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Upgrade or new PC?

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by essentialindexic, Dec 5, 2011.

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  1. essentialindexic

    essentialindexic Thread Starter

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    Hello all,


    I can figure most software-related issues out myself but I'm still quite shaky when it comes to hardware. I want to be able to play games like Starcraft 2 on high settings smoothly, Skyrim, etc. but I don't know whether the base is worth upgrading or if I should go for a new computer altogether to accomplish my desired task.


    Specs:

    Intel Core 2 Quad QCU Q8300 @ 2.33 GHz

    3 GB RAM

    Vista 32-bit

    ****** onboard Intel graphics

    Motherboard: Acer, WG43M


    I was thinking of doubling my RAM, getting Win 7 64-bit and upgrading my graphics and power supply. Are these specs alright to run most modern games if these things are upgraded, or should I scrap this for a new, more capable PC?

    Thanks!
     
  2. Noyb

    Noyb Trusted Advisor Spam Fighter

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    I'd figure up the cost .. then go to HP shopping and see what a new one costs and has in it.
    You can customize one the way you want it .. and see the cost

    I'm thinking that now's not the time to buy a new one ..
    Maybe the newer ones with the newest hardware/processors will be available after Christmas .. Maybe about Feb ??
     
  3. hazybud1

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    upgrading all that stuff is going to be pricey why dont u just get a new comp?
     
  4. hazybud1

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    and buying a pre built gaming pc from newegg or tigerdirect will be cheaper than something like HP.. more bang for ur buck
     
  5. IntensiveBytes

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    You must upgrade. Your RAM, graphics card and processor will not handle the games you mentioned above.
    And the fact that your Operating System is 32-bit, 3GB of RAM is probably the highest you can achieve..
    You should buy a new custom built computer,
    make sure you have a 64-bit operating system so you can get more than 4GB of RAM,
    and make sure your mother board supports PCIe x16 to get all the latest graphics card ;D
     
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