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Hey all. This is my first post sorry if its in the wrong spot. I just got a new computer 2 days ago and its really great (to me lol) but i feel like it could use a little boost. Heres the specs that I know i think i need to upgrade the ram please let me know what you think.

OS. windows xp
Intel Pentium 4 cpu 3.20 ghz
1 GB RAM
NVIDIA Quadro FX 1300

the game I play was getting around 100 fps now its at 70ish. I want to get that number up thats my goal.
 

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What game? 70 fps is great, more then you need.

1GB is OK for Windows XP and most games running on XP, there may be a few exceptions.

However your video card is a professional card, its great at design work such as CAD programs but not so great for gaming. Make sure you have the latest driver: http://www.nvidia.com/object/winxp_176.04.html
Its also an older card, in the Geforce 5 generation card with only 128MB of RAM.
 

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its a 2d game called tibia...not that much needed to run. Im thinking of getting back into WoW again tho so i wanna be able to run it smoothly with decent graphics. Would 2GB make a difference? and if I were to get a "gaming card" would you have a recommendation? I probably want to stay with nvidia. like $100-$150 would be good for me. And thanks for the link
 

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I just installed the driver and im confused. Idk what settings i should have everything on. Like my screen refresh rate is 60 hertz. should I keep that or make it 75 or 85?
 

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Here are the requirements for WoW: http://www.worldofwarcraft.com/info/faq/technology.html
Minimum for XP is 512MB, recommended is 1GB.

In general you will not benefit much from adding more RAM beyond 1GB in an XP box.

You do not need to chance any of the settings for the NVidia driver, defaults are OK for most people. You can increase the refresh rate to 75 or 85HZ if you monitor supports it, there will be less flicker if its a CRT.

What kind of power supply do you have? Most new mid to high range cards require a good 400 or higher wattage power supply with high amps on the +12 volt rail.

A $150 video card will be overkill for you computer, your Pentium 4 processor will hold back the full potential of card in that range.

I'm thinking even a Geforce 9800GT will be limited by a Pentium 4 but its $79: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814143186
A Geforce GT 240, Geforce 9600GT, Radeon HD 3870, or Radeon HD 4670 are also good contenders at a slightly lower price.
 

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im not really a computer guy haha can u tell me how to look up my power supply? that kinda blows i thought it was a decent processor and i was gonna be able to play WoW with full graphics and no lag. computer was only $250 but still so you'd recommend I dont change anything? not even get a gaming graphics card. my friend said 2gb will give me the full potential of my computer too but idk how much he really knos.
 

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Ok i just found some things that maybe I can add for free anyway. A Buffalo Select thing that looks like 1 GB of RAM. How could I kno if this would properly work in my computer? also found another one that looks like its 256 MB. Also I cant tell if this is a graphics card or not (graphics and video cards are the same right? lol) but its Nvidia Model 0118. Geforce 9800GT would run WoW at full graphics?
 

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WoW recommends a dual core processor for best results, you only have a single core processor. Minimum is a slower single core processor so you're in the middle. FYI, the final Pentium 4 was released in 2006.

Socking memory to a system when the greater area of improvement will be elsewhere is no the right move. If you get free or really cheap RAM then sure.

The video card you have now should run WoW OK, just don't crank the graphics to the highest settings.

Graphics card and video card are indeed the same thing.

To find out what power supply you have you need to open up the case and read the sticker on the side of the power supply, where all the wires come from.

Is this a brand name computer like an HP or Dell? if so what is the model number? If it isn't then download SIW and look under Hardware -> System Summary and Motherboard to find out what you have, especially the motherboard and post all the info here, or do a screenshot. SIW: http://www.gtopala.com/siw-download.html
 

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here i just pasted it all

SYSTEM SUMMARY

Property Value
Manufacturer Hewlett-Packard
Product Name hp workstation xw4200
Version
Serial Number 2UA51102XC
Machine Type AT/AT COMPATIBLE
Infrared (IR) Supported No
DMI System UUID 96FEAB3A-A596D911-BBDA79CD-B0740012
UUID 3AABFE96-96A5-11D9-BBDA-79CDB0740012

Disk Space Disk C: 67 GB Available, 74 GB Total, 67 GB Free

Physical Memory 1024 MB Total, 588 MB Free
Memory Load 42%

Virtual Memory 1695 MB Total, 1364 MB Free

PageFile Name C:\pagefile.sys
PageFile Size 768 MB
In use 16 MB
Max used 25 MB
Registry Size 2 MB (current), 54 MB (maximum)

Profile GUID {a1f903c0-487c-11df-8aaf-806d6172696f}

The system clock interval 15 ms

MOTHERBOARD

Property Value
Manufacturer Hewlett-Packard
Model 0914h
Serial Number 2UA51102XC

North Bridge Intel i925X Revision B1
South Bridge Intel 82801FB (ICH6) Revision B1

CPU Intel(R) Pentium(R) 4 CPU 3.20GHz
Cpu Socket Socket 775 LGA

System Slots 7 PCI

Memory Summary
Maximum Capacity 4096 MBytes
Memory Slots 4
Error Correction Multi-bit ECC

Warning! Accuracy of DMI data cannot be guaranteed


Ok just so u know I downloaded a trial version of WoW and had between 19-23 FPS. It'll run but i definately want it quicker than that so i need to buy a better graphics card and maybe a dual core processor... idk
 

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Only single core processors are supported on that system, so no worthwhile CPU upgrades for you.

The video card should increase performance considerable though for WoW.

The power supply is 410 watts and should be good quality being a workstation system, so it should be fine for the 9800GT.
 

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alright sweet. Thanks for the advice man i really appreciate it. Just 1 more thing do you think the 9800 GT or Radeon HD 4670 would be better?
 

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The 9800GT is the faster card, the 4670 would likely be sufficient though, I'm sure both will be limited by the CPU from their max potential.
 

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Ok. im still disappointed by this... cpu is the processor right? I may want to sell my computer for a dual core processor...preferably intel. Do you have a recommendation for that... im not looking to spend too much but i'd like to have a computer to run wow with full graphics basically. And if i could find parts and build a better computer for cheaper im sure my aunt could do that for me.
 

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Yes, CPU is processor.

So you want to build new or buy new/used? You're going to be looking at about $600 for something that is decent for gaming.
 
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