Rebuilding Computer for Gaming

By Boods94
Aug 31, 2009
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  1. Hello,

    I'm trying to rebuild a computer for the first time because I've recently gotten into some Higher end gaming.

    I want to be able to run windows 7 beta (I've heard its pretty light and am interested to check it out). But my main reason for rebuilding is gaming.

    If anyone has time to help me choose which parts must be replaced and which parts they should be replaced with I'd greatly appreciate it. The cheaper I can get this thing running good games the better.

    Here's my current setup:

    Gateway E-4000
    Intel Pentium 4 Processor CPU 2.00GHz
    254Mb Ram
    DirectX 9.0 currently (It'd be cool to run DX10 if its not going to be too far outta my price range)

    Graphics:
    NVDIA GeForce MX 440
    128MB memory.
    32 Bit @ 1152 x 864 resolution

    SoundMAX Digital Audio (sound)

    P.S. if its possible to replace parts 1 by 1 with those most important first that's how I'd love to do it.

    Thank you!
  2. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Posts: 5,867   +74

    Hi Boods94,
    Welcome to Techspot :)
    you should really consider just replacing the system, you really would have a hard time finding a worse machine to try and make a gamer out of. its a 6 year old business pc that has slow DDR ram, its a slimline case that is cramped,only takes half pcb cards, only has an AGP interface, and would be impossible to cool as a gaming machine even if you could get the required parts in it. not to mention that it would need a special proprietary power supply to replace the non standard ATX PSU that is in there now. if by 'high end gaming' you mean the likes of bioshock,far cry2,fallout3,crysis, GTA4,halo, and the like, its not going to happen. sorry. for the dollars you would spend on the futile attempt, you could put together a decent gaming system that would run the new titles you want.
  3. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 7,280   +23

    We need a budget and your location to give you specific recommendations.

    Also, I agree with Greg, you will be better off building a new system instead; the amount of money you'd need to spend on upgrading your current system to make it suitable for gaming wouldn't be justified IMO.
  4. Ritwik7

    Ritwik7 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,288   +7

    Go through Greg's guide here http://www.techspot.com/vb/topic133075.html

    @ red1776 : Umpteenth time, I must say, I had to recommend your guide! :)
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