My computer My upgrade Your kind Help

December 2, 2011 at 16:18:44
Specs: Windows Vista
Hello all. I sincerly apologize becuase I know this question is as redundant as any question can be but I have trying to do my diligence within the threads here but really havnt been able to find a thread with soemone who has the same computer as I do.

I guess my computer is probably 3-5 yrs old I honestly dont recall the age and dont know how to check. But below will descrive my computer..


[b]Processor[/b] - AMD ATHLON(tm) 64 X2 Dual core processor 5000+ 2.6 ghz

[b]Memory[/b] - (RAM) = 3.0GB

[b]System Type[/b] - 32 Bit Operating System

OS = Windows Vista


[b]Power supply[/b] I upgraded to I believe 600 watts maybe more?

[b]Graphics Card[/b] I upgraded a year ago to a Nvidia GeForce GT220 = 1024MB DDR2

I have recently started at the ripe old age of 39 to play FPS games like Black Ops and now the "Big" one Battlefield 3
right now all of you who know computers and who know anything about BF3 has already probably crindged.

I have no troubles running Black Ops nor the new Modern Warfare 3 saying that I cannot say for sure that everything is on "high" or "ultra" settings.

I can even run Battlefield 3 but not very well. Ive managed to level up to Level 25 and eww its been brutal. Im pretty sure everything is set as low as it will go and am having as much fun with it as I can with what I have.

Now I am to the point that I want to upgrade. I cannot afford a new computer but I can afford to spend say $200-300 dollars on upgrading. A few fellow gamers have told me to get the Nvidia GTX 560 and Im in business but they dont really say much more than that and happening upon this sight there seems to be a wealth of information and very knowledgeable people here and would really appreciate some of your advice on what maybe I should do to upgrade? How upgradable is my computer? etc..

Any guidanace would be great and please by all means steer me toward what and where I should purchase any upgradable hardware? I was actually looking at this website and it appears you can purchase product through here?

I am your average Noob type computer guy who knows just enough to be dangerous and install most computer components. So Im not a total idiot when it comes to computers and I have searched through a few threads or forums here to try to come to my own conclusion but I really need an expert to guide me.

Thanks a bunch guys and gals I appreciate your help and may your days be full of smiles smiles smiles!

If anyone has any tips,hints or tricks to get or set my computer up to run better with what I have now until I can get feedback from the community on what route I should take I welcome that help as well and am humbly gracious!

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December 3, 2011 at 02:19:23
Gtx 560 is a good gaming card but the problem is u have weak CPU. Post the HP model number.

Have u consider selling your current system and add 200-300 bucks for buying new system? U can get nice core i5 sandy bridge for $500 bucks.

Purchase stuff from newegg (US, Canada, China)
You know the real meaning of peace only if you have been through the war.

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December 3, 2011 at 06:37:01
Doh I forgot to post that. The Model is a6130n

No I never really thought about selling it to be honest. I would like to try and work with this computer if possible. I know one of my biggest problems is that I would benefit from a Quad core and windows 7 upgrade wouldn't I? By CPU you are probably referring to a Quad Core?

Thank you for the reply by the way I appreciate the guidance

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December 3, 2011 at 07:09:23
U are very limited when it comes to CPU upgrade. The highest chip u can install is athlon x2 5600+ 89w, i do not recommend upgrading CPU.

U can get gtx 560 but don't be suprised when u see FPS drops from 65 to 20 because of CPU.

U will see the advantage of having quad core chip only if u have apps that are optimized to run on 4 cores or more for eg GTA IV, crysis 2, deus ex human revolution etc.

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December 3, 2011 at 08:23:02
Ok and thank you for the advice. So for now maybe I should live with what I have until I can purchase a newer computer more suitable for playing the more demanding games is that your best advice?

I wont even waste my on a new graphics card with this computer then. What would you suggest I look at when buying a new PC.

Thanks again for your help! I hope the day treats you well!

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December 3, 2011 at 10:07:45
Yes that will be a good choice. Right now core i5 sandy bridge is a hot commodity but the next year will we see core i5 ivy bridge also AMD 7000 series video cards are on the way. Things change frequently by the time u want to purchase new pc come back here for more advice.

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December 5, 2011 at 06:02:32
You can still invest in a decent gaming card. The GT 220 really isn't a gamer. If you're going to buy a new PC in the not to distant future, you can always pull the new card from your current PC & put it in the new one, then put the GT 220 back in it's place. Have a look at this article:

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December 5, 2011 at 14:40:46
Yes thats what I was hoping is to buy a new card sat a GTX 560 or even the 560ti and use it with my computer now and start aquiring other hardware as I can like RAM,MOBO etc..

But I was under the impression from the other kind gentleman above that upgrading my video card with this computer wouldnt do me much good?

I appreciate all advice thank you very much to both of you!

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