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#1 Sparky07

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Posted 17 October 2007 - 05:47 AM

Hi, I am trying to run Garrysmod on the spec's listed below, I imagined that it would run fine on a low video setup.
But it's barely playable. The highest FPS I get is 1 - 7 (Horrible I know)

I am thinking of upgrading, my friends said just buy a new computer, but I can't afford a new one yet, so I am considering upgrading with what I have. I understand that if I was to upgrade my graphics card, it has to be compatible, but I have no clue which are compatible with my current bits and pieces. Any help would be appreciated.

Also which Graphics cards are better? ATI or Nvidia?

Current Specs:
OS: Windows XP Pro.
Processor: Intel Pent. D CPU 2.80 GHz (2 CPU's)
Ram: 1022mb
Graphics Card: (ATI) Radeon X300 SE 128mb hypermemory

I was going to get another GB of Ram and a new graphics card.
If there is anymore Info needed, please let me know. ( I think thats everything needed, I'm not too good when it comes to specs )

Thanks.

Edited by Sparky07, 17 October 2007 - 05:48 AM.


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Posted 17 October 2007 - 06:13 AM

that's a budget 2 year old entry level card, I would get a 80-100$ card and try it out

your power supply might not handle much more

I wouldn't spend a whole lot on that computer, the pentium D is not a good system
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#3 Sparky07

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Posted 17 October 2007 - 06:55 AM

Should I try the "GEFORCE 8500GT 256MB"

Or do you think thats to much for the rest to handle, hehe.

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Posted 17 October 2007 - 07:04 AM

the first thing you should do is learn the specs of your computer, what kind of case, motherboard and power supply

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with a newer computer and pci-e video you have the option of overupgrading your vid card and buying a better power supply(if it will fit) and then later using them in a better computer or a new build

the key here is do some research and try to supply more facts
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Posted 17 October 2007 - 08:55 AM

I agree.

We need more information.

Exactly what make/model PC or Systemboard do you have?

You say: "Processor: Intel Pent. D CPU 2.80 GHz (2 CPU's)"

Are you saying your have a dual core CPU?

What are the specs on your power supply?


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Posted 17 October 2007 - 12:26 PM

If you have no idea where to look for all the info, download this application
http://www.gtopala.com/siw-download.html
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Posted 17 October 2007 - 02:26 PM

I guess theres not enough information, but it sounds very similar to a Dell my friend got about a year ago.

If it is the same Dell (E510, E520, or E521?) Te power supply is not very good. I think his was like 300 watt, with maybe like 20a on the 12v rail. I think the best thing to get would be a 7600Gt-8600Gt. Maybe that's not enough power for an 8600Gt. Dell does underrates its power supplies by quite a few watts though.
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Posted 18 October 2007 - 05:19 AM

Yes, its a DELL.
I have decided to get a new computer, with the following Specs:

AMD Athlon 64 X2 Processor 4000+
2.2GHz, 1GHz HT, 1MB Cache
Genuine Windows Vista Home Premium
1024MB RAM Memory
250GB Hard Drive
Dual Layer DVD Re-Writer Drive
NVidia GeForce 7500LE Graphics
8-In-1 Media Card Reader
6 USB Connections
Also comes with a 19" Monitor :thumbsup:

I can't find any spec's for that graphics card, so I'm also going to upgrade that Graphics card with this one "GEFORCE 8500 GT 256MB" theres just one problem, as I can't find any specs for the GeForce 7500LE, I don't know if the 8500 will be compatible.

Also are the Spec's for the one im going to buy, Ok / Fair? It costs 449.99 (Cheaper than the current one I am using)

Thanks.

Edited by Sparky07, 18 October 2007 - 05:25 AM.


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Posted 18 October 2007 - 06:18 AM

Get something better then the 8500Gt. It's a low end card. if your looking for something low on the price range get an 8600GT. It shouldn't cost much more then an 8500Gt.

The rest of the system looks fine, but you might want to think about getting another 1gb of ram. Vista is a ram hog.
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Posted 18 October 2007 - 06:22 AM

Thanks for the advice :thumbsup:




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