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Should I upgrade?

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#1 dtbeedy


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Posted 18 July 2010 - 03:02 AM

So i was surfing craigslist the other day and seen a free computer. I just picked it up today and i was wondering if i should spend the money to upgrade it.

I didnt ask the age of the computer but the guy said he built it himself and he gave me a list of the specs.
AMD Athelon XP 1500+
1 gig ram(2-512 sticks)
75gig Hard drive
Nvidia 8989 128mb
Running windows xp
MSI mid case

I wasnt sure if upgrading it would be worth my time and money. I dont have a lot of cash so i was hoping this could get me by for a little while. I have a laptop that i currently use for gaming now and it has trouble with anything than the lowest settings.I am not bothered by using the lowest settings but would it be possible to run any newer games such as guild wars 2 with upgrades on the desktop?

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#2 DJBPace07


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Posted 18 July 2010 - 10:12 PM

Welcome to the forums!!!

That's a very low-end system running an old Socket A CPU from 2000-ish. The reason the seller was giving it away for free was probably because shipping would be more expensive than what that PC is worth. Any meaningful upgrade would require gutting the PC and starting over from scratch, however, you may be able to reuse the computer case and CD/DVD drives. Expect to spend around $500 to get that up to something that can play modern games reasonably well.



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Posted 18 July 2010 - 10:43 PM

It might be able to handle guild wars 2 on it-not sure though. It will handle the original guild wars, but they havent released the system requirements for guild wars 2 yet, though theyve indicated it may run on older systems. Like DJB said it is an older system, and your probably looking at at least 500 bucks to get it to where it can somewhat handle newer games, and thats if you max everything out.



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