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#1 joeyfrmptown

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Posted 12 September 2011 - 11:54 PM

I am upgrading my Dell dimension E521 to handle games better, before purchasing anything i would like to hear others view on how well this would run
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4GB DDR2 667 RAM
ASUS EAH5450 silent DDR2 512MB graphics card
Power source says maximum output 305W ( idk if this is important)
AMD Athlon II X2 265 Regor 3.3GHz 2 x 1MB L2 Cache Socket AM3 65W Dual-Core Desktop Processor
Windows Vista 32 bit

I believe that is the most important stuff, but considering that i am new to computers I may be wrong, My main question is will this be able to run games like Crysis 2, Modern Warefare 3, Battlefield Bad Company 2 on decent playable settings? And if I upgraded my graphics card to 1GB would that increase performance considerably? Thank you for the feedback!

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#2 killerx525

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Posted 13 September 2011 - 06:53 AM

Hi Joey, your computer would probably be able to play it but on low settings. Upgrading it to 1GB for the same graphics card isn't really gonna help.

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System1: CPU- Intel Core i7-5820K @ 4.4GHz, CPU Cooler- Noctua NH-D14, RAM- G.Skill Ripjaws 16GB Kit(4Gx4) DDR3 2133MHz, SSD/HDD- Samsung 850 EVO 250GB/Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB/Seagate Barracuada 3TB, GPU- 2x EVGA GTX980 Superclocked @1360/MHz1900MHz, Motherboard- Asus X99 Deluxe, Case- Custom Mac G5, PSU- EVGA P2-1000W, Soundcard- Realtek High Definition Audio, OS- Windows 10 Pro 64-Bit
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Posted 13 September 2011 - 12:30 PM

Hi joeyfrmptown!

There are definitely other forum members here who are much more knowledgeable to answer most of your questions. The one part of your inquiry which I will comment on is where you ask if upgrading your graphics card memory from 512 MB to 1 GB would be recommended.

This would be a good move (in my own opinion). If you look at a variety of the computer games available, you will generally see that the "lower-end" games usually require a graphics card with a minimum of 128 MB to run. As you "go up the game-level ladder", so-to-speak, you'll often see games which need a graphics card with a minimum of 512 MB.

With the newer games being developed (having better graphics, etc), they will require even more memory to run efficiently. To that end, I have seen recommendations from others (in various forums I belong to) where they advise going with a graphics card that has 1.5 - 2 GB of memory.

Hopefully, some of the other, more experienced forum members will provide you with more help than I can.

Good Luck though!

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Posted 13 September 2011 - 02:59 PM

Thanks for the input! Everyones opinion helps

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Posted 13 September 2011 - 04:47 PM

Power supply is very important with most cards requiring over 300W for good framerates. Moreover, there is more to a graphics card besides the size of its memory, you would need at least a 6770 or higher to get decent settings with those games. Those games would probably also benefit from a newer quad core processor from the Phenom II line, or the upcoming FX line. However, those kinds of upgrades would probably be more substantial on this PC than a graphics card change out.

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Posted 13 September 2011 - 05:03 PM

Another issue with upgrading the processor is whether the motherboard is compatible with the processor.

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System1: CPU- Intel Core i7-5820K @ 4.4GHz, CPU Cooler- Noctua NH-D14, RAM- G.Skill Ripjaws 16GB Kit(4Gx4) DDR3 2133MHz, SSD/HDD- Samsung 850 EVO 250GB/Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB/Seagate Barracuada 3TB, GPU- 2x EVGA GTX980 Superclocked @1360/MHz1900MHz, Motherboard- Asus X99 Deluxe, Case- Custom Mac G5, PSU- EVGA P2-1000W, Soundcard- Realtek High Definition Audio, OS- Windows 10 Pro 64-Bit
Games: APB: Reloaded, Hours played: 3100+  System2: Late 2011 Macbook Pro 15inch   OFw63FY.png





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