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Need to upgrade my computer for best gaming performence

By booman111
Aug 23, 2009
  1. My cousin build me a computer from scratch and it's pretty outdated and I got into gaming so I need the best. I was wondering how to do this. Basically all I know is that I need better parts (i know im a newb).. So where do i start? And suggesting parts would be awesome.. keep in mind that I ain't a rich kid who can afford everything so keep it reasonable
     
  2. AndrestheBean

    AndrestheBean TS Rookie Posts: 207

    alright, could you post your current system specs?
    processor, ram, PSU, GPU, etc.

    How much do you want to spend?

    and are you just upgrading your current pc, or building a new one?
     
  3. booman111

    booman111 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Thank you for the response

    Processor: Intel(R) Pentium(R) Dual CPU E2140 @ 1.60 GHz
    Memory (RAM): 2038 MB
    System type: 32-bit Operating System
    Chip Type: Intel(R) 82945G Express Vhipset Family
    DAC Type: Internal
    Approx. Total Memory: 256 MB

    and i don't know the rest.. im not really familliar with these terms like psu and gpu
     
  4. booman111

    booman111 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    DirectX features:
    Directdraw Acceleration: Enabled
    Direct3D Acceleration: Enabled
    AGP Texture Acceleration: Enabled

    Drivers:
    Main Driver: igdumd32.dll
    Version: 7.14.0010.1461 (English)
    Date: 3/25/2008 5:44:28
    WHQL Logo'd: Yes
    DDI Version: 9Ex

    i dont know if this helps ...
     
  5. booman111

    booman111 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    oh im upgrading mine but i dont mind changing a lot of parts...
     
  6. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Posts: 5,219   +157

    Hi booman,
    whats your budget for this? oh and PSU = power supply unit
    GPU=graphics processing unit (your video card)
     
  7. hellokitty[hk]

    hellokitty[hk] Hello, nice to meet you! Posts: 3,435   +145

    Can you confirm your motherboard is AGP, and "PSU" means power supply, that would be good to know too.
    He doesn't have one :(.
     
  8. booman111

    booman111 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    as hellokity said i supposedly don't have a video card which is a must have for gaming I imagine.. and about that AGP thingy *whatever that is.. i don't know how to confirm but i can tell you i got those info from "run" (i forgot what i typed) so its probably accurate. and budget is whatever just not too over the top as in 4+ grand, cause im playing on saving up so it's no rush, so if you know theres a good part coming out soon then i could wait. Thanls a lot guys in advance
     
  9. AndrestheBean

    AndrestheBean TS Rookie Posts: 207

    sorry to break it to you but i think your system is wayy.......!!!!

    outdated,

    4 grand is your budget!!!

    dude, you can build a beast with only 1 grand.

    i suggest you build a new rig.
     
  10. booman111

    booman111 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    AndrestheBean i kinda mentioned that my system was outdated and i wanted one for gaming lol but you probably missed that.. so a beast with 1k .. im listenning.. btw whats a rig

    and Im new to forums so how does this work.. is there some kind of reward i can give to all you guys or some kind of cudos or a simple thank you is what motivates you guys to help each other (which would be pretty awesome)
     
  11. AndrestheBean

    AndrestheBean TS Rookie Posts: 207

    for the processor:
    Intel Core i7 920 http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/searchtools/item-Details.asp?EdpNo=4240166&sku=CP1-I7-920
    $279.99

    for the motherboard:
    MSI X58 Platinum SLI Motherboard - LGA1366 http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=4692512&CatId=4070
    $219.00

    for the ram:
    Corsair Dominator GT 6GB PC15000 DDR3
    http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicat...EdpNo=5013988&sku=C13-8236&srkey=dominator gt
    $309.99

    for the hardrive:
    Western Digital WD1001FALS Caviar Black Hard Drive - 1TB
    http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=4034139&CatId=139
    $99.99


    for the video card:
    XFX Radeon HD 4890
    http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=5071415&CatId=3669
    $194.99

    for the power supply:
    corsair tx750w 750 watt
    http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=3438609&CatId=106
    $119.99

    totaling to $1223.95 w/out shipping.


    as for the mouse, keyboard, monitor, and case?

    would you like recommendations?
     
  12. booman111

    booman111 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    wow.. you know your stuff... thanks a lot and for my monitor i have a HP w2007 which is great i guess (correct me if im wrong) and as for mouse and keyboard i got a logitech cordless desktop EX110, im not sure if its for gaming but its pretty good for everyday stuff right now but i would like to hear your suggestions..and for speakers i got logitech Z3 ( http://bigshop.lv/img/logitech_z3.jpg ).. oh and im probably going to buy all this stuff around december ish so if anything new coming out during that time i'd rather by that .. well if its better but im guessing newer is better right?
     
  13. AndrestheBean

    AndrestheBean TS Rookie Posts: 207

    dude a bunch of new stuff is getting released this december!!!!!

    your monitor is a 20 inch, correct if im wrong. i would go a little bigger. but its up to you.
    and i have seen some negative reviews on your monitor too.

    do you want a sound card? (really good audio)
     
  14. AndrestheBean

    AndrestheBean TS Rookie Posts: 207

    also if you want a affordable gaming rig with a lower price, thats do-able.

    like a good amd build can dominate most games on high settings.

    it mostly depends on your graphics card.

    (if the prices scared ya)
     
  15. booman111

    booman111 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    sure why not whats a good sound card and monitor? .. if im going to do it better do it right lol .. oh and if you know whats coming out december and if you know its better can you tell what they are , kinda like what you did already
     
  16. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Posts: 5,219   +157

  17. booman111

    booman111 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    ok i have everything i need.. thank you guys a lot but one last thing.. while waiting cause 4 months is a long wait and i dont really play 360 anymore, i was jsut wondering what games i could play in the meanwhile.. like can my computer handle games like Grand Ages: Rome, Empire: Total, Men of War, etc
     
  18. AndrestheBean

    AndrestheBean TS Rookie Posts: 207

    well the new suff thats coming out, is around september-december timeframe.

    and the prices are unknown.
     
  19. AndrestheBean

    AndrestheBean TS Rookie Posts: 207

    your computer cant even handle world of warcraft :)


    but if you want you can buy a mid-end video card.

    check what slot you have, this should help.

    [​IMG]
     
  20. booman111

    booman111 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    awwnn ok thanks for the graph.. i'll just wait till december and play xbox :p
     
  21. AndrestheBean

    AndrestheBean TS Rookie Posts: 207

    cant go wrong with the xbox 360.
     
  22. booman111

    booman111 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    you sure can't go wrong
     
  23. AndrestheBean

    AndrestheBean TS Rookie Posts: 207

    just dont get the red rings of deaths
     
  24. booman111

    booman111 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    hahah i get it a lot... first time with 20 gb so i had a warrenty but since i bought it when it cost as much as a elite they gave me an elite in return.. sometimes when i play the elite i get the ROD but i panic and close it and when i turn it back on its all good :)
     
  25. AndrestheBean

    AndrestheBean TS Rookie Posts: 207

    hahaha. depends which error its marking. its probably a refurb
     
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