going to do for your buck aside from scouring the internet for deals and waiting on new items to bring down prices.
  9. hellokitty[hk]

    hellokitty[hk] Hello, nice to meet you! Posts: 4,351   +122

    Oh thats right...do you have a PCIE?
  10. Relic

    Relic TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,392   +16

    From looking at your specs I get the feeling your using some old HP desktop (circa 2005?). If this is the case, can you let us know what specific model? Your PC does feel a bit dated to me and browsing around I get the feeling you might not have a PCIe slot but simply an AGP one. In laymans terms, a modern graphics card wont fit your motherboard.

    As redk pointed out putting something together yourself might be a better deal since you have a dated system. If this is not something you want to do give us more info so we can find the best possible options for ya. Just don't expect to be playing modern games greatly with an older CPU and likely lower-end graphics card.
  11. Blkfx1

    Blkfx1 TechSpot Addict Topic Starter Posts: 884   +171

    Well, from the looks of it i might as well just re-build my computer, in which i really only wanted to spend around 250$ but I'm sure i can expand my budget a bit more to around 400$

    My board now lt looks like only supports AGP 8x compatible Graphics cards, :[ Lol. It seems ill have to spend more money then i expected. But here are the specs to my board

    http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/...=us&site=null&lang=en&key=null&product=501310

    I was browsing that website you guys were referring parts from and i piece together this machine.
    heres the parts i have so far

    CASE
    PSU&MOBO
    CPU


    Would this be a decent machine for gaming?
     
  12. redk

    redk Newcomer, in training Posts: 135

  13. hellokitty[hk]

    hellokitty[hk] Hello, nice to meet you! Posts: 4,351   +122

    You realize that you'd need a harddrive, dvd/cd drive, new RAM, a new OS, not including peripherals?
  14. Blkfx1

    Blkfx1 TechSpot Addict Topic Starter Posts: 884   +171

    Yes Hellokitty lol i was just putting those parts up excluding the case because it seemed to be the most crucial for gaming capability :p
  15. redk

    redk Newcomer, in training Posts: 135

    With what I posted, you should be able to salvage old parts if need be. At least until you can afford extras, like a new keyboard, mouse, disk drive, hard drive, etc.

    Technically, he could just get a new PSU, he doesn't even need a new case unless I'm reading the form factor wrong.

    But yeah, he 100% would need a new motherboard, ram, cpu, gpu and psu.
  16. Blkfx1

    Blkfx1 TechSpot Addict Topic Starter Posts: 884   +171

    Yeah, Thanks Redk im going to just forget about upgrading my computer , im just going to build a entire new one. also i was going to reuse the necessary peripherals and salvage up the other hardware such as Hard drive and disk drive. Just want good dependable suggestions for the main hardware like the CPU and Graphics card. You both had some good suggestions which really helped me obtain an overall understanding of what i needed to play modern games.
  17. hellokitty[hk]

    hellokitty[hk] Hello, nice to meet you! Posts: 4,351   +122

    Nah, you'd need new RAM and an OS reinstall at least.
  18. Blkfx1

    Blkfx1 TechSpot Addict Topic Starter Posts: 884   +171

    Yeah He sent me to a link which had i think 4gb ram for cheap, and i have a copy of Windows 7 and vista just waiting to be used.


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