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    Upgrading PC help

    Am looking to upgrade my PC to run games such as Crysis and Call of Duty 4, but have no idea where to begin, has anyone got any advice on what needs upgrading the most, my current settings are;

    Pentium 4CPU 3.0GHz
    2GB of RAM
    Radeon X800 XT Platinum Edition

    Thanks

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    blimey, chuck it and buy a new one i say. Seriously though you need to decide whether you want to play these games at full resolution in 9.1 surround sound on a 42" screen or whether you just want to play them at low res on a small screen? It's all about money. Best thing to do is look at the minimum spec needed to play these games and work up from there.

    Call of Duty 4

    Minimum Requirements

    * Intel Pentium 4 2.4 GHz or AMD Athlon 64 2800+ processor or any 1.8Ghz Dual Core Processor or better supported
    512 MB RAM (768 MB RAM for Windows Vista)
    8 GB of free hard drive space
    Video card (generic): NVIDIA Geforce 6600 or better or ATI Radeon 9800Pro or better

    Recommended Requirements

    * 2.4 GHz dual core or better is recommended
    1 GB RAM for XP, 2 GB RAM for Vista is recommended
    3.0 Shader Support recommended, Nvidia Geforce 7800 or better or ATI Radeon X1800 or better

    Original Poster

    Just want to play them at a bearable level, a decent new PC is going to set me back £600+ and was wondering if there are any cheaper alternatives (upgrading current pc)

    noxiousd;2541907

    Just want to play them at a bearable level, a decent new PC is going to … Just want to play them at a bearable level, a decent new PC is going to set me back £600+ and was wondering if there are any cheaper alternatives (upgrading current pc)



    Not really £600. You could get a PC with a decent gfx card and a nice processor for about £400 I'd say.

    I would suggest a half decent new 775 board and a relatively low end core 2 duo.
    Set aside funds for a better gpu and power supply if required.

    E7200 + 8800GT + P35 Neo-f + 500W OCZ

    I'd say for a nice setup. Those bits come to under £250.

    Plus you can clock the hell out of the E7200.. they've been hitting 4Ghz+

    Original Poster

    Anyone know any sites worth checking out for building PC's?

    emasu;2541941

    Not really £600. You could get a PC with a decent gfx card and a nice … Not really £600. You could get a PC with a decent gfx card and a nice processor for about £400 I'd say.



    yeah spot on emasu

    i was able to build one with just over £400

    and that includes a quad core :thumbsup:

    noxiousd;2542020

    Anyone know any sites worth checking out for building PC's?



    Ebuyer, Dabs, and scan are a good place to start

    Dabs quidco aswell :thumbsup:

    My combo above came to £252 at ebuyer.

    I guess I'll get jumped on but your CPU is OK these dual core PC are not as fast as their owners would like to think. I can't vouch for the graphics card as I am a Nvidia person. RAM is OK. You need a high speed Power supply.
    If you really want to go mad then Dell Outlet or Novatech have some good barebones systems.

    Original Poster

    emasu;2542065

    My combo above came to £252 at ebuyer.



    I'm useless with PC's, so wouldn't know where to start with all the components and whats useable with what etc...

    Any sites that actuslly build the pc's for you whilst letting you choose what you want?

    Tried Dell.co.uk but expensive as hell

    Tell us what you need here, and your budget.

    I can get some specs for you based around price/needs.

    Original Poster

    emasu;2542190

    Tell us what you need here, and your budget.I can get some specs for you … Tell us what you need here, and your budget.I can get some specs for you based around price/needs.



    I just really need it to be able to run crysis, call of duty 4, and most top end games, not at huge quality, just decent enough...

    Also needs a fairly large hard drive, no monitor is needed...

    Don't really have a budget, but would be nice to have change from £500, only recently put a power supply in this PC, which was a fair bit of money

    By fairly large.. do you mean 250GB/500GB/750GB/1TB?

    Original Poster

    emasu;2542215

    By fairly large.. do you mean 250GB/500GB/750GB/1TB?



    500gb

    For £411 i think this is value for money indeed, the HD4850 should handle COD very well, and crysis should be OK on it. You could obviously go quad core for more if you wanted to.

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    Original Poster

    Would that come pre-assembled or would i need to get my mate round to do it for a fiver lol?

    I can sell you one with 2x250 gig sata hard drives, all new, Q6600 processir, 8600GT with DVI out 4 gigs DDR2 ram, 5.1 sound card inc digital out.20X SATA lightscribe dvd burner, motherboard with 3 PCI slots, wifi built in, case etc

    £335 inc courier delivery

    You'd need to build it.

    But it's very easy with that case, it's mostly just put things in place (apart from the motherboard and associated bits), then tighten them with plastic handle things.

    Original Poster

    ryouga;2542289

    I can sell you one with 2x250 gig sata hard drives, all new, Q6600 … I can sell you one with 2x250 gig sata hard drives, all new, Q6600 processir, 8600GT with DVI out 4 gigs DDR2 ram, 5.1 sound card inc digital out.20X SATA lightscribe dvd burner, motherboard with 3 PCI slots, wifi built in, case etc£335 inc courier delivery



    Uni loans dont come through until Sept unfortunately otherwise would definitely be interested, thanks though

    Thanks for the help emasu, greatly appreciated

    Find out exactly what model of pentium 4 you've got, what type of memory it is and what your motherboard is and then you can see what you may be able to upgrade. ]CPU-Z is a good start.

    At that age though you're probably looking at upgrading all the core components, you may get away with just upgrading the video card if your processor is a good one though. You could of course keep the case, hard drives, network cards, sound card etc. etc.

    emasu;2541970

    E7200 + 8800GT + P35 Neo-f + 500W OCZI'd say for a nice setup. Those bits … E7200 + 8800GT + P35 Neo-f + 500W OCZI'd say for a nice setup. Those bits come to under £250.Plus you can clock the hell out of the E7200.. they've been hitting 4Ghz+



    this is what i used for my pc. works really nicely.

    Mclovin;2543175

    this is what i used for my pc. works really nicely.



    did you manage to overclock it at all?

    I've seen one E7200 that hit 5Ghz.. then died after like 10 seconds

    noxiousd;2542020

    Anyone know any sites worth checking out for building PC's?



    If you mean building 'em then the PC Mech forums (build your own) are a good source of advice :

    pcmech.com/forum/

    Original Poster

    Thanks John-Boy, meant more of a PC building tool, like dell.co.uk

    Try PCspecialist, chillblast or cyberpowersystems.
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