Need help with Comp upgrade

  RobOnline 14:30 23 Mar 2010

Hi, a lot of the games I play can run ok but sometimes my fps goes low when there is a lot going on or flashy spell effects etc. So I'm looking to upgrade my computer but I'm not sure what I should improve.

Operating System: Windows XP Home Edition (5.1, Build 2600) Service Pack 3

Processor: AMD Athlon(tm) 64 X2 Dual Core Processor 4600+, MMX, 3DNow (2 CPUs), ~2.4GHz

Memory: 1792MB RAM

Card name: NVIDIA GeForce 7050 PV / NVIDIA nForce 630a

Display Memory: 512.0 MB

Current Mode: 1280 x 1024 (32 bit) (60Hz)

  mrwoowoo 19:46 23 Mar 2010

Your graphics card is very poor indeed for modern games.
If you only upgrade that, it will give a big improvement. Your ram is sufficient, although most games recomend 2 GB to run now days.
So just do the graphics card for now.

  Devil Fish 23:38 23 Mar 2010

dual core processor 2.4 and 2gig ram you will get away with

mrwoowoo is right i would take another look at your graphics selection in my opinion if i were building a machine now i would be looking at the 8800 series nvidia as a bare minimum to get reaonable quality games graphics

  gengiscant 08:27 24 Mar 2010

Remember that if you upgrade your graphics card it might be necessary to upgrade your power supply.

  RobOnline 09:36 24 Mar 2010

Ok I'm planning to get this graphics card:

click here

I opened up my computer and my power supply was:

AC Input:230VAC 10A 50-60Hz 350W

I'm guessing I should get a much better one, can I get some advice on what I should get?

Thankyou for your help so far. :)

  gengiscant 14:05 24 Mar 2010

Your power supply should be fine.

  mrwoowoo 14:42 24 Mar 2010

I would pay an extra tenner and get this click here
If you read the reviews they say it plays Modern Warfare 2 quite easily. And your PSU will still be ok with this card.
It does depend what games you want to play though.

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