Improve gaming performance for $100 or less

By EthanB ยท 10 replies
Jul 12, 2012
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  1. 1. I'm not a gaming junkie by any means. I play a lot of old stuff. But I also occasionally play World of Warcraft type games and I usually have to lower the resolution for it to run smoothly and it looks awful.

    2. I don't want to have to spend more than a 100 dollars

    3. I'm not seeing the power supply on my hp touchsmart. The most info I could find on the web for my comp is that its 200w (100v-240v)

    4. - motherboard - Manufacturer - PENTAGON CORPORATION
    - Model - JESSE
    -Graphic Interface - ATI Radeon HD 3200 Graphcs
    - Code Name RS780M
    - Technology 55nm
    - Memory size 256 mbytes Memory bus width 32 bits
    - Memory type DDR3
    - size 4096 mbytes
    -CPU AMD Athlon II X2 235
    -CPU SPEED 798 MHz

    5. Im from The U.S.
    Thanks in advance for the help
  2. Ranger12

    Ranger12 TS Evangelist Posts: 621   +122

    First off I am not sure what your question is. Perhaps you accidentally left it out. If you are looking to upgrade your computer to play games at a higher resolution or higher frame rate then I see a problem. I believe the Touchpad is built pretty muck like a laptop, meaning most parts are *not* swappable and if they are the cost and trouble would be more than what it would be worth. Generally the two most easily replaceable parts on a laptop would be the RAM or harddrive and neither one of those is really going to give any performance gain.
  3. HuntForTheWOrst

    HuntForTheWOrst TS Member Posts: 27

    Like Ranger12 said I think you missed out the question but so far I got nothing to add to Ranger12
  4. EthanB

    EthanB TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Yes. sorry I wanted to improve gaming performance. Ill just wait until I get a new computer then.
  5. HuntForTheWOrst

    HuntForTheWOrst TS Member Posts: 27

    So if it's not the Graphic card you could try adding more Ram you can uasually buy it at your techshops.
  6. HuntForTheWOrst

    HuntForTheWOrst TS Member Posts: 27

    Ram is usually the answer when games are lagging I added Ram when I was playing Leagu of legends 4gb actually and it made it way better.But at the same time I have a 64-bits but I dont think it actually matters much.

    Good Luck Mate:D
  7. Ranger12

    Ranger12 TS Evangelist Posts: 621   +122

    I updated my first post. I meant to say most parts are *not* swappable. With 4GBs of RAM I would expect games to be slow because of your Video card or processor and not the RAM. 4GBs is ok for most any game, especially old ones.
  8. HuntForTheWOrst

    HuntForTheWOrst TS Member Posts: 27

    But for world of warcraft takes alot of ram and your left of with a little ram so probably the video card or the ram.WAIT A SECOND Ranger Cant it also be the internet seed I was using Desktp and he internet was way too slow and it also aused lag so eithe of us could be right just depends I would have to go through his computer and check the thing he may have that could slow it down.
  9. EthanB

    EthanB TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Ok. my comp has room for an additional 4gb of ram. Ill look into getting that. Could I get a better graphics card or is that unchangeable?
  10. mailpup

    mailpup TS Special Forces Posts: 7,182   +469

    If your motherboard has a PCI-E x16 slot, you can install a graphics card that would be better than the onboard graphics. However, you will likely have to install a better power supply since 200W will be insufficient.
  11. MrBlkfx1

    MrBlkfx1 TS Evangelist Posts: 863   +204

    The HP Touchsmart is a all in one PC. Everything is pretty much integrated with no room for expansion. Unfortunately, adding more RAM will not yield any increased FPS. Usually to increase gaming performance. You would be looking to upgrade your GPU. Since you cannot do that. I recommend saving your money and eventually buying a new PC.

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