Advice needed please - upgrading gaming pc

March 25, 2013 at 05:27:25
Specs: Windows 7
Hi everyone,
My son has a gaming pc (Was specifically built for his gaming needs)
Now he wants to upgrade, so he has an even better gaming performance, now what I am not sure of, is what would need to be upgraded, the grahics card/processor etc etc.

Here are the specs of the PC.

Operating System: Windows 7 Ultimate 32-bit (6.1, Build 7601) Service Pack 1 (7601.win7sp1_gdr.130104-1431)
Language: English (Regional Setting: English)
System Manufacturer: FUJITSU
System Model: D2812-A2
BIOS: Version 6.00 R1.20.2812.A2
Processor: Intel(R) Celeron(R) CPU E3200 @ 2.40GHz (2 CPUs), ~2.4GHz
Memory: 4096MB RAM
Available OS Memory: 3070MB RAM
Page File: 1516MB used, 4622MB available
Windows Dir: C:\Windows
DirectX Version: DirectX 11
DX Setup Parameters: Not found
User DPI Setting: Using System DPI
System DPI Setting: 96 DPI (100 percent)
DWM DPI Scaling: Disabled
DxDiag Version: 6.01.7601.17514 32bit Unicode

Card name: NVIDIA GeForce GT 240
Manufacturer: NVIDIA
Chip type: GeForce GT 240
DAC type: Integrated RAMDAC
Device Key: Enum\PCI\VEN_10DE&DEV_0CA3&SUBSYS_00000000&REV_A2
Display Memory: 2257 MB
Dedicated Memory: 978 MB
Shared Memory: 1279 MB
Current Mode: 1366 x 768 (32 bit) (60Hz)
Monitor Name: Generic PnP Monitor
Monitor Model: G195HQV
Monitor Id: ACR01B3
Native Mode: 1366 x 768(p) (59.790Hz)
Output Type: HD15
Driver Name: nvd3dum.dll,nvwgf2um.dll,nvwgf2um.dll
Driver File Version: 9.18.0013.1407 (English)
Driver Version:
DDI Version: 10.1

I hope that is enough info, I would appreciate any advice.

Many thanks

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March 25, 2013 at 06:46:31
"My son has a gaming pc (Was specifically built for his gaming needs)"

Who built it, FUJITSU? It's not a very good configuration. The CPU is weak, the graphics card is weak, & because it's running Windows 32-bit, only 3GB out of the 4GB RAM is useable. The only thing that "sort of" makes it a gaming PC is the graphics card. The GT 240 isn't a great card though, especially if the one you have uses DDR3 memory rather than GDDR5 memory.

There's no point getting more system memory unless you plan on replacing Win7 32-bit with Win7 64-bit. A CPU upgrade is a possibility but without knowing which system you have, it's impossible to know which CPUs are supported.

NOTE: I've editted my response after finding the motherboard specs: D2812-A2 specs

Here's one possibility for a CPU upgrade:

To upgrade the graphics card, the power supply needs to be taken into account. Generally, the higher the cards performace, the higher it's power requirements. If your system only has a 250W power supply, you will either have to choose a gaming card that requires low power or you'll have to upgrade the power supply along with the graphics card. Also, if the tower is a "slim style", the selections cards & power supplied will be very limited.

We need to know the exact model number of the system to be able to give more accurate advice.

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March 25, 2013 at 10:13:56
Hi there,
Thank you so much for all that info, although it has left me a little confused lol (I am no expert)

It was built by a local pc shop, although I will say that I was on a tight budget, so it was built to what I could afford really.

How can I find out the info you require.



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March 25, 2013 at 12:30:39
"It was built by a local pc shop"

And they used a FUJITSU motherboard? That's odd. And what's even odder (is that a word?) is that they used a uBTX board. Where did you get the specs list from?

Just so you know, BTX was a short lived design that Intel came up with. The change in board layout was supposed to help with cooling. It never caught on & was abandoned in 2006.

Since this is a custom build, it probably has a standard case & power supply. Would it be possible to come up with the power supply specs? Make/model/wattage?

Other than that, this article may help with a video card choice:

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March 25, 2013 at 12:59:09
I got the specs from typing in dxdiag, I just saved all the info, then put on here.. although there is lots lots more, but thought that would be the info needed.
Would it help if i put all of it in (There is alot lol)

Thanks again for your help

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March 25, 2013 at 13:01:14
Since this is a custom build, it probably has a standard case & power supply. Would it be possible to come up with the power supply specs? Make/model/wattage?

How would I find that info please? ty

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March 25, 2013 at 13:38:44
You'd have to open the case & get it from the label on the side of the power supply unit (aka PSU). Here's what it looks like:


Bottom mounted:

Top mounted:

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March 25, 2013 at 13:47:10
That's brilliant, made it much easier for me to know where to look.. will go and check it out, and get back to you, although may be a few hours, as son is in the middle of playing a game lol.


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March 25, 2013 at 15:54:45
Hiya, Here is all the info, may be more than you need :)

Fujitsu Model - HP - D2508E0,
Max Continuous output 250w,
AC input 100v-240v, 7a-3.5a,50hz-60hz
AC output 100v-240v, 3a-15a

I also have serial number if needed.

Thanks :)

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March 26, 2013 at 07:29:58
That is not a standard ATX power supply which means that that is a slimline or flat desktop case:
You will find it very difficult finding a power supply with higher wattage to fit that case and if you do, it will be more expensive. You will also need to look at low profile video cards if there is a chance for that as well.
His system Probably was not a custom machine, but a machine that they added a low profile video card to in order to make it a 'gaming' system. This was probably due to the budget restraints you had at the time. If the computer's case also has Fujitsu on it, this pretty much confirms this theory. If you paid more than $40.00 over the stock system, you probably paid to much for it.
I have my doubts that you will be able to get much of a gaming system out of that one. A real tinkerer might be able to if they were willing to search far for components, but the cost will not be cheap. It might be better to put it off a little and replace the entire system with a real entry level gaming system. I would recommend going some where else (unless you are up to building it yourself) to purchase it. If you like, you can post the proposed systems detailed specs here for review and advice on possible changes before it is actually built. If you leave them a deposit to show you are serious, they may be willing to give you a component list and wait for your final approval. Then they can give you an adjusted price based on any changes.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.

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March 28, 2013 at 01:13:31
Hi, thank you so much for your advice. I have decided that after everything that has been said, I think it would be best for my son to just stay with this pc, and we will need to save up for a better gaming pc. The system cost me £150 (UK) and at the time, looking at other prices, it seemed to be quite a fair price, but then again with not much knowledge of computers, it is hard to know what's what lol

I will update this (If possible) once I have saved up to buy a new one to ask advice on it

Thanks again to all that replied.

All the best

& Happy Easter to all :)

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March 28, 2013 at 19:56:15
You are quite welcome.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.

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