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How to rejuvenate my PC?!


PCPete!

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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!

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onthelimit1

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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.

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PCPete!

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

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onthelimit1

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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.

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Chronos the 2nd

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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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