Will this computer be able to run "real" games?

By dethwaker3 · 6 replies
Apr 21, 2010
  1. Well, I am thinking of getting this computer: HP - Factory-Refurbished Desktop with AMD Athlon™ II Quad-Core Processor


    AMD Athlon™ II

    Processor Speed

    System Bus

    Cache Memory
    2MB on die Level 2

    System Memory (RAM)

    System Memory (RAM) Expandable To

    Type of Memory (RAM)

    Hard Drive Type

    Hard Drive Size

    NVIDIA GeForce 9100

    Video Memory
    256MB (shared); up to 2943MB total available as allocated by Windows 7

    Do you think it will be able to run games like Sims 3 or Call of Duty: Modern Warfare in medium or low settings? Or no?
  2. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Posts: 5,224   +164

    Hi dethwaker3 ,
    Two things, it depends on what resolution you want to game at. you can get by on low settings, but that's about it and your probably going to be disappointed with the lack of graphics power that the integrated graphics will afford. For less than $100.00 you can add a discreet graphics card that will play 'real games' as you put it.
  3. dethwaker3

    dethwaker3 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Thanks for the quick reply. Well, can this computer be considered playing Sims 3 at medium setting though? And do you think this computer will freeze a lot? Or very little chance of it freezing?
  4. hellokitty[hk]

    hellokitty[hk] Hello, nice to meet you! Posts: 3,448   +145

    Not to well.
    I think you misunderstand freezing. Its not caused by computer speed but rather issues usually unrelated to hardware.
  5. Relic

    Relic TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,379   +16

    By freezing I'm assuming you mean sluggish game play due to low frame rates. And yes that is a possibility depending on what resolution and settings you run the game at. But as Red pointed out we could easily find you a very cheap dedicated card even for around $60-70 dollars to give you more power with smoother game play that shouldn't require a new PSU.
  6. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Posts: 5,224   +164

    It will play sims for you at med, its the FPS and the like that will give you problems. not sure what you are asking about the freezing question. If your asking if its a quality machine (im assuming its a X4 6xx) it looks like a solid machine and freezing doesn't occur unless there is an unsuccessful OC, or other conflict .
  7. vectorsigma32

    vectorsigma32 TS Rookie Posts: 154

    most likely on low but it wont be the great XD
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