Buy or update?

  Sorrowful 18:43 15 Jul 2008

I am running a packard bell.
Windows XP
Processor: 3059 Mhz
Total Physical Memory 1,024.00 MB
Available Physical Memory 467.00 MB
Total Virtual Memory 2.00 GB
Available Virtual Memory 1.96 GB
Nvidia Geforce 6200 LE
Normal DVD re-writer etc etc

it works fine, however, the gaphics card is not powerful enough to play the latest games and I am unsure whether to spend £400 on a new base unit "box" - I dont need new screen etc etc etc.... or money on a new graphics card.....

if I get a good graphics card will my PC be able to run it properly etc.....

What do you suggest?

  rossgolf 18:51 15 Jul 2008

i dont think that £400 would get you very far in terms of a pc for todays games.

  Sorrowful 21:06 15 Jul 2008

Well in that case what do I need???
I dont want to spend £1K and the games are disgned to perform fine on mass market PC's - otherwise they are slashing their customer share base.
So what are the inimum (realistic) specs?

  mrwoowoo 01:07 17 Jul 2008

I would go for one of these.
click here
You could get an 8800gts a new power supply and upgrade to 2GB ram.
Your cpu may soon be unable to run new games though so (motherboard allowing)that will soon need an upgrade as well.As this could be around the £300.00 mark i would buy a new one.
Or you could get used ones on Ebay to keep costs down,but could be a bit of a gamble.

  mrwoowoo 01:17 17 Jul 2008

"if I get a good graphics card will my PC be able to run it properly etc"
Depends on your psu.
An 8600gt will run with a 350w psu at £45 on Nova tech.This will play modern games around medium/low settings.
A 9600gt (about £80 on nova tech) will play modern games easily at medium settings.They quote a 350w psu on nova tech but i think a 400w or even 450w but i may be wrong.
The choice is yours.

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