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Q: Upgrading my PC for better gaming


I'm really new to the tech/computer world, and know next to nothing about graphics cards. I was wondering if someone could help me figure out what graphics card I can upgrade my computer to. I have purchased the new Alien: Isolation game and would actually like to play it, I'm also ready to actually play a game smoothly without it freezing or lagging all the time.

Here's what computer I have so far as I know


System Model: VD010AA-ABU p6126uk
Operating System: Windows Vista Home Premium (6.0, Build 6002)
Processor: AMD Phenom 9650 Quad-Core Processor (4 CPUs), ~2.3GHz
Memory: 4094 MB Ram
Graphics: ATI Radeon HD 4300/4500 Series
Chip Type: ATI display adaptor (0x954F)

now I know NOTHING about computers so apologies if the is any irrelevant info here or maybe even some missing please let me know


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A: Upgrading my PC for better gaming

Hey Darkeerantis what is your PSU (name and type or at least wattage). What is your MB (again name and type). How much free room you have in your case. What is your budget and desired performance.

Btw. your CPU isn't very powerful and the whole setup seems dated you might consider upgrading the whole rig.
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Hi and thxs for entering to this topic. plz help me looking for the best or very good gaming parts for my pc try to make my pc operative for 100% games at max setts.
My pc now is way outdated, i only have $1600.

PC specs now:
Intel(R) Pentium(R) 4 Dual Cpu 1.60ghz perfomance rate at 2.4ghz
Mainbord: Intel D945gcnl
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A:Help me upgrading my not for gaming pc to a gaming pc!

if what you are saying is that you want to upgrade your old machine....i would not attempt to do do that. with $1600 you can build a gaming behemoth that will play anything on max settings. this is about $1100 which leaves you plenty for a 24" monitor and CD/DVD drive if you need them. you could also add a SSD if you want to improve load times as well. The GIGABYTE GA-P55A-UD4P also has 2 PCIE slots for a future Crossfire/SLI upgrade. Also, if your not in a huge hurry, you might want to wait until March to see how the GF100's perform.
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I want to upgrade my PC for gaming, I want to be able to run big games on atleast high settings. (Saints Row The Third, Call Of Duty, APB Reloaded, etc)
My budget it $600.

My current specs are

DA061/078L-AM3 Motherboard
7GB DDR3 RAM 1333 Speed I think (something like that, had a bunch of 3's..)
AMD Anthlon(tm) II X3 425 2.7ghz Processor
Integrated Graphics

First I planned to just upgrade the GPU and PSU, but then I heard my processor might slow me down, and bottleneck the GPU, so I need to know if i'll be fine with this CPU, will it run smoothly?
If not, can I upgrade the CPU on this board? if so what should I upgrade to?

The GPU I planned on getting was Radeon HD 6850.

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I have a $1000 budget to upgrade my gaming computer.

I will upgrade this components:
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- Motherboard

At the moment these are my specs:

Ram - 1 GB 2x512 corsair XMS PRO
CPU - 2.0 Ghz AMD64 x2 3800+
videocard - BFG 7800 GT
Motherboard - Asus A8N sli premium
Anyone have any ideas to help me meet my budget?

Thanks so much


A:upgrading my gaming rig

Welcome to TSG,

1 GB is not enough to run newer games. I recommend 2 GB or RAM?.

Also 7800 is pretty fine for me, but I doubt that it'll run games on high settings such as crysis, bioshock or others.
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A:Upgrading for minor gaming

First of all, lets start a necessary dialogue concerning your system.The slimline series is a small case. Adding graphic power will increase the need for a new power supply (PSU), and both will add to the thermal heat inside the smaller case.   Your limited to a standard called TFX power supplies.  Here is an example.   PLEASE only look  at the supply and the physical dimensions.  Next comes another important issue, your also limited to a standard called "Legacy" graphic cards.   Non-Legacy cards are called UEFI vBIOS (implimented Sept 2012),  and that means you can not use UEFI cards. Not knowing the requirements of your chosen flight sim game, I chose Slight Simulator X Gold Edition.  You can go here and do the Can I Run It   module.   Or use this site, and plug in the game's name.
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Current Specs:

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Acer Extensa 5513WLMI - Tech-specs <-- link for better specs.

A:Upgrading a laptop for gaming?

I would sell it and put the money towards a budget gaming PC. It takes a very specific laptop to play games on, and they are all VERY expensive. The few things you could upgrade on that aren't worth upgrading to be honest.
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Here are my current specifications: click here
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A:Upgrading my computer for gaming

I need more info about the motherboard because when doing a search for PT894-8237 or Asus PT894-8237 or even jetway PT894-8237, nothing comes up but the Via chipset.

