How Should i upgrade my system
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Author:  Deamon [ Wed Sep 05, 2007 6:04 pm ]
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hey i play 0.49b and i get 20-40 FPS.This is a problem for me :(

Im going to upgrade my computer soon.what should i upgrade??

These are my system Specs.
PC- Compaq Presario

Processors - AMD Sempron(tm) Processor 3200+ 984Mhz?

Display Adaptors *note*i think this is my graphics card.
ATI RADEON XPRESS 200 Series*256mb*

Ram - 448Mb Of Ram.

-Os -Microsoft widnwos Xp Home edition version 2002 service pack 2

Please give me a heads up.

Author:  Diane [ Wed Sep 05, 2007 6:54 pm ]
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Author:  Deamon [ Wed Sep 05, 2007 9:49 pm ]
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How should i update???
Should i get more ram? i mean whats the best thing i can upgrade to get the most performance?i can only upgrade so much

Author:  Deamon [ Wed Sep 05, 2007 10:11 pm ]
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Author:  Karate Explosion [ Fri Sep 07, 2007 2:06 am ]
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Upgrade Graphics Card and Ram upgrade to GeForce 7600 and upgraded to gig of ram and this game runs amazingly

Author:  Karate Explosion [ Fri Sep 07, 2007 2:07 am ]
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btw that upgrade cost me about $115 just for your info
but Ram and Graphics card for sure

Author:  -ATHF-FryLock [ Fri Sep 07, 2007 2:55 am ]
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Before you upgrade your graphics card, be sure your power supply can handle it. The first time I updated my graphics card I didn't even think about the power supply and ended up not being able to start my PC, and some how cooking my ram.

I don't know who much you know about PC's, so I am going to say this. Make sure you know what type of port you have for your graphicsa card. Is it an AGP, PCI, or PCI:E. Some of the really old PC's (Or ones bought from stores recently) can have only PCI slots, which is to old to get anything decent. The just plan old ones have AGP slots, which is fine for now. The more recent ones have PCI:E slots. Furthermore, there are two types of ram slots. 184 and 240. 240 is DDR2 ram, which is the newer and cheaper type. From the description of your PC I think you have plain DDR ram, which is 184. It cost about twice as mu(It cost more because DDR2 ram was cheaper to produce.

However, I would recommend a whole new PC over upgrading something thats to old to make it much longer. The reason why I say this is because your PC doesn't really have much room left to grow.

But before you get into to this, try to answer these questions please.

What watt power supply do you have? (This is the box in the back and on the top, in most cases. If you don't know, you can open your case and it should say it one the side, and is sometimes difficult to read because the tower is crammed.)

What type of slot do you have for a video card?

How much money do you have to spend (I ask this because I may be able to offer you some alternatives.)

Type of ram.

If you can answer this one, but not the others, it will help a lot. What type of socket is your processor? It should be 939, 747, or AM2.

You can find most of this stuff out by goggling the model of your PC, assuming you bought it from a retailer. If its a Acer, Dell, ect.... you can just Google the model, and the site should have most of the info. My old PC was a HP pavvalon2400, and all I did was have to Google it to find out its power supply info and what not.

For 200 bucks you can get the parts for a decent PC to build up, assuming you salvage the old stuff from your PC, like Hard Drive, CD/DVD drives, Keyboard, things along those lines. I just looked at the stuff, for 1 gig of DDR2 6400 ram, a AMD 4200+ dual core(A lot better than your sempron), a mother board with a integrated graphics card, 7025 which should be enough for TC:E. Along with a case/power supply. 480 watts, which is good enough for a 7900 or a 8600 Geforce to buy later. It would have a PCI:E slot for the newer cards.

The rest of the stuff you need should be in your current PC. For about 100-150 bucks more you can get a more than capable graphics card, and you will be able to play games like FEAR, Oblivion, and what not. After you get a graphics card. Or, you can spend 85 bucks on a 7600 and still play those games, but not as beautifully.

Tell me your options, and I can see what I can do for you =P.

I build a lot of PC's for my friends, because I like hardware, I like hardware more than I like the games that they can play.

Author:  it [ Fri Sep 07, 2007 3:18 am ]
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jumping on the upgrade your RAM and graphics card bandwagon. I'd also look at getting a new processor, there are some nice core2duo ones for around $150 I think.

