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What one upgrade does my computer need most?


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#1 Deejai

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Posted 25 February 2010 - 05:49 PM

I've been given a very clean, but kind of slow desktop computer. I'm keeping it very well maintained and updating the drivers and such, but I want to run games smoothly on it. I've been playing Morrowind with mods on low settings and it runs fine for the most part, but I'd like to up the settings, and I'd like to possibly play more graphically intense games. I think it really needs a RAM upgrade because the CPU stats seem high, but I don't think my GFX card is too good either. I'm willing to spend a few hundred or more to upgrade my PC, but I want to be sure where to spend it. Based on these stats, what one (or possibly multiple) area(s) should I upgrade, and what replacement part(s) should I buy? Also, if theres anything non-purchase related in these stats that could help me, I'd appreciate knowing that too. Thanks.


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System Information
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Time of this report: 2/25/2010, 17:20:39
Machine name: DEEJAI
Operating System: Windows XP Professional (5.1, Build 2600) Service Pack 3 (2600.xpsp_sp3_gdr.091208-2036)
Language: English (Regional Setting: English)
System Manufacturer: Dell Computer Corporation
System Model: Dimension 2400
BIOS: Phoenix ROM BIOS PLUS Version 1.10 A05
Processor: IntelŪ PentiumŪ 4 CPU 3.00GHz (2 CPUs)
Memory: 1014MB RAM
Page File: 697MB used, 607MB available
Windows Dir: C:\WINDOWS
DirectX Version: DirectX 9.0c (4.09.0000.0904)
DX Setup Parameters: Not found
DxDiag Version: 5.03.2600.5512 32bit Unicode

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Display Devices
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Card name: IntelŪ 82845G/GL/GE/PE/GV Graphics Controller
Manufacturer: Intel Corporation
Chip type: IntelŪ 82845G Graphics Controller
DAC type: Internal
Device Key: Enum\PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_2562&SUBSYS_01601028&REV_01
Display Memory: 64.0 MB
Current Mode: 1280 x 1024 (32 bit) (60Hz)
Monitor: Plug and Play Monitor
Monitor Max Res: 1600,1200
Driver Name: ialmrnt5.dll
Driver Version: 6.14.0010.4342 (English)
DDI Version: 9 (or higher)
Driver Attributes: Final Retail
Driver Date/Size: 10/19/2005 07:59:12, 38016 bytes
WHQL Logo'd: Yes
WHQL Date Stamp: n/a
VDD: n/a
Mini VDD: ialmnt5.sys
Mini VDD Date: 6/22/2005 00:12:34, 807998 bytes
Device Identifier: {D7B78E66-6622-11CF-6E63-6A21A0C2CB35}
Vendor ID: 0x8086
Device ID: 0x2562
SubSys ID: 0x01601028
Revision ID: 0x0001
Revision ID: 0x0001
Video Accel:
Deinterlace Caps: n/a
Registry: OK
DDraw Status: Enabled
D3D Status: Enabled
AGP Status: Not Available
DDraw Test Result: Not run
D3D7 Test Result: Not run
D3D8 Test Result: Not run
D3D9 Test Result: Not run

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Posted 25 February 2010 - 05:52 PM

What is it that you do on your computer?

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Posted 25 February 2010 - 05:54 PM

Surf the web, do school work, and play games. Like I said I've been playing Morrowind, and my main concern is running games better.

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Posted 25 February 2010 - 06:02 PM

More RAM and a video card would do.

Not many options for video card though.

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Posted 25 February 2010 - 06:43 PM

The Dimensions 2400 will take a max of 2 gig ram. That would help.

One of the biggest bottlenecks on a system is the video. You are using the integrated video, which never are very good. Problem is that your system does not have an AGP slot. Its all PCI.

You can upgrade the video with a PCI card that has 128 or more megs of memory dedicated to video.
Might be kind of hard to find one though.
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Posted 25 February 2010 - 07:21 PM

Well now I'm considering an entirely new computer, salvaging what I can from this one.

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Posted 25 February 2010 - 07:25 PM

Well now I'm considering an entirely new computer, salvaging what I can from this one.


You can use this one as a back up system to store important data on.




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