But either way from those specs you gave me it looks like you have a Socket 775 Motherboard which is good because you can pick up a dual core or quad core for a decent price as you can see here,
Keep in mind this is a Canadian Website so prices are in Canadian Currency but if you go to the checkout you can select American Currency if you are from the USA.

So This is what I would suggest to you. Buy a Dual Core Cpu (since very few if any games support quad core) And also buy a new Video card because yours is very underpowered for new higher end games & without upgrading both your not going to see much difference since the video card will be the bottleneck after you upgrade the cpu.

So as for a new video card I suggest something like the ATI 5770 which is a pretty good mid range card as you can see from here,

If your willing to get a higher end ATI card since they have the fastest video card out currently.

We also need to know the Brand/Model and watts of your power supply. Reason is because if you decide to also upgrade the video card you may also have to upgrade the Power Supply because it wont be strong enough to provide the added power a higher end video card is going to now draw from the Power Supply.
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AMD Phenom II 925 Deneb 2.8 Ghz AM3 95W 6MB L3
Gigabyte GA-MA78GPM-DS2H (AM2+ Mobo)
4GB RAM (Not sure what brand, nothing special, stock with the old gateway)
Seagate Barracuda 7200 750GB HD
Saphire ATI Radeon HD 5770 (weird model, not one of the nicer versions Ive seen)
hec X-Power Pro 650W ATX 12v v2.2 / EPS 12v
I would like DDR3 ram or something on a usable cheap'ish mobo.

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A:Upgrading gaming computer

AMD Phenom II X6 1090T Black Edition - $199.99
GIGABYTE GA-890FXA-UD5 AM3 - $179.99
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 2 x 2GB DDR3 1600 - $64.99
SAPPHIRE 100312-1GSR Radeon HD 6950 1GB - $244.99
CORSAIR Enthusiast Series CMPSU-650TX 650W - $89.99
SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB - $64.99
COOLER MASTER RC-692-KKN3 CM690 II - $69.99

TOTAL - $914.93
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A:Upgrading an eMachines ET1831-03 for Gaming?

Suggestions: Save money for building or buying a newer PC. You RAM is maxed out at 4GB (that is the motherboard max), which will hinder the performance of some games. Having 8GB of RAM is the "norm" for gaming now. If you want to upgrade a little now, and start saving money to get/build a better system later, then I would suggest the following:

Video Card - Your motherboard has a PCI Express x16 slot (Version 1.0), so to be compatible, I would suggest getting a 2.0 card - example: MSI GeForce GTX 650 Ti - $114.99 USD ($84.99 after rebate) from TigerDirect. I suggest this card because it is a well built card. It doesnt draw too much power from the PSU, but will still give you plenty of graphic power to play those games you listed at medium if not medium/high settings.

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A:Upgrading to a gaming PC; Is all this compatiable with eachother?

Couple of major problems here.

The CPU and graphics card you have chosen will not work with that motherboard. You need to choose a socket AM2 motherboard with a PCIe x16 graphics slot. Something like this:

I also notice you haven't mentioned ram. You will not be able to use your current ram in this new system. Look at at least 1Gb of DDR2 800 ram.

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A:Advice on building/upgrading a Gaming PC

Here is a few options:

Upgrading the CPU to a FX-8350 would double the processing power.
Upgrading the GPU to a GTX-760 would more than double the graphical power.
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A:Solved: Upgrading Gaming Computer Need Advice

That's not a bad system, upgrading the graphics card will be enough, at least for the games you like it to run.

I think this card will be more than enough:

You can also buy a Radeon HD 4850 if you can find one. In fact the HD 4850 is a better choice since it's faster and you can get it for a better price: hd 4850

Note that I know nothing of VisionTek cards, I just posted the above link for reference. I'd go for any card made by Sapphire, XFX, Asus, Gigabyte and HIS. If you can find one of those go for it!

The bad news is that you have to upgrade your PSU as well, running the new card on a low end/cheapo PSU could lead to all kinds of problems.

Get this one if you can afford it:

Cheaper alternatives:


If you can't fit a normal size card in your case then you can get something like this:

But I don't think it's worth it as this card will perform close to your 9500 GT...It's hard to find a fast small form factor card.

This will be certainly faster but not by much:
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A:MSI Z170a Gaming 3 or GTX 960 GAMING 100ME Issue?