Author:  Deamon [ Fri Sep 07, 2007 10:00 pm ]
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wow i really appreciate how much info you guys posted thanks.

i nearly bought 2 gigs of ram.

Right now im considering.
1.New Computer
2.1 Gig Of Ram.A New Processor

Lol i nearly bought 2 gigs of ram 0_o

Author:  Deamon [ Fri Sep 07, 2007 10:01 pm ]
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Ill post seom more info tomarrow

Author:  Deamon [ Fri Sep 07, 2007 10:12 pm ]
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Key Features
Form Factor Desktop
Processor AMD Sempron 1.8 GHz
Chipset ATI RADEON Xpress 200
Installed Memory 512 MB (DDR SDRAM)
Operating System Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition
Display 17 in. Flat Panel LCD
Recommended Use Home Use
Processor Type AMD Sempron
Processor Speed 1.8 GHz
Processor Manufacturer AMD
Socket Type Socket 939
Processor Upgradability Upgradable
Max Processors Qty. 1
Display Type Flat Panel LCD
Size 17 in.
Bus Speed 800 MHz
Video Output Interface PCI Express
RAM Technology DDR SDRAM
Installed RAM 512 MB
Max Supported RAM 4 GB
Number of Memory Slots 4 x 184 Pin DIMMs
Supported RAM Speeds 400 MHz
Installed Cache Memory 256 KB
Technical Features
Integrated Input/Output Ports USB 2.0 x 6 • FireWire (IEEE1394a) x 2 • RJ45 Lan Port x 1 • PS/2 Mouse x 1 • PS/2 Keyboard x 1 • Parallel Port (ECP/EPP/SPP) x 1 • RJ11 Phone Jack x 1 (Input)
Expansion Bays 2 x 5.25" (External Access) • 1 x 3.5" (Internal Access) • 2 x 3.5" (External Access)
Expansion Slots PCI Express x1 x 1 • PCI x 3
Memory Card Slots Memory Stick • SmartMedia • Memory Stick PRO • xD Picture Card • Micro Drive Memory Stick • MultiMediaCard • SD Memory Card • CompactFlash Card type I • CompactFlash Card type II
Other Features 9-in-1 Memory Card Reader
Hard Drive
Hard Drive Capacity 160 GB
Hard Drive Rotation Speed 7,200 RPM
Optical Drive Type DVD?RW Dual Layer
Optical Drive Read Speed 16x (DVD) • 40x (CD)
Optical Drive Write Speed 40x (CD-R) • 8x (DVD-R) • 16x (DVD+R) • 2.4x (DVD+R Dual Layer) • 4x (DVD-R Dual Layer)
Optical Drive ReWrite Speed 24x (CD-RW) • 4x (DVD+RW) • 4x (DVD-RW)
Audio / Video
Graphic Processor Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 900
Video Out Ports 15 Pin D-Sub VGA port x 1
Audio Input Microphone Jack • 2 x Line In
Audio Output Type Sound Card • Headphones • Line out
Integrated Audio AC97 Audio Codec
Modem Type Fax / Modem
Networking Type Integrated 10/100 Network Card
Data Link Protocol Ethernet • Fast Ethernet
Width 7.13 in.
Depth 16.25 in.
Height 15.38 in.
1 Year
OS Certified Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition
Product ID 32622148

i think this is my system 0_o

What do you guys recommend?
New comp?
And if i cant get a comp,
what to upgrade?

-Thanks =D

Author:  Karate Explosion [ Sat Sep 08, 2007 12:47 am ]
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post pic (i am visial not verbal) of inside and i see something about PCIE Slot that is good over all it seems like a good starter comp how much you willing to spend?

Author:  Deamon [ Sat Sep 08, 2007 1:11 am ]
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hell dude god knows man lol.Just tell me what i need to upgrade the most.

Author:  Karate Explosion [ Sat Sep 08, 2007 2:44 am ]
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if you have PCI express Slot then Graphic Card and Ram atleast a gig

Author:  Deamon [ Sat Sep 08, 2007 4:42 pm ]
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oh yeah ill prob get a 1 gig
im thinking building a new comp and salvaging the 1 gig of ram ill get,
and my 256mb video card and hopefully getting a new chipset and processor?Like a intel core duo processor,*heard they are teh pwnage*
and getting a chipset with a high bus speed or something.
Its a bit funny because i have no idea what im doing XD

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