For the Computer Peeps

Discussion in 'Tech Help' started by Hsulf, Aug 31, 2012.

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    Hsulf Veteran BOON

    Mate wants to play gw2 but he has an old comp and says its running it like shit atm.

    What does he need to upgrade to get it working gw2 properly?

    I also heard gw2 is very processor heavy.

    Posting his spec below, everyone here knows I'm a computer nub so any help would be grateful. If he needs a brand new comp (which he may well do) then just say, but he wants to run it on minimum with very little (cheap) upgrades.


    Component Details Subscore Base score
    Processor Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Quad CPU Q6600 @ 2.40GHz 5.9 4.0
    Determined by lowest subscore

    Memory (RAM) 3.00 GB 5.4
    Graphics NVIDIA GeForce 8400GS 4.0
    Gaming graphics 1791 MB Total available graphics memory 4.8
    Primary hard disk 361GB Free (688GB Total) 5.9
    Windows Vista (TM) Home Premium


    Manufacturer HP-Pavilion
    Model KP315AA-ABU
    Total amount of system memory 3.00 GB RAM
    System type 32-bit operating system
    Number of processor cores 4
    64-bit capable Yes


    Total size of hard disk(s) 699 GB
    Disk partition (C:) 361 GB Free (688 GB Total)
    Disk partition (D:) 1 GB Free (10 GB Total)
    Media drive (E:) CD/DVD
    Media drive (J:) CD/DVDCD/DVD


    Display adapter type NVIDIA GeForce 8400GS
    Total available graphics memory 1791 MB
    Dedicated graphics memory 512 MB
    Dedicated system memory 0 MB
    Shared system memory 1279 MB
    Display adapter driver version
    Primary monitor resolution 1680x1050
    DirectX version DirectX 10


    Network Adapter Realtek RTL8168C/8111C Family PCI-E Gigabit Ethernet NIC (NDIS 6.0)
    Network Adapter USB Wireless 802.11 b/g Adaptor
    Network Adapter Microsoft Tun Miniport Adapter
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    Aspira Admin Officer

    3Gb of RAM is pretty low, especially since he has Vista which uses a lot just to run Windows itself.

    Also, the Q6600 are getting old, i5 2500k is what I would say is the minimum for running games. It's an epic processor for the price.

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    Vissarion Veteran BOON

    what that pc is OP in front of mine but i still can play with normal options at 20FPS and ~8 FPS everything on low at BG, but still playable :D
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    Selenus Veteran BOON

    He NEEDS to change from Vista to W7.

    He needs to upgrade to a decent quad core CPU. Like Aspira recommended, the i5 2.5k is an epic CPU at a very affordable price.

    If he upgrades the CPU and the OS, he should then make sure he runs his new OS at 64bit instead of 32bit and get 8gb of ram.

    Last but not least, that graphics card really needs an upgrade too. One of the ATI models from the 6800 series should do him well.

    Bear in mind, he HAS to change the cpu, and if you change the CPU you gotta change mobo and most likely ram as well. There's no way he can just upgrade one component.
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    Fizzee Veteran BOON

    The q6600 is easily overclocked to 3ghz
    RAM is cheap so get 8GB and a 64bit Win 7
    that GFX card is shocking... Upgrade it asap.

    Really it needs a complete overhaul, but you could get by with a new gfx card and more ram (plus 64bit OS)if you just need playable FPS on any graphical settings.
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    Vissarion Veteran BOON

    what mobo would u recomend btw?
    and a cheap GFX card ?
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    Hsulf Veteran BOON

    Appreciate the responses guys. Told him to get a new rig :p

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