How to rejuvenate my PC?!

  PCPete! 15:13 PM 16 Apr 13
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First of all, I'm new here so thanks for having me!

Basically, I want to upgrade my old PC so I can play games such as GTA,and have a mess around with mods etc, it's something I've always wanted to do. I've grasped the basics such as obtaining more ram, and buying a much better graphics card, but as I'm only running vista (32 bit) I can only install 3 - 3.5 gb of memory.

What I'd like to know is, should I opt for a total new build, or buy a new OS, hence meaning I can fit more ram?

My specs as I understand them are:

HP Pavilion a6623uk Windows Vista Home Premium (SP1) AMD Athlon Dual Core processor 4450e 2.30 GHz 3gb RAM ATI Radeon HD 3450

Thanks in advance for any help and advice!

  onthelimit1 15:21 PM 16 Apr 13

If you're upgrading, I'd consider using a bundle, such as one of these from Novatech. That way, you guarantee that the components are compatible. You'd have to add the cost of an OS to the package.

  PCPete! 15:38 PM 16 Apr 13

Thanks, so would you say the onboard graphics on those packages would be suitable for the sort of casual gaming I'd be doing?

  onthelimit1 18:38 PM 16 Apr 13

Probably best to try it and see. I'm not familiar with the games, but you could check their websites to see if they give minimum spec.

  Chronos the 2nd 10:16 AM 17 Apr 13

Onboard graphics are only good for the most basic of games, anything with real graphics the onboard graphics will struggle. I cannot play Portal 2 on my HTPC because the onboard graphics cannot handle it and that is certainly not a graphics hungry game.

First things first you will need to decide what you have to spend? You might be able to scavenge bits from your current system but I doubt it.

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