7-31-2016 Update

Well no one replied yet to my post but I did some more testing and the result is as follows.

I did some more troubleshooting and cleared the CMOS, swapped monitors, tried another HDMI cable and reinstalled the 960 into the new build for testing but it still did not solve the issue. Still locked at 800X600 with error code 43 (Windows disable the device because of problems) in device manager and I'm concerned about how the card itself boots and lights the RED VGA led on the MSI board. I retested it in that PC that has the 600watt PSU and an Asrock board and while it did work at a higher resolution the card behaves suspiciously during powerup as.

1. Power on All Fans and MSI logo light up.... Monitor is Blue (active)
2. 5 seconds later MSI logo goes off... fans still spinning.....Monitor is Amber (No Signal)
3. 15 seconds later MSI logo comes on......Monitor goes Blue (active)
4. Once Windows loads fans stop spinning. (Normal)

**Note** This is similar to the way it boots in the problem system (no RED led on Asrock board)

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The only thing that's missing is the power supply (the "PSU"), but we should wait until you select a CPU and video card - especially the video card. The PSU is an investment, so we have to make sure it's a good one.



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Video card:

Try to avoid being loyal to one side or the other (NVIDIA or AMD) because some AMD GPUs are way better, but some NVIDIA GPUs are better.

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A:BSOD 0x9C during gaming, new gaming PC, nothing helps

hello, Lazzi and welcome to the forums. I'll try to help you, but would you please upload the BSOD Posting Instructions here. I can't download the file you linked to without an account, plus we prefer them here. This will tell you how. Blue Screen of Death (BSOD) Posting Instructions

Screenshots and Files - Upload and Post in Seven Forums

Also, please open an elevated command prompt ( click start, type cmd in the search box, right click on the cmd entry and select run as administrator) in the black box that opens, copy/paste sfc /scannow. If you decide to type it, notice the space between the sfc and the /. It is a system file checker which will scan your system files and attempt to correct any missing or corrupt files. What we want are the results to say windows found no integrity violations. If it says files were found but could not be repaired, close the box, reboot and run it again, after opening the administrative command prompt. You may have to reboot and run it three times for it to repair all system files. If it can't repair them after 3 reboots, let us know.

And also give as detailed a description as you can about your hardware including the Case, PSU and CPU Cooler, and place them in your system specs. These are the instructions I usually give and maybe it will help you.

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Hi Welcome to SF

Unfortunately the dumps you uploaded are all 0x124 errors which are hardware related
BSOD Index
My initial thought is as this is new machine i would return it to place of purchase as something is obviously not right, if you wish to look into this then...
Have a read of this thread it will give you some things to try
Stop 0x124 - what it means and what to try
Analysing your dumps (they are all the same) they state an error with level 2 cache on your cpu

Section 2 : x86/x64 MCA
Descriptor @ fffffa800bc43138
Section @ fffffa800bc432c0
Offset : 664
Length : 264
Flags : 0x00000000
Severity : Fatal
Error : DCACHEL2_PREFETCH_ERR (Proc 1 Bank 6)
Status : 0xfe20000000021166
Address : 0x00000000a3edddc0
Misc. : 0x0000003206000086

Section 2 : x86/x64 MCA
Descriptor @ fffffa800bc59138
Section @ fffffa800bc592c0
Offset : 664
Length : 264
Flags : 0x00000000
Severity : Fatal
Error : DCACHEL2_DRD_ERR (Proc 4 Bank 6)
Status : 0xfe20000000021136
Address : 0x000000003d1bddc0
Misc. : 0x0000007007000086

Section 2 : x86/x64 MCA
Descriptor @ fffffa800bc22138
Section @ fffffa800bc222c0
Offset : 664
Length : 264
Flags : 0x00000000
Severity : Fatal
Error : DCACHEL2_DRD_ERR (Proc 5 Bank 6)
Status : 0xfe20000000021136
Address : 0x000000004f4fddc0
Misc. : 0x000000b040000086
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Check temperatures and make sure chip is not overheating
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I think this is your RAM. I need you to do a test...

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A:Gaming Pc

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Hi there gav1958

Have a look here EA Games - System Requirement Checking Tool
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x58 with the i7 920.

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A:XP- Gaming

Hell Raiser said:

Im using windows XP 64.
my spec easily meets the game.Click to expand...

I am not too sure if this is the case, but it could be a possibility that the 64-bit is the issue here.
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Copyright ? 2007 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.
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What games are you having trouble with and what type of video card do you have?