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#1 Acey94

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Posted 07 July 2015 - 04:12 PM

Hey, new here.. :hello:

Basically, I'm getting more into PC gaming (Such as GMOD) yet it's very slow when I try to play.

Watching videos online at 1080p is the video choppy, sound is perfectly fine.

Have a good connection to Internet and the package we're on should be able to play it back smoothly so I'm guessing it's a hardware issue.

I need to know what PC components it is I need to upgrade, and what I need to upgrade them to..

Here are my specs, I'm not sure if this helps ? I do apologize if it doesn't.

Cheers guys!  :bananas:



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Video Card    ATI Radeon 3000 Graphics
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Chipset    ATI Radeon 3000 Graphics
Dedicated Memory    256 MB
Total Memory    2.4 GB
Pixel Shader Version    4.0
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Device ID    9616
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Posted 07 July 2015 - 04:58 PM

     Dear Acey94;

 

           Take it this is a desktop system? Also would help if you can find out what motherboard is in your computer. Or the model number of your computer, if it is a pre-built one. Should be able to up your memory to at least 4GB and a dedicated  video card(need to know what type of slot you have), think you have integrated graphics. Try Speccy to find motherboard model. http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/download/speccy/ 

 

     Jelerak


Edited by Jelerak, 07 July 2015 - 05:01 PM.


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Posted 09 July 2015 - 08:16 PM

     Dear Acey94;
 
           Take it this is a desktop system? Also would help if you can find out what motherboard is in your computer. Or the model number of your computer, if it is a pre-built one. Should be able to up your memory to at least 4GB and a dedicated  video card(need to know what type of slot you have), think you have integrated graphics. Try Speccy to find motherboard model. http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/download/speccy/ 
 
     Jelerak



My pc is "HP PRO 3125 MT" is that what you mean?

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Posted 09 July 2015 - 08:49 PM

What is your budget?
 

What country are you in? 



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Posted 09 July 2015 - 09:08 PM

What is your budget?
 
What country are you in? 



I'm in the UK and budget is maybe £200, I know some top PC specs can cost absolutely loads, but i don't need the best desktop PC going just enough to play GMOD/Second life etc not fully hardcore graphic games

Also thanks to all the replies so far, glad people are helping me :)

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Posted 11 July 2015 - 12:25 AM

      Hello Acey94;

 

           Yep, that is the what I was looking for. From what I can find, your computer has one PCI-E slot and 4 slots for memory, upgradable to 16GB, DDR3, 1066Mhz. There is a note on spec saying 1066Mhz is the maximum speed supported by the system.

 

          Newegg only had a 4GB stick: http://www.newegg.com/global/uk/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231307 -17£

          Newegg video cards, small power supply, need low wattage card. small case, need low profile, short card:

 

          Hope this helps.

 

 

         Jelerak



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Posted 11 July 2015 - 08:44 AM

      Hello Acey94;

 

           Yep, that is the what I was looking for. From what I can find, your computer has one PCI-E slot and 4 slots for memory, upgradable to 16GB, DDR3, 1066Mhz. There is a note on spec saying 1066Mhz is the maximum speed supported by the system.

 

          Newegg only had a 4GB stick: http://www.newegg.com/global/uk/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231307 -17£

          Newegg video cards, small power supply, need low wattage card. small case, need low profile, short card:

 

          Hope this helps.

 

 

         Jelerak

So if I install this item on the link into my PC it should sort the choppyness on videos out and make it able to run better games smooth?
(Sorry, never upgraded PC myself before nor am I trained in anyway :grinner: )



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Posted 11 July 2015 - 11:15 AM

     Forgot to add the link to the video card, which is here:

 

     Between both of these, it should solve your problems. Check out how to videos on YouTube to replace your memory and video card. If I get a chance will try and get some links for videos.

 

     Also a tutorial here about ram and how to change it. http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/tutorials/identifying-and-upgrading-ram/

    A lot of information there about RAM(memory), towards the bottom is the information about changing it out.

 

      Jelerak


Edited by Jelerak, 11 July 2015 - 11:19 AM.


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Posted 14 July 2015 - 04:03 PM

I've heard that when you want to upgrade part of you pc you have to pretty much upgrade everything else.. is this true? Will I now need to upgrade every other part? I seriously wouldn't know the first thing to do/buy if it wasn't for the links 



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Posted 14 July 2015 - 11:04 PM

      Just depends on what you are upgrading. With yours, low power supply and small case, I picked parts that should work with everything you already have. I built my last computer just over a year ago, I can still upgrade my RAM, video card, HDD, SSD, can add a sound card, put in a bigger power supply without having to replace my motherboard or processor.

 

 

      Jelerak


Edited by Jelerak, 14 July 2015 - 11:10 PM.





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