How Good/Bad is This?

Discussion in 'Games' started by TheMonarch, Nov 13, 2005.

  1. TheMonarch macrumors 65816

    TheMonarch

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    Having ignored my PC for so long, since I got my PB, I've decided that beefing up my WinBox system might not be a bad idea. And maybe turning it into a low-end Gaming/Media center PC.

    So here are the specs [Bought in 2002]:

    2.4Ghz Pentium-4 (Northwood?), 512RAM, Dual HD (80GB 5400 main, 200GB 7200 slave). Windowz XP home. One thing I forgot to mention... The video card: RADEON 7500 64MB PCI
    VidCard.jpg

    Yeah, I know, PCI graphics, but this thing doesn't even have an AGP slot :eek:.
    So my question is, what is the best graphics card I can put on this thing? Is it even worth it? Any suggestions?
    Currently, I can play the Sims 2 at 800x600 at full speed, dipping only when there's a lot going on (1024x768 runs pretty well too), and watch 720p WMV at full framerate. Halo also plays well.

    Is there anything I can do to make this PC into anything remotely considered a "Gaming PC" [Low-end of course], or is this as good as PCI graphics will get?

    Another question, where can I buy more RAM for this thing? Speed is 2100, and I can't find it at retail stores anymore.

    Thanks in advance.
     
  2. homerjward macrumors 68030

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    as far as RAM, you should be able to use 3200, as ddr ram is backwards compatible. for a video card, check out newegg. i think you can get a 9200 or 5200 pci, but i could be wrong.
     
  3. TheMonarch thread starter macrumors 65816

    TheMonarch

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    Thanks, another RAM question though... How much RAM can I put in this thing? (Assuming it is possible to tell) This PC has two slots with 256MB in each. Will I be able to stick in 2x1GB or only 2x512?

    Or is this totally dependent on what kind of motherboard I have? Or how do I know?

    Thanks again.
     
  4. homerjward macrumors 68030

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    it generally depends on the motherboard. i'm not sure it'd be cost effective to go beyond 1gb for a gaming box though, especially if you only have pci graphics.
    you can get a geforce fx 5500 pci for like 50 bucks at newegg
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16814130255
     
  5. GFLPraxis macrumors 604

    GFLPraxis

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    Get the $50 FX 5200. I've got one. Works fine. You can overclock it a little, too, without so much as a hiccup. Plays Star Wars Battlefront great.
     
  6. TheMonarch thread starter macrumors 65816

    TheMonarch

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    Actually I wasn't planning on sticking in 2GB, but rather just put one 1GB stick in there with a 256 in the other slot. But as you said, it depends on the mother board. Is there any way I can tell by looking at it? Or any place where I can find out?

    What about these cards? (I need Analog and TV out):
    Picture 1.jpg

    I noticed that the core clock is 200MHz and memory clock of 333MHz on both. On my PC, the "DAC" is 350MHz, what does that mean? Is it faster than the ones I just listed?

    Thanks, you've been very helpful.
     
  7. TheMonarch thread starter macrumors 65816

    TheMonarch

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    OK, I found out what DAC meant. Now I just need to know how much memory I can fit on my computer.

    All I know is:
    Its from '02
    It has two slots
    Stock memory speed it came with is 2100
    It came with 2x256 sticks
    No AGP slot
    Bus speed, 400MHz

    I'd really like to stick in 1.5GB on this thing, for Photoshopping.

    Thanks again :eek:
     